Mention of this project on other sites should include a link to www.zieak.com with credit to Ryan McFarland. Thanks!
Step 1: Materials and tools
A bunch of Barbie dolls
Glue (plain old superglue worked well for me)
A string of lights (go with LED ones!)
A large piece of cardboard or plastic
A large diameter hoop
You can use action figures, toy cars (Cena made that one), or just about anything else that you have a bunch of. I suggest sterilizing whatever toy you use. Chances are it is pretty dirty. And if you hang it outside for a few years and live in a damp place it just might start to grow things. Trust me. Sterilize. Let's add something to the list...
Some bleach water and a towel
For the base you can use a ring of plywood, a bicycle rim, a commercially made wreath base, a ring from a stove cooktop, or just about anything else you can find. The size will depend on the toys you're working with.
Step 2: Plan ahead
Barbie bodies are quite a bit longer than the normal action figure so layout of the Barbies and the radius of the wreath had to be different than i had done in my previous project. Luckily, i have a habit of squirreling away even the least necessary parts and pieces because they might be useful someday. I had leftover hardware from rope spools and a few pieces of perforated metal that i was able to reshape into a large hoop.
Step 3: Glue the Barbies
Once they were glued in place they needed to be fully fused to each other. Super glue was then put on every point that they contacted each other and even in their arm and hip joints to keep them solid. Wrapping the wreath with a set of lights adds a festive seasonal flare to the piece.
Step 4: Hang on the wall
I built this in the fall of 2004 and it has survived well. It has been outside the front door for a few years and most people actually don't seem to notice it. It could, however use a cleaning. I might try misting it with some bleach water from a spray bottle in the spring.