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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Recycled Barbie House:.

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Just a couple items of business real quick like.

Did you happen to see my guest post over at Lil' Luna yesterday? Kirstyn has a brand new baby, and she invited me to share a baby related post over there. Go check it out!

Also, my shop is being featured on Simply UT today! Go see what discount you can get on all hair accessories!

My two year old is obsessed with little things. She loves little plastic animals in all their forms (little people ones, dollar store ones, etc.), chapsticks, and more recently, her little fairy Barbies from McDonald's. Gramzee and Grandpa Paul got her one when we were in Oregon in February, and then we may have taken advantage of the $3 happy meals a couple of times after that.

As you can see in the picture, she has to have them all around her at all times. She used to sleep with all of them until we made a one Barbie to bed rule.

I don't do well with clutter and all of her little collections all over our tiny house, so I decided it was time to make the Barbies a little house.

I just used things I already had at home:

- empty formula can
- fabric
- mod podge
- spray paint
- sponge brush (or whatever you like to use for your podge!)
- ribbon
- hot glue/gun

Before you get started on the fabric part, take your container outside or to the garage to spray paint the lid.

Start off by cutting your fabric for your designs and words, and then cutting a piece of interfacing for each, slightly smaller.

Iron it down and trim away the excess fabric.

Use your Silhouette to make your design and word. I wanted to do a chevron behind the word BARBIES.

Press your fabric on to your cutting mat after removing the paper backing, with the right side of the fabric facing up.

Here's Lucy in action!

Peel off your negative space and be amazed at how well your Silhouette can cut fabric!

Measure a larger piece of fabric to go around your container.

Iron on your design first...

And then your word over the top of that.

Mod Podge that baby to your container, smoothing out any bubbles along the way!

Don't worry about how it doesn't measure up perfectly. We're going to cover that up!

Hot glue ribbon around the top and bottom edges.

Use some fabric scraps to add some rosettes. Hot glue those down too!

Not bad, eh?

I think the gals like it in there.

And then, if it's anything like my house, your little lady will still insist on having all of her barbies out ALL THE TIME, and you just have a cute, empty container sitting on the shelf, and the Barbie collection rotating to wherever said little lady is currently making messes.


At least I tried, right?

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  1. Awesome! I am always looking for ways to recycle containers like that. I don't know why but I hate to throw good garbage away : )

  2. I like this idea! I have a couple cocoa containers - much like this shape - that I saved. I figured I'd use it for a craft one day, but wasn't sure what. Now I have an idea, thanks to you. :)

    Tracy All Thumbs Crafts

  3. Cute! It kind of looks like a Barbie hot tub with all of them sitting in there.

  4. Thats super cute. My little girl is just the same and loves little plastic dolls including barbies and polly pockets!. Thanks for sharing tina x x http://scratchycatcrafter.blogspot.com

  5. That is such a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing over at Tuesday Tell All.


  6. hiya visiting from bcd show and tell and your newest follower x how cute are these containers and so useful too i have a silhouette (unamed ..shame on me !)i will be trying this out when i evr manage to get some of the transfer paper xtfs x hope to see you at mine soon and maybe you will follow me too xmaggiex

  7. i again , meant to say you guest post projject is gorgeous too , thanks to lucy ?

  8. awesome idea! It turned out so well! And I hope it helps keeps the mess down! Thanks for linking up!

  9. This is very cute. I saw you at Sew Darn Crafty by Sew Many Ways.

    Today is my blog's first linky party. I would love for you to add this: http://koolbeenz-blog.blogspot.com/search/label/Funky%20Fresh%20Fridays.

  10. Such a cute idea! Not looking forward to the messes my little baby girl will one day make, so I'll have to keep this in mind!

  11. great job Summer, i do think that those gals love it in there! Maybe for the next one you could make some windows so they don't get too claustrophobic? Thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

  12. Visiting from the I ♥ Naptime Silhouette party. What a cute little doll tote/house! Hopefully she will put it to good use! I just got a silhouette and haven't used it yet. Can't wait to try it with fabric!

  13. I found you from the Silhouette link party. I had never considered that you could Mod Podge fabric! Thanks for the inspiration!


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