First off, how many of you have heard of Scrabble Tile Necklaces? I just discovered these on Etsy.com this past summer and I LOVE them. Basically, it's a necklace pendant made out of an old Scrabble tile. There's an image printed on the front and sealed with a glaze so it doesn't come off. There are hundreds of designs to choose from. I love using them for my dolls. Here are the Scrabble tile Necklaces I have for my girls:
This one belongs to Tess, since she's such a Jane Austen fan. :)
Here's Maggie's. I was so excited to find this pretty unicorn Scrabble tile.
Danielle loves "The Wizard of Oz", so this Ruby Slipper pendant was perfect. Also, she was named after my favorite contestant on the British TV show "Over the Rainbow", as I've mentioned before. This pendant was even more appropriate for her because the winner of the TV show won the pair of Ruby Slippers they'd be wearing at the West End. :) The sea shell charm was one I bought on my vacation to the ocean.
Katie loves the movie "Roman Holiday", so when I found this Scrabble tile with a picture of Audrey Hepburn in that movie, I knew this was the right one for her.
Lucy loves ballet and Barbies, so what better pendant for her than a Barbie ballerina? :)
Ella's necklace is a little bit different. It's a glass tile pendant, so it's a little larger and made differently (I'm not exactly sure how). She loves musicals, and "Singin' in the Rain" is her favorite, so this was perfect for her. Incidentally, this glass pendant is how I found Etsy.com. It came up when I googled "singin' in the rain necklace". :)
Similar to the Scrabble tile pendant idea is the Bottle cap pendant, as shown here with my Emily doll:
I couldn't find a "Monsters Inc." Scrabble tile anywhere, but I found this bottle cap one that's perfect for my Pixar-lovin' Emily (especially since "Monsters Inc." is her favorite). As a side note, her shell pendant was purchased at the same place as Danielle's.
There are lots of these out there as well. I really love the Scrabble tile and Bottle cap necklaces because you can get a perfectly unique necklace for each doll that tells something about her interests or personality. And of course, they're great for people, too. :) So be sure to head to Etsy.com and search for "scrabble tile pendant". Or, if you're good with your hands and want to try to make some yourself, I found a great "how to" video for these on YouTube, done by user michellelovespaper. I've posted a direct link HERE.
You can use other things for doll necklaces, too, such as this Hello Kitty child's bracelet I used for Hailey's necklace...
...and also this red beaded anklet I used for Felicity's coral necklace, since the seller I bought her from didn't have it. Instead of paying around $30 on eBay for her real necklace, I paid $5 for a set of 3 beaded anklets at Wal-Mart! :)
One other thing I discovered is that postcards and greeting cards make great doll posters. Most of the ones I have I found on eBay. If I had a specific movie, actor, or animal in mind, I just typed it in the search box. For example, for Emily's posters, I put "disney pixar mini poster" or "disney pixar postcard" in the search box on eBay. Here are some of the things I found:
These postcards came in a lot someone was selling on ebay...they came from Hong Kong! :)
This one was also from Hong Kong (from a different seller). I found this when I typed in "pixar mini poster". It looks like it might have been a promotional flyer handed out for the movie. It's an even better poster size than the postcards.
Here are some various postcards and pics I attached to the dolls' closet (made from an old bathroom medicine cabinet) to use as posters for them. The "Singing in the Rain" one at the top is a postcard modeled after one of the original movie posters. The girl on the top right is Danielle Hope, winner of "Over the Rainbow". I printed a picture I found online and colored it with colored pencils to give it a touch of color. There's a black and white pic of Emma and Mr. Knightley at their wedding (also a computer print out), and then pictures cut from books of Prince Char and Ella ("Ella Enchanted") and Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy ("Pride and Prejudice").
I'm so happy I found Maggie's beautiful unicorn "posters"! These were greeting cards that came in a collectible tin. The artist's name is Ruth Sanderson. I've never seen more wonderful paintings of unicorns in my life! :)
(and yes, I know the top poster is horribly crooked!)
Just in case you're wondering, I attached these with photo splits (from my scrapbooking supplies) so that I can easily remove them later if I need to.
Something else I've done is take pics of my dolls and develop them in wallet sized prints. Then I searched through thrift stores and dollar stores and found miniature picture frames. These are really easy to find! When you put the wallet sized print in the mini frame, it makes a perfect picture just the right size for your doll!
I even had some developed in black and white, just for fun. :)
Another fun thing I've discovered, mostly at yard sales, thrift stores, or used book stores, is little miniature books. These books are actually a little big, but close enough to regular doll size to work. I've found some great ones!
Sorry, blogger was stubborn again and wouldn't upload this in the right direction!
It's so nice to have actual books for your dolls.
Can't find the book you want? Make your own! :) I found some mini blank books sold by lovvbugg on eBay and covered them with scrapbooking paper to make my own books for the dolls. There aren't any words on the inside, but at least they look great on the outside. Here are some pics:
For this one, I added a picture I'd printed online of Lizzy and Mr. Darcy. It looks pretty good, if I do say so myself. ;)
Ella loves the book "Ella Enchanted", so I cut out this pic of Anne Hathaway as Ella from a book I found on eBay.
For the back of the book, I used colored pencils on a pic I'd printed, then copied the back of my own "Ella Enchanted" book.
I used to be an avid scrapbooker. Now I'm really behind on my real scrapbooks. When I was at a yard sale, though, I found this really cool Mary Engelbright mini photo album, designed to hold wallet-sized pics. When I saw it, I thought, "Why not make a mini doll scrapbook?" So here are some pics of Hailey's scrapbook. She's worked really hard on it! ;)
I've had a lot of fun searching for Pixar toys for Emily. Most of them were on Ebay, and most of them came from Hong Kong or China. I especially loved these little miniatures made by the Tomy company. Here are some pics of Jack Jack from "The Incredibles" (still in his package, which, by the way, is just the right size for Emily), Gill from "Finding Nemo" (in his own little fish tank), and Boo from "Monsters Inc". They're really small, but painted surprisingly well for their size:
Wall-E and Eve were also eBay finds. They're really cool. Both of them are poseable, and the perfect size for Emily.
Lastly, I just wanted to share some pics of some everyday items you may not have thought about using for your dolls, but they work great! :)
Here's a cute jewelry box designed to look like a dresser. I found this at a Yard Sale for only fifty cents! The drawers open and close (except for the top row, since the whole top of the dresser opens). I use it to store doll hair stuff.
Interested in Barbies or My Little Ponies for your dolls? The Barbie dolls sold at McDonald's work really well, as Lucy is demonstrating here. The Ponyville My Little Ponies are great, too.
The best thing I can say is use your imagination! As you're shopping around, look for things that would be the right size for your dolls. You don't have to spend a fortune to buy the spendier name-brand doll items. The fun thing about finding these types of items is that then you'll have a fun story for each accessory or piece of furniture you find.
Hope you found this article helpful. Have a great week! :)