Making Stuff: Barbie Zombie Garden {DIY Halloween Decor}

by This is Carrie on October 4, 2010

When I saw this project among all the cool & thrifty Halloween party ideas on the Savers website, I knew it would be the perfect Halloween decoration for the empty flower box on our front porch.  I also knew it would be a project the girls would find really fun (or totally creep them out, making them have Barbie nightmares for months – either way it’s a win/win in my book).

The girls helped rat the hair of all the thrifted Barbies before I coated them with paint. Then they were dressed and creepified with black Sharpie markers.

Princess even made them headstones.  “R.I.P. Freaky Barbie.”

Download pdf instructions HERE.

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Sara October 4, 2010 at 9:14 am

For some strange reason I’m into zombies right now – I think I may have to do this for Halloween :) I can see the kids being either really into this or really freaked out by this – I’m going with the latter! Can’t wait to spring this idea on them! Love it!

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mistie October 4, 2010 at 9:17 am

I am totally stealing this idea. I love it!!!!!

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Xochitl October 4, 2010 at 10:40 am

Love this idea! Now I know what to do w/the barbies that are missing limbs…great way to recycle! Thanks for the idea.

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Rebecca October 4, 2010 at 2:18 pm

My seven-year-old recently informed me that she’s done with her Barbies. This looks like the perfect send-off for them. Soo fun!

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Jennifer K October 4, 2010 at 2:24 pm

This is only the most awesome thing ever. Soooo going to make it for my house!

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k odell October 4, 2010 at 4:06 pm

this is EXACTLY what we all should do to every Barbie!

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S Williams October 4, 2010 at 4:57 pm

My sister was always very into Barbies. I’m thinking the flowerbed by her front door may have a Halloween surprise in it when she wakes up on October 31st. I just need to get my hands on some discarded Barbies!

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This is Carrie
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Love that idea! What a fun surprise.

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Lynet October 5, 2010 at 12:02 am

that. is. AWESOME.

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Laura October 5, 2010 at 6:25 am

This is the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

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Alice October 5, 2010 at 8:51 am

this is brilliant!! my 2 boys will love zombifying a few barbies!

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Debbie October 5, 2010 at 9:52 am

Carrie- I asked if Nikki if we should do this with some of their Barbies. She said no, we need to make them beautiful. =0)
I LOVE the idea though!!

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kage October 6, 2010 at 6:16 am

I’m trying to create a make-mummy/zombie booth for our halloween booth at the school halloween party and I’m getting warnings that some parents/principal might nix it. How do I get around this?

I promised I would get all human plastic toys….so that boys are “defaced” too.

Help me with an argument!

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Kristen
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October 7, 2010 at 12:18 pm

That is a really awesome idea.

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Claudia Corrigan D'Arcy October 8, 2010 at 11:57 am

Totally stealling this idea for my Zombie party!
brilliant!

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Kim October 8, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Hahaha!! I love this!! So fun…I agree…either way it’s a win win with the barbies!!

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Fairly Odd Mother October 9, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Oh! I am almost regretting giving away 20 Barbies to the local YMCA daycare. Trying to remind myself of the warm fuzzies that gave me to make the donation, but darnit, I want to make a Barbie zombie garden now! Such a great idea.

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Box October 14, 2010 at 8:50 am

Carrie…..why is your picture not on the Savers website? I went to vote for it so you could win a fabulous prize from an awesome thrift store!!!

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Lisa October 16, 2010 at 2:36 am

This is amazing!! Love the way you’ve done their hair

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Mod Podge Amy
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October 16, 2010 at 5:49 am

These are fabulous! I love.

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Jackie
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October 16, 2010 at 8:53 am

This made me laugh so hard this morning. I LOVE it! Excellent job.

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Chris Riccardo October 16, 2010 at 7:22 pm

They’re so cool! I think they need to go make a new horror movie called “Barbie Zombie Garden”. LOL
I believe it is going to be rated R with strong violence throughout and gory, language, nudity and strong sexual content. Ha ha ha!

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EvilEve October 19, 2010 at 6:24 am

LOVE LOVE LOVE!! This will match my Barbie head filled lamp!

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Karisa October 28, 2010 at 3:08 pm

That is a great idea! I linked to it in this week’s Link Love post on FaveCrafts: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/link-love-last-minute-halloween/

Thanks for the inspiration!

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Kim October 31, 2010 at 2:52 pm

I loved this so much when I saw it on Craftster, that I had to make one of my own! Thank you so much for inspiring me to do something with the horror show of a garden that I have going on right now… http://daysandyears.wordpress.com/2010/10/31/a-garden-full-of-zombies/

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Pimp My Barbie
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October 14, 2011 at 9:19 am

Yes! This is a super unique Halloween project or OOAK (one of a kind) Barbie idea – hmmm now where are my Barbie’s with missing limbs? Thanks for posting! :D

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the Blah Blah Blahger
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October 14, 2011 at 11:47 am

HILARIOUS!!! And also really stinkin creepy. : )

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