The adventures continue, this time taking us to the beach. This isn’t my first beach photo shoot with dolls, but how can you deny a mermaid a trip to the beach?
The swimsuit I used for the photos comes from a Barbie Dolphin Magic fashion pack, as do the glasses, with slight modifications.
The swimsuit is pretty simple and it lacks a little stretch that would make it fit the doll better, but I chose it because it corresponds so well with Ariel’s signature purple shell top! I also added a piece of a light, green-colored fabric as a cover-up to represent her tail.
In some shots, she managed to stand on her own. In all the other ones, I made her stand straight using a bamboo skewer for support. If you align them with her legs, they aren’t visible.
As far as the rest of the beach gear goes:
- the deck chair is presumably a phone stand, I bought it in a Flying Tiger store
- the sun cream also comes from a Mattel pack, except I cut off the handles that it had to help dolls hold it (realism first :))
- the drink is a really cool DIY! You use a clear plastic sheet and heat to shape it. It is not exactly a kid-friendly craft, and not all tries end in a shapely glass, but it certainly works overall. Here are the directions that I found on YouTube: https://youtu.be/2tIENwFC9A4 . I topped it off with a slice of citrus intended for nail art.
There is also the surfboard. I made it according to the pattern and instructions from MyFroggyStuff https://youtu.be/jVTBkfCG6rc I decorated mine with wrapping paper and chose to add the pink details. Unfortunately, I don’t think it would endure being actually in the water – how cool would that be? 🙂 So, floating, waterproof doll surfboard for a future craft? I would also have to not drown my camera, though 😉
This year I chose an apparently less frequented part of the beach, where there were no visible steps and the surface of the sand had not been disturbed after a storm. It turns out that there are these totally tiny shells in the sand before people walk all over them! I had visited this area a few times before but I had never seen shells so small – and they are perfect for dolls 🙂 I did bring a few home for future crafts.
I wanted them to face the ‘right’ way in Ariel’s hands, but they were so hard to handle on a windy beach.
Can you imagine the size of the creatures that must have lived in them? 🙂
This concludes this trip, but there is one more ahead – and it’s my favourite 🙂