Saturday, March 23, 2019

DIY Easter Deviled Egg Tray for Barbie -From Polymer Clay and Large Button

One of the recurring themes on my Happier Than A Pig In Mud Blog is deviled eggs. I like to try different recipes and decorate or embellish them for holidays and special occasions. So making a Deviled Egg Tray for Barbie has been on my to-do list for a long time. I can officially cross that off the list now:) I was procrastinating because I thought forming the eggs into such a small scale would be difficult and was worried about fingerprints and flaws. But once I accepted they *didn't need to be perfect to portray what they are* and got started, I found it to be easy after all. I think they really turned out cute! 

You could use the cap from a pill bottle or cut the bottom off of an empty plastic bottle and use that as a tray too.

There really aren't any directions here folks, it's pretty straight forward...
  1. Simply pull off a very small piece of clay, work it in your hands until soft and form it into a Barbie size egg shape with one end a little narrower than the other. Just remember it needs to be small enough to be a hard boiled egg cut in half. 
  2. Make the bottom flat so it will sit on a tray, and make a slight indent into the top (like where the yolk would be). 
  3. Then separately form what looks like a little spoonful of yolk mixture out of more clay. I pinched mine a little to form a peak at the top. Two separate pieces, whites and yolks.
  4. Allow to thoroughly air dry or bake per package instructions. 
  5. My clay was white so I painted the yolks yellow, allowed paint to dry and super glued yolks to the whites. 
  6. Then glued eggs to button/tray.
  7. Ack... Lovin' it!!!
๐ŸฐMake something just for fun and have a happy day~

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Seen On My Rounds-Spring Bikes and DIY $1 Barbie Furniture

For this post of 'Thinking Outside of the Pink'... Walmart has these metal bikes for $4.88 that are a great scale for Barbie, the flowers in the basket even look kinda cute. They are displayed with the spring decor. These would obviously only really be good for photo props, but I do like them, and love to see the blue color, not just pink... These bicycles were selling quickly at my store.

I also happened to stop by AC Moore and they just restocked their unfinished wood items. There were several $1 things that are pretty close to 1:6 scale, so I snapped a few pictures to share. Most of these items look good as is, but they'd look great painted too, especially the Adirondack Chairs:)

A beach/lounge chair

Adirondack Chairs 

Rocking chairs 

 A night stand with moving drawer


And finally, small 2" birdhouses that would be cute for decorations and diorama pictures. 

You never know what you might find that isn't marketed specifically for Barbie that's approx  1:6 scale.
Happy shopping and have a nice day๐Ÿ˜Š

Monday, March 18, 2019

Pom-Pom Easter Bunny for Barbie

I'm lovin' this cute little Pom Pom Easter Bunny for Barbie! It comes together in minutes, girls can make it themselves and it can be as simple or detailed as your patience allows you like... It would also be a cute gift tucked inside a plastic egg. Or maybe surprise a girl, set her Barbie up in/on/near the Easter basket holding this cute bunny. I also think they'd look great in any color.

Such a simple idea, you can pretty much see how it comes together...

Directions: Basically, glue a medium pom-pom to a large one for the head. Glue a little one on to large one for tail.
Glue pipe cleaners behind head for ears. And glue on beads for eyes and nose.
There's an interesting little tutorial I found on Pinterest HERE.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Upscaling Plastic Barbie Jewelry for a More Adult Look

While I do love the fun colors and designs of Barbie doll jewelry, sometimes I'd like a more... grown-up look:) The quickest way to achieve this is to simply spray paint the plastic a different color. Every once in a while I end up with more than one necklace in the same design or color (a lot of the jewelry is silver) and it's easy to turn silver into gold. I mentioned previously the 94¢ Mystery Packs of accessories had these hot pink LOVE necklaces and I ended up with two. Now one is gold...

And to take it one step further I glued a very small rhinestone into the circle of the letter O.
Super cute!

The same Mystery Packs had these star necklaces, the original color is orange.
I now have a gold one too.
I'm still sorting through my stash of craft supplies for a small star to glue to the center of one necklace.

And a simple silver necklace that I purposely painted very lightly with gold. 

This is an easy craft that doubles Barbie's accessories and gives your doll a whole new look.
Barbie says: A girl can never have too much jewelry.๐Ÿ˜‰

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

$1 St. Patrick's Day Barbie Dress from Dollar Tree Bow Tie -Picture Tutorial

This Dollar Tree Bow Tie Barbie Dress is one of those silly ideas I always have floating around in my head. Far from haute couture, this is intended to be something you do with the kids, just a quick little craft to have some fun with Barbie for St. Patrick's Day. If you're so inclined, I can see where darts, tucks and hems could/should be added, but... I'm guessing your girl would rather spend that time playing with her pinch-proof doll:) 
I will offer two options though, the one above where only the back fabric gets gathered for the neck,
and the one below where I ran the ribbon through all layers of the fabric creating a stand-up collar.

Start with a $1 bow tie. 

 Cut the center ribbon off and pull the elastic band (that's glued on) off of the bow tie.
Stretch the fabric back into a rectangle.

 Cut a length of at least 12" of thin ribbon, I used 1/8" wide. 
Thread it through a large eye needle and loosely thread it through the back fabric at one end of the bow tie. 
Make sure you catch the spongy batting but don't go through the thin blingy fabric on the front for the looser top...
 Or thread the ribbon through all of the layers for a collar.

 Scrunch and gather the fabric, this will create the front of the halter top of her dress. 

 Hold dress up to doll and estimate the middle of her back. 
Make a cut ~in only the thin fabric on the back of the dress~, leave at least 1/2" on each side. 
Also cut along the bottom of the back of the dress. 

 Slip the doll into the dress.
Tie the halter top around her neck.
Use another 12-14" piece of ribbon for a belt, Mine was 5/8" wide. This helps give the dress some shape.
Tie it around her waist, leave the long ends drape in front.

 Barbie says: Everyone wants to wear green on St. Patrick's Day!

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Happy 60th Birthday Barbie!!! #Barbie60

All of the girls are stopping by to celebrate Barbie's 60th Birthday! For such a special occasion, party dresses are mandatory, not optional:) 
And they decided such a big birthday called for a ~big~ bottle of wine

 ...And of course some birthday cake and cookies.

Thank you for 60 years of fun Barbie!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Recycled K-Cup St. Patrick's Day Hat for Barbie

I'm always trying to think up k-cup crafts and this fun little "green" Recycled K-Cup St. Patrick's Day Hat for Barbie can be as fancy or simple as you'd like. I took the simple road:) Why not pull out a bunch of green, gold and orange buttons, stickers, trim, Sharpies, glitter, etc and let the kids create a one of a kind holiday hat for their doll(s). This is a good project for boys too, the hats can be used on action figure dolls as well as Barbie and Ken. The hats can be silly and fun...

Or just a little more traditional.

Either way they are cute and festive, and a great way to repurpose k-cups.

 And Barbie says: On St. Patrick's Day everyone wants to be pinch proof๐Ÿ˜‰

The cup can be a little large for Barbie, 
you might want to stuff a few cotton balls into it so it sits better on her head.

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