Thursday, January 3, 2013

"Winter Princess" Doll Makeover, Part One

My little girls asked for Princesses for Christmas, and, well... they are sort of mini tornadoes that ravage my house on a daily basis. They are definitely a force of destruction. So you can maybe see why I was reluctant to spend the big bucks on some Disney Princess dolls, or something of similar quality. Those things run about 25 bucks each, times two. So, after conducting a thorough risk assessment, I decided to look for a more cost-effective option.

I found these dolls at Dollar Tree for $5 each. That day, however, they were having a
buy-one-get-one-half-off sale, so I snagged two of these beauties for $7.50.
I decided to try my newfound doll customization tricks (see recent posts) and turn these simple gals into one-of-a-kind winter princesses.

I erased their faces with nail polish remover, which I have discovered leaves a paint residue. (I need to get a stronger solvent, maybe straight acetone, but at the moment nail polish remover is the best I've got.) Because of this, I mixed a near-skin color beige and painted over their faces and over parts of their bodies to make it a little more even...

They ended up looking like something out of National Geographic...

Okay, my Winter Princesses were a bit daintier than the folks pictured above, but they DO look like they are covered in mud...

I think I'm getting a little better with the face painting.  If you discount the fact that
under her gorgeous makeup is some foundation thick enough to apply with a shovel...

I had a lot of fun with their hair. I mixed white yarn with silver cord and some fancy thread that I had on hand in my giant, messy (but secretly organized) stash. I sewed sections of yarn together on my sewing machine, cut the looped ends, and glued down to their heads with E-6000 glue. Oh, yeah -- first I gave them buzz cuts.

Underneath her flowing locks, she's sporting a classic 'high and tight'.

As you may have noticed, neither Winter Princess is currently clothed... and it is after Christmas. Yes, I missed my deadline and we didn't end up giving our girls princess dolls for Christmas. Luckily, Santa Claus found some ballerina rag dolls at Walmart and some plastic tiaras to fit their heads and HE gave each girl a "princess doll" for Christmas. Good ol' Santa Claus, always there when Mommy drops the ball.

They have put their order in with the royal seamstress for flowing white gowns with
glitter and gauze, but alas the seamstress has been sick for a month and a half and their
gowns were not ready in time for the royal ball.

Although I think I may one day sell some modified Barbie dolls on eBay, these babies are still destined for my babies. And hopefully, after all the time and effort put into them, they will last at least a few days before they end up bald and naked on my living room floor. 

(Luckily, I also got a new camera for Christmas, so I can immortalize these Winter Princesses via photograph just in case.)

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