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How-To Make Easy Sparkling Barbie Doll Purses (Beginner Barbie Craft Series Project 4)

By Starr Durrant

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What Barbie doesn’t like a fabulous  collection of designer hand bags?  Make these super cute and easy Barbie doll purses and create your own line of Barbie designer dreams bags! Each bag takes less than a minute to make, the supplies are available at most dollar or craft stores and no sewing required! This would be a great project for a birthday party activity.

Barbie Purse


SPARKLING SPLENDOR PURSE TUTORIAL

WHAT YOU NEED
I used glitter foam sheets (self adhesive back) from the dollar store. It comes in a variety of colors and is super easy to work  with. If you can’t find this you could use fancy paper.

String, cord, elastic, wool, narrow ribbon – something that will work as a purse strap

Bead or jewel for latch

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Easy N0-Sew Barbie Purse

 Cut a piece of the sparkly foam into what ever size purse you like. An average size would be 2″ X 3/4 inch (remember the strip you cut will be bent in half) For a clutch cut a shorter length.

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Peel of back to expose self adhesive


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Take one end of a string (purse strap) and stick it in the middle to one side. Use a longer string for shoulder strap and shorter for hand bag.

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Loop the string under and attach the other end to the sticky surface

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Flip the strip over bending it in the middle and squeezing the ends of the strip in- between.

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Cut out a triangle from another color for the flap.

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Remove paper from back of triangle flap and adhere to purse.

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Attach a stick on gem or bead for latch.

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Barbie Purse

View My  Barbie DIY Projects & Tutorials
DIY Barbie Patio Set From Re-purposed Dollar Store Finds
DIY – Beautiful Easy-To-Make Barbie Sofa
DIY – Barbie Workout Collection (Beginners Barbie Crafts Series – Project 1)
DIY Bassinet For Barbie (Beginners Barbie Crafts Series – Project 2)
Barbie Bath Towel Collection Tutorial (Beginners Barbie Crafts Series – Project 3)
How To: DIY Barbie Brunch Hollywood Style
DIY Barbie Boutique
How To Make A Hair Salon For Barbie
DIY – Stylish and Functional Barbie Luggage

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Beautiful Easy To Make Barbie Doll Sofa

By Starr Durrant
If you can cut out some cardboard, glue fabric to it and fold – you will enjoy making these easy and  beautiful Barbie sofas! I was inspired to try this project after watching a video tutorial from
My Froggy Stuff  With some cardboard, glue, stuffing, ribbon and  a small amount of left over fabric,  I was able to make these fun and fab Barbie doll sofa’s with minimal cost or time. Make sure to read my Tips List at the bottom to help ensure your success, then get started designing the sofa of your Barbie’s dreams!

Zebra Sofa
ADDING YOUR PERSONAL TOUCH
Once  you have watched the tutorial and know how to make the basic structure; get creative and incorporate a few of  your own personal touches. I added legs to the sofa by gluing on large beads. I used a  piece of an old black leather jacket belt for trim around the base, it adds an elegant touch and enhances the over-all  stability of the design. The cushions were also an easy accessory to make. The black leather cushions below are left over pieces of the belt  folded over and glued together with a  few stick-on gems for a bit of bling. The best thing about using a belt is the typically have nicely sewn and finished edges so when you glue them to the furniture, it appears as if they have been sewn in place.  The tutorial suggested using a towel for padding but I re-used a bit of stuffing from an old cushion but anything soft will work.

Purple Sofa

Have you noticed the coffee table? It’s made from two retro napkin holders I found in a thrift shop. Simply glue them together and you have a modern and stylish coffee table.

Tip List
You can easily modify the template from  the video tutorial My Froggy Stuff – How to Make a Doll Sofa 2 to fit any size of doll and can make a couch, chair or loves seat by varying the dimensions of the cardboard template.
– In the tutorial she uses the doll to eye-ball the measurements and then free hand draws lines across the cardboard where she wants  to fold it.  I decided to measured  and use a ruler to draw an accurate template, this helps ensure the folds are even and is great to have for reference if I want to make more in the future. 

– I tried these sofa’s with variations of cardboard from thin to thicker and I found the medium weight worked best; too thin and its flimsy, too thick and its hard to get nice folds.
– If you so choose, you could sew a pillow case shape leaving one end open and then slip in the cardboard and stitch it up by hand before folding into shape.

View My  Barbie DIY Projects & Tutorials
DIY Barbie Patio Set From Re-purposed Dollar Store Finds
DIY – Barbie Workout Collection (Beginners Barbie Crafts Series – Project 1)
DIY Bassinet For Barbie (Beginners Barbie Crafts Series – Project 2)
Barbie Bath Towel Collection Tutorial (Beginners Barbie Crafts Series – Project 3)
How To Make Easy Sparkling Barbie Doll Purses (Beginners Barbie Craft Series #4)
How To: DIY Barbie Brunch Hollywood Style
DIY Barbie Boutique
How To Make A Hair Salon For Barbie
DIY – Stylish and Functional Barbie Luggage

 

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How To: DIY Barbie Brunch Hollywood Style

By Starr Durrant

From gift bags turned wallpaper to coasters turned art, this project offer some great ideas on how to create your own Barbie dining experience. 80% of the project was made with things I found at The City of Edmonton Reuse Centre, which is one of my favorite places to both donate and purchase items that can be re-used and kept out of the land-fills and the remaining elements are re-purposed garage sale finds or from my “this could be something” box full of bits and pieces of this and that.

Like with all my Barbie projects I hope to inspire Barbie enthusiasts both young and old to create their own accessories by re-purposing every day things and turning something old into something new.

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HOW TO

1) WALLS
To construct a room display you have lots of choices – you can cut and glue foam board together, bend the outside of a binder into 45 degree angle or use an office file box and cut out one front and one side panel.

2) WALLPAPER
I used a deconstructed gift bag, cut and pasted it to foam board and then added a bit of silver trim. The sparkling swirls add a bit of bling and the  scalloped edge and stripes make a perfect wainscot. You could also use wrapping paper or scrap-book paper.

3) FLOORING
This faux marble drawer liner was yet another find at the The City of Edmonton Reuse Centre,. It’s comes in a small roll like wrapping paper but has a sticky back and is primarily used for lining drawers or shelves. It’s available in most dollar stores and kitchen departments. I simply applied it to a piece of foam board and  without any fuss or muss – I had a marble floor worthy of even the most discerning Barbie.

4) ART
The art on the wall are re-purposed coasters that work perfect to add a bit of color and mood to the dining scene and easy, easy, easy! I found these at the The City of Edmonton Re-Use Centre, but I’ve also seen these at the Dollar Tree Stores.

5) TABLE
The black metal table base was a great find. I’m not sure what it originally was but I think it may have been a flower pot holder??? Whatever it was, I knew it would make a great table base. The table top is a textured piece of silver scrap book paper pasted on to a stronger piece of cardboard and trimmed with small silver cord embellishment. The table-cloth is salvaged fabric that matches the chairs and trimmed with a sparkling string of tiny black sequence glued to it. Other than the goblets, all elements came from The City of Edmonton Reuse Centre including glue and paint.

6) VASE & FLOWERS
The vase is a highlighter pen lid that is covered in sparkles and the flowers were salvaged from an old Easter ornament. I found the silver goblets  in one of those garage sale bags full of miscellaneous and I’ve had them around for a while, just waiting for the right project and this was it!  The plates are foam cut outs and the cupcake platter came as is, pink polka-a-dots with glitter edging from reuse scrap-booking bin at The City of Edmonton Reuse Centre,. Finally,  the cupcakes are beads with white glue mixed with dark pink paint for glaze.

7) CHAIRS
These dining room chairs are a great starter project and are really quite easy to make. Measure a strip of cardboard (approximately 17″ long and 2.5″ wide) and measure two pieces of fabric that are a little longer and wider than the cardboard and sew or glue  together on both sides and one end.  Make sure the good side of the fabric is facing inwards when you’re doing this.  Once  you’ve turned it inside right,  slide the cardboard in and then fold the remain fabric up inside and stitch closed or glue. Now, bend it to shape, glue back pieces together for structure, add a ribbon and some stick on jewels from the dollar store and your Barbie is ready for her Hollywood brunch ! For support I added a square strip of cardboard covered in black fabric under the center of the length of the chair but could have used black foam board or stiff cardboard as well.  I warned you I was a fan! If you don’t have fabric you could always decorate the cardboard by covering it in wrapping paper.  Of course the majority of these elements were  from…….. yes; you guessed it, The City of Edmonton Reuse Centre.

I hope this project gives you some ideas and inspires you to give some DIY Barbie furniture or accessories a try,  if not, consider donating unused items like fabric, glue, ribbons and whatever else they accept at your local Reuse Centre so someone else can reuse or re-purpose it.  Making something new from something old is  a great way to spend some time with your little one and kids have a lot of great ideas once you get them started, so save your extra pieces of this and that and get creative!!

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DIY – Barbie Workout Collection (Beginners Barbie Crafts Series – Project 1)
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Barbie Bath Towel Collection Tutorial (Beginners Barbie Crafts Series – Project 3)
How To Make Easy Sparkling Barbie Doll Purses (Beginners Barbie Craft Series #4)
How To: DIY Barbie Brunch Hollywood Style
DIY Barbie Boutique
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DIY – Stylish and Functional Barbie Luggage

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DIY – Barbie Workout Collection (Beginners Barbie Crafts Series – Project 1)

By Starr Durrant

I was asked to do a series of beginner Barbie projects that kids and moms/grandmas with no crafting experience could do together. This project 1 in the series. This Work-out set is a great DIY project for Barbie enthusiastic of all ages incorporating reused and re-purposed elements or things readily available from dollar or crafts store.

DIY Workout Set starrcreative@wordpress.com

DIY Workout Set starrcreative@wordpress.com

This is a fast and affordable project that would be a great gift for that someone special or a wonderful project to work on with your child or grandchild. There are so many more possibilities to add or adapt to the basic concept – maybe some hand weights or large exercise ball? Get searching through those junk drawers and bits and pieces of this and that scattered at the bottom of the toy box and get inspired to turn something old into something new!

DIY Workout Set starrcreative@wordpress.com

DIY Workout Set starrcreative@wordpress.com

HOW TO MAKE WORKOUT ACCESSORIES

#1 YOGA MAT
The yoga mat is made from a piece of pink foam (available at most dollar or craft stores). It’s embellished with patterned pink & black DUCK Tape also available at dollar or craft stores.

#2 EXERCISE STEP
This is a pink eraser covered in pink and black zebra DUCK tape. There is a piece of pink foam on the bottom so it can be reversed for preference.

#3 SKIPPING ROPE
A black string with the pink plugs from the end of two pens glued on as handles.

#4 RESISTANCES BAND
A black string with two pink mini elastics used for braces tied to the end. I got these in a package of various colors  at a garage sale but they are also available at the pharmacy or dollar store.

#5 THIGH BUSTER
This was made from the bendy accordion like section of a flexible straw with black tape on the ends.

#6 HOOLA-HOOP
Plastic bracelet rescued from recycle center makes a perfect hoola-hoop. These are available in various colors at most dollar stores.

#7 MEDICINE BALL & WATER BOTTLE
The pink medicine ball and the water bottle come from my bin of recycle possibilities – the little things I collect to reuse from garage sales, second-hand stores or the recycle center.

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DIY Barbie Patio Set From Re-purposed Dollar Store Finds
DIY – Beautiful Easy-To-Make Barbie Sofa
DIY Bassinet For Barbie (Beginners Barbie Crafts Series – Project 2)
Barbie Bath Towel Collection Tutorial (Beginners Barbie Crafts Series – Project 3)
How To: DIY Barbie Brunch Hollywood Style
DIY Barbie Boutique
How To Make A Hair Salon For Barbie
DIY – Stylish and Functional Barbie Luggage

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