The Barbie Closet

Barbies & Barbie Clothes. It's the go to gift for most for a girls birthday, and while we all enjoy watching them role play with their dolls, stepping on microscopic high heels, and vacuuming up clothes can be quite a bother. We had been keeping all of her clothes in a ziplock bag for a while, but that didn't last very long! As her 5th birthday approached, I was trying to figure out what I could do as a handmade gift. About that time, I looked over at an abandoned Sketcher's show box on a shelf, and got an idea.

Since Barbie Fashionistas were all the rage for her at that moment in time, I fashioned the old shoe box into a faaaaabulous Barbie Fashion Closet. Inside, There was a rod with hangers, a shelf, and two boxes for drawers. This would house things like her dresses, tops, shoes and accessories. She loved it, and so did some of the other kids! Almost two years later, it still holds clothes! Success!


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Want to do this?

You will need:

  • Large Fold Top Shoe Box
  • Small Boxes (I used iphone cases)
  • Piece of cardboard (for shelf)
  • Dowel Rod (a pencil may also be used)
  • Fabric – 1 yard
  • Paper (various colored, construction, or scrapbooking paper like I used)
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue
  • Paper Clips


  1. Fit the dowel rod to the top (leaving an inch of space between the rod and the top) and cut holes in the sides. These will be covered later.
  2. Measure your shoe box, and cut out material for the front, sides and back. I used one large piece, glueing and tucking along the way, but you can also cut each panel and glue.
  3. Do the same for the inside, the shelf, and the small boxes with scrapbooking paper.
  4. Apply and glue paper to inside of box, and then poke holes for the dowel rod. Insert dowel rod, and glue. Try not to glue the edges that will meet the fabric area, in order to tuck in fabric under paper.
  5. Apply and glue paper to shelf and boxes.
  6. Apply and glue fabric to the front, sides and back of the box. You may be able to tuck fabric under the paper to give it a cleaner look.
    To create hangers:
  7. Unfold a paper clip, and bed both sides in leaving the base about 1.5-2 inches apart. This will depend on the style/cut of each piece of clothing you want to hang.
  8. make a triangle with the paper clip, and twist the two tops together. You will start to see the intended shape.
  9. Add boxes, and leaving .5 inch of space aboce it, glue in your shelf.
  10. Place clothing on hanger, and hang inside. You’re done!

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