I've found this makes a good base for a string/voodoo style doll. Use a square drinks coaster as a template and wrap the string fewer times for the base skeleton, then wrap the doll as you usually would.
* Christmas Ornaments You Can Make - Poinsettia/Snowflake Pony Bead Pattern. You could probably add to the pattern to make some really neat snowflakes! Other cute things to make with pony beads on website.