Last week I was feeling brave and finally dove into the world of doll customizing. Okay, maybe not fully dove in, but at least tested the waters a bit.
Instagram is full of pictures showing various re-paints and customizations others have done with their “Film Collection Belle” dolls. While most of these re-paints aren’t necessarily my style, there were a couple that caught my eye. One, in particular, showed Belle with a fuller set of eyelashes which, I have to say, looked BEAUTIFUL!
So, I decided to give my “Village Belle” a mini-makeover!
I think she looks GORGEOUS!
I started by washing and restyling her hair:The style is basically two small braids (one on the right side and one on the left) tied together in the back with a clear hair elastic and blue ribbon.
I left one strand of hair loose just because I thought it looked pretty:
I also gave Belle a few more eyelashes:
Just look at those lovely lashes! The additional eyelashes are subtle, but really beautiful and give her eyes a little extra dimension.
After seeing how well my Village Belle turned out, Sister asked me to do the same for her doll. So I took this opportunity and made a video tutorial showing how I washed Belle’s hair and painted on the extra lashes!
Here is a link to the YouTube: Simple Customizations To Disney’s “Village Belle” Doll
And a list of the supplies:
To Wash And Style Your Doll’s Hair:
A bowl of hot water (it does not have to be boiling…just very hot)
A tiny amount of laundry detergent–do not use detergent containing bleach
A towel to dry your doll’s hair
A doll hair brush
Small, elastic, hair bands for styling
To Paint Eyelashes On Your Doll:
Black acrylic paint (I used Folk Art brand)
A very tiny paint brush
A plastic safe paint sealer–I used a non-yellowing, matte varnish by Waverly (Walmart brand). Because not all sealers are safe for dolls, this step is optional.
I realize the techniques and tools I use are very ‘simple’ and would not be up to par with a professional, however, my goal was not to become a doll artist (although it would be fun!). No, I am just showing a quick and easy way to enhance your doll’s look without using any specialty products.
What do you think of Belle’s makeover? Do you prefer her before or after?