Thursday, July 16, 2009

How to Make Plastic Dolls Wonderfully Modest

File this under "another messy project that didn't make a mess."

Ernie pulled out her princess dolls yesterday, and I remembered that Miss Ariel had a shocking lack of upper-swimsuit. Time for Mama's Big Box of Paint!
Ernie picked a color, and I painted a top on our under-dressed heroine. Ernie wanted shorts on her, too, because every one knows that we ALWAYS wear shorts with swimsuits. So now, our tiniest mermaid has a full-on unitard!


After I finished painting, I started spreading the leftover paint around the paper plate I use to hold my colors, and Ernie wanted to finish for me. Then she wanted another color. Then another. Before I realized it, my four-year-old was painting with a REAL brush, using REAL acrylic paints...and you know what, nothing bad happened!


After the plate was full, she moved on to painting a page from her watercolor painting book, and that DID get a little messy, but only because she wanted to paint to the very bottom edge of the paper and ended up sticking her wrist to the paint 10 or 15 times. But acrylic washes up with water when it's wet, Ernie had a blast, and I had 15 minutes to get dinner started. (Recipe to follow- I can't believe I haven't shared this with you guys!)

10 comments:

Casey said...

I think I'm going to try this with Moo's Barbies. It's either that or throw them away because they are driving me crazy.

Su said...

Yes, and those annoying polly pockets too! :)

Ticia said...

FABULOUS idea! It drives me nuts that all the dolls come with no undergarments painted on or something. What's the first thing a preschooler does with her dolls? Take off all the clothes. I'll keep this in mind.

One Year Older and Wiser Too said...

Clever Mommy!

Sam said...

That is a hilarious photo of "Aerobic Ariel." Though I must confess I've never seen "wonderfully" used to modify "modest" before and am unfamiliar with the concept. ;)

Debbie said...

That's a great idea! Plus, saves money on those doll clothes:)

Teresa said...

this made me smile- "You are one of those Mother's...you know the Mother's who know
way to be.

Aunt LoLo said...

I'm with Debbie on this one - seriously? Dresses that can't get lost?! Sign me up!

Can someone paint on my clothes for me? Siu Jeun seems to rip off my real ones. He's broken stitches in the sleeves of SEVERAL of my shirts...

Elizabeth G. said...

What a great idea! Wish I'd thought of that when dolls ruled the house. I use to shop all over to try and find modest Barbie clothes. It wasn't easy, believe me!

Sue @ My Party of 6 said...

That is a fabulous idea! I'm going to do this. My 11 year old and his friend think it is hilarious to have naked Barbies laying around the house. I'll fix them!