Welcome to another fun week of Camp Doll Diaries!! We are going to do a little time travel this week – back to the 1950s. This week’s first activity is by our good friend KC of The Real Thing with the Coake Family. Use her post as inspiration and get creative – then show off those ponytails!!
I’ve got a cute and fun 50’s inspired craft for you and your dolls today.
I LOVE the 50’s. I have ever since I was a kid. I even had my sweet 16 party at a 50’s diner! Some of the things that I think of when I think of the 50’s are the cute poodle skirts and hair in ponytails. The hair in a ponytail was often tied with a sheer scarf or ribbon. For our dolls to wear a ponytail, we sure need a cute ponytail holder. I made some cute 50’s inspired ponytail holders for our dolls. You can make some for you just for fun and for your doll.
- High Temp Glue Gun (use with adult supervision)
- Regular Glue Gun or Fabric Glue
- Silicon molds
- Mod Melts
- Acrylic paint
- Hair elastics
Start by warming up your high temp glue gun. Place your Mod Melts in the glue gun. The Mod Melts come in colors now, so you could pick the color you want and make your ponytail holders that way or you can use any color Mod Melts you want and paint them like I did.
When filling your silicon mold with the Mod Melts, I have found that they seem to work and look best when you fill the mold to the point that it looks slightly under filled (like you can see above). When you overfill them the craft doesn’t look as polished at the end. Still works fine, but might not look quite as good.
With an adults help, place a hair elastic in the Mod Melts while it is still warm. You won’t even have to touch the Mod Melts in order to do this. Just hold the top side of the hair elastic and gently push the other side into the warm Mod Melts. You will need to hold the hair elastic for a minute or two to keep it upright and keep it from tipping over. Holding it so it dries straight will make it easier to put in your or your dolls hair.
Add a little more Mod Melts over the hair elastic to help give it some extra strength when you pull on it and put it in your dolls hair.
Now you get to have fun and paint your mold. Popular colors in the 50’s were pastels such as turquoise, pink, mint green, and yellow and bright colors such as yellow, blue, orange, red, white, and black.
For the ponytail holders that tie in your dolls hair, you will need a ribbon that is 20” long. Use a glue gun with hot glue in it. Add a dab of the glue (with an adults help or permission). Gently place your ribbon into the glue. You could also use fabric glue. It may not hold as strong as the hot glue.
Aren’t they so stinking cute! My girls love them…I think I may steal some and use them in my hair. 😉
I love the tie in with ribbon hair ties the best. So cute and perfect with long hair like Josefina. I thought they were an easy way to get the look of a scarf in the hair like people wore in the 50’s.
Which is your favorite? The hair elastics or the ribbon?
What other items from your craft stash could you also use? Think about shapes cut from fabric, buttons, pom poms, and other little items.
KC is a creative, fun -loving, homeschooling mom of two adorable girls, 12 & 7. She has a passion for making special memories and special time with her family. When not cultivating fun for the family, she can be found crafting, creating something, organizing or sprucing up the house. She blogs at The Real Thing with the Coake Family which is about living the creative life with her family, while keeping it real along the way.