Repaint! Budget Customizing Theia Thriftford

Repaint! Budget Customizing Theia Thriftford

Annyeong welcome to dollightful doll customizing looks fun, but it’s such an expensive hobby to get into right?Wrong! While it’s true that expenses can stack up quickly if you invest in a lot of materials right off the bat It doesn’t have to be that way. As with any hobby or project, creativity is the most valuable tool in your tool bag. If there’s a will there’s a way, let’s get started First up you need a doll, of course Your mind might turn to dollar store dolls or something super cheap like that But I’d advise you to look around thrift stores, garage sales, or eBay to find much higher quality dolls for cheap If you’re going to pour love and effort onto a project do it on something worth your time. That’s just my opinion, of course. If you’re into Barbie, you’ll have no problem finding her. She’s practically a dime a dozen at thrift stores. If you’re looking for other brands keep an eye out, they do pop up. My fellow youtuber pal Dollastic has great luck finding all sorts of hidden treasures at her thrift-stores. I almost exclusively work with Monster High because I love their great articulation and beautiful sculpted face molds Their detachable arms mean they get lost quite easily though as is the case with this Lagoona here Although don’t let that stop you. You could always make a prosthetic limb. I found a beautiful Clawdeen Wolf doll with all of her limbs at Grace for 4 dollars I was hoping to find one even cheaper, but there it is This is exactly the kind of thing you’re looking for to make a custom on a budget. I actually left her for some other lucky person because I have plenty of stock dolls to work with but I wanted to show that it can be done. If you’re seriously thinking about getting into, this look for used doll lots on eBay That’s how I stocked up on nearly all of my fodder I forget the exact numbers, but I bought about 20 dolls for around 80 which boiled down to 3 bucks a doll It was a great deal Let’s move on to art supplies If you want to give your doll new hair, yarn is fairly cheap and makes great doll hair in many ways One skein is more than enough and will see you through many a project Costume wig hair is also an option You can usually find both natural and bright artificial colors for cheap, but be warned. It’s likely this hair cannot be boil washed If you live in America, look for great post-halloween sales on costume wigs to get some really good deals And of course there is an obvious source of free hair you could turn to… What? Did you really think I was gonna cut my hair off for a doll project? Nah, I’m gonna cut my husbands If you know someone who’s a good sport you can nab hair for your doll that way I actually used his hair before on his custom doll technically making this a voodoo doll Let’s move on. Glue will play a huge role in budget. Customizing so pick yourself up a bottle of Elmer’s or something like wise this little guy is only 2.50 Scissors are also super useful. So get a pair if you don’t already have one. These were about two bucks Lastly we’ll need paints. I’m back in Korea now. So sorry about the sudden change with the currencies. I went to Daiso which is basically Asia’s dollar store and found a generous acrylic set for sam chon won, which is about three dollars Also around the corner at the hardware shop is where I got this little bottle of acetone for only one dollar Okay, I’ve been jabbering on about different materials, and what you could potentially use. So before we continue, let’s reel it back in and look at the bare necessities for this project They are: a doll, a pair of scissors, a little acetone, acrylic paints, and glue. That’s it The total cost of these materials was about 13 US dollars Assuming you already have scissors glue and maybe nail-polish remover. This price could be much lower The rest of the supplies are all old or ruined clothes things out of the trash or recycle bin and stuff I literally picked up off the ground outside. It doesn’t get much thriftier than that! It goes without saying but be sure to wash anything you find on the ground like feathers and whatnot to be safe Now we can finally get cracking on our budget custom doll Taking our acetone I wet a restaurant napkin place it over the eyes for a couple seconds and then twist away I decided to leave her lip color on because I thought it was really pretty already. I hope that’s cool with you guys Next I’m going to work with the hair I showed you a variety of sources you could attain cheap hair from but for this project, I’ll be using her original hair. I cut the scraggly tinsel at the roots with my thread scissors She looks much cleaner already I want this character to have horns because everything is cooler with animal horns darn it So to achieve this I use street food skewers to stab holes into the vinyl about where the horns will be With the holes made I insert one of the skiers completely across like this Part the hair out of the way and temporarily tie it back with twist ties. I gently break the wooden stick in multiple places to create the shape of sheep horns Rip up a couple napkins to act as the meat of the sculpture then apply glue and start wrapping It’s a little flimsy at first but it will harden and become stronger as the glue reconnects the broken stick inside My skewer wasn’t long enough on the other side so I extended it with a twist tie After a couple more layers of napkins to pad out the shape we’re ready for the final layer Using thin strips of ripped paper from a shopping bag. I apply more glue and circle the horns again This paper is thicker and stronger. So it creates a good final casting to our horns The ribbed effect of the paper strip looks just like real worn ridges too. Doesn’t it? I add generous blobs at the base to ensure they’re connected to her head and let everything dry overnight They look awesome if I do say so myself You’ve never guessed that they were made out of trash Her face up is next but I only bought the paint’s not the brushes. Not to fear, let’s make our own I found some thin sticks outside and cut them to size with my scissors Stick some hair on with glue and wrap the ends to keep things tidy I’ve never made my own brushes before so this was a fun little experiment. I made one from my cat’s hair, one from the dolls hair, one from my husband’s hair and one from a bird’s feather We’ll see how they fare Tuck her hair back out of the way and get out your paints Now this set I found was quite generous but let’s say you couldn’t get this many colors If you’re really tight on options the bare minimum you need are red blue yellow and white in other words the primaries You can mix any color with these three and white is always handy. I will only use these colors for my doll Wipe the face down with water for a clean slate and begin Because this is acrylics only I’m going to tackle the face a little differently than usual Starting with watered down white to form the base of the eyes I’m using my husband hair brush here and it’s going fairly well It took three layers to become opaque I mix up an orange and lay the color on top of the white to create her irises. I want a deep Brown for her eyebrows and lashes, so I mix all my primaries together This parts hard enough in pencils, but I gave it my best shot Flipping the doll upside down to get a better angle on things as a useful trick The eyebrow shapes came out surprisingly even I switched to the feather brush for the thinnest lines like the eye lines All these brushes felt awkward to handle at first, but I warmed up to them Taking reds and browns I shade the upper part of the iris and dab on a pupil I found the feather brush to be the sharpest and finest for details So I tried to clean up and straighten out the eyebrows and the winged eyeliner I tried for soft gradients around her eye and cheeks but with minimal success. I would have liked to have more eyeshadow and soft blushes But it wasn’t really working out Keep water and a napkin nearby to remove any mistakes if you change your mind. I had several goes at her eye lashes before I was satisfied Add reds and pinks to the tear duct and some streaks of white highlights. I dab on yellow for the irises highlight color, then seal the deal with an eye shine For a parted lips look, I dab white into the center of her lips. This always reminds me of the classic Bratz lips So yeah taking a close look here considering the tools we used I’m pretty proud of this After painting the other eye, of course, I added a few last design elements And there we go a no sealant acrylic only with homemade brushes face up. Not bad Let’s fancify her horns with some stripes and whatnot. I noticed the glue dries shiny and clear. So let’s pop some on her eyes and hope that works out Time for clothes, as briefly shown earlier. These are my own used clothes family members old clothes You really don’t have to look far to find unwanted garment ripe for the harvesting This is a knit shirt I’ve had for years I cut a strip off the bottom The fact that it’s old and worn actually plays into doll form quite nicely. It drapes and looks convincing on a smaller scale Hmm. What are we going to make for you? I ended up cutting out two triangular shapes with a dip for the neckline and two shapes like this for the sleeves. I just eyeballed everything with no pattern There’s plenty of no sew or glue only ways of making clothes out there But just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice quality. For me its sewn clothes or nothing at all So using my scissors, I sharpen the tip of the toothpick until it’s practically a splinter. I carefully unpick another garment around the hem so I can steal its thread Then I glue the thread to my splinter creating this crude sewing needle First stitch the shoulder seams Next attach the shoulders making sure the right sides are facing each other Sew the side seam Because this is knit fabric we don’t have to finish the edge which is a plus Turn it inside out to see our finished shirt. I take a gathered stitch around the neckline so we can tighten the fit once it’s on the doll Tie some thread or twine around the wrists for a ruffled bunched sleeve To finish the dress I want to add a whole cacophony of textures and ruffles to the bottom hem I used pink chiffon ribbon off some packaging worn pantyhose anything I had on hand that matches the color scheme Halfway through I was pretty fed up with my splinter needle It worked okay for some fabric, but it was constantly getting stuck in tearing finer fabrics like the pantyhose. I decided to try using a paper clip for needle instead and it did a much cleaner job, although because metal is slippery The thread and glue wanted to pop off more frequently Instead of hemming I kept all the edges raw for that handmade look Well, all my dolls are handmade but you know the kind of aesthetic I’m talking about right that eclectic raw materials sort of feeling Taking more of that paper bag twine and glue I fashioned two chunky statement necklaces Some color might look nice wish I had painted it before I tied it on The neckline still needs some more love How about a twine bow? We’ll work more on it later I also used the paper bag for buttons cut out a circle punch two holes and stitch them to her dress Adorbs This paper bag really turned out to be the VIP in this project because we’re not done with it yet. I cut out two big circle shapes and one long rectangle I make small cuts all the way around each circle and bend the edges inward to make tabs like this Dab glue on the tabs all the way around and lay down the rectangle shape as you go I stop short at the top and folded the extra tabs down on the inside Repeat the process for the other circle and you guessed it. It’s her bag Fold the paperclip into appropriate shapes then glue them inside of paper straps Glue the straps to the inside of the bag I use one more thin strip of paper to create the bag handle and formed a decorative pocket for the front Cute Cut out shapes that roughly look like this to make some shoes Fold the shapes over the foot and glue the tabs together I Folded the excess under her foot and glued on a shoe sole shape. I stab holes down the paper with a toothpick and my scissors to prepare them for laces For the shoelaces I found this bit of material that is from a shopping bag handle I cut the ends and unraveled it to recover some of these beautiful maroon threads Cut two tapered trapezoid shapes fold them over like this And mush them onto the bottom to be heels. I played it by ear as I went so they turned out a little funky but they fit for the most part and look really cute I’m very pleased with her so far. The last thing I want to do is work with her hair Like the rest of the doll, I want her hair to support a variety of textures and colors to match. I begin by braiding hair in a way so that it lays across her head to hide the horn space This part was difficult to do on camera because she wanted to slide off the table as I pulled her hair into braids So I ended up doing most of it off-camera For authenticity. I didn’t use a doll stand for any part of this project I had her pinched between my knees for most of the hair braiding As well as braiding various fabrics and threads into her hair I also glued some strings and fabrics directly to her head for more volume and interesting texture. I tied all the ends with salvaged threads or twist ties I also glued two feathers behind her left horn and with that she’s done When you’re on a budget you have to be flexible and see where the project takes you Depending on what materials you find or come across will dictate your dolls outcome. Beggars can’t be choosers, right? Since I had a lot of earthtones and reds I forms the dolls appearance around that If we pretend this is my first custom and say I’d like to earn money to buy better materials you could sell your custom online A lot of things factor in to pricing your work But seeing as I gave her new face sort of new hair and a full outfit including a bag I might theoretically sell this doll for around $70 The teeth illusion only works from the front as soon as you look at her from the side they appear more like buck teeth But somehow they work with the Sheep horns and ended up looking appropriate. I don’t know I kind of like it If you are interested in doll customizing as a hobby But don’t have much cash to spare try budget customizing first and invest in however much you’re comfortable with Whether you’re tight on cash or not sourcing your materials in a thrifty way is always a good idea You can repurpose all sorts of things to be cute or useful you save money and keep junk out of the landfill. Everybody wins. I had no idea what to name her. So I turned to Twitter You guys came up with some truly unique and puntastic names and I love so many of them it was hard to choose Thank you everyone for the suggestions. I think we’ll go with see a Theia Thriftford. It suits her and I’m a sucker for alliteration. I highly advise watching my videos for beginners which covers materials and costs Selecting and preparing the doll and a step-by-step guide to drawing the face. I made a playlist for you and everything So give it a watch Feel free to like and subscribe for more customizing goodness and I’ll see you in my next video. Stay artsy. Anneyeong Ow

100 thoughts on “Repaint! Budget Customizing Theia Thriftford

  1. Hey can I ask you a question how did you learn to do this amazing doll repaint?! It’s sooooo good!

  2. Man.When she said low budget, she REALLY MEANT low budget.

  3. I made a goat girl but i made her hoofs out of playdoh and it broke inside her stocking and won't coke out so now she dosent have stockings and I need to redo her hoofs I have clay this time hopefully it will work hah

  4. you can buy a sewing kit with needle and thread at a dollar store, please im crying this is so funny, a splinter……

  5. another idea for fabric enough for doll clothes is fat quarters they have them in america at walmarts for 97 cents

  6. Me:Questioning who’s hair she’s using

    Also me:What am I thinking?😑

  7. you are very creative keep the good work up

  8. Wow I've been wanting to start doll customizing this could really really help tysm!

  9. Geez you said budget!

    Not borderline homeless!

  10. 10:48 she reminds me Festivia The Fun qwq a little

  11. Cool

  12. You made a bag out of a bag


  14. 8:31 this is what my lazy ass self would make with all my strength

  15. At my thrift store there are no barbies, only monster high. They have all the dolls and even the huge one's!!

  16. hey guys! kind and warm reminder from a fine art student that if you have a limited selection of paints to pick from, always pick the REAL PRIMARY COLOURS: magenta, yellow, and cyan. aside from that, white and black. you can make red our of magenta and yellow, and blue out of cyan and yellow. add more yellow for green.

  17. the idea of pulling a toothpick through fabric triggers my fight or flight response.

  18. Something that worked on my doll was using a white jell pen and the one I have was like 2 dollars

  19. 1:25
    I Had the same doll as a kid!

  20. Not. Only is this budget but also eco friendly

    Vsco intensifies

  21. This was really impresive! You are really talented!

  22. She is so powerful.

  23. I love how she actually got the stuff. Not like other youtubers that’s are like “well I bought this for $20 but you COULD find it lying on the ground.

  24. Tysm! This video was very helpful!

  25. 3 words: cheap makeup brushes. That or old ones that dont work very well. Also the brushes that come cheap with kids watercolour kits.

  26. Dollightful, you are so freaking creative with that home made needle 😂

  27. Why did she say 'Sheep horns'. Sheep don't even have horns. Rams do.

  28. Wait Koren Money Looks Like THE MONOPOLY LOGO :O


  30. When she had the full skewers in the head it was scary

  31. The thing for me is I don’t have a doll 😭

  32. She definitely reminds me of a Borrower like Arrietty

  33. Heres another tip if you want to style the hair/ not use the dolls hair or wig hair! Use a skewer or toothpick to shove yarn (you can get a decent sized loof for 1-3$) in the plugs and brush them out and straighten the floof! I did this with my first doll and it worked out fairly well! Just dont over-plug the head

  34. Ok- So all I need is is a… DOLL!

  35. I wish I won a lottery or something

  36. me: heyo can I have your hair

    Brother: For what

    Me again: Ummm a paintbrush

    Brother again: WHAT FOR A PAINTBRUSH?!

  37. I love this! The first Barbie I made over was a mummy. It really is so much fun. Also, I miss Daiso! I really liked you making your own brush, as well. We actually had a lesson during one of my art classes about resourcefulness and making our own brushes, so that was very neat to see!

  38. She sure is making it a point to let us know she’s married and that she has a hubby.

  39. thanks for this Katherine! Currently working on my first custom and for the most part I've not had to spend much money. I managed to get 24 of the original fully articulated dolls for $40 and I've got a pretty good range of cheap supplies that I'v gathered from other hobbies over the years.
    Though I was very worried about how I was going to do the face up without paying a billion dollars to get a can of MSC shipped to Australia, and no clue on how to approach the shoes. This vid was definitely v helpful for ideas in that regard, and your resourcefulness has gotten me quite inspired so cheers x
    If you see this ᵐᵃʸᵇᵉ ᴬʸᵃᵏᵒ ʷᶦˡˡ ᵍᵉᵗ ᵃ ᵍᵃᵐᵉʳ ᵍᶦʳˡᶠʳᶦᵉⁿᵈˀ ?

  40. 14:55

  41. I didn't want to buy new yarn or doll hair for a doll I'm making, but I have a ton of white yarn thats really loose and easy to make wefts from.
    I managed to dye it with paint water from a ton of watercolor paint and the color hasn't worn off yet ^^

  42. Can you do this with cutting hair

  43. I absolutely love this fit but it reminds me of the clown IT / pennywise

  44. U know u should make a native American doll

  45. You should do freckles on a doll next time! It would be adorable ^w^ if you do this pls give me credit!!!!

  46. You do realize you could get a pack of needles for like two dollars, I think the no sew stuff is for less time with art, (Just a suggestion)

  47. the DOLLar store

  48. Why Cleo? Out of ALL OF THEM- Why Cleo in a LOW budget video?!

  49. I now want to get into doll customizing.

  50. "I might theoretically sell this doll for around $70"

    it's worth so much more qwq

  51. What if you didn’t have a pet, husband or there was no birds?
    How would you make a brush then??

  52. I love how you used Cleo because she’s all about expensive stuff

  53. I thought she would just buy cheaper alternatives…

  54. It’s really cool to see how you can make something out of…. nothing?

  55. How do we re root?!?

  56. 3:34
    Cleo: * desperately trying to cover nakedness with scissors*

  57. I can see her living in the same universe as Ty and Irene. She a scavenger of the wastelands. Like she's from a group of traveling nomad scavengers.

  58. Are you korean?

  59. This is insane. Hahaha. You just made twig brushes!

  60. I’m inspired

  61. Omg ur hairs so cute ;w;

  62. the difference between budget and surviving in the woods. but super cool

  63. That's the moet ghetto voodoo brush I have ever seen

  64. Are sewing needles that expensive?

  65. Probably my favorite doll customization ever.

  66. I work at Goodwill, and I checked out one man that bought $30+ worth of monster high dolls, all in pretty good shape. That's almost 20 dolls. I don't customize dolls and I probably wont for a long while, but every time I think about it I get a little saltier…

  67. You, my friend, are very creative. This hobby suits you! 😀

  68. I always used to think about customizing doll with a real human hair

  69. crafting your own needle is laughably too far my lovely ladt ^_^ <3

  70. you could do an earthy doll thats slowly breaking down or something to show awareness for the pollution on land and in water. :))

  71. Dasio 💜😍💜

  72. You should make dolls in wheelchairs, crutches etc.

  73. i have that doll and customized it! it came out great it was agel garden.

  74. and im big fan i wacthed all your videos.

  75. 13:31 the perfect nightgown

  76. So very modern naitive amarican-esque

  77. 0:41 wth is that a bratz doll for 99 cents?

  78. At first the eyes look like fried eggs

  79. Aint NObody need troom trooom

  80. I always wondered if her hair was actually blonde and I guess it is btw her real hair looks beautiful

  81. If creativity was a sea,this would be rock bottom, amazing.

  82. This is how many people repeated the intro to imitate the pops


  83. Dollightful: makes a doll for $13.
    Me: shows picture of doll to cousin
    Cousin: “Wow, how did that cost? $100?”

  84. I think she's my favorite doll among all the ones you made 😍

  85. The real primary colors are magma cyan and yellow (no joke mix it up cuz those colors make red and blue and that makes the rest) a lot of art teachers are teaching the wrong colors

    (NOT a hate comment just putting out an interesting fact)

  86. if u got kicked outta ur home with only 20 dollars you could do this and start a business

  87. How is she on a budget she is so beautiful

  88. Well Koreas Dollar store is better than ours

  89. Me: * Sees over half of Katherines face *


  90. This is one of my favorite dolls… it's not Garbage.

  91. this is helpful i can make doll now

  92. I can't have a birthday party since my parents spend all the money on beer. 😔

  93. So, 1000 yen is a dollar? I don’t get it! Can you please help me understand yen

  94. Omg i have everything for that exept for a doll 😭

  95. i really want you to try customizing an LPS, you willing to try dollightful?

  96. The work you do on dolls is amazing and beautiful

  97. I dye my hair all the time and shave the back and sides too so when it comes time to a shave my hair is always a different colour! I've built up quite the collection of my own rainbow hair lol

  98. I like this doll but I think that you could have done better
    not trying to be mean or anything

  99. "your creativity is the best tool in your toolbox"

    …. Where do I buy that?

  100. If you wanna read an accidental backstory for this doll: She’s so cute. She makes me think of a young orphaned girl who’s family may have been fantasy woodland people. And now she lives with (insert fantasy woodland creatures here) and she seems like a curious explorer who never listens to her adoptive creature family’s warnings about not crossing the river, because danger lurks in the forest across it. Oh! And she crosses the river anyway and befriends a troll who she at first believes might eat her and though most of the time she’s sweet she can be fierce as well. So she pulls out a dagger and gets in a fighting stance but as soon as she does the troll moves toward her and she screams dropping the dagger. Then the troll screams as he didn’t know she was there until she screamed (trolls have really bad eyesight). Anyway they become friends and go on adventures until she discovers more about her past and her birth parents whom she barely remembers because she was put under a spell cast by her adoptive parents so that nobody could use her for her magic since she wouldn’t know she possesses magic or that her parents did because of the spell. And then one day she does discover the magic, gets mad at her family, runs away to her troll friend across the river, and tells him what she learned. Then he, having learned this does exactly what the girls foster parents feared and he plans to use her for her magic so that he has full sight and can see the wonderful beauty of the world that she had described to him. He didn’t see this as using her and neither did she. She began to learn about her powers and then helped give him sight. And though this was fine for a while. He eventually stopped seeing the beauty and saw more and more darkness that was happening in the world. He- idk what I’m writing it’s 3am and I’m exhausted. So imma stop.

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