Thursday, February 23, 2017

DIY Bead and Safety Pin Basket for Barbie-for St. Patrick's Day or Easter

These retro Bead and Safety Pin Baskets are an easy craft that older girls can make for themselves or they'd be a cute gift for any Barbie lover. I kept mine super simple, but they can be as elaborate as you'd like. You're only limited by the size of your pins and beads in your stash... This little basket in green and gold is perfect for St. Patrick's Day, and I made a cute Easter one too:@)

A better view:

I've added the ornament label, larger baskets would really be cute hanging on an Easter tree, 
maybe with a piece of candy or little bunny inside.
I found a really great and very detailed picture tutorial for the basket HERE.
My notes:
  1. The most important thing is the size of the beads. They need to cover the open pointy side of the safety pin ~and~ you need to be able to close the safety pin. Shorter safety pins use up to 8mm beads, longer ones can use wider beads.
  2. I used 10, 1" long safety pins and think that makes a well proportioned Barbie size basket, especially for playing with the kid dolls.
  3. Longer safety pins would make a deeper basket. If you want a wider basket, use 12 or 14 safety pins.
  4. The tutorial uses craft wire, I used my never ending supply of pipe cleaners.
  5. The tutorial makes the handle out of beads too, I love my sparkly/blingy tinsel pipe cleaner handle.
  6. Embellish the baskets any way you'd like, sequins, ribbon, add a little Easter grass, etc.
And you can click HERE if you'd like to make this easy dress from a 6" square of fabric.
 Now Barbie's all set for the St. Patty's Day parade!
And totally pinch proof...

Make something just for fun and have a happy day:@)


  1. That is so adorable! Where do you come up with these ideas Lynn!!

  2. The little basket is the cutest! You are so clever...and your dolls, the best dressed! Hugs!

  3. Barbie is so stylish and ready for St. Patrick's Day fun! The little basket is so cute, Lynn.


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