I am surprised at how well they held up over the years. The wine boxes are amazingly sturdy.
The trunks are very easy to make. Just a matter of cutting and pasting for the most part. You may (as I did) choose to paint the box first, then just embellish it anyway that you like.
I spent almost nothing to make the trunks, just using up materials and supplies that I already had left over from other projects.
It took me about 4 hours total of actual working time to complete the 2 trunks.
Approximate Time: 1 hour for painting, then overnight to dry. The next day, allow 1 to 2 hours to cut out and paste whatever you choose to decorate the "trunk" with. Again, you'll need to allow drying time for the glue now. I let it sit overnight again and it was enough.
Look for, (beg for, if necessary), the wooden wine boxes that often include 3 bottles of wine, or maybe they have 2 bottles of wine and 2 wine-glasses sometimes. They are ideal for one Barbie doll and her clothing.
Begin by cleaning the box of anything that's not needed, like dividers or labels.
Sand lightly, and dust. Paint with the acrylic paint of your chosen color, giving the box time to dry between several coats of paint, then allow it to dry thoroughly overnight.
The following day, use all of your imagination to decorate the box however you like. I used small satin ribbon and velvet ribbons all around edges in various areas, and tied ribbon knots here and there. Using wallpaper sample books, I just cut to size and glued in place (inside and out) until I was happy with what I'd done. I love adding silk flowers anywhere I can fit them in, and this is a good way to use up ones you've bought at a yard or tag sale.
If you are really patient, you might enjoy filling the finished trunk up with handmade doll clothes for Barbie. They are so tiny that it takes patience to make nice ones. Barbie fits in the "trunk" along with her clothes so that she's always ready to spend the night at Grandma's with your little granddaughter. Lucky you!
Having 2 Barbie dolls meant they each had to have their own trunk...so I made 2.
By Julia from Boca Raton, FL
The hats may be painted with acrylic paints. These are available at Wal-Mart in 4 oz. jars.
Preheat the oven at 400 degrees F. Set cups on baking sheet, leaving plenty of room for the shaping. Watch them closely as it only takes about 30 seconds to shape them as shown. Remove immediately when they are the desired size and shape. Use the ones that result in a nice hat and discard any that don't suit you.
From this point, you can let the girls take over with help from you (if needed), depending on their ages.
By Harlean from Arkansas from Hot Springs, Arkansas
Editor's Note: Harlean has also provided a PDF of this craft Click here to download it.
I would like to know where to find doll clothes for Skipper, Stacie, Chelsea, or Kelly Barbie dolls? Or simple ways to make them.
By Aleah Y. from Herriman, UT
You can find some on Etsy and EBay for Kelly/Chelsea - kind of spendy though - $4-10 per dress plus a couple bucks shipping. For Skipper and Stacie, try some of the tighter-fitting Barbie items. A little ribbon as a "belt" to hold them on helps and they look really cute. If you have the time/ability, a bit of elastic or elastic thread will alter these items nicely.
Also, some of the other "fashion" doll clothes will fit. Some Monster High clothes will fit Stacie and Chelsea, Liv clothes will fit Skipper and Stacie, some Lalaloopsy will fit Chelsea, and I've had luck with some of the Winx doll items (their shoes are huge, but fit the Barbie Star Dolls, as will Liv shoes). Some of these dolls have deceptively tiny bodies (with oddly enormous heads), but again a bit of elastic helps, and the non-Mattel makers seem to put a lot more detail into their items.
I have recently given my granddaughter a Dora Links doll and would like to make some clothes for it. The doll is about 13 inches tall so is overall a bit larger than a Barbie doll. Does anyone know of a sewing pattern source?
By the way, this is an amazing interactive doll linked to your computer. The games and activities are incredible.
By Barb S from Munster, IN
I just did a search for exactly the patterns I listed and did find them. So do the search in Google and you shall find them. Hope this helps.
I dress Goodfellow dolls every year. They are 13 inch dolls. It is hard to find patterns to sew or crochet. I would like to know if any one has any ideas for patterns they could share?
By oesforme from St. Clair Shores, MI