When I was little I loved barbies. Most of my favorites are still in a box somewhere in my closet gathering dust. One day, I hope that my daughter will love them as much as I did and enjoy them as I did. Maybe even I can have a bit of childish fun with her myself.
I was writing the post about my little one’s new sewing play kit DIY and thought of all the things my mother made for me. We didn’t have a lot of money for toys, something I’m sure many of you can relate to. So mom made a lot of my barbie furniture. Sometimes it was made out of recycled items and a few special times she made me plastic canvas barbie furniture.
My nostalgia caused me to go looking for all of the stuff my mother made me. It also led me to find some of her old instruction manuals. Most of the projects aren’t too hard to do (aside from the barbie RV, House, and piano). Nor do they have to be as elaborate. If you aren’t good at details you can make them simpler. Heck, you may even think of something else to make them out of. ho knows. You’ll have to let me know what ideas you come up with if you fiddle with it yourself.
Below are several images. First are all the pieces my mother made for me. Or at least the one’s I’ve found so far. And below that are images of some of the project books I have. I found several of the old pattern books online at Ebay and Amazon. I know at one point there were a few free ones online, but I couldn’t seem to find them. Many of them are fairly easy to figure out on your own, especially if you aren’t too concerned about how fancy you get. Trust me, I still played with the ridiculously colored barbie locker I made for myself in first or second grade just as much as mom’s gorgeous pieces (I wish I had kept that abomination of color to show you lol).
Get Creative With It
And that’s something else. Your kid can learn to make a lot of this stuff themselves with a little parental help. I would say I was able to do the basic stuff by around second or third grade and the more complex by fourth. Then again, I was a crafty child as well. Still, another idea if your child has that inclination.
Well, I hope I was able to give you some ideas on how to save yourself some money or to simply make some unique barbie accessories. And if you are a crafty person it is possible to make some money off these ideas too. I know mom used to sell the stuff at art fairs and flea markets for a fairly decent return.
If I have some time in the future maybe I can even put up a few simple patterns and instructions loosely based on what I learned from making the stuff all those years ago. Just enjoy yourself and be as fancy…or as simple as you’d like.
Until next time, have fun, be crafty, and….as always….Blessed Be.by