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Barbie Gets a Spider-Girl Makeover, that Rocks!!!

My daughter loves her dolls. She would spend hours entertaining herself and I remember, before she was born, telling her Dad that I hoped she’s wouldn’t be a Barbie kinda girl. I couldn’t picture myself being a Mom to a little person who did the “pink thing” and played with dolls. Well, guess what happened.  When she was about two, all she wanted for Christmas was Barbie and Ken!!! 😐 So that’s what she got. And I watched her play with them. Barbie and Ken walked hand in hand to the edge of the pool to get married. Or so I thought anyway. But then my little girl did the most amazing thing. She took both their heads off and swopped them around and Ken, who was now Barbie, and Barbie who was now Ken, skipped away from the brink of Barbie Mania. That’s my girl. So, to honor all those little people out there who don’t do the normal thing, I decided to give one, or three 😉 of her Barbie-like dolls a makeover and turn them into Spider-Girl.

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Okay, I know she won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but I think she’s the coolest doll EVER. You see, not only am I a tomboy I’m also an arachnophile, and if they had dolls like this when I was growing up, I probably would have played with them.

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And my daughter, who’s a little scared of spiders, thinks Spider-Girl is pretty cool too 😉

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What you need to give Barbie a Spider-Girl makeover

  • 3 Cheap plastic dolls
  • A rubber ball 3” (7 cm)
  • Black spray paint
  • Black Straws
  • Wooden skewers
  • Super Glue and Pins
  • Masking tape or painter’s tape
  • Hacksaw

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Optional

  • Scrap piece of tulle or ribbon
  • Barbie shoes or boots
  • Jewelry wire

How to give Doll a Spider-Girl Makeover

Warning. The following images may affect sensitive Barbie lovers. I apologize in advance but I’m getting my Dexter on 😀

Remove the bottom of the plastic dolls’ legs and save them for later. You’ll need 6 legs. Place a plastic bag over one of the plastic doll’s heads to protect her from what comes next 😉 Use some painter’s tape to mask off her chest area and paint it black.

Place a plastic bag over the dolls head before painting #Halloweendecor #dollmakeover #spidergirl #acraftymix #halloweentutorial #halloweenDIY

Cut the bottom part of her torso off with a hacksaw.

Cutting the plastic dolls torse off in preparation for her makeover #Halloweendecor #dollmakeover #spidergirl #acraftymix #halloweentutorial #halloweenDIY

Impale her on a skewer. Glue a skewer inside her body cavity. OMW it’s starting to sound like a horror movie 😀

Insert a skewer into the dolls torso #Halloweendecor #dollmakeover #spidergirl #acraftymix #halloweentutorial #halloweenDIY

Then glue and stick her torso onto the rubber ball with some super glue. Insert six skewer sticks evenly around the bottom of the rubber ball to create the upper portion of her spider legs.

Glue the torso onto the rubber ball and insert skewers #Halloweendecor #dollmakeover #spidergirl #acraftymix #halloweentutorial #halloweenDIY

Mask off the bottom part of Barbie’s legs 😉 as shown below.

Mask off the doll legs before painting #Halloweendecor #dollmakeover #spidergirl #acraftymix #halloweentutorial #halloweenDIY

And give everything a coat of black spray paint.

Waiting for the paint to dry #Halloweendecor #dollmakeover #spidergirl #acraftymix #halloweentutorial #halloweenDIY

Once the paint dries you can start making the “mechanism” that will join the bottom of doll’s legs to the rest of the soon to be Spider-Girl.

Making The Leg Mechanism

Did you know that spiders have 48 knees? Imagine how tough your job must be if you’re part of the spider mafia 😀 Our Spider-Girl only has 8 (6 knees and two elbows). To join the bottom of her legs insert a straw into the knee joint and stick a pin through the joint and the straw to secure. Cut the pin and add a drop of super glue to hold it in place.

Join the doll legs to the plastic straw with a pin and a small bit of glue #Halloweendecor #dollmakeover #spidergirl #acraftymix #halloweentutorial #halloweenDIY

Add some super glue to the skewer and slide the straw over the skewer. To make it easier to balance Spider-Girl’s body while adding the legs, I used an empty tin can that I cut to the same height as her legs.

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I added a small strip of tulle around the part where her cephalothorax joins her abdomen to hide the join.

Add a bit or tulle or a ribbon to hide the join #Halloweendecor #dollmakeover #spidergirl #acraftymix #halloweentutorial #halloweenDIY

And used a sharpie to color her bangs black. She also got some kick-ass boots 😀 When I sent my daughter this piccy on WhatsApp, her response was “Oh my gosh I really like her. Is she one of mine?”

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Well, she was darling, but she’s mine now 😉

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And those legs with their pin-knee-joint hinges still work too.

The joints in Spider-Girl's legs still work too #Halloweendecor #dollmakeover #spidergirl #acraftymix #halloweentutorial #halloweenDIY

So what do you think? Would you give a plastic doll a Spider-Girl makeover?

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Or is she too freaky? BTW if you have any spare legs lying around somewhere, you can use them to make these wickedly, wonderful witch’s legs in a cauldron. They’re sure to put a smile on your face. And if your Barbie has a pretty face you can always use her to make one of these gorgeous wood nymphs.

Do spiders freak you out? This easy to follow tutorial will show you how to give a cheap plastic doll a spider-girl makeover for Halloween that's a little freaky but oh so cute too #Halloweendecor #dollmakeover #spidergirl #acraftymix #halloweentutorial #halloweenDIY

If you like the idea of giving a doll a Spider-Girl makeover for Halloween, don’t forget to pin her for later.

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And as always, here’s wishing you a spooktacular crafty week. Thank you for popping around for a visit.

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Comments

  • Posted: October 22, 2019 11:05

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    I'm not scared of spiders but don't much care for them , but this spider girl is way cool.
    • Posted: October 22, 2019 12:07

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Linda 😘 I think she's pretty cool too
  • Posted: October 11, 2019 17:12

    Claire

    Now I think this is a bit too weird which obviously makes it fantastic for Halloween. Very creative.
    • Posted: October 12, 2019 04:46

      acraftymix

      🙊 weird is good right??!! 😉
  • Posted: October 9, 2019 14:18

    Inge

    I don't know what I enjoyed more, the Barbie horror story or her makeover 👌 What a fun idea
    • Posted: October 9, 2019 14:28

      acraftymix

      As long as you enjoyed them both Inge, that makes me happy. Thank you 😘
  • Posted: October 9, 2019 01:59

    Kim

    I think she needs her own cartoon! I think she'll have a wicked sense of humor...love it.
    • Posted: October 9, 2019 05:40

      acraftymix

      If she starts her own cartoon Kim, I'm hiring you to do the wordy bits. Love your style of writing 💓
  • Posted: October 8, 2019 23:39

    Barbara Chapman

    This doll is awesome! My daughter (age 27 now) would love this!!! Her Barbies, because she had so many of them from birthday gifts (back in the 1990's/early 2000's), we had a plastic box that was called the Barbie coffin. Enjoy your doll and yes, you'll have to make another one for your daughter! Lol!!! Hugs, Barb :)
    • Posted: October 9, 2019 05:39

      acraftymix

      😂 LOL I love that, Barbie coffin 😂 and yes, I probably will make one more for my daughter,so Ken better start getting ready for his makeover 😉
  • Posted: October 8, 2019 17:27

    Carolann Iadarola

    I wish I kept my old Barbies now. This is so adorable and a fun craft for anyone! I just love it!
    • Posted: October 8, 2019 17:50

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Carolann and thank goodness for little girls who play with dolls 😉😍
  • Posted: October 7, 2019 17:11

    Julie Briones

    Oh... this is crazy fun! What a great idea... and so smart, too. Reminds me to Toy Story! ;-)
    • Posted: October 8, 2019 06:21

      acraftymix

      🤗 Thanks so much Julie
    • Posted: October 8, 2019 23:41

      Barbara Chapman

      Okay, I NEVER add comments to comments, but since I know both of you... Julie, I love your thought about Toy Story!!! Yes, I could see that neighbor kid making one. Hugs, Barb :)
  • Posted: October 7, 2019 12:57

    Mary

    Hahaha!! My daughter would love this. She is also an arachnophobe but she really appreciates macrabe humor and this is the epitome Michelle. Plus Halloween is her favorite holiday! I kept of thinking of the Toy Story with that kid who would transform his toys into weird little things.
    • Posted: October 7, 2019 13:08

      acraftymix

      Oh I remember that little kid and he made a freaky cool spider doll too 😃 Babyface is one of my favorite movie characters. He looks frightening but has such a good heart
  • Posted: October 7, 2019 09:35

    Sara

    She's great! Now she needs to star in her own comic book :)
    • Posted: October 7, 2019 09:48

      acraftymix

      LOL Sara, yes she does 😉

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