DIY: Bring your friends on vacation

Mini-friend in HawaiiMini Friend on a Chicken in HawaiiMini Friend on a Chicken in HawaiiMini friend picking pineapples in Hawaii

What if your BFF can’t join you on your vacation? Well, bring along a mini version of your best friend! That way, s/he can come along on all of your adventures and reminisce when you get back.

I did exactly this when I went on vacation to Hawaii. I wish I could say that was recently, but it was a few years ago. But still. While I was able to go to Hawaii with a couple of great friends, a couple of our other friends were thinking about going…but just couldn’t make it work. So, naturally, I ended up bringing their mini-versions with me anyway.

So how do I create my own mini-versions of my friends?

MATERIALS: ——————————————————————

  • Action figures (I went with some Star Trek action figures that were on sale!)
  • Photo of your bestie. Note: Your BFF’s face must be slightly larger than the action figure’s. I went with photos that were a whole lot larger (and with funny poses), just for a fun, quirky emphasis.
  • Tape
  • Glue (I used a hot glue gun, but any strong bonding glue will do)
  • Optional: Puffy paint

STEP 1: Replace your action figure’s face: ————————–

While this might sound brutal, you are replacing the action figure’s face with your favorite person! Yay! To do this, cut your friend’s face out of the photograph. Use your strong bonding glue to adhere it to your action figure’s face. I found that it is actually easier to mount the photograph when the action figure’s head is on backwards. It’s a little awkward because you now have a 2-faced best friend. But I found it a bit challenging to glue over the raised facial features of my Star Trek action figure. To reinforce your bestie’s face, wrap a piece of tape around the back of your best friend’s face and the head of the action figure. There! Now if the glue starts to fail, the tape will keep your best friend together. Yes, this did happen to mine, and using both really helped!

STEP 2 (optional): Dress them up: ————————————–

Mini friends playing cards at the airportAs you can see, I gave my friends a bathing suit. What else would you wear on a vacation to Hawaii? One thing to note – these action figures had removable vests, but painted-on leggings and sleeves. That still didn’t stop me, but you may want to consider outfit decisions before choosing your action figure. I obviously didn’t.

To make their vacation outfits, I busted out my puffy paint and went to town painting my friends some snazzy suits to lay out on the beach. Yes, they might still be wearing leggings and sleeves…but these friends have some six-packs that I am pretty jealous of. Thank you, Star Trek action figures.

STEP 3: Take pictures and share!—————————————

Mini BFF on vacationNow you are ready for some vacation time with your best friends! Make sure to photograph them wherever you go, and create some fun poses and scenes. When you get back from your vacation, you can share the lovely time they had on vacation with you. Your best friends are always there for you, make sure that they don’t miss out on fun times!

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