Upcycled Bradley Doll with Pink Dyed Hair

24 January

Back in 2021, I found an old Bradley doll at the thrift store and I gave her a fun makeover.


I had so much fun with that project that I've been on the hunt for another Bradley doll to update and guess what?!


I finally found one!


You can see the first doll here: Upcycled Bradley Doll


Upcycled Bradley Doll with Pink Dyed Hair


Upcycled Bradley Doll with Pink Dyed Hair

That first doll was in much better shape than this one.


You can see that this one has a dirty face and clothes, her hair is damaged, and her legs were broken in several places.


Upcycled Bradley Doll with Pink Dyed Hair


This little girl's hair was really jacked up.


Upcycled Bradley Doll with Pink Dyed Hair

Upcycled Bradley Doll with Pink Dyed Hair


I removed her dirty, dated dress first.


Upcycled Bradley Doll with Pink Dyed Hair

Since her hair was in such bad shape, I decided to try dyeing it. I read several tutorials online but most involved hair that had been removed from the doll. I could not get her hair off without damaging it further so I decided to try a technique using Sharpie pens.


I chose baby pink which turned out a pretty strawberry blond color.

Upcycled Bradley Doll with Pink Dyed Hair


These are her original pigtails which had basically fallen off. I combed them out and put them together to create a bun to cover the glue that was left from where her hat was attached to the top of her head.


Upcycled Bradley Doll with Pink Dyed Hair


I gave her some little pin curls with the flyaway hairs by wetting the hair and wrapping it around pipe cleaners until it dried.


Upcycled Bradley Doll with Pink Dyed Hair


Here she is with her new pink hairdo 😊


Upcycled Bradley Doll with Pink Dyed Hair


Now I needed to get the dirt off her face. Bradley dolls are just molded styrofoam covered with nylon so an old toothbrush and regular dish soap worked great!


Upcycled Bradley Doll with Pink Dyed Hair



I repaired her legs the best I could, but since they were so badly damaged, I decided she needed a pair of pants instead of a dress.



Upcycled Bradley Doll with Pink Dyed Hair

I made her pants from some fun retro fabric I had.


Upcycled Bradley Doll with Pink Dyed Hair

I made her top from a sweater sleeve that was left over from the DIY Christmas Tree Skirt From Thrifted Sweaters.


Upcycled Bradley Doll with Pink Dyed Hair


And then I gave her some tattoos just like I did on the other Bradley doll. (I added a necklace later to hide the leftover bits of the old beads that were there).


Upcycled Bradley Doll with Pink Dyed Hair


I use this translucent scarf to make tattoos.


Upcycled Bradley Doll with Pink Dyed Hair



Finally, I gave her plain white plastic stand an update too.



Upcycled Bradley Doll with Pink Dyed Hair

Upcycled Bradley Doll with Pink Dyed Hair



And here she is!!


I used some of the tulle from her old outfit under her shirt, around her waist.



Upcycled Bradley Doll with Pink Dyed Hair

Upcycled Bradley Doll with Pink Dyed Hair


Her little friend is a needle-felted bunny that I made several years ago.



I made her choker from a tiny piece of rhinestone chain, black ribbon, and a heart charm. Her blouse buttons are pins in colors that match her pants.



Upcycled Bradley Doll with Pink Dyed Hair


She has a full tattoo sleeve.


Upcycled Bradley Doll with Pink Dyed Hair

Upcycled Bradley Doll with Pink Dyed Hair



I reused her old millinery flowers that were on her hat and added a few newer ones to fill in around her bun.



Upcycled Bradley Doll with Pink Dyed Hair

Upcycled Bradley Doll with Pink Dyed Hair


I think she looks so much better with her updated style, what do you think? I'm on the hunt for another doll now, I want to create a Frida Kahlo version.



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Upcycled Bradley Doll with Pink Dyed Hair


I was playing around with my photo editor and created a cartoon version 😃


Upcycled Bradley Doll with Pink Dyed Hair


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  1. Mother DeerJanuary 24, 2023

    That doll refashion is beyond clever. Wow!

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  2. She is looking very sassy and chic!! (I want pink hair too!!!) You did a great job and it's very creative. I really like your cartoon version---do more!

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    1. Thanks Vikki! Don't use Sharpies when you dye your hair pink! haha! I loved the cartoon version too!

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  3. She's gorgeous! Her outfit's adorable and i love the bunny! Does she have a name?

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    1. Thank you! I have not thought of a name yet, any suggestions?

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  4. Oh, this is wonderful! So much fun. It girl doll.
    Amalia
    xo

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