Monday, April 26, 2021

Cinco de Mayo DIY Barbie Crafts Round-Up

I had some fun with a theme'd Cinco de Mayo Week last year, and thought I'd put together a little craft round-up, with some related posts from the archives added in too. Hopefully you'll find a little project of two to make for, or with, your girl for the festivities:@) 

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Dollar Store Barbie Pool from Inflatable Drink Cooler

Nothing tickles me more than finding something and immediately seeing how it could be repurposed and used for Barbie play. ~And~ when it only costs $1, well, that's the best:@) Dollar Tree has these inflatable drink coolers in the summer holiday section. The size is amazing as a Barbie pool! I filled my cooler with approximately 4 quarts of water.
I didn't know Barbie floats... Did you?
I tucked her foot under the side for the pictures.

You could easily fit four Barbie and Ken dolls or tons of kid dolls. 

Mattel has offered a few different pool sets over the years, 
the most recent and easiest to find today is this one below.
It started at $20, and I do see it down to $13 now.
Look at the size compared to my inflatable one, it fits maybe two adult dolls...
Although I do like the slide😎

What I started with:
Almost 20" x 14"
For the summer holidays yes...

But Barbie says, grab it when you see it, things do sell out fastπŸ˜‰

~Repurpose something just for fun and have a happy day!

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Embellishing $1 Cinco de Mayo Party Hats for Barbie & Ken

I picked up a 97¢ pack of four paper Cinco de Mayo party hats at Walmart. They are funny hats, while purposely intended to be small for people, they are a tad big for doll play... But I knew a cotton ball inside the hat would make them work well for a little Barbie and Ken holiday fun:@) These are cute, colorful hats as is, but as with everything, it's always fun to do a little embellishing with items from our craft stash... The easiest, and most impressive, decoration is to hot glue a some pom-pom trim around the brim. 
But anything goes, glitter, beads, rhinestones, stickers, ribbon or sewing trim.
I used lots of blingy rhinestones on Barbie's hat.

What I started with:
Maybe share, 1 or 2 for your girls, and 1 or 2 for their dollsπŸ˜‰

~Make something just for fun and have a happy day!

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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Dollar Tree Alert! 1:6 Scale Barbie Size Outdoor Furniture

I was tickled to find some outdoor furniture for Barbie at Dollar Tree this morning! While it sits a little close to the ground, it is still a pretty good 1:6 scale. I tried it with Barbie, Ken and GI Joe, all could sit comfortably:@) This double seat would be fantastic in dioramas with my DIY outdoor fire pit here. I think I need to get one more...

There was also a lounge chair:

And a grill.
I didn't get the grill because I have a couple Mattel grills already.
All with the Made in USA sticker-gotta love thatπŸ˜‰

A quick pic outside all together...

~Buy it when you see it and have a happy weekend😎

Monday, April 12, 2021

Ken BBQ Apron from $1 Store Potholder -Barbie DIY

I've mentioned before that I'm grateful for inspiration any time I can find it:@) I saw these cute seasonal potholders at Dollar Tree (two for $1) and thought the scale of the saying would work as a fun grilling apron for Ken. A few cuts, some ribbon from my craft stash and a little hot glue later... Wa-la, Ken was serving burgers for dinner!

The potholders I started with:
(And I did save the silver colored quilted back, just in case I think of something for that😎

What I did:
  1. Cut the front design off of the potholder.
  2. Folded it in half lengthwise with the saying in the center.
  3. Using the doll as a guide, cut bib shape, then flare sides out to go around the hips.
  4. Hot glue loop on top, make it big enough to slip over doll's head.
  5. Add ties, they can be long enough to actually tie behind the doll's back, or short and hot glue a little velcro to each end.
  6. Finally, border the whole apron with ribbon.

The finished apron:
A word about glue...
The ~fastest~ way to make these little aprons is with hot glue, no question.
The ~neatest~ way to make them, would be with Liquid Stitch. This would also give you more of a chance to bend the ribbon to follow the curves as necessary.

Ken says it's time to get your grilling game face on!!!

~Make something just for fun and have a happy dayπŸ˜‰

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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Happy Birthday Balloon Tank Tops for Barbie DIY

Here's a cute idea that's great for a girl's Birthday Party! I picked up a pack of 12" birthday balloons at Dollar Tree and three cuts later, I had cute birthday party tank tops for the party! All the girls could bring their favorite dolls, and this does work for Curvy Barbie too (on the left). And since the pack comes with 15 balloons, you can make a ton of multi-colored tops! Or... Stick to the party theme color for ease, everyone gets the same thing-you know your kids:@) 

The balloons I started with, and they do have single color packs:

Folded balloon with neck and arm hole cuts on the left, then cut the bottom off.
Unfolded top on the right.
Push arms through holes, ~stretch~ it over the doll's head to put it on.

Barbie says, Girl... Love your top!πŸ˜‰

Make something just for fun and have a happy day😎

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

Daffodils and Dolls -Happy Easter from DIY Barbie Blog

The sun was way too bright for pictures today but I'm not complaining! I'll take a little spring sunshine and warmer temperatures any day:@) I took some pics of the dolls with mini daffodils in the yard for Easter. This is the best I could come up with...

Salon Stylist purple hair with bangs 2020 Fashionista (out in 2021 again too)
Sleeveless white turtleneck, clone from Dollar Tree
Floral Jacket from a Mattel fashion pack
Ken's hoodie was an Etsy Christmas gift from Ma😊
Garden swing from thrift store

We wish you lots of sunshine and good weather for your Easter egg hunt!
Happy Easter Everyone🐰

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Five Below Alert! 60th Birthday Ken and other 1:6 Scale Goodies

It's not often I'm at the shopping center that has Five Below when it's open. It's where my Walmart is and I like to get in and out early... But I was driving by today and stopped in, glad I did! They had 60th Anniversary/Birthday Ken. This was the only Ken they had, but I have to say I like him better than the blonde, which is a little too thin, IMHO. I also like the collared shirt, it will work for both summer and Christmas in a pinch (ha, or if Ken starts a Barbershop Quartet:@)  He comes with sandals, and while not as articulated as I would like, he can stand on his own, which is a bonus.

They also had three variety packs of the Totally Tiny food:
Chinese Food (I may have to go back), French Breakfast (which I have), and I chose Movie Night. 
Being from Philly, the pretzels just tickled meπŸ˜‰
They always have figural erasers, I wish I had that great drink in a coconut for my Cabo Vacation post!
Also love the flamingo as we're heading towards nicer weather...

So there you have it folks, just a few things I picked up on my rounds today.
I'll get Ken out of his packaging and work him into some pictures soon.
🐀I wish you all a very nice Easter Weekend-enjoy!🐰

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Chelsea Bunny Ears Hat from Plastic Easter Egg and Pipe Cleaners (Barbie Craft)

I love quick little seasonal crafts and this bunny ears hat for Chelsea, Kelly or Tommy (Barbie kid dolls with soft hair) is made with the smallest plastic Easter eggs and half of a pipe cleaner. No sewing, no glue, and done in about two minutes-gotta love that:@) I made two, one with bump chenille and one with fuzzy regular pipe cleaners. So you have options, depending upon your craft stash. And of course they could be embellished any way desired, markers, stickers, glitter, etc. I think kids would get a kick out of these easy hats for Easter!

What I did:
My eggs were from Dollar Tree and are ~about~ 1 3/4" long.
Cut egg in half, use the round end.
There will be two holes, or indents, make them both holes.
Bump chenille: Cut two bumps long, push points from inside egg, up through the holes.
Scrunch excess wire inside of egg so the ears are as long as you'd like, bend ears as desired.
Fuzzy pipe cleaners: Cut in half, using one half, push points from inside egg, up through the holes.
Bend each side in half and bring back down through holes.
Scrunch excess wire inside of egg so the ears are as long as you'd like, bend ears as desired.
Push egg onto doll's head-done😎

More Easter Egg Crafts:

🌷Make something just for fun and have a Happy Eastertime🐰

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