How to extend the life of an old doll?
Surely in your house there are old, but favorite toys that you feel sorry for throwing away – teddy bears, dolls, various plastic toys and much more. Today I want to tell you how to give old, once beloved plastic and vinyl dolls a new life. So let’s start in order.
The first thing you have to do is bathe all the dolls in warm running water using liquid soap or shampoo. Rinse out the hair especially thoroughly. To soften the hair, you can use any liquid fabric softener that is added during the wash, for example, Lenore. Then you need to gently comb the doll hair.
To do this, divide the hair into individual small strands and, firmly holding them at the roots, comb, starting from the tips. For these purposes it is very convenient to use special pouderki for cats and small breeds of dogs. Of course, part of the hair will inevitably remain on the comb, no matter how careful and careful you are with your doll. But if her hair was originally thick and beautiful, it will not be noticeable.
If the puppet hair is too entangled or even matted, most likely, combing them will not work. But it’s not so scary – we will sew new ones. To do this, carefully remove the head of the doll and with the help of sharp scissors to get rid of old hair.
In their place will be new, even better than before. You can buy hair in specialized stores that sell strands for hair extensions. Your dolls are completely useless with expensive natural hair. Buy the cheapest – synthetic, that shade that you like best. With the help of a sharp long needle, sew new hair, stitching the strands in the middle. It is not as difficult as it seems. If you do everything slowly and carefully, the new hairstyle will not differ from the factory one. First, sew the hair around the face, then the place where the intended parting will be and at the end where you see fit to thicken the hairstyle.
After a little trim the tips and put your hair in a beautiful hairstyle – so they will retain their original beauty longer and will not be confused. Do you like the makeup of your doll? Maybe he faded with time? Or, on the contrary – too bright and vulgar, like the Barbie dolls of the early 90s? In any case, it is easily fixable.
Reserve in advance with artistic acrylic paints, thin brushes and acetone. To remove an old make-up, moisten a cotton swab in acetone a little and blot with it those places which will undergo a repaint. Old paint should be well washed off with acetone. Fine brush number 1 or number 0, apply a new makeup.
I recommend to start with the lips, as the eyes draw more difficult. It is possible that the first time it will not work very well. In this case, fresh acrylic can be washed off with water and applied again and again until you achieve the desired result. Well dried acrylic is washed off with acetone or nail polish remover.
Now that your doll is so young, has acquired new luxurious hair and new makeup, her old dress does not suit her at all! Those who like to do handicraft, can themselves sew a new elegant dress or suit. Well, and if you are not on friendly terms with a sewing machine, it doesn’t matter either. Go to a large children’s toy store and you will be amazed at the abundance of various sets of clothes for dolls. These sets are available for branded dolls of different sizes, and among the whole variety you will surely choose something for your rejuvenated beauty!