Snippets Issue 17 : The Horror Issue

Barbie Of The Undead

Turn a pretty Barbie doll into a brain-eating zombie.

Barbie Of The Undead

Did you ever want to turn your pretty Barbie doll into a brain-eating zombie? No? Well, now you're going to learn how anyway. The cool guys at CO+K asked me to write a little guide on how i went about making my Barbie of The Undead. I’m not going to claim I’m the first to do this, you’ll find lots of them on Google. But for some reason people seemed to like my zombie, when they really should be scared to death. Really.


The Doll:

First you'll need to get hold of a suitable doll. The cool thing to do is stealing it from a sister or cousin or something, but if you want to be dull, you can buy one. You’ll find them in all toy stores, and also find tons of them on ebay, flea markets etc.

The Plan:

When you’ve got your doll you should make a plan. I’ve seen quite a few zombie Barbies now, and most of them just end up a ugly mess. It’s important to keep her looking like a pretty girl – a pretty dead girl. You do not want to cut her in pieces and smear blood all over her. Take a look at some zombie flicks for inspiration. I’ll just assume your Barbie-destruction-plan is similar to mine, and explain what I did.

I wanted to give her a few wounds. One on her jaw – as if she’d been making out with her zombie Ken when he suddenly decided to have a snack. The other one on her arm. I kind of imagined she took a bite of her own arm...

The Face:

So I was going to tear part of her face off. The only problem is that barbies are pretty darned empty-headed. I needed to fill her up to get the desired effect. I used a paper knife to make a small surgical incision in the back of her head. This made a slot for me to fit a scull.


I often use this clay called Super Sculpey. It’s great for making all sorts of stuff. It’s easy to shape, light of colour, and bakes in a regular oven in just 15 minutes.

Now for the scull. I wasn’t sure how much of her face I was going to cut off, so I made more details to the scull than was actually visible on the finished doll. The scull was painted with a few strokes of regular acrylic paint. Luckily the scull was a perfect fit – it wouldn’t be easy getting it out again.

After the scull was in place, I used my knife to cut up her cheek – starting with the side of her mouth, and slowly cutting off small slices of skin until i was pleased. (Now read this paragraph again, and imagine I’m a psycho.)

The Arm:


I then started cutting up her arm. You can’t see it clearly on the photo, but as the arm is not hallow, i could just carve out a bone. You’ll see it better on the finished doll.

The Paint:


Painting a zombie is fairly simple. You’ll need to mix a few colours to get your rotten flesh tone. I used acrylics paint, and also mixed it with some water to get it very thin. I wanted the original skin colour to still be visible. Her hair was also randomly cut, and I actually took some dirt from my back yard for the finishing touch.

Lastly you’ll want some blood. Again – the important thing is not to overdo it. And try to think how blood would be running on a real person. But don’t do too much research.

The Base:

When finishing up, I realized Barbies are not very good at standing. I guess they’ve been walking on heels too much. I made my doll a base (again of Super Sculpey) to fit her feet. This was done in a hurry, and I wasn’t pleased with it at all, so recently I made her a new one. This is actually the first time I show anybody this updated version, so I hope you like it!


The End:

Now you should be ready to beautify some way too pretty dolls. Good luck!


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She looks fantastic, I coveted 2 Barbies for my daughter last year,she has been collecting them for years and is mad on Halloween and horror films,l used 2 of " The look " model muse dolls as they are not open mouthed and look very sinister when finished,l used Games Workshop citadel paints and dry brushed them with a light grey then dry brushed them with goblin green to give tbem that slightly decomposed look,l touched just in 3 places with a hot pallet knife to give an open decomposed wound then dry brushed red gore then just a hint of black to give tbat rotten look,but not to much as you say to spoil the effect,l touched the eyes with a light grey to give tbem that blind look and darkened around tbe eyes,and finally dry brushed tbe hands and her feet with brown earth with a hint of red gore to give that clawing at tbe earth to get out of the grave look,l did have a good advantage as l have been building and painting Citidal war hammer models for people for years and tbey have a wierd and wonderful range of acrylic paints from vomit yellow to snot green ( there actual paint colours !!!! ),I enjoyed converting wishes Dave.

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Very interesting idea... But you used the wrong word a ton of times... It's "SKULL" not "SCULL." A scull is a long oar used at the stern of a boat and moved from side to side to propel the boat forward. A skull is the bony structure inside your head. Just thought you should know.
I did something quite like this to my sisters barbie when i was resulted in my stepdad calling me a satan worshiper D=
This looks ace though =D
I am determined to find my old barbies in the basement!
Oh wow ^___^ Algun dia haree una
i am SO in love with this!!
haha cool!
Woahhh thats awesome! <3
Every girl loves a Barbie!! LOL - this is awesome - good job! x
omg thats soo weird!!
thats freaky!!
ahhhh scared me 2 death!
why would u want to make that!!
wooow i love your update version too! awesome crepy and soooooo cool!
thanks again for sharring. =D
That is amazing. I wouldn't hate barbies so much if I've had one of those =)
hahaha! this is awesome!
Love it better than the original barbie.... XD
That is so awsome, and I think it would be kind of scary if they started selling those... :/ please, give her a mate! Infect Ken!
You could do a really cool Cameron style Terminator Barbie from the Sarah Connor Chronicles. Awesome job Happy
You could do a really cool Cameron style Terminator Barbie from the Sarah Connor Chronicles. Awesome job Happy
Oh man, this is the best evil Barbie I've seen! Whoo-hoo! Great job!
Kjæresten min elsker zombier ^^
Å det gjorde det ikke noe mindre kult at det er en nordmann som har funnet på dette ;)

Love it, awesome! =)
I'm gonna buy a barbie doll as soon as I get paid.... I have to do this! It's awesome!
i defintately wanna give this a try if i can stop procrastinating
i LOVE the exposed jaw. amaziiing.
I love this! I'm going to make a blue traditional Romero zombie...
ahh! i lovee itt =)
Love it! The best thing you could do with, Barbie.
Me encanta! jaja
I love it! Very original ;)
ahhhh i wantttt one!!!

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