Thursday, May 23, 2019

Barbie Clothes from Balloons -Summer Holidays Version

As with most things these days... I had an idea to make some simple Barbie clothes from balloons and after I made a few things I saw on Pinterest that other folks had the same inclination... But I'll still share a few ideas and think this is a fun project older kids can make for themselves (as long as they can safely handle scissors). I wanted to post the red, white and blue version now, while you can still find the balloons at Dollar Tree for the 4th of July.

Ken says since they're at a neighborhood pool party he wore his swimsuit briefs... 
He'll share his Speedo version before he and Barbie go away together to Barbados๐Ÿ˜Ž
Editorial Note: Um... or maybe not Ken...

Here's a one piece bathing suit for Barbie. 
This one is more challenging to put on and kids will probably need some help.
I suggest only using hard plastic dolls for this, can't imagine trying to get the balloon over rubber legs...
But easy to make and still cute๐Ÿ˜‰

A visual to show how to cut the balloons: 

 A better view for seeing the leg openings for Ken's bathing suit (lower right).
And please note: Barbie's top would be turned upside down for cutting from balloon.
For the one piece: cut leg holes and cut the rolled rubber top off of the balloon, then ~stretch~ it over the doll.

You only need 12" balloons in any color or design, both of these are from Dollar Tree. 
But I would imagine the RW&B ones will sell out soon.
I hope to be posting more balloon clothes and projects in the future... Stay tuned.

Make something just for fun and have a happy day๐Ÿ˜Š

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Recycled Mesh Produce Bag Bathing Suit Cover-Up for Barbie

Barbie's ready for some warm weather! I've been saving mesh produce bags because I thought they might be good for crafting and have to say I think this Bathing Suit Cover-Up for Barbie turned out cute! Since this dress really isn't fitted it works well with standard and curvy Barbies. Cantaloupe bags are long enough to make a floor length cover-up, little cutie oranges (this one) comes down to below her knee. Some bags are a stiffer plastic and some are softer and drape more, the ones that drape are best for this project.

DIY Bathing Suit Cover-Up for Barbie Dolls from Mesh Produce Bag:
  1. Simply cut the label off of the top, and the seam off of the bottom. That leaves a 'tube' shape.
  2. Fold the top of the bag over about 2-3 rows, and run a ribbon through the second row of holes, use a long enough ribbon so you have two long ends to tie together into a bow in front.
  3. Slide dress over doll, it will cover her bathing suit top and go under her arms. Scrunch/snug up the top and tie the ribbon.
  4. Easy, breezy and cute!

Barbie says stop by the pool and I'll get you a nice cold drink๐Ÿ˜Ž

๐ŸŒžMake something just for fun and have a happy day!

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Turning Buttons into Over Sized Sunglasses for Barbie

Barbie says over sized sunglasses are all the rage this summer... So I thought it would be fun to take a package of sunglass buttons and turn them into Barbie glasses. And the neat thing is, one pack will give you at least six different color glasses. All that's needed are buttons, hot glue, pipe cleaners and something to cut the loop off of the back of the button. I used heavy duty wire cutters. The most time consuming part of this project is waiting for the hot glue gun to heat up.

Buttons similar to this can be found at Walmart and/or the craft stores.
Generally a pack is less than $3, especially if you have a coupon.

Cute and easy.

Simply cut the loop off of the button and glue the pipe cleaner across the back of the button.
Bend pipe cleaner to make the sides of the glasses and cut to about 1 1/4" long.

Now Barbie's ready for that overdue vacation!

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Easy Crochet Dress for Barbie -Red, White and Blue or for any day -Free Pattern

I wanted to make a new Barbie dress for the summer holidays... This cute crochet dress whips up in no time and of course could be made in any color(s), but I love the red, white and blue! I am a novice crocheter at best and only attempt the craft on rare occasions, but I was happy with the way this outfit turned out. Oh and, those fun toothpick flags you can find at dollar and craft stores make cute Barbie size patriotic decorations too!

I started with this free pattern from Crochet Spot HERE and it's actually the first crochet pattern I could follow 100%. What I mean by that is, if I can do it... Anyone should be able to do it๐Ÿ˜Š

My changes: I used a hairband instead of rubber band and crocheted into the back loop only. 
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I love these funky little $1 yarns I found at AC Moore! The blue is so much fun. I decided to trim the bottom of the dress with it using double crochet, figuring I'd never be able to see the stitches to make additional rows.

I highly recommend trying this super easy pattern HERE!

I winged my own little cocktail dress pattern HERE.
This dress was nice and easy too๐Ÿ˜‰

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Swaddled Newborn for Barbie -DIY From Wooden Bead and Felt

While I've been having fun with the Barbie baby I bought at Walmart, I'd guess he's around 9 months to a year old. I wanted to make a newborn and simply used a large wooden bead for the head. Since it's a newborn baby I'd be facing him towards Barbie for photos and only really needed to give the illusion of a head. I like that the natural color of the bead is similar to Barbie's skin tone too. And of course the bead could be painted, or you could use a pre-painted bead, if desired.

Supplies:
Large wooden bead, mine is a 1 1/4" oval, ideally it would be smaller, and it could be round
3" square of felt for blanket
1" x 5" strip of felt to roll up for body
Glue, I used a hot glue gun

Tightly roll strip of felt up to create the baby's body, glue edge so it doesn't unravel.
Glue body to bead.

Center bead in corner of blanket and glue in place.

Bring bottom corner of blanket up over body and glue to body.

Bring corner of blanket across body, slightly covering face, and glue to side of body.

Wrap second corner over body, slightly covering face, and wrapping around side of body, glue in place.
Wa-la, you've created one snuggly wrapped newborn baby!

Need a bassinet for the new baby? You can find my tutorial for making one from a recycled shampoo bottle HERE.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Barbie Size Garden Gnomes -Outside of the "Pink"

Hilarious! That's the best word I can come up with for these adorable little garden gnomes I found at Dollar Tree. There are three in a pack and they stand about 1 3/4" tall. They'd be perfect for a garden scene diorama or as a cute outdoor decoration for Barbie's house.

 I first saw them on Barbie buddy Sandi's blog HERE and was tickled to find some for myself.

They were in with the gardening supplies at Dollar Tree.

It's always fun to find things not marketed for Barbie that could be used in her world.
Have a happy day๐Ÿ˜Š

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Barbie Size Tissue Paper Flowers for Cinco de Mayo, 1:6 Scale

When I was a kid my elementary school had a May Fete every year and we'd decorate the playground and game booths with tons of these huge fun flowers. Very fond memories indeed... I was curious to see how they'd look a bit smaller, and while these tissue paper flowers for Barbie are a cute Cino de Mayo craft, I will be honest and say the small scale ~may~ test your patience just a bit. But they are colorful and festive and I love them!

The one with a yellow center is made from four sheets of paper cut to 3" square. 
The red center used 8 sheets of paper 2 1/2" square. 
For this scale flower I think 4 sheets of tissue paper is best๐Ÿ˜‰

Directions (you can Google for very detailed tutorials):
  1. Lay tissue paper in pile.
  2. Begin folding one end about 1/4" over. Turn paper and fold accordion or fan style back and forth until you get to the end.
  3. Wrap pipe cleaner tightly around center.
  4. Very carefully stretch the fan out and begin peeling one layer of paper at a time up and toward the center.
  5. Once you get them all separated, scrunch and form them to look like big flowers or poms.
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