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A pretty for the pretties.
So I was at the mall with my sister, and I was looking at these cute little jewelry holders that looked like mini vintage mannequins. I've seen them all over, and they range in price anywhere from $15 to $30 dollars. And I noticed that all it really was a torso, wire and a cute little dress. I knew I had some old Barbies kicking around my garage. So I thought I would try my hand at making one. I'm so in love with it! The purple one I made for a friend.

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  • How to make a jewelry hanger. Jewelry Mannequin - Step 1
    Step 1

    First, and this is the hardest part, pull your Barbies head off. No joke, it's really hard. It took me like five minutes. You might have a piece of plastic sticking out after, that's okay. You can cut it off later.

    Now comes the legs. I ended up using a little hack saw and just sawed through the plastic joint in the hips. The arms, depending on how old your Barbie is, will have to be sawed off, then you have to dig out the plastic. The arm socket needs to be hollow.

    Now you should have a fully dismembered Barbie.

  • How to make a jewelry hanger. Jewelry Mannequin - Step 2
    Step 2

    Now take a drill bit and drill a hole into Barbies crotch. It needs to be big enough for the base to fit into.

  • How to make a jewelry hanger. Jewelry Mannequin - Step 3
    Step 3

    You should have something like this. At this point you can cut that little plastic bit out of the neck. And if needed, you can drill out the arm holes, if you couldn't get all the arm plastic out.

  • How to make a jewelry hanger. Jewelry Mannequin - Step 4
    Step 4

    Now for the base. My mom found me these candle holders that had these little angels on it. I took the angels off and broke off the top candle holder part.

    But an easier idea would be to use a pair of wire coat hangers. I was going to do it this way, but I only had one hanger. Take two wire hangers, and cut them in half along the dotted lines. You need the parts circled in red.

  • How to make a jewelry hanger. Jewelry Mannequin - Step 5
    Step 5

    Cut all four pieces so they are even. You should have some thing like this. Now take a pair of pliers and curl the ends into a spiral.

  • How to make a jewelry hanger. Jewelry Mannequin - Step 6
    Step 6

    You should have something like this. Forgive my crappy paint/photo-shop job.

  • How to make a jewelry hanger. Jewelry Mannequin - Step 7
    Step 7

    When you have all four ends curled, gather them together, and glue the tops together then wrap a wire around the the bottoms. The green are the back feet, the red are the front feet and the circled area is going into the hole drilled into the Barbie. (And yes, I do realize what my crude photo looks like)

  • Step 8

    Before you glue the torso to the base, make sure you sand down any rough edges or scratches on the Barbie. You don't have to sand the whole thing, just the parts that will show through the dress the barbie will be wearing.

    Make sure that you get the holes of the arms and neck really good. These are part of the main focus, and you want it to look nice. The sanding will also help the paint stick better to the plastic.

  • How to make a jewelry hanger. Jewelry Mannequin - Step 9
    Step 9

    Now that we've got a torso and base, it's time to glue. I put the nozzle of my glue gun into the hole and kept pouring in the glue till I could feel the heat on the Barbie's lower back.

    The Barbie is mostly hollow and since you can't really tell where all the glue is going, you want it to be filled so the base doesn't fall out.

  • How to make a jewelry hanger. Jewelry Mannequin - Step 10
    Step 10

    Now smear a little glue around the waist of the torso. This will help to keep the hips and chest from twisting around.

  • How to make a jewelry hanger. Jewelry Mannequin - Step 11
    Step 11

    You should have something like this so far.

  • How to make a jewelry hanger. Jewelry Mannequin - Step 12
    Step 12

    Now get out your wire. It can be any gauge or color. But don't get a too small gauge, or the wire will bend if you put to much heavy jewelry on it. Your going to need about 9 pieces. 3 for the head and 3 for each arm. The (3) for the head should be about 4 inches long. Then (4) should be 6 inches and the last (2) should be 7 inches. You can always cut the wires shorter later if they end up being to long.

  • How to make a jewelry hanger. Jewelry Mannequin - Step 13
    Step 13

    Now use a small pair of pliers to curl the end of the wires into a spiral. This will keep your jewelry from falling off. And make some small wave like bends in the middle of the wires. I did mine like this.

    I made the (2) 7 inch pieces bend a little differently, so that when I glue them in, they will stick out a little father then the other two wires will.

  • How to make a jewelry hanger. Jewelry Mannequin - Step 14
    Step 14

    Now it's time to spray paint. I did the torso of mine in a flat white, and the legs and wire parts in a glossy black.

  • How to make a jewelry hanger. Jewelry Mannequin - Step 15
    Step 15

    Now get your dress, it's time to put it on the torso. The dress I have didn't fit my torso very well, and it kept falling off. So I just glued it on. You don't have to. I found this green dress in with my barbie stuff. I didn't like the whole "Ball Gown" look of it. So out came the scissors.

  • How to make a jewelry hanger. Jewelry Mannequin - Step 16
    Step 16

    Now that my dress is fixed, it's time to glue the wires into the neck and arm holes. I wrapped the ends of the wires in tulle and then glued them in. That way it made it easier to fill in the holes. Then I gave the mannequin a tiny ribbon choker, and I added a few bits to the dress.

  • How to make a jewelry hanger. Jewelry Mannequin - Step 17
    Step 17

    And ta'da! Your very own mini mannequin jewelry holder.

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Syeyon K.
Syeyon K. · Kathmandu, Central Region, NP · 67 projects

Where do you hang the jewelry?

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Amy S.
Amy S.

I LOVE IT! I can't wait to try this. I have wanted one for myself for a long time. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

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Sarah :D
Sarah :D · , , Canada · 20 projects

AWESOME!! I needed something to do with all my old barbies. Thanks for the great how-to. I love your "tailoring job" on the dress. :D

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Riechan
Riechan · Limbourg, Walloon Region, BE · 21 projects

I love it!! I have been wanting to make something like that but using a barbie as a base is a great idea!!! thankyou!

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Jessy
Jessy · Salem, Oregon, United States · 44 projects

Lol, you don't have to used your old barbies if you don't want to. You can buy a cheap one from the Goodwill for like a dollar, or a bag of three or four for 5 dollars from a Value Village if you have one.

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Sk8t3r4lif3 xx
Sk8t3r4lif3 xx · Auckland, New Zealand, Auckland, NZ · 2 projects

Naww.. NOt killing my Barbies fromn when i was little

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Shannon L.
Shannon L. · 3 projects

This is bad-ass....I know what I'm going to be doing in my spare time for the next few weeks, lol!

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Jessy
Jessy · Salem, Oregon, United States · 44 projects

Do it! I'd love to see pics!

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Panda-Goes-Rawr
Panda-Goes-Rawr · 5 projects

I want to make one of these :)

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Winnie Hedegaard Kristensen
Winnie Hedegaard Kristensen · Vejle, , Denmark · 12 projects

WHAAAAAAUUUUUWWWW it´s AMAZING. I LOVE it :)

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