Monday, July 15, 2019

Barbie Doll Storage from Recycled Spaghetti Sauce Cans -DIY

The thing I love best about this idea, using recycled cans as Barbie storage is, the dolls stand up straight so it helps keep their hair neater. I used 24 oz cans from spaghetti sauce, they are tall enough to hold the dolls upright and each can will easily fit three dolls. The cans can be decorated with scrap book paper, construction paper, the comics section of a newspaper (do they still have that?) or, I used some wrapping paper. The most time consuming part of this project is waiting for the cans to dry after you wash them... The Barbies (and Kens) look so much happier than when tossed into a pile on the floor:)

I used three cans, you can add as many as you need, or make a couple groups of them.

1. Peel label off of cans, wash well and dry.
2. Cover in decorative paper.
3. Tie cans together with ribbon and make a pretty bow.
4. Done😎

I'm always amused by the small stuff folks,
after I pulled the labels of off the cans and washed them I noticed this😊

♻Let's recycle creatively and have a happy day!

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

How to Make a Beaded Necklace for Barbie (or Ken, or the Kid Dolls)

I know folks have been making Barbie jewelry for as long as... well, since 1959:) But I wanted to share my favorite tip for creating an easy necklace for Barbie. You can use any smaller beads that are to scale and any wire (these necklaces were actually made with Christmas ornament hooks). Simply create a loop on one end of the wire and add as many beads as you'd like. Then create another loop on the other end, but the key is to make sure the beads are tightly pushed up against each other. This allows the necklace to be shaped nicely into a circle or oval. Easy-peasy and pretty!

A simple short pearl necklace.

I made this floral necklace from a thrift store bag of kids beads. 
It was for my Hawaiian hula outfit, kind of a wink and nod to a lei.
Ken says "aloha".

A quick pic showing the little loops on the ends.
True Jewelry makers and folks that sell things know how to make them tidy, tight little circles.
In my world... So far Barbie hasn't complained😉

🌺Make something just for fun and have a happy day!

Monday, July 8, 2019

No-Sew Swing Top with Diamond Mesh Trim for Barbie -Free Pattern

I'm lovin' this super easy, really cute swing top for Barbie! This is another project that comes together in minutes and would be great for a girl's birthday party or sleep over. The key is to use a nice old t-shirt that's well worn, really soft, and drapes easily. It gets dressed up with some bling from diamond mesh ribbon, and the cherry on top... This is a no-sew craft.

I found the diamond mesh ribbon at Dollar Tree.
You can get it in three or five row width, I think three rows is best for this top.

Swing Top Supplies: soft knit fabric, diamond mesh ribbon, velcro, glue.

  1. Save pattern to your computer, use the scroll button on your mouse to make the line equal 1". Print or gently trace the pattern onto paper and cut out.
  2. Cut one piece from soft knit fabric.
  3. Cut approx 5" strip of diamond mesh (24 rows long).
  4. Glue diamond mesh onto the straight top of the fabric. The glue I used to hold the diamond mesh to the fabric was Aleene's Fabric Fusion. It worked very well!
  5. Glue small piece of velcro to the back to close the top. Hot glue works best for attaching the velcro (unless you want to sew it on).
  6. Tip: If planning a group craft project, it's always best for you to make a test shirt ahead of time.

A quick pic of the back.

And the side... 

Barbie says: A girl can never have too many cute tops😉

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Hula "Coconut" Top for Barbie from Peanut Shells and Hula Skirt from Recycled Plastic Bag-DIY

Sometimes I'll try to make something just to crack myself up... This is one of those times folks:) Barbie's going to a Hawaiian luau party this summer and lovin' this cute "coconut" top and hula skirt! The top is made from peanut shells. Yep, peanut shells. The most time consuming part is sorting through the bag looking for big peanuts. This is a fun little summer project that really doesn't cost any money and would keep the kids busy for a while.

Supplies for top: Peanut shells, hot glue, ribbon (small flower embellishment-optional).
Supplies for skirt:  Plastic Shopping bag, pony tail hair band.

Directions for Coconut Top:
Pick out some chubby looking peanuts... 
If you're lucky you might find one that has two plump ends and you won't have to glue the top together😉
Rinse the shells off and dry well if they were salted peanuts.

Glue two pieces together to create the top.

Glue a 12"ish, piece of ribbon to inside of shells.
You want it long enough to tie into a bow behind the doll's back.

You could add another piece of ribbon between the shells that would tie behind the doll's neck.
Or you could slip a hairband around the center and put that around her neck.
I just tied the top behind her back and that worked fine for me.
(A small piece of tape on the back might add extra security that the top won't slip, if desired.)

Barbie says... Aloha, where's the pig roast???😎

🌴Make something just for fun and have a happy day!🍍

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Happy 4th of July!

Here's a little fabulous Red, White and Blue Barbie eye candy from Pinterest for the 4th of July -enjoy!

Barbie says- Celebrate in style😉
 Happy 4th of July Everyone!

Monday, July 1, 2019

Easy 4th of July Headband from Bottle Ring for Barbie

I love this last minute 4th of July Headband for Barbie! It came together in no time with supplies I had on-hand. But I think you can still find the tinsel shreds at Dollar Tree or use red, white and blue yarn. The idea is to simply give the doll a patriotic hair decoration. I used a water bottle ring for the headband, tied the tinsel onto it and hot glued a blue star sequin and bead. Quick, cute, blingy and festive! I like that kind of craft:)

A few other holiday ideas with links:

Friday, June 28, 2019

Quick No-Sew Handkerchief Top for Barbie

I love the fun grab-and-go fat quarters of fabric you can get anywhere from Walmart to the craft stores, and now I see some at Dollar Tree too. Here's a *quick* little no-sew Handkerchief type top for Barbie that literally comes together in minutes. I made this one for the summer holidays, but it would be perfect in any fabric design or for any casual occasion.

 Cool and breezy!

Supplies: fabric, velcro and hot glue
  1. Make 6" long triangle of fabric; fold fabric in half, measure 3" long across top and 3" down on fold. 
  2. Cut triangle with pinking shears if you have them.
  3. Fold long top of triangle over about 1/4" and either iron or run your fingernail over it a couple times to keep fold in place. (I used my fingernail.)
  4. Hot glue or Liquid Stitch (or sew) velcro to ends so they close behind doll's back.
  5. Throw some burgers on the grill and enjoy your simple new 4th of July Barbie top😎
This is also the perfect size to use as a head scarf too.

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