Saturday, February 15, 2020

Mardi Gras Jester Headband from Pipe Cleaners for Barbie and Ken

Here's a cute little Mardi Gras craft, these jester headbands are colorful, festive, and come together in no time. All that's required is the ring from a screw-on bottle cap and some bump chenille pipe cleaners in green, gold and purple. I added some gold beads to the tips too, you could also use really small bells or any other embellishment that sounds like fun.

The headband is cute for both Ken and Barbie๐Ÿ˜‰

Simply twist the pipe cleaners around the ring and shape into curves... Wa-la!
No beads for the ends? Just give each tip a little curl to create the illusion of a ball.

More Mardi Gras:

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Using Small Craft Bows as Ken Doll Bow Ties (Barbie)

Nothing tickles me more than using something for Barbie play that's not what it's marketed to be... While I'm sad to see AC Moore going out of business, I did spend some time looking through clearance bins the other day. I couldn't believe that the register was ringing up 7¢ on a lot of items. I bought these 1 1/4" left over bows from Halloween and immediately saw Ken size bow ties. Now, that may be because the Academy Awards were just over the weekend, but I'll take inspiration any time I can get it!

And Barbie says she's glad to see Ken all spruced up for their Valentine's Day dinner๐Ÿ˜‰ 

 The bows I started with:
 I trimmed the pointed ends off of the purple tie and left them on the yellow tie.
They came with a little sticky dot on the back, I just stuck it to the shirt/doll for my pics. 
You could always add some elastic to go over the doll's head and secure the bow tie for more ~rigorous~ doll play.
 And yes... My Kens need to find a solid white button-up type dress shirt!  
Make something just for fun and have a happy day

Monday, February 10, 2020

Diamond Mesh Skirt for Barbie -Roaring 20's Flapper or Entertainer Outfit, No-Sew DIY

One of the Barbie blogs I follow mentioned that it's the 20's again and created some amazing outfits depicting that era. This is my little wink and nod to a Flapper Dress from the roaring 1920's. Super simple but just as daring and scandalous! This is another no-sew project that only requires diamond mesh ribbon, hot glue and some velcro.

 I've dressed the doll I've been depicting as a musician and show her about to go onstage to perform some jazz. 
These blingy outfits are great for any special occasion, 
and I could easily see a gold one dancing down the street at Mardi Gras...
 Editorial note:
My model has a princess doll thrift store semi-articulated body, I added a different head.
This body came with blue painted on panties. 
I chose to let that show through the skirt, she ~is~ an entertainer after all๐Ÿ˜‰
Want a more discrete look? Simply glue a little ribbon or fabric under the diamond mesh.

Cut approximate 5 1/4" long piece of diamond mesh ribbon (25 rows) for the waistband.
Cut 3 strips of diamond mesh as long as you'd like for the length of the skirt. Mine are  13 rows each.
Starting at the center of the waistband, hot glue the 3 vertical strips to the waistband.

Hot glue velcro to the ends of the waistband. Make one vertical and one horizontal.

Finish hot gluing three more strips to the waist band, see picture below, you'll want them on a bit of an angle.
I added one individual row on the (pictured) left to help make the skirt a little fuller.

Wrap waistband around doll tightly and secure closed matching the two strips of velcro.
Determine how far up you want to cut the diamond mesh apart, creating 'fringe' for the bottom of the flapper dress. I cut them all the way up to the waistband.

The back of the outfit:

Cut enough ribbon to go around the doll's head.
Cut off two rows and hot glue velcro to each end.
 A picture tutorial for the top can be found here.

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

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Dollar Tree Alert! 1:6 Scale (Barbie Size) Furniture, Barbie Branded Figurines and More...

I had a fun trip to Dollar Tree this morning, and wanted to let everyone know they have some Barbie toys... This furniture is a good size for Barbie dolls, there is a love seat, twin bed, set of two kitchen chairs, tub and toilet. The set in stores now is pink and white, the set from last fall was lavender, blue and white. You can see my post here for more detailed pictures of each piece of furniture.

They also had these little 3"-ish Barbie branded collectible figurines/statues.
There are several different ones (most likely) from the 'you can be anything' theme.
If your girl wants a small Barbie Christmas tree in her room, these figurines would make great,
inexpensive, ornaments.  Then you could fill in with an occasional more expensive Hallmark one.
A baker and baseball player:

Soccer player and ballerina:
There was an astronaut and one or two more careers too.

There were quite a few princess coloring and reading books:

 And some pretty stickers too:

Grab it while you see it and have a happy weekend๐Ÿ˜‰

Friday, February 7, 2020

Diamond Mesh Tube Top (or Bathing Suit Top) for Barbie -DIY No-Sew

Here's another fun no-sew Barbie top made from shiny diamond mesh ribbon. All that's required is some ribbon, a little string, velcro and hot glue. It took all of about 15 minutes to make, I think it turned out cute and love the straps. This blingy ribbon is a blast, I'm hoping Dollar Tree gets some in a wider version too.
Barbie says a girl can never have too much bling!

Cut a length of diamond mesh ribbon approximately 5" long, 24 rows.
Hot glue velcro to each end.
Tie string (I used clear fishing line) around center.

Cut a length of diamond mesh ribbon approximately 6 1/4" long, 30 rows.
Cut a single row off.
Lay center of single row on center of top. Wrap string around the center rhinestone on both sides to secure it to top. Tie good knot and cut ends of string off.

Put top on doll, wrap it snugly around her back, secure the velcro closed.
Lay straps over doll's shoulders to get idea of where they fall on the back.

I hot glued the straps right next to the velcro closure on each end. I also glued them 2 rhinestones deep. This meant I trimmed one rhinestone off of each side of the strap.
The top is now complete.

Other no-sew diamond mesh top tutorials on DIY Barbie Blog:

Stay tuned for a matching skirt๐Ÿ˜‰

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Barbie's Super Bowl Party -Diorama

Barbie invited everyone over for the big game and it was a packed livingroom! Lots of good friends, great food, lively conversation and team spirit (even if ~our~ team isn't in it this year...). Everyone is looking forward to the largest sporting and TV event of the year. It will also be nice to see a couple young quarterbacks and different teams in the game for Super Bowl 54. Barbie says -get your popcorn ready!!!

Links to DIY projects:

And yes,
we all have that one friend that goes a little overboard getting dressed for game day...

Whether you're looking forward to the people, food, game or commercials...

๐ŸˆHappy Super Bowl Weekend from Everyone at DIY Barbie Blog๐Ÿˆ
-Have Fun๐Ÿ˜Ž

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