In under 30 minutes and for under $5.00 I was able to put together a great little one of a kind patio set that Barbie can use to enjoy those lazy summer days!
Whenever possible I try to make my projects from recycled or salvage things or I up-cycle, restore or re-use found items. I like the idea of inspiring others to turn something old into something new!
I like to be creative in terms of re-purposing and as a huge fan of the dollar stores and Barbies, I’m always on the look out for ways to convert something intended for one use into something completely new. Hopefully this inspires you to look at things in a different way and find your own dollar store treasures that you can re-purpose with or for your Barbie enthusiast. You will be surprised how much kids enjoy playing with toys they’ve made themselves: they learn how to embrace imperfection, how to recycle, how to be resourceful and how to occupy their time with creative endeavors that gives them a sense of accomplishment and achievement, so dig through the junk drawer or take a trip to the dollar store together and see what you can turn into Barbie magic!
When I found these cute little candle holder chairs, all I needed to do was remove the candle and cover the seat with some colorful duct tape. It just doesn’t get any easier! They came in a variety of colors and only cost $1.25 each and I wish I had bought more because these would make great gifts!
One issue I had was the size of the candle holder hole – it was too large to cover with one strip of tape so I chose to go with two strips; one going either direction. You can also add a strip of tape to the upper panel of each chair as well.
The patio table is an individual cupcake holder also from the dollar store. It comes with a little spatula to lift up the cupcake so when I removed that – there is a gap on the top of it. To address that, I glued on a circular polka dot tag from a gift bag and it even has a pattern similar to the tape on the chairs.
Because I’m making this project to go along with a refurbished doll house for friends of mine I dug out an old piece of that plastic grass, a white lace rack and plastic flowers all from the Edmonton Re-use Centre and painted it pink before gluing the flowers on. If you wanted to make a trellis and didn’t have this type of thing available you can build one using plastic straws, kabob sticks or pop-cycle sticks and plastic or silk flowers; all these supplies are available at your local dollar store. I went with a hot pink trellis because the outside of the doll house will be white and I want it to stand out; that and experience has taught me that little girls who love Barbie’s can’t get enough hot pink and purple so when I’m making gifts, I try to incorporate those colors where I can. In place of grass you could use green construction paper or fabric.
Your little one probably has all sorts of accessories she can add like a little ball, sunglasses or a little pet figurine and if not, these types of things are always available at the dollar stores. For drinking glasses you can cut off a half inch colored straw or in some case little pen parts work perfect.
In under 30 minutes and for under $5.00 I was able to put together a great little one of a kind patio set that Barbie can use to enjoy those lazy summer days! Don’t forget to share this with your kids – you’ll be amazed at what wonderful ideas they will come up with for themselves.