Barbie Makeover Project

~ Posted on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at 1:23 AM ~

** Disclaimer: For those of you who do not have a positive perception on young children playing with Barbie dolls, you may skip this post of mine. I just had to write this out first as there are some of you who believes that playing with Barbie dolls will make children think that being thin, or big breasted or wearing makeup etc etc is the norm. FYI, when I had my Barbie doll, those thoughts never ever crossed my mind. Not even to this day. So with the same belief, I continued on this tradition with our girls and hope that they will have beautiful memories playing with these dolls just like me.


My history...

I got my first Barbie doll when I was around 8-9 years old. It was the "Peaches 'n Cream Barbie Doll 1984", a bridesmaid model exactly like this:

I still remembered the many dresses and blouses and skirts that my late mum personally sewn for my Barbie doll and sad to say, I threw the doll away a decade ago before I got married, silly me did not realised the sentimental values of it then. Sigh.. can only see picture now... So anyway, sometime ago, I told my hubby that we should only give Barbie dolls to our girls when they are around my age.

Few months back, there was this McDonalds' Happy Meals toy which gives out free small Barbie dolls (like 4-5 inches tall) and I got one for our 3 years old girl to test it out on her. She loves it! Hubby at first was laughing and teasing at me for caving in and later ended up buying another one for our girl hahahaha...

Fast forward few weeks after that, I joined this preloved group on Facebook, a group that buys and sells preloved and/or new items. Then I saw this...

Someone is selling 2 preloved Barbie dolls for RM30 (that is about USD8.55) The picture posted was exactly as shown above. I thought 'Hey, for RM30 I get 2 Barbie dolls and some princess-ey dress why not?' So I bought it. As I was liaising with the seller over FB private message, the seller told me that one of the Barbie dolls' right leg is broken. I was like 'What?!' It turned out that the seller has previously posted this item and mentioned about the condition, hence the reason for selling 2 Barbie dolls, as she meant it to be a buy 1 free 1 thingy. She apologised for not stating the condition in the picture as it was quite some time posted already.

At this point, I'm like halfway hooked and I asked her to send me a closer view of the broken leg. I saw the picture and thought 'Maybe I could DIY something and fix it. If I failed, I waste RM30 rather than paying double for ONE Barbie doll' So I went ahead and bought the preloved dolls. When I received the dolls, to be honest, I felt a bit disappointed.

There are things that needed to be fixed on BOTH dolls. The one with broken leg has messy hair, long and clean but messy and sticky hair. I held the doll and noted what are the changes I needed to do for it. The other one, all OK but her hair.. oh dear... it got chopped off here and there like dog's bite. It looks dull and lifeless.

It took me 2 months to do the makeover as I also had to rush up the Christmas gifts for hubby's clients this year, then went on a 4 days 3 nights family holiday trip and only managed to secretly do the makeover and fixes late at night. I did not tell hubby at all about this until I completed the makeover. Yes, I do not want him to laugh at me again.

Makeover process?

First makeover - The broken leg.

You see, the shoes are glued up to the foot and previous owner tried to take off the shoe and ended up accidentally ripped out the leg as well. The seller uses some loytape to keep it intact. What I did was, gently peeled off the loytape and wipe the leg clean and dry. Even attempted to take off the shoes but failed. It stayed glued to the leg. I then use a super glue (which I bought on the pretext of preparing clients gifts, need to use super glue as well lol) and slowly squezeed out a small dollop of glue on both leg surfaces which is to be glued together. I let the glued part dry off a bit before joining the legs part to fuse them together. Do note that the legs color differs in before and after shots as I had to do these under dark and/or yellow lighting most of the time.


Second makeover - Doll 1 with long sticky messy unruly hair vs. Doll 2 with cropped dog bite lifeless hair.

What I did was I took out the dolls' head and soaked the hair in a plastic cup which I put about 1tbsp of my precious shampoo. Soaked it for a night and the next day, let it dry and then comb it. Picture below shown in done on doll 1, the one with long sticky messy unruly hair.

Ahh... I'm getting good at this makeover thing huh? LOL. At the time of writing this blog post, the 2nd doll's head is still being dried up so I don't think it will be given for Christmas on time. I'll just have to give the 1st doll to our 3 years old girl first.

Third makeover - Glam up the Barbie doll

When I first bought these 2 preloved dolls, I don't intend to use their clothes as I wanted our girl to have a princess-ey doll. So I've been watching and monitoring the preloved FB group that I joined in and as luck would have it, I saw someone selling doll dress! Very very very cheap doll dress which can be fitting for Barbie dolls! I jumped at the chance and privately message the seller that I want to buy the dress! The picture shown below is what the seller posted. It doesn't look like Barbie dolls at all but since seller said can fit Barbie doll, I went ahead and bought every different designs there is. Total of 14 dresses in 4 colors all different designs. Each dress costs RM1 (about USD0.30)


The Results for Barbie doll #1 - Before & After pictures

Final outcome is what we are all waiting for right? So here you go... from the broken leg, long sticky messy and unruly hair, to a long clean straight hair in a princess-ey dress! *insert heavenly sigh here...* 


The Results for Barbie doll #1 -Close up view

I took this picture in our bathroom at midnight and sent the pictures and explained the whole story to my hubby over FB text message (he was working in his office room next door) then wrapped up the doll in a nice gift wrap paper and put it under our Christmas tree.

I hope our 3 years old girl will be excited to have her first Barbie doll. I'm sorry to give her a preloved doll but really hope she doesn't mind. Oh, before I forget, I also want to share why I'm letting her have a Barbie dolls years ahead of me. You see, when I got my doll, I was 8-9 years old, and I only played with the doll for a year or so before early teen phase came and I grew up and was into other things. So, I thought maybe she will be able to play and enjoy these dolls a few more years than me? Nevertheless, I hope our girl(s) will have a beautiful memories playing with their Barbie doll now.


What do you think of my Barbie doll makeover attempt?

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