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Craft Tag

So Victoria from Reverie Dolls nominated me for the Craft Tag. (Okay, technically she just said “you”, but I think this is really cool, so I’m doing it. Kaylyn created this tag.

The rules are:

Answer 5 questions

Create 5+ new questions

Tag people

 

Victoria’s questions:

What is your favorite craft supply?

Almost anything, although some of my favorites are; cloth, yarn, pompoms, shells, and paint.

Hot glue or liquid glue?

Definitely hot glue, though liquid glue is better for some things. But if hot glue will work, I probably will use it.

Wing it or plan it?

Depends on the project. If it’s small, and I do it as soon as I get the idea, wing it. If it’s really big I’ll probably write some stuff down. Usually though, I’ll plan it in my head, but not write it down.

Have you ever made crafts to go in your bedroom?

Yes. A lot of what’s in my bedroom I made. I’ve made a quilt, some pillows, almost everything on my wall, my bulletin board, a few clothing items, a small dollhouse, and quite a few other things.

Favorite craft you’ve ever made?

Hmm, that’s hard. I love almost everything I’ve made. My quilt is pretty cool though, and I love the rain-forest house I made for Lea.

Okay, I nominate,

Jewel from The Doll Notebook

Julia from Love My Dollies

Gracie from Smile And Craft AG

Kiki from Kiki Through The Looking Glass

Tess from Silver Sky Dolls

My questions are:

What is the weirdest craft material you have ever used?

What kinds of things do you like to make?

Do you use materials from the craft store, or do you use other things also, like recycled or up-cycled things?

Are there any craft supplies that you hate or won’t use?

Do you have a craft area / where do you do your crafts?

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Underwater Habitat Part One – Inspiration And Set Up

When I read the Luciana books, I started making lists of things I wanted to make from the books. Robots, penguins, all sorts of things.

Normally in American Girl books, I want the character to not get what they want, because it’s so cliche. But in Luciana Braves The Deep I wanted Luciana to go the Cetus, the underwater habitat so I could see inside it. Spoiler alert, she does get to go to Cetus. And when I read that part I knew I wanted to make an underwater habitat for my dolls.

I wanted to do more that just a cardboard room this time, though I didn’t want it to be completely permanent, because I knew it would have to be big. I was thinking building a wood box to put it in. Then I remembered a contest that my Mom had entered me and my sisters in. (Without asking, but she knew we would want to do it.) A recycling challenge, called the Build It Challenge. So I decided to make my underwater habitat for the challenge.

The Build It Challenge doesn’t have many rules, but among the few lies “No power tools.” So that rules out building a wood box.

I’ve wanted a bookshelf under my window for a long time now, and also a window seat. So I decided on trying to find a bookshelf at the thrift store, with a shelf under the room for books, and the top the window seat part. It seemed like a perfect way to have everything I wanted there.

The first time we looked at the thrift store we didn’t find anything.

Bookshelf with shelves

The second time we looked we found these two bookshelves, only one with actual shelves, and not in great shape, but they were only a dollar each, so I convinced my mom to let me take them home.

“I’ll make them work. You know I always do.”

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I started by pulling the shelves out, and the little thingies that keep the shelves up.

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To be wide enough for a bed, they had to be both there, so I shoved them together. They are made of particle board, but the backs are only thick cardboard. One of the shelves’s back was falling off, so I yanked it all the way off with the back of a hammer.

They don’t have the shelf underneath, are falling apart, and, as of right now, aren’t sturdy enough to sit on. But, although they aren’t perfect, they are good enough, and I know I can make them work, I know I can turn them into an amazing underwater habitat.

I have about a month before the challenge, which is a lot of time, but not for what I’m planning to do. I’ve started on the beds and some other stuff, but I have a lot to do.

I’m planning on posting updates regularly, so stay tuned for the next part!

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The Cutest Three-Step Doll Skirt You Will Ever Make

Hello people reading this!

Want to learn how to make a really cute, really simple (three steps!) doll skirt? You have come to the right place.

*Note: This is not the easiest skirt you will ever make, nor the cutest, but for how easy it is, it is really adorable, and you can make it for any size doll.

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Step one: Gather your materials. All you need is wide lace (which you can find at the craft store) and self sticking velcro or sew-on velcro and fabric glue. If you want, you can use flowers or bows to embellish it, or fabric dye to dye it.

Step two: Wrap the lace around your doll, and mark how long it needs to be. Add some overlap for the velcro. My lace was really thin and see-through, so I used my sewing machine to sew two pieces together. I also dyed my lace pink, but that is optional.

Step three: Wrap the skirt around your doll. Cut a square of velcro, and place it where the end of the lace on top overlaps with the lace on bottom. Either stick it on, or glue it on.

And you are done! See how simple that was?

You could make a bunch for Holiday gifts, or for dolls to wear in a dance class. The possibilities are endless!

Nora (The doll) is wearing: Warm Winter Outfit from American Girl, Silver Sparkle Beanie from American Girl, and the skirt I made.

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How To Braid A Flower Crown

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When I was younger I remember trying to braid flower crowns and leaves. One of my older sisters could do it, but I never quite understood how to add in more flowers without it falling apart, and it always fell apart. Now that I’m older though, I can do it. Today I am going to attempt to show you how, so pay attention.

You can make flower crowns for you or your dolls. The one I took pictures for I made for me, just because it was easier to take pictures of the bigger flowers.

Start by picking a bunch of flowers. The longer the stems the less you will have to replace flowers, but the shorter the stems the closer together the flowers will be.

Or you could just sit in a field

Or you could just sit in a place with a bunch of flowers like I did.

Three flowers

Start with three flowers that don’t have super short stems. It doesn’t matter if they are the same length or not.

Cross the first

Cross the right flower over the middle flower.

Cross the second one

Then cross the left flower over the new middle flower, what used to be the right flower.

Cross the third

Cross the right over the  new new middle again, then the left, then the right.

Keep Braiding

Keep braiding until one of your stems becomes almost too short to use, but still long enough for one or two more crossovers.

Adding A New Flower

Pick another flower and put it on top of the short stem.

Braiding

Braid with the two stems until the first stem is all braided and all you have left is the new stem.

Keep braiding this way, replacing stems in that way until your crown is as long as you want it.

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There are multiple ways to finish the crown. You can tie the ends together with string,  you can tie each end to ribbon and tie a bow, or you can weave the ends into the beginning. I took the ends and wove them into the beginning of the crown.

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There you have it! A braided flower crown!

Gabi

For Gabi’s crown I used smaller flowers. I love the way it looks on Gabi!

Flowered

These flowers are purple violets.

A circlet of crowns

Here’s the top view. You can see it doesn’t all look perfectly even, but that’s okay.

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How To Make Valentines Day String Art

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Since Valentines day is really soon (Tomorrow) I have a craft for your dolls. Valentines day string art. You could make some to put in a valentines day scene, or make them at a doll party.

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Here is what you will need:

Scissors

Yarn

Paint (Optional)

A bowl

Tape

Paper

A box or thick sheet of cardboard

Pushpins (Not pictured)

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If you want your yarn to be multicolored dump paint on it. When it dries it will be more than one color.

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Start by making your box the size you want it. You can skip this step if you have the right size box or a piece of cardboard.

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Cover your box with whatever paper you want.

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Stick pushpins into your box in a shape or design. Since it’s valentines day I’m doing a heart.

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Wind your string all around it, in a design, or just random.

And that is how you make a simple string art thing.

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Good Bye

A couple weeks ago I decided to send some dolls to a charity that uses dolls called Broken Dolls Healing Hearts. I sent all of the dolls that I had rescued from thrift stores (That I could find) except for Mia. There were six, and I took a photo shoot of them before they left.

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This is Lily  Anna. I found her at a thrift store spring of 2015. Here is how I restored her and two other dolls. She also stared in Lily Anna’s Troubles

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abbigail

This is Abbi. I found her at a thrift store right before Christmas 2015. I probably wouldn’t have bought her because I already had a Springfield Abby, but she was .29, so I went for it. I gave her to my cousin for Christmas, and she later traded her out for a different doll.

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bridget

This is BridgetI found her spring 2016. She was actually an Our Generation Belle, but I changed her up some.

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passion

This is an Our Generation Ashley Rose, but I renamed her Passion. I found her summer 2016.

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belle

This is an Our Generation Audrey Ann found in fall 2016. She was in terrible shape, with no hair or anything, but I redid her eyes, her face paint, and gave her hair. Her name changed to Isabel. 

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And this is Katie Lee, a BFC ink Katelyn I found in winter 2016. She had more hair, but I cut some of it off.

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I miss having a zillion dolls, but I’m glad they are going somewhere people need them more than I do.

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How To Make A Paper Pumpkin Decoration

With Thanksgiving coming up I wanted to make a decoration for my dollhouse. So I decided on this paper pumpkin decoration.

dscn44631                          You will need:

Scrapbook paper, in Thanksgvingish colors

Glue, preferably glue sticks

Scissors

Something to trace, or a circle paper punch

Something to mark with (Not shown)

dscn44641                       First of all pick out some colors of paper and tear them out of your book, or cut the edging off.dscn44651                         Trace a circle onto your paper. I am using a small bowl, about the size of a canning lid, because I could not find my paper punch. dscn44661                         Cut your circles out. A good number of circles is anywhere from 5-8. I have eight. dscn44671                        Fold each of them in half, making sure that the pattern is on the inside. dscn44681                          Arrange them in the order you want them to be on the pumpkin. dscn44691                          Start gluing the white sides of the folded circles together. dscn44711                        When you have all the circles you want glue the two ends together.

dscn44731                        Collapse the pumpkin so you can cut the bottom off. dscn44751                         For the stem cut a piece of brown or green paper.dscn44761                     Spread glue all over it. dscn44771                             Now roll it up.dscn44781                        And glue it into the middle of your pumkin. dscn44811                            This makes a fun display piece, whether in your house or the dolls.

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How To Make Plethry Stuff

First of all, sorry that I have been so nonexistent recently. Blah blah I blah have blah been blah busy blah blah blah blah. ON TO THE FUN STUFF!

This was inspired by some slime that some I knew made. He put sand in it, and then accidentally left it out for a couple of days. The result was this really cool dried sand slime, kind of like leather. So I decided to make a bunch of sand slime and leave it to dry. Then I could use it for things like picture frames, or chair seats. It’s very sturdy, but also lightweight. Wanna see how to make it?

dscn44251                          Start with slime or silly putty. You can buy some or make some any way you know how, but I am using glue and liquid starch to make some. dscn44261                          If you are making some with liquid starch and glue dig all of the glue out of the liquid starch and put it some place that is easy to clean. Use your hands to knead it till it is putty like. Then dump sand in it. (Being careful not to get sand everywhere.) dscn44271                        The result is this really fun Sand slime. dscn44281                        Now you will want to set in on a surface that you will be able to get it off of when it’s dry. Let it dry overnight or until you can pick it up without it oozing into another shape. Flip the sand slime over and let the other side dry. Do this until it is fully dry. dscn44501                      And you have a sheet of dried sand slime which you can use to make other things!Lexie

How To Make A Tissue Paper Tutu

dscn44361                          I wanted to make something special for Halloween, so I decided on a tissue paper tutu for Lily Anna’s paper princess costume. I love the way the skirt looks with Lily Anna’s eyes. Here is how to make the skirt. It is made just like a normal tutu, except with tissue paper instead of tulle.  dscn44321                        Start by ripping or cutting tissue paper into strips. (Side note, you do not have to use new tissue paper, I used wrinkled paper because that’s what I had, and it turned out just fine.) dscn44331                        Use a ribbon or tissue paper to use as a base. Fold a strip in half and stick it under the base. dscn44341                        Now pull the ends through the loop you made. dscn44351                       Continue till the skirt is as full as you want it. dscn44361                        Then you can tie or twist the ends of the base together to hold it on. I love this tutu!

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How To Make A Rock Necklace

dscn43991                         You will need: Scissors, Some kind of string, And a rock (Wash it if you found it outside.)

dscn44011                         Cut an even number of strings, at least six. Tie a knot about a third of the way through.  dscn44021                             Place  your strings on the rock and macrame it to make the rock stay put. dscn44031                           To macrame, take two of your strings and knot them. Do this with all of your strings, making the knots about the same place. Then divide your two strings and tie a not with the string from the knot next to it. dscn44041                             Put your rock in. dscn44051                          Tie a knot to keep it put.   You can braid the ends or tie knots, but I decided to leave it like this. dscn44061                           Put on your doll!

Lexie