I’m one of those people who is absolutely hopeless at getting her Barbie dolls to stand on their own; I’ve never actually managed to do so, even with bare feet. So, today, I thought I’d share a DIY/at-home trick that I recently started using to get Eve to stand up for photos, like this:
It’s a simple process; you just need some clear tape, a Barbie stand—or something similar—and a nearby wall or sturdy diorama piece.
Step one: Remove the base of the stand, you won’t be needing it for this. Hang onto the “spine” and “waist grip”; I don’t know the actual names of these pieces, so I’m just guessing.
Step two: Place the rounded waist grip on the wall, or slide it into your diorama, at roughly the same height as your doll’s lower back, then tape it in place.
As you can see, the long plastic bit protrudes a decent distance from the wall.
Step three: Add a small amount of tape to end of the plastic bit, for stability.
Step Four: Pose your doll and very gently press her against the tape, leaning her very slightly against the plastic if necessary.
Please note, this set up is not perfect, and if you’re not careful you may break the plastic. Also, it’s safer to remove your doll from the stand each time you want to re-position them.
Step Five: Take the pictures, and enjoy.
I hope you find this helpful.