Scary Stylin’ Barbies Tutorial {DIY Halloween Home Decor}

by This is Carrie on October 16, 2012

We’ve been fans of Savers “Dolls of the Living Dead” Halloween decor project for years.  When I came across these two Barbie Hairstyling heads at my last trip to Savers Thrift store, I knew I could use a similar technique to turn them into creepy Halloween decor perfect for the porch garden box or fireplace mantle.


Old Hairstyling Doll Heads (I found mine at Savers thrift store)

White spray paint for plastic

Large red rhinestones or sequins

Decorative creepy, crawly critters (found these at Savers too in their “new” Halloween section)

Black Sharpie marker

Optional: Black Spray paint.

Spray your dolls with white spray paint.  Allow to dry before flipping over to do the back. Spray the hair too, styling as you go and using the spray paint to “hold” the hair like a super strong hairspray.  I had some leftover black spray paint from my Sinister Ceramics, so I used it to “stripe” the hair for a “Bride of Frankenstein” look.

The kids love to get involved in this next part.

Weave spiders, snakes and other creepy, crawly creatures into the hair.  Use a glue gun to attach them to the skin of the doll.  Using a black sharpie, add stitch marks and color in the bodice.  Finally, glue on red sequins or rhinestones for eyes.

For more thrifted Halloween goodness, check out the video I filmed last year at my local Savers Thrift Store

DIY Halloween : This Mama Makes Stuff from Jakfoto Films on Vimeo.



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