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« on: August 25, 2008 06:31:44 AM »

Remember the old snake-in-a-can gag?  Well these are brides-in-a-can!

I posted these originally under wedding stuff, since I made them as the Save-the-Dates for my wedding, but since a lot of people expressed interest in making them as something other than wedding crafts, I figured I'd post the tutorial here.  Also, my friends with children report that the kids are still playing with them (I made sure to send them the sturdiest ones).

You can find the original thread here.

First, I got these snake-in-can gags from Zymetrical online for a good price (especially since I bought a ton).
Innocent mixed nuts:
To a rather phallic looking snake:

Since these were Save-the-Dates for my wedding, I spray-painted the cans, but you could leave them brown, or even leave the nut label on if you wanted to.

So first gut your snake to get at the spring, but you may want to do it neatly so you can use the "skin" as a pattern.

Next, trace around the outside of the end of the spring to get a circle to support your doll. You want it to be slightly larger than the spring.  Hot glue that to the end of the spring.

Now we want to prepare the doll.  You only want the top half, so chop off the bottom (a real razor blade works much better than an exacto knife here).  The cupcake dolls are nice, since they already have a flat bottom, and you just have to chop off the pick.  If your using other dolls that are hollow on the inside, fill up the inside with hot glue (it took me forever to come up with that solution).

Now I had naked half-dolls (well, the mermaids had a seashell bra on), so I got out the paint (I tried a bunch of things before I stumbled on the paint they use for model cars-- perfect!), and painted tops on them.

Glue the doll to the cardboard on top of the spring:

The cupcake dolls had heads and arms that could come off and could go back on again.  The dollar-store dolls I left everything on (or tried to-- the arms liked to come off on their own).
It doesnt have to look neat.

Now for the dress.  Take your snake skin from earlier, and make your pattern a little bit wider, and as long as you want-- the longer the tube, the more boing there will be in the doll's spring.  You may want to taper one end of the tube-- it will depend on your doll how much (it needs to go over her head at least).  You dont have to, but it makes for a better fitting dress. 

Slide the tube over the doll on the spring, and get out the hot glue again.  Glue the dress to the body (well cover that up later). 

Then sew the end of the tube closed.  You can use a safety pin higher up on the tube to keep the spring out of the way. (I didnt bother making the seam look particularly nice.)

Now the doll is complete, except for having an ugly gluey waist, so tie a piece of ribbon around the waist to hide that.  Since mine were brides, I glued little veils to their head.  I had a lot of fun making them all look different. (I did a few at a time, spaced out over several weeks.)

I hope this is clear enough!
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2008 06:45:12 AM »

Wow, that is all kinds of clever!

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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2008 07:24:35 AM »

This is the funniest thing I've seen in a very long time!  Thanks for sharing!  Smiley  Awesome!

« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2008 08:17:08 AM »

Those are hysterical! And fabulous! Thanks for sharing.

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« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2008 09:11:41 AM »

What a great idea!  Awesome!

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« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2008 10:05:50 AM »

This totally rocks!!!

It would be great for a bachelor/bachelorette party and to paint corsets on the dolls!

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« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2008 09:53:54 AM »

LOL, these are great!

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« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2008 09:58:19 PM »

Cool! i love how some of them have pink and blue hair.

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