I wanted to post this tutorial before Christmas. That clearly didn’t happen. Either the days are going by too fast, or I’m the worst planner ever (probably a little of both😉).
Honestly, even if I’d posted twice (or even three times a week), it would’ve been impossible for me to create, document, and post every Christmas DIY that popped in my head before the end of the month. That’s how many ideas I have! So, I’ve given myself the freedom to forget the December 25th deadline and continue making a few holiday minis into the new year.
Y’all won’t mind a few Christmas-related crafts in January, would you?
Good, because today’s project is very Christmassy:
Presents for the little ones in our doll family!
I’m sure you all noticed Iduna from Hasbro’s Arendelle Royal Family in my last post.
Usually, I introduce new dolls with a review before letting them sneak into my photos, but I’m not quite ready to review this set.
However, I couldn’t help snapping a few pictures of Iduna and her girls with the mini Christmas villages and cookies. So, I tossed my old rule of “no pics before a proper introduction” out the window and posted them anyway. (Review spoiler: I love these dolls!)
I still plan to review the royal family–just not yet.
Because, my fairy friend, we’re going to make Christmas presents for little Anna and Elsa!
Tink, kids don’t want clothes (at least I didn’t)! We need to give them something fun, like toys—or, to be more specific, dolls.
I’m feeling nostalgic today, so I’m creating a couple of dolls from mine and Sister’s childhood: Clara, Prince Eric, and The Nutcracker from the 2001 Barbie Nutcracker movie.
At one time, Sister had the entire Barbie Nutcracker collection. She and I played with those dolls almost every day. Of course, Clara was exclusively her character. I typically got the role of the prince and whatever villain we concocted.
Lately, she’s been reminiscing about the great epics we acted out with Clara, Prince Eric, and Marzipan, and her stories are what inspired me to make these miniature Barbies for little Anna and Elsa.
- White Cardstock.
- The Barbie Nutcracker Dolls printable on our Printables page.
Our Barbie Nutcracker printable has three dolls: Clara as the Sugar Plum Princess, Prince Eric as The Nutcracker, and Prince Eric in his human form.
You’ll also notice that there are two images of each doll–one facing the correct way and one that’s been reversed. The reversed image will be the backside of our doll.
Making The Dolls:
- Go to our Printables page and print out the “Barbie Nutcracker Dolls” printable on white cardstock.
- Cut a large square around each of the images. Don’t cut out the individual dolls just yet.
- Glue the squares to more cardstock to give the paper a little extra dimension and durability.
- Once the glue is dry, finish cutting out the Barbies.
- Now glue the backsides (white sides) of the images together.
- Finally, use an X-Acto knife (or pair of scissors) to clean up the edges around the doll and trim away excess paper.
Here is our finished product:
I love how these paper Barbies turned out, and I especially love that they’re a remembrance of mine and Sister’s yesteryears. Recreating special treasures from your past for the dollhouse (and its residents) is fun and something I’d like to do more of.
Oh no! I just remembered we’re out of wrapping paper!
Good luck, Tink, keeping those presents safe!
I hope you all had fun seeing this craft come together. Now, why not make a Sugar Plum Princess and Prince Eric for the Chelsea dolls in your miniverse!
If you do, be sure to tag us on Instagram with your photos–I’d love to see them.