Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Paper Mache Bodice for Barbie

They were calling for a big snow storm here on the east coast and I thought I might have a snow day to play with:@) So I just had to try this Paper Mache Bodice for Barbie! I did have to plan ahead for this project though since it takes at least 48 hours for the paper mache to dry. I quickly wrapped my Barbie in plastic wrap and covered her with paper dipped in the glue/water before work yesterday.
I decided to paint the bodice white and sprinkled clear glitter all over the wet paint for a little bling:@) 
The frilly gold trim was in my stash and matched the gold thread in her jeans well. 
 The tops can be decorated with anything you'd like or have.

Paper Mache Bodice for Barbie-from Dani's Doll Fashion and crafts
  1. Completely cover Barbie in plastic wrap, wrapping it as tightly against her body as you can.
  2. Cut strips of paper about 1/2" wide (I used newspaper).
  3. Dip the paper into a mixture of 1 part white glue to 1/2 part water. Start wrapping the paper around the doll's body. Completely cover the top making  a few layers of paper. (Note: the pics are after I already trimmed all of the plastic away from the top.)
  4. Allow the paper to dry at least 48 hours. Cut a slit up the back of the bodice, remove it from the doll, remove the plastic from the bodice and trim the bodice into the shape you want. 
  5. At this point you can either decoupage some fabric over the paper and allow that to dry, or carefully remove it from the doll and paint the paper.
  6. I left my back open, Dani says you can make holes and tie up the back closure if you'd like.

Dani has detailed directions and fun decorating ideas on her blog HERE. I encourage you to stop by to see her gorgeous wedding dress! 

Make something pretty and have a happy day:@)

PS-While Philly did get snow it was much less than anticipated, my thoughts are with the folks further up the east coast, please take care.

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  1. so cute! you love your barbie bling!

  2. Wow - that top is gorgeous! I enjoy all your Barbie creations!

  3. That is so good, it looks like material.Love the trim..

  4. Oh my gosh, that paper mâché top is too cute for words. I love the gold embellishments and the glitter. Seems like you had fun playing, Lynn.

  5. I went to a luncheon today and we all dressed as our favorite Barbie! It was so much fun...photos soon!

  6. Hi Lynnie! Oh, this is so cute and you did a wonderful job on it. Now can I ask - where is Barbie going to wear a paper mache' top and can she take it off? Inquiring minds want to know! ;)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  7. How cute! Your Barbie is a lucky lady! ;-)

  8. Frilly and adorable. 'm glad to hear the weather wasn't as bad as anticipated. When there was a weather girl reporting from Philly, the first person I thought of was you.

  9. So cute :) I think I have a Barbie or two left from my girls in the attic but with two grandsons, they're staying up there :)

  10. Barbie, you make her such a fashion maven, is this x-rated? I hope you weren't buried in snow~

  11. Oh wow, your bodice turned out fantastic!!! I really love the glitter. Thanks so much for mentioning my blog and trying out the idea, it makes me so happy! :)

  12. All the other Barbie's in the neighborhood have blingy-bodice envy Lynn! Love the sparkle and the gold ribbon trim :)


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