Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Walmart Ornaments for Barbie's World

Walmart is starting to put out their Christmas ornaments and I saw a few things that are either a good 1:6 scale or would be a pretty addition to your girl's pink Barbie tree! Thought I'd share some quick pics, please excuse the flash, I was in the store...

Pink glittered nutcrackers!

I love this sassy pink lady with ponytail and poodle skirt:

Pretty tiny dancers:

Pink unicorns:

And a couple 1:6 scale items for dioramas and doll play:
Nativity scene that can sit on furniture:

And my favorite, these cute cactus, I'd even take the lights off of 2 to use year-round.
They are a good 2 1/2-3" long and can sit flat on surfaces.
I'll most likely be updating this picture this weekend... Think I need to bring some home😎

πŸŽ…Buy it when you see it and have a happy dayπŸ˜‰

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Paper Napkin Hankie Skirt for Barbie, Kids Craft

When I started making Barbie posts back in 2013 my hope was that they'd give folks inspiration for easy rainy day projects to do with kids. This hankie skirt from a paper napkin has to be one of the easiest ideas yet:@) What I love about it the most is, you can use any color or seasonal napkin you have or would like. And the sky is the limit with the holidays coming up! Lunch napkins make long skirts and cocktail napkins make shorter skirts. This is a super economical project for a sleepover or birthday party and a great way to kill some time waiting for Thanksgiving dinner.

Of course I had to make an Eagles one too😎
This was a cocktail napkin.

What I did:
  1. Items required: Paper napkin, scissors, tape.
  2. Simply make a dot 3/4" from the corner of the napkin (the corner that would be the center of the napkin when unfolded). Note: Standard Barbie = 3/4", Curvy Barbie = 1"
  3. Draw a curve, cut the corner of the napkin off.
  4. Slip the doll's legs through the hole, scrunch napkin around her waist and tape around waist to create a waistband. The tape can be washi tape or anything handy.
  5. Done!

I think I like the lunch size napkins best.
They make a nice full skirt that kind of reminds me of the 1950's poodle style.
You could always cut the other corners to make a rounded skirt if desired.

Thinner, cheaper napkins work best (Walmart, Dollar Tree).
I wanted to show a Christmas one too but I only had a sturdy, name brand dinner size napkin. 
The napkin was too big and the paper was just too thick to drape, it didn't work.
$1 napkins are better!

✂Let's keep the kids busy and have a happy dayπŸ˜‰

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Barbie Baby Bunting -DIY

This baby bunting for a Barbie baby could be made from flannel, fleece or a nice old beaten up sweatshirt material, which is what I used. I'm having a hard time tossing some warn clothing because I keep thinking projects like this might pop up... This is a cute outfit that's pretty easy, if your girl is old enough to safely handle a needle and thread, she can complete most of it for herself. Even sewing by hand it can be completed in less than an hour. 

I think the baby looks snug as a bug in a rugπŸ˜‰
This is a silly little project that you can make look anyway you'd like.
Want it snugger? Make it 2 1/2" instead of 3" wide. 
Want the footed area rounded? Cut the bottom corners into an oval.
Anything goes, it's a forgiving project.

What I did:

  1. Cut 3" x 7" rectangle of fabric. On one 3" end, cut a small half moon scoop out of the fabric, maybe 3/4" at the deepest point in center. This scooped side will be the front so we can see the baby's face.
  2. Fold in half long ways with right sides together. I wanted the bumpy well-worn side of my sweatshirt material to be the outside of the bunting.
  3. Sew up both sides. I used a needle and thread, you could use a sewing machine.
  4. Turn right side out.
  5. Fold the cut, open edges down ~inside~ the bunting about 1/4-1/2". In front, the scooped side, off center a bit, sew a long piece of yarn or a thin ribbon around the opening, finishing up on the other side of the front. Adults may need to help with this part as I used thicker tapestry needle and it needed to be wiggled and tugged through one layer of fabric at a time.
  6. You'll have two long ends of the yarn or ribbon so you can scrunch the opening of the bunting up around the baby's face.
  7. Tie a bow under chin, done.
The finished item:

I used one of these babies as my model for this project:

Now that she/he has a warm outfit...
We're ready for colder weather and maybe some sledding (yep, it's on it's way folks).

Use any fabric you'd like...
It's football season-team fabric is always popular, or maybe think ahead to the holidays...

Make something just for fun and have a happy day😊

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Monday, October 12, 2020

Pink Is Powerful -Barbie Encourages Women to Vote -Shoe Box Tales

Just a short post today... The Scene: Barbie would like to remind all women that Pink Is Powerful, register to vote and let your voice be heard! This is not intended to be a political post for any party, you can lean red, blue, green or purple, that's your choice... It's just a reminder that you matter, speak up, show up and be counted! 

Shoe Box Tales will be a fictitious series of random conversations and situations.
All photos will be taken with the doll's backs laying flat against the bottom of the shoe box lid.

Have a happy day😊

Saturday, October 10, 2020

98¢ Walmart Halloween Goody Pack -Barbie and Girl Ideas

Walmart had some 98¢ Halloween Goody Packs, one for girls and one more geared toward boys (although that one was neat too). I was tickled by the thought that the girls pack could be used as some toys for the girl and somewhat matching toys for her Barbie too. Now, would I have preferred orange, black or green instead of pink for Halloween? Yep, but they didn't ask me:@) The packs would be a fun gift or activity for a sleepover or Halloween party. I'll list a few more party ideas below that should help provide a couple hours of holiday fun!

The pack I picked up:

Braided hair clip, Crown hair comb, Crown ring, bead necklace, two spider rings, 
two sets of stickers, a bracelet and a nail file.

I used the ring as Barbie's crown (the girl can wear the crown hair comb),
and used the braid clip to hold the crown on the doll's head. A second clip would be helpful to keep it secure.
I slipped one spider ring around Barbie's waist as a belt, 
or it could be a choker necklace or decoration for her ponytail.
 The girl can wear the other one.

More party activities:
Print out Halloween coloring pages and use the stickers that came in the packs too (Google for free pages).
Split chocolate chip cookie dough into 2 or 3 bowls, dye each bowl orange, green or purple. Bake and eat!
Those store bought cut and bake cookies with the decorations in the middle are good too, 
the main idea is to bake them with the kids.
***I've added a ~sleepover craft~ label to the blog. If you click it, it will take you to my easiest, most kid friendly crafts. My hope is that it will help parents and grandparents find fun activities to do with the kids.

πŸŽƒLet's help make some holiday memories and have a happy dayπŸ•·️

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Cat Ears Headband for Barbie DIY -Halloween or Any Day +Headband Round-Up of Ideas

I love making little headband crafts from recycled bottle rings for Barbie! And this cat ear headband comes together in no time using only two items, a sturdy bottle ring and a pipe cleaner. It can be embellished as desired, maybe a little contrasting colored pipe cleaner or faux fur in the center of each ear, but that's really not necessary to give everyone the idea of what we made. 

This project comes together pretty much exactly as the tutorial I created for the unicorn headband, so I won't reinvent the wheel... I'll give a link to the tutorial HERE. The only difference is, make sure you bend the ears into a point for the cat headband. 

Other headband projects:

Unicorn Headband  ~  Pumpkin Topper Headband  ~  Mardi Gras Headband  ~ Orange Braid Headband
4th of July Headband  ~  Reindeer Headband  ~ Bunny Ears Headband
Everything with my headband label can be found here.

~Make something just for fun and have a happy dayπŸŽƒ

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Saturday, October 3, 2020

Five Barbie Craft Ideas from $1 Rubber Pencil Grips

I stopped at Dollar Tree and picked up a colorful 10 pack of rubber pencil grips. My main reason will be shared closer to the holidays, but I wanted to come up with a few other fun projects for this purchase. Here we have a sleek cylindrical vase and Bloggy Buddy Sandi simply cut the grips into rounds for bracelets, you can see her fun post  here. I love that idea because it gives Barbie, and Midge-who I believe is our model today, a lot of color and size options. The jewelry is another fun birthday party or sleepover craft.

Dress from 6" square of fabric tutorial here.

Glue some together to create a throw pillow.
(Disclaimer: I just leaned these against each other because I had other things to try too, but you get the idea.)
Tea light Jack-O-Lantern from recycled candy topper here.

My next idea was to cut the grips straight up the back, 
open them and wrap them around Barbie's legs like leg warmers. 
Super simple, just a way to add a little something extra for a sporty look.

Side note: God Bless all you folks that can manage to get shoes on these dolls!!!

Or how about cutting to size, six rings, to use as a can or bottle koozie.
You will need to cut up the back to help it wrap around the can/bottle.
A handsome new thrift store rescue for the blog, we likey...πŸ˜‰

The grips I bought:

That's a start, I'm sure there are lots of things we can do with these...
Stay tuned for more!

Make something just for fun and have a happy day😊

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Skeleton Hand Halloween Seat for Barbie from $1 Decoration and Recycled K-Cups

This skeleton seat could be called a bench, couch, cot or chair. It's a fun piece of furniture for Barbie Halloween doll play. The scale also works well for other dolls and action figures. I started with a Dollar Tree plastic Halloween decoration and added three recycled k-cups as the base. It's simply held together with some hot glue and the k-cups could be decorated with anything desired, paint, stickers, glitter, tape, etc. I do suggest decorating them before gluing to the hand. 

I drew spider webs and spiders with a Sharpie.

This seat is big enough for two to three adult dolls or several kid dolls. 

The key to this quick project is finding the best spots to help balance the hand on the k-cups. Place the open ends down, you'll find that it rests nicely with one under the palm closer to the wrist, the rim of a k-cup placed in the bend of the knuckle of the index finger closest to the palm, and one centered under the ring finger knuckle closest to the palm.

~Make something just for a little eerie fun and have a happy dayπŸŽƒ

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Saturday, September 26, 2020

One Sleeve Balloon Top for Barbie (or Curvy Barbie) -Two Options

I've been tickled by some pictures I've seen of tops that only have one sleeve. As I was sitting here it dawned on me that balloons would naturally provide that look... So I whipped up two tops, one with a second arm hole and one that's off the shoulder. Both only require a pair of scissors and minute of your time. This is another fun project for a girls sleepover, you can make a ton of tops from a $1 pack of balloons. As always, I do suggest you make a test top before you have a group of giggling girls looking at you in anticipation of dressing their dolls:@)

The off the shoulder version, which looks a little dressier:

And one with a scooped neck and second arm hole, a little sportier:

I believe I used 12" balloons, they measured 2 1/2" across the widest part uninflated. 
The blacked out parts are where I cut the balloons.
There's a lot of wiggle room here, the stretchy balloons help cover up most minor flaws.
Off the shoulder:

Two arm holes:
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