Thursday, February 21, 2019

Mardi Gras Masks for Barbie from Tinsel Pipe Cleaners-DIY Tutorial

These Mardi Gras Masks for Barbie are a fun little project that can be as simple, or extravagant, as your imagination (and craft supplies) allow! They start with a pipe cleaner and then can be embellished with anything, more pipe cleaners, feathers, ribbon, beads, foam cutouts, sequins, etc. I made one that gets held in Barbie's hand like opera glasses and one that sits on her face like glasses. My picture tutorial shows how to make the glasses, but they are both similar. Ken's selfie of the girls sitting on his lap...

  Looks like the girls are all set for some fun during the Mardi Gras parade too😎

A close-up of the mask detail:
I started with the green glasses and glued the purple and gold on.

 And the second one...
Gold glasses with gold, purple and green feathers and a heart rhinestone glued on.

Mardi Gras Mask for Barbie:
Create the top of the frame of glasses by bending both sides of the pipe cleaner down at 90 degree angle.
The center should be about 1 1/2-1 3/4" long. 
Having a doll handy is helpful, hold the pipe cleaner up against her face to gauge the size of the glasses.

 Begin to shape the lens of the glasses.
I wrapped it around my finger, then twisted the pipe cleaner up over the top of the frame. 
You can see the excess sticking out to the right, that will be the part that goes over her ear.
Do the same for the other lens.

 At this point the mask looks like glasses😎

   Bend the two sides back so they slide over her ears. 
~Or~ leave them long so a girl can twist them behind the dolls head so they stay on better while playing.

Decorate the mask any way you'd like. 
I wanted to show you how I make Barbie size feathers from craft feathers. 
Simply cut the tip off and trim as necessary.

Hot glue works best (and the fastest) for sticking items to the mask.

And finally...
Ken says: Remember, what happens in Nawlins, stays in Nawlins😃

~Mardi Gras is all about big colors and big fun!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Mardi Gras King Cake for Barbie -From Modeling Clay

I picked up a pack of multi-colored clay at Dollar Tree and decided to test it to see if it would dry out... My first project was a King Cake for Mardi Gras! Mardi Gras colors are gold, green and purple. Most King Cakes have bold colored sugar sprinkled over a white icing to represent those colors, I went in the opposite direction and used colored clay as the cake itself. Maybe not traditional, but fun just the same!

 Did you know Ken was a baker?
Yep, Barbie is one very lucky doll indeed😉 

The clay I used.

 Roll a very small amount, maybe 1/2" piece of clay, into thin ropes. 

Gently twist the colors together.

 Form into a circle and gently blend the open ends together.
Try to smooth the clay out as much as possible.
Note: I wasn't happy with this one and tested drying it in a very mild (well under 180 degree) oven... 
It melted and was tossed.

At this point I sprinkled the next one with clear glitter and set it in a warm place to dry.
I later decided it needed a little white craft paint to look like icing,
then sprinkled the wet paint with clear glitter too.

Did this particular brand of clay dry out? Well, it's been sitting on a paper plate for a week in a warm place...
Not yet, it's still soft. So I'll probably be revisiting this project next year with polymer clay.
But this is still a fun little craft for Mardi Gras diorama pictures and doll play.

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

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Unicorn Headband with Braid for Barbie -From Bottle Ring, Pipe Cleaner and Yarn

This Unicorn Headband with Braid for Barbie is a cute craft that most likely uses items you already have around the house. This is one of those projects that would be perfect for a girls birthday party or sleep over, I'm thinking it should keep them occupied for about an hour. Especially if they want to make them in different colors, maybe one pastel and one primary color headband.

I'll show two options, one with the braid glued directly to the headband and 3/4 covered in pipe cleaner, 
and the tutorial below shows the band completely covered in the pipe cleaner and braid glued to pipe cleaner.

1 sturdy bottle ring, cut open on the bottom
2 pipe cleaners, either fuzzy or blingy tinsel
6 strings of yarn, each about 20" long. Thin sport or baby weight might be best, but I'm sure you can make worsted weight work.

You'll want to use a sturdier bottle ring, I cut mine off of a bottle of vinegar. Take a look in your pantry for bottles that have a screw on cap.
I used variegated yarn I had on hand. If you have a skein of pink, blue, green, yellow, etc the braid would look neat with three solid colors.
Additional embellishments could include, buttons, ribbons, pop-poms, etc.

Fold yarn in half, divide into three sections of 4 strands each and create your braid to desired length
(mine is about 2 3/4" long).

 Bend pipe cleaner in half and place around center of ring. 

 Twist the pipe cleaner around the ring about 3 times, make a large loop for an ear.

 Do the same on the other side.

Finish wrapping the pipe cleaner to completely cover the ring.
~Or~ Cover ring up to the second ear if gluing braid directly to ring.

 Create the horn by either wrapping the second pipe cleaner around a knitting need (size 10-ish), a pencil, 
or just free hand it.

Hot glue the horn to the headband.
I think it's super cute right now😉

Hot glue the braid to the headband. Trim loose end of braid to desired length.

Gently bend horn slightly forward.
(Or glue it leaning slightly forward in that step above.)
Put headband on doll and smile! 

Barbie says:

I say:

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Valentine's Statement Necklace from Beaded Heart Ornament for Barbie -Free Tutorial Link

I like to decorate seasonal trees and a couple years ago I made some beaded heart ornaments from a great U-Tube Tutorial. As I took them out of the box this year I thought the little one would make a pretty Valentine's Beaded Heart Statement Necklace for Barbie... I think it looks very fancy, and elegant enough for any Valentine's dinner party or function! Or maybe even an Oscars party?
 I used 2mm beads and this heart is 1 1/2" wide. 
These cute hearts can be whipped up in about 15 minutes once you get the hang of it.

 The chunky over-sized necklace works perfectly with her strapless dress. 
Now Barbie's ready to celebrate with a glass of champagne and maybe some chocolate candy😍

Make something just for fun and have a Happy Valentine's Day

Sunday, February 10, 2019

A Perfect Valentine's Day Surprise from a Walmart 94¢ Barbie Accessory Mystery Pack

I saw these little mystery gift packs at Walmart and of course had to pick one up for 94¢. And yep, the three year old in me tore into it before getting a picture of the package... *head hanging in shame*.

You can see on the bottom flap it could hold one of four items. My fingers were crossed because I ~really~ wanted a pair of glasses to help keep the pictures of the dolls interesting for me, I get bored easily... Any glasses that were different than the black ones I already have would have been great. 

To my surprise there were three little goodies in the one I bought. What fun! 
A purple handbag...

And the glasses I was hoping for! (Very funky, 1970's anyone???)
And you may not be able to tell from the pic but, the glasses do have lenses too.

And just in time for Valentine's Day, a necklace that spells out LOVE.
I am truly tickled with this inexpensive purchase! 
 The necklace may get a little makeover and end up being painted gold, but that's a post for another day😉

Happy Valentine's Week Everyone, I hope it's a fun one for you too!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Sling Baby Carrier for Barbie from Recycled Stray Sock

Do you have an old stray sock laying around? Perfect:) I'm having so much fun making things for my new Barbie baby! This will be my third recycling project, so far I've made a bassinet and a sled from empty bottles... And this Sling Baby Carrier from a Sock is the fastest craft yet! All it takes is 2 seconds, a sock (maybe a Sharpie) and a pair of scissors.

 Simply lay the baby on the heel of the sock and draw two lines on an angle. 
Be sure to leave about 1" at the narrow end. 

 Cut the sock.

Stretch it like a rubber band a few times to get the edges to roll,
this helps make it look a little more finished. 
(And might help contain a few little fuzzies from the raw edges of the sock😉

Put narrow end around Barbie's neck, fix her hair of course😎 and lay the baby in the heel of the sock.
 Now Barbie's ready to tackle some errands with baby all snug and sound! 

Monday, February 4, 2019

Valentine's Day Tiara for Barbie -DIY from Bottle Ring, Pipe Cleaners and Beads

I found inspiration for this Queen of Hearts Valentine's Day Tiara for Barbie while perusing the isles of Dollar Tree. They had some really cool tiaras for Mardi Gras, which I totally need:@) This one couldn't be easier, it uses the bottom ring from a bottle with a screw on cap, some sparkly tinsel pipe cleaners and beads from your stash. A perfect cold winter day project to keep the girls busy, and Barbies everywhere happy!

I used the ring from a bottle of vinegar, any sturdy plastic ring would work.
The tiara before embellishing...

  1. Wrap a sparkly pipe cleaner tightly around the ring at least five times. Try to keep it close together and completely cover the ring.
  2. Add a few longer 'spikes' to the tiara in the center to give it some height.
  3. Finish the other side by wrapping the pipe cleaner the same amount of times as 1 above.
  4. Glue on beads, sequins or any desired embellishment. 
  5. Please note: The doubled pipe cleaner spikes will be too thick to push on most beads. You could cut small pieces of pipe cleaner and wrap them around the ring so that the two ends stick up (think V) and push beads onto the ends.
  6. Cut the ring in the back so it can be opened and placed on Barbie's head.
~Make something just for fun and have a happy day~

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