How to Save Money on Barbies, Baby Alive, American Girl, and more Dolls!

BIG List of Tips and DIY Tricks to Save Money on Barbies, Baby Alive, American Girl, and more Dolls from

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Do you have some sweet Dolls living in your home?  Check out these fun Tips, Deals, and  Easy DIY Projects to save money on dolls and accessories!

Barbie + Doll Houses:

How to Make DIY Bookcase Doll House…

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  • In addition to Store Clearance and Amazon Sales, don’t forget to check Garage Sales and Thrift Stores!  {I scored the fold-up doll house above for $2.00 at the Goodwill!}
  • Use items you have on hand to spruce up the house!  The pink throw rug is just a scrap of pink Burlap I cut from a roll I found on clearance for 25 cents at Michaels.
  • The white bucket can hold small silk flowers to spruce up the house, or also makes a great trash can!  {I found sets of 3 for $1.00 in the wedding/party favor section of the Dollar Tree}

Doll House Furniture Tips from

More Tips from The Frugal Girls on Facebook!

Robin said: Cardboard, glue and fabric can make all sorts of furniture! My DD never really got into barbie, but dolls she loved. For them, she turned shoeboxes into beds. For barbie, corrugated cardboard can be cut into shapes that can be wedged together for an industrial look (slits cut halfway through on opposing sides) or glued together, and covered with layers of batting and fabric for sofas, easy chairs, and even beds.

Liquid medicine dispensing cups can make cute lamp shades, larger plastic containers could be cut and painted/covered to make small round tables,Toothpaste “screw on” caps can become trash cans… hope this helps you get started

Sarah said: Those little white tripod thingies they put in the pizza delivery boxes to keep the lid from pushing down onto the cheesy goodness always looked like little tables to me! Just the right size!

Karen said: “Use Tissue Boxes!”

Becky said: A cereal box filled with newspaper to stabilize would make a great bed. Cover with fabric to make it look like a sheet and use matching fabric for the top sheet. Pillows are easy to make. Can take filling out of an old pillow that is headed to the trash or buy a bag for all of you homemade furniture. Glue some painted or fabric covered cardboard to make a headboard. Kids love to decorate that sort of stuff.”

10-Pack of Purses for Barbie: $2.25 + FREE Shipping!

Purses for Barbie Sale

10-Pack of Shoes for Barbie: $1.70 + FREE shipping!

Shoes for Barbie Sale

Baby Alive Dolls: 

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Tips from The Frugal Girls on Facebook!

Kelly said: “Our Baby Alive doll only gets water to drink, because it is free. The diapers dry and we can also reuse them. I also buy cheap newborn diapers and they fit our Baby Alive just fine, and are cheaper!!!” 😉

Angela said: “You can make Baby Alive food with baking soda, water, and green food coloring!”

Jessica said: “The diapers are really expensive for the baby alive-one alternative is to make cloth diapers for it–then do only water, and then they will dry and not stain.”

Diane said: “I made a cloth diaper from quilted fabric and put velcro strips for closure for my granddaughter. Her Baby Alive only gets water!”

TJ said: “My twins love their Baby Alive dolls, and we do the same and make the food so it’s cheap. The newborn or premie diapers work fine and are cheaper than the baby alive ones!”

American Girl Dolls: 

American Girl Doll Craft: DIY Gymnastic Ribbon!

American Girl Crafts

Check Walmart & Amazon for knock-off brand clothing!
{I found this super-cute Tutu at Walmart on clearance for 75 cents!}

Discount American Girl Clothing Tips from

Free American Girl Doll Clothes Patterns

Team USA Gymnastics Doll Outfit: $11.85 Shipped!
{fits 18″ dolls like American Girl}

Team USA Gymnastics Doll Outfit Sale

6 piece Swimsuit Doll Outfit: $8.69!
{fits 18″ dolls like American Girl}

Swimsuit Doll Outfit for American Girl

FREE American Girl in-Store Events! {+ discount outfits}

American Girl Free in-Store Events

Baby Dolls: 

How to Detangle Doll Hair…

DIY Baby Doll Sleeping Bags

Magnetic Dolls:

Magnetic Dolls on Sale!

Magnetic DollsThanks for supporting The Frugal Girls!

How do YOU save money on Dolls? 

Or have you done any fun DIY Projects for Dolls?

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  1. Patricia Stewart says

    I never had any kids of my own, so I rescue dolls for a living. Here are some dolly rehab tips!

    Restore doll hair by wetting it, then massage in a good amount of CHEAPO hair conditioner. I mean, the 50 cent stuff on sale at the dollar store. Let it sit for a couple of hours. Use a wide tooth comb to start, then progress to a finer tooth comb. Then use cheapo shampoo OR cheapo (non anti-bacterial) liquid soap to wash out all the conditioner. Comb again and LET IT DRY BEFORE YOU TRIM IT. Just like human hair, some types of doll hair will “shrink” as they dry. Also – encourage your child, if she is old enough, to keep the hair combed. This will help with the fuzzies. For extreme cases (and not for collector dolls), cut the hair off and shave it as close to the scalp as you can. Then go to Walmart, a craft store, or eBay online and purchase a new wig. Use a permanent clue (like E6000 or Alene’s OK to Wash It) to attach the new wig.

    To clean your doll, start with any sticky spots. Use Goo Gone or just rubbing alchohol to remove sticky stains. Then use a gentle liquid soap or cheap pink dish soap to bathe the doll. Rinse thoroughly and lay doll on a doubled-over towel to dry. She will likely have water inside her, so flip her over a few times and let her dry there overnight. If you have any tough stains, use a gentle scrubber like Bon Ami, dampen a washcloth and use just a tiny spot of cleaner and the corner of the cloth to scrub the spots.

    If you have a doll with a cloth body, you can usually remove the limbs. They are usually attached with a plastic slip tie or thread through a tiny casing at the top of the limb. Remove head and limbs and restore them as indicated above. Safety pin the openings of the body closed and toss it in the washer on the gentle cycle, then run it through the dryer. Use a stain stick on problem areas before washing.

    Using these techniques, you should be able to refresh any play doll and make your little girl happy.

    NOTE: If you have a collectible doll, DO NOT attempt to refresh her yourself. You may ruin her. Send her to the American Girl doll hospital or to a professional doll restorer. At the very least, get a book about restoring dolls from the library and read up before you try it yourself.

    Have fun!!!!!

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