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If you love Halloween and want to decorate on a budget, or just like to save some money and have fun at the same time, then these fake boards are perfect for you! I did saw a picture of something similar and decided to make a mini tutorial. You can use them to board up windows and doors to give that spooky, abandoned, “we’re not supposed to be in here~” feeling. You can also use them for whatever else you can think of, be creative!

First off, you need some kind of cutting device, like an X-acto knife or scissors(not your fancy ones, because cutting cardboard will ruin them).

A brown marker

And of course, some CARDBOARD!!!!

What makes this “free” is that you should have some boxes laying around that you can cut up, or someone you know does. People are usually happy to let you take it off their hands because it is bulky and sometimes difficult to dispose of. If you know someone who has just moved or purchased a large appliance, seek out these large boxes. These bigger pieces are what will really create a huge impact, especially if you are going to use them outside and want them to be seen from the street. If you still can’t find any, then you can go dumpster diving for boxes from retail stores. Just go behind the building and look in the green dumpsters. Just make sure you stay in the CARDBOARD ONLY dumpsters to avoid potential nasties.

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This is the smallest size box I would recommend using. It doesn’t matter it there is printing on the outside because the inside should be brown, that is the side we will draw on. You can’t tell from this picture, but this box is a rectangle and the short sides are too short to use. I cut off the top two long flaps, the bottom two long flaps, and cut apart the box to it’s four sides. Then I cut the long sides in half long ways. That gave me 8 boards from one box.

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Now that you have your long skinny rectangle pieces, you will use your marker to draw lines. This can be kind of tricky to get the lines to resemble wood and not just scribbles. I find it helps to start with a knot in the wood placed anywhere, and then start on one side going down and circling out around the knot. Keep making those lines until you’ve reached the end of the board. After that, just do the same on the other side! Remember not to draw the lines equal distances apart. We are trying to replicate nature, and nature is never perfect.  You can add more than one knot if you like, and change where you place it to mix them up a bit. You can also cut notches out of the ends to make it look old and ragged like in the first picture. There is no right or wrong way to do this, so have fun! Happy Halloween! 😀

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Hujoo Baby undies

 

– Size B / 2.25mm crochet hook

– Bernat Handicrafter Crochet Thread. It doesn’t say what size it is, but it’s much thicker than size 10 crochet thread and thinner than 5. It is about the thickness of sock weight, or Patons Lace.

1. Ch 5, turn and sc in the 2nd ch from hook and the next 3, making 4 sc. Ch 1 and turn.

2. Sc 4 across, ch1 and turn.

3. Sc 1, decrease over the next 2, sc 1. ch1 and turn.

4. Sc 3 across, ch1 and turn.

5. Sc 3 across, ch1 and turn.

6. Sc 3 across, ch1 and turn.

7. Sc 1, 2 sc in the next stitch, sc in the next stitch. Ch1 and turn.

8. Sc 1, 2 sc in the next stitch, sc in the next 2 stitches. Ch1 and turn.

9. Sc 1, 2 sc in the next stitch, sc in the next 3 stitches. Ch1 and turn.

10. Sc 6, ch5, sc in the 4 starting chains at the front, ch5, join to the corner of the back and sc across the 6 stitches. Do not turn.

11. Sc around in all stitches and chains.

12. Sc around. FO and weave in ends.

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This is what the finished product will look like. This particular job is done on a dividing wall of a space with a sloped roof, but that shouldn’t make a difference in how we make the beadboard wainscoting.

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You will need:

Small wooden sticks. There are many different kinds, the kind I used were from Hobby Lobby, and called something like “Craft Sticks”. They are 2 9/16 inches long, and 2/16 of an inch wide and deep. You can use whatever size you like to get the results you are looking for.

A ruler or other means of measuring

A hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

A pencil

A craft knife

And something for the trim. I used 1/16 inch thick foamboard (which is not foam, but more of a thick cardstock) You could also use wood.

Also, whatever you need for your desired finishing method. I used paint.

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Before we even get started, I would like to say a word about safety. Hot glue guns, as the name says, are hot!! Please use good judgement when using them and supervise children. If you are under 12, please ask an adult to help you. Only have it turned on when you are using it, and don’t let the cord dangle where pets or children can grab at it. It is also a good idea to have burn gel nearby just in case. For those of you who have never been burned, it hurts really bad, for a long time. And if the burn is really bad, it might not hurt at all….because you’ve damaged the nerves! So please please please be careful and use it at your own risk. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

You might be able to cut out a piece of paper the same size and length you want the finished wainscoting to be and then use wood glue to secure the sticks and then glue the paper to the wall, but I haven’t tried this so you are on your own.

 

So, back to the project at hand. First, you need to sort the sticks and make sure to get rid of the broken/misshapen ones. Since I am going to paint mine, it doesn’t matter if there are dark ones. If you were going to stain it though, I would suggest not using those.  Next, measure the wall you are going to put it on. Remember that most rulers have extra at the end and beginning so make sure to factor that into your measurement. If your wall slopes ect. measure the widest part of the wall. We will trim off the excess later.

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Now is the hardest part. (NOTE: you are not gluing the sticks to anything, you are adding a layer of glue on the back of them that will hold everything together.) On a clean work surface, hold together a few sticks at a time holding the BOTTOM HALF, taking care to keep them snug, but not squeezing so tight that the ones in the middle pop out. Glue ONLY THE TOP HALF of the sticks. smearing it thinly with the side of the nozzle. This is to protect your fingers from getting burned. Hold for a few seconds until the glue has dried and the sticks are secure. Move along, adding a few sticks at a time and make sure you get the glue to connect these new sticks with the previous group, all the time  keeping them snug together and even up and down. Use a straight edge if you need to. When you have reached the length you need, you can now glue the bottom half of the sticks in the same way, keeping your hand at the now cool top half.

I don’t have pictures for the rest of it, but now you measure it up to your wall and trim off any excess with the craft knife. Cut around windows carefully. If you trim off a bit too much, then cover the area with a nice framed edge trimming.

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When you’ve trimmed it to fit, measure the length of the sticks and cut your desired trim. I wanted just the plain look so I cut three lengths of the foamboard that were 4/16 of an inch wide and glued one flush with the bottom, one flush with the top, and one on the top edge of the sticks to finish it off. Then you paint it with a few coats of paint and let it thoroughly dry. Apply any wallpaper or wall treatment you wish to the wall FIRST and then attach the beadboard wainscoting to the wall. I hot glued mine.

 

That’s it, you’re done! Well, maybe three more walls to go. I hope you liked it. I’d love to see pictures if anyone tries it! I’m working on a bathroom that is inspired by this:

I want this in my real house too!

Thanks for reading! I love hearing from you, so please don’t hesitate if you have any questions or comments.

 

 

 

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*I made an edit , I totally wrote it down wrong, sorry. Everything should be correct now.

This pattern should be easy to scale up or down for other small dolls, you just need to measure the starting chain around the doll and either add or subtract stitches. It is important though to have the number of stitches be even for the V stitch pattern to work. As for the top straps, just divide your new number of stitches by 4 the best you can and make the chains long enough to fit your doll’s shoulders.

Hujoo Baby dress

This pattern is written in American terms.

– Size B / 2.25mm crochet hook

– Bernat Handicrafter Crochet Thread. It doesn’t say what size it is, but it’s much thicker than size 10 crochet thread and thinner than 5. It is about the thickness of sock weight, or Patons Lace.

Starting with the bodice, the pink part in the picture. Use your main color of yarn. Worked in the round, do not turn.

1. Ch 19, join. (this should leave you with 18 stitches.) Sc around.

2 & 3. Sc around. Ch 2.

4. (1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next stitch, *skip next stitch. (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next stitch.*  Repeat ** around. Join to ch 2. Ch 2.

5-7. Repeat row 4. FO

Now with the contrasting yarn, if you choose to use it. Join at the bottom of the skirt where you just finished off, and sc once in every dc and (1 sc, ch 3, join to first ch, 1 sc) in all the ch 2 spaces. Join to beginning of round and FO.

Still in contrasting yarn, turn the dress right side up with the back facing you.(Note: The following “stitches” mentioned are the other side of the starting chain in pink. Sometimes when you work both sides of a chain it leaves small gaps around. Try and crochet through both loops left from the chain if you can. But if this confuses you then don’t worry about it.)

Starting from the center back, join and sc in the next 3 stitches. Ch 10, skip the next 4 stitches, sc in the next 5 stitches, ch 10, skip the next 4 stitches, sc in the next 2. Join. Sc around in all the sc and across each ch 10. Join and FO. Weave in the ends. Yay, you’re done!!

I hope that you can understand this pattern, and as always don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions. Also, this pattern is completely of my own creation and is for personal use only. I ask that you do not sell this pattern or the items you make from it. Thank you.

Enjoy! Some undies to go with this dress will be up very soon so follow me and check back! I love to hear your comments so don’t be shy!

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Here is the pattern for the jumper from the previous post. It was specifically made for the Best Friend Club inc. dolls, but can fit similar sized ones and also can be easily adapted to fit any other sized doll.

BFC inc. Jumper:

This pattern is written in US terms.

You need:

Worsted weight yarn in main color and a little in an accent color

Two buttons

Needle and thread

Yarn needle

Size F hook

Skirt-

Chain 30 in main color and join together.

Row 1- sc in every chain.     30 sc

Row 2- sc around     30 sc

Row 3- sc around     30 sc

Row 4- sc around     30 sc

Row 5- sc around     30 sc

Row 6- slip stitch in next sc and ch 2.Dc in the same space as slip stitch, ch 2, 2 more dc in the same space. *Skip next stitch, and 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next stitch space* Repeat from ** around and join with a slip stitch around the first chain 2.    15 scallops made

Row 7- Ch 2, dc in the ch 2 space of the previous row. Ch 2, 2 dc in same space. * 2 dc, ch2, 2 dc in next ch 2 space of previous row* Repeat from ** around and join with a slip stitch around the ch 2 at beginning of the row.    15 scallops made

Row 8-11 Repeat row 7. FO.  (Or keep going until the skirt is the length you want.)

Top-

Row 1- sc across the front middle 10 stitches in the chain 30 at the beginning of the skirt. ch 1 and turn.   10 sc

Row 2- sc across, ch 1 and turn.    10 sc

Row 3-8 Repeat row 2. FO             10 sc

Straps-

Make two

Leave a long tail for sewing

Row 1- Chain 26, turn and sc 25 across. Ch 1 and turn.    25 sc

Row 2- sc to the last 3 stitches, ch 2, skip the next 2 stitches and sc in the last. Ch1 and turn.    25 stitches

Row 3- sc in last stitch of last row, 2 sc in the chain 2 space, sc across. FO     25 sc

(You could make the straps shorter if you don’t want them to cross in the back.)

Trim-

In your accent color dc 2 times in every space around and 4 times in the corners. FO

Finishing-

Sew the straps to the top aligned at the corners. Make sure you dont sew the end with the button hole!!!

Weave in all ends and sew the buttons on the back of the skirt with the needle and thread. It should look like this:

And you’re done! I hope you like this pattern and can read it well! Feel free to ask if you have any questions! I’d love to see pictures if anyone makes one!

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Isn’t it just my luck that as soon as I decide to start my blog featuring my dolls that something would happen to throw a wrench in it. That something happens to be that the family husky decided that he needed something to chew on, can guess what it was? Yes, it’s true, my Pullip, new Liv, and my brand new, just out of the box, got that night Tangkou. As you can imagine, I am distraught. Those are the only dolls I have and I had a lot of money invested in them. Not to mention that when I came downstairs it looked as though I had walked into a massacre. Limbs strewn across the floor, matted tufts of hair blowing around, mangled bits of who knows what sitting in silent horror! But I think I found all the pieces and put them back together. My Liv and Tangkou are salvageable, but my Pullip’s body is crunched to bits and her face was scratched up really bad, chipping the paint and somehow even breaking her eye mechanism. RIP my lovelies.

As terrible as it is I will still post this tutorial for an easy doll skirt that can be adapted for any kind of doll.

Easy doll skirt

What you need:

  • 2″ wide ribbon, or fabric of your choice
  • size 10 crochet thread in a complementing color
  • size 13 crochet hook. ( I used a very small hook so it would pierce the fabric easily, but you could also use a sharp crochet hook in any size or poke holes first with a large needle or other sharp implement.)
  • scissors
  • sewing machine or needle and thread

1. First you use your doll to measure out how much you need. This is about how it should look once you cut it out. I fold about a cm on the top and the bottom so make you you keep that in mind when measuring for length. Make sure you leave enough room for seam allowance, depending on your sewing skills you may need a lot or a little. If you aren’t sure, or are in experienced sewing small things than it’s better to have more seam allowance. You can always cut off the excess in side to keep things tidy.

2. Cut out two pieces for the skirt. Place the right sides of the fabric together and sew up the sides. Try it on the doll, if it is too loose then sew up one side a little further in to make it smaller. Make sure you secure your stitches at the beginning and ends to make it extra durable. Trim the excess seams and strings to keep things neat.

3. Now it’s time to crochet the trim around the top and bottom. The ribbon I was using frayed very easily so I folded about a cm  inside on the top and bottom and crocheted through it. I recommend doing this, but it is optional. This is what the inside looks like when it is finished.

Sorry for the shadow XD

Now turn your skirt right side out. I just used my crochet hook to poke the holes as I went along, but you could also use a needle or something. Everyone’s skirt will be a little different, so there is no pattern set in stone, but this skirt is very forgiving.

Top Trim

Round 1. On the top I just single crochet around once, join with a slip stitch and finish off.

Bottom Trim

Round 1. On the bottom I single crochet around and join with a slip stitch. Do not turn.

Round 2. Chain 1 and single crochet around again, joining with a slip stitch.

Round 3. Chain 1 and single crochet in same stitch. *Chain 3 and skip the next two stitches, single crochet in the next stitch.* Repeat ** around, chaining 3 and joining with the first single crochet.

Round 4. Chain 1 and single crochet 4 times in all the chain 3 spaces around. Join with slip stitch and finish off.

Now you should have a cute new skirt! I really hope this tutorial helps and makes sense! Feel free to ask if you have any questions. And let me know if you make a skirt for your doll, I would love to see.

I’ll have more patterns and tutorials coming up so check back soon!

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