Monday, 19 March 2018

Make a Doll's Wardrobe


Make a doll's wardrobe by up-cycling some cardboard packaging


Coat-hangers often come with doll's clothing, but what are you supposed to do with them? Make a doll's wardrobe of course! In this post I'll take you through a project I worked on with my daughter to make a wardrobe for her Barbie's clothes. You can make one to suit any doll, you just need to choose a box that is the appropriate size for the coat-hangers and clothes.

What you will need:
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Scissors
  • Wooden skewer
  • Hot glue gun (adult use only)
  • Washable paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Gemstone stickers (or similar to make handles)
  • Washable PVA Glue
  • Masking tape
  • Newspaper to protect surfaces
  • Smock
Instructions:
  • Keep an eye on the cardboard boxes coming into your home for one that would be suitable for a doll's wardrobe. You might be lucky and find something with flaps that can be used for the doors or you may have to attach doors yourself. Ideally you don't want to be taping a hinge on as this doesn't make for a sturdy join. Instead, look for something with a fold in it that you glue to the side of the cupboard as in the photos. Remember that you can always cut cardboard to size too.

 
Keep an eye on the boxes and packaging coming into your home for something suitable for a doll's wardrobe


Don't forget you can cut something down to make it suitable


You can attach doors to your doll's wardrobe if your box doesn't have suitable flaps, but for a robust join, you don't want to be attaching them with a sticky tape hinge
  • If you need to cut the cardboard to suit, do that now. Glue pieces together if required. Use masking tape to hold the cardboard pieces in place while they dry. Washable PVA glue is great to use as little kids can get involved in this step. Allow the doll's wardrobe to dry
  • Paint and decorate the doll's wardrobe any way you like. Gemstone stickers are particularly suitable for decorating a Barbie wardrobe. Allow the doll's wardrobe to dry.
When the glue is dry, it is time to paint your doll's wardrobe
A painted doll's wardrobe, ready for the rail and door knobs
  • The next step is to add the rail to the doll's wardrobe. Hold a wooden skewer up to the wardrobe to measure how much you will need. Trim the wooden skewer and trim off small amounts until the rail fits perfectly.

Hold the skewer up to the doll's wardrobe to work out where to cut it. If needed, keep trimming small pieces off the skewer until it fits like a glove.

  • Test the position of the rail before you glue it in place. Make sure the wardrobe door closes and the clothes hang properly. Mark the position of the rail.

Test the placement of the rail before gluing it into the doll's wardrobe

  • (Adult step) secure the rail in position with generous dollops of hot glue 
Time for adults to use the hot glue gun to secure the rail in place

  • (Adult step) add gemstone handles with hot glue. Allow glue to dry.
  • Hang up Barbie's clothes in her brand new wardrobe!
    When the glue is dry, hang up Barbie's clothes in her new wardrobe!

    Sunday, 4 March 2018

    Children's Easter Bunny Mask


    Create these Easter Bunny masks with the free printable in this post. A tutorial on how to make the masks is available at http://mykidcraft.com/easter-bunny-mask/75976/

    When the shops are full of Easter eggs it must be time to do some Easter-themed craft with the kids! If you aren't confident in your own drawing ability, and the kids are too young to draw themselves, then a printable what you need. There are so many free and fantastic printables available on the Internet. Just type "free Easter Bunny mask printable" into Google and switch to the "Images" search and you will find lots to choose from.

    I wanted to have a go at creating a printable myself so I created this free Easter Bunny Mask printable for the kids to use. Since I was so impressed with the results, I've put up a tutorial on MyKidCraft.com which takes you through how to create the Easter Bunny mask on the left hand side of the picture in this post. The picture on the right shows what the mask would look like if you didn't unravel the cotton wool balls. Younger children could find this easier than dealing with unraveled cotton wool.
    Create an Easter Bunny masks with the free printable in this post. A tutorial on how to make, and decorate, the mask is available at http://mykidcraft.com/easter-bunny-mask/75976/

    I really enjoyed putting this printable together - it's a way for both mother and child to express their creativity with the same craft. If you like this printable and would like to see some more on this website then please let me know.