Monday, March 3, 2014

Happy Mardi Gras! Barbie Mardi Gras Masks DIY

These Mardi Gras Masks for Barbie are a fun little project that can be as simple, or extravagant, as your imagination (and craft supplies) allow! They start with a pipe cleaner and then can be embellished with anything, more pipe cleaners, feathers, ribbon, beads, foam cutouts, sequins, etc. I made one that gets held in Barbie's hand like opera glasses and one that sits on her face like reading glasses. My picture tutorial shows how to make the reading glasses, but they are both similar. Ken's selfie of the girls sitting on his lap...

  Looks like the girls are all set for some fun during the Mardi Gras parade too😎

A close-up of the mask detail:
I started with the green glasses and glued the purple and gold on.

 And the second one...
Gold glasses with gold, purple and green feathers and a heart rhinestone glued on.

Mardi Gras Mask for Barbie:
Create the top of the frame of glasses by bending both sides of the pipe cleaner down at 90 degree angle.
The center should be about 1 1/2-1 3/4" long. 
Having a doll handy is helpful, hold the pipe cleaner up against her face to gauge the size of the glasses.

 Begin to shape the lens of the glasses.
I wrapped it around my finger, then twisted the pipe cleaner up over the top of the frame. 
You can see the excess sticking out to the right, that will be the part that goes over her ear.
Do the same for the other lens.

 At this point the mask looks like glasses😎

   Bend the two sides back so they slide over her ears. 
~Or~ leave them long so a girl can twist them behind the dolls head so they stay on better while playing.

Decorate the mask any way you'd like. 
I wanted to show you how I make Barbie size feathers from craft feathers: 
Simply cut the tip off and trim as necessary.

Hot glue works best (and the fastest) for sticking items to the mask.

And finally...
Ken says: Remember, what happens in Nawlins, stays in Nawlins😃

Enjoy the festivities this year folks, but Earl sends his little reminder...
What happens at Mardi Gras...
Doesn't always stay at Mardi Gras!

Have a happy day:@)


  1. Barbie is ready to Laissez les bons temps rouler Lynn! She definitely need a glass and you need one or two with your snow!

  2. Lynn, you are too funny!! I love this post -- Earl is ready to party! :-D

    Have a good day; it's cold and rainy here.

    Denise at Forest Manor

  3. I always love peeking in on Barbie! Yes...laissez les bons temps rouler, Earl! Hugs...Debbie

  4. I just knew that Barbie would have a new outfit to celebrate Mardi Gras and it turned out so sparkly and fun. Of course that Earl had to join in on the fun. I always love seeing what he's up to.

  5. Barbie is cute and ready for Mardi Gras. OH and yes I've had some memorable 'moments' at Mardi Gras for sure!!

  6. I am literally scrinching my shoulders!! I can't believe you made a mardi gras mask for Barbie. That is just too cute for words. I wish you could gather all your stuff in one big collection or something. I think it would be amazing.

  7. Now this is waaay cute, Lynn....You are such a hoot.

  8. I love that you make Barbie outfits. They are so much fun to see! Of course, she needs Mardi Gras attire and I hope you find a wine glass soon!

  9. Love this! With all my playing with my dollhouses, I've found Hobby Lobby and Michael's both care miniature food and accessories right now.

  10. Lynn, I want to meet you in person. You had me laughing right away because you have the best sense of humor. Between Earl and keeping Barbie in clothes and all the cooking you do I need to be your neighbor so more of your creativity would rub off on me.

  11. this is just hilarious! Barbie is rockin Mardi Gras! So is Earl! too much fun!!

  12. Love your Mardi Gras Barbie!

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

  13. LOL Barbie and Earl really know how to party!


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