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DIY Barbie Patio Set From Re-purposed Dollar Store Finds

By Starr Durrant

In under 30 minutes and for under $5.00 I was able to put together a great little one of a kind patio set that Barbie can use to enjoy those lazy summer days!

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DIY Barbie Doll Patio

I like to be creative in terms of re-purposing and as a huge fan of the dollar stores and Barbies, I’m always on the look out for ways to convert something intended for one use into something completely new. Hopefully this inspires you to look at things in a different way and find your own dollar store treasures that you can re-purpose with or for your Barbie enthusiast. You will be surprised how much kids enjoy playing with toys they’ve made themselves: they learn how to embrace imperfection, how to recycle, how to be resourceful and how to occupy their time with creative endeavors that gives them a sense of accomplishment and achievement, so dig through the junk drawer or take a trip to the dollar store together and see what you can turn into Barbie magic!

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DIY Barbie Doll Patio Set

When I found these cute little candle holder chairs, all I needed to do was remove the candle and cover the seat with some colorful duct tape. It just doesn’t get any easier! They came in a variety of colors and only cost $1.25 each and I wish I had bought more because these would make great gifts!

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Re-purposed DIY Barbie Doll Lawn Chair

One issue I had was the size of the candle holder hole – it was too large to cover with one strip of tape so I chose to go with two strips; one going either direction. You can also add a strip of tape to the upper panel of each chair as well.

 

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DIY Re-purposed Barbie Doll Lawn Chair

The patio table is an individual cupcake holder also from the dollar store. It comes with a little spatula to lift up the cupcake so when I removed that – there is a gap on the top of it. To address that, I glued on a circular polka dot tag from a gift bag and it even has a  pattern similar to the tape on the chairs.

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DIY Re-purposed Cupcake Holder Barbie Doll Table

Because I’m making this project to go along with a refurbished doll house for friends of mine I dug out an old piece of that plastic grass, a white lace rack and plastic flowers all from the Edmonton Re-use Centre and painted it pink before gluing the flowers on. If you wanted to make a trellis and didn’t have this type of thing available you can build one using plastic straws, kabob sticks or pop-cycle sticks and plastic or silk flowers; all these supplies are available at your local dollar store.  I went with a hot pink trellis because the outside of the doll house will be white and I want it to stand out; that and experience has taught me that little girls who love Barbie’s can’t get enough hot pink and purple so when I’m making gifts, I try to incorporate those colors where I can. In place of grass you could use green construction paper or fabric.

 

Your little one probably has all sorts of accessories she can add like a little ball, sunglasses or a little pet figurine and if not, these types of things are always available at the dollar stores. For drinking glasses you can cut off a half inch colored straw or in some case little pen parts work perfect.

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DIY Barbie Doll Patio Set

In under 30 minutes and for under $5.00 I was able to put together a great little one of a kind patio set that Barbie can use to enjoy those lazy summer days! Don’t forget to share this with your kids – you’ll be amazed at what wonderful ideas they will come up with for themselves.

View My  Barbie DIY Projects & Tutorials
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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

37 Insanely Cool DIY Bird Baths!

I had an amazing response to my blog DIY Bird Bath made from a reused vase and plate so for those of you Bird Bath enthusiasts here is a collection of some additional DIY Bird Baths that might catch your eye and inspire you. If you do make a Bird Bath, be sure to share it with the Hometalk community, a site where you can post your projects, make boards of your favorites, comment and share!  Click on the graphics below and visit the Hometalk Board where you can learn more about each of these wonderful Bird Bath projects and the creative people that made them.

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DIY – Stylish and Functional Barbie Luggage

Created by Starr Durrant
Cell phone case converted to luggage – pleasure and business!! Your dolls can go on all sorts of holiday adventures with these stylish, re-purposed, functional luggage sets.

DIY Barbie Luggage

DIY Barbie Luggage

WHAT YOU NEED
Holiday Luggage
Fabric Cell Phone Case or Metal Credit Card Holder Frame from foam curlers (see Picture Below)
Small buttons for wheels
Strong Adhesive Tape
Tacky Glue and Glue Gun

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HOW TO

Barbie Luggage
Handle – Pull the frame of the foam curler apart until you just have the rectangular piece. Apply to the top back of the cell phone or metal card holder case with tacky glue and cover in tape to increase strength.

Wheels – Take individual straight rod piece from curler frame and glue buttons to each end. Glue this axel to base of cell phone or card holder case for wheels and place piece of colored tape over top for added strength.

Leather Carry On Bag – Cut a 3 inch piece of a black belt from an old coat or purse strap. Fold it over and place a string in to act as a strap. Fold again and glue with glue gun.

These suitcases open so they can be packed and repacked for every trip –  a great hit with Barbie enthusiasts!

You May Also Be Interested In
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

 

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