I love to find unique, fun ways to make things for my dolls. My dad had some cardboard boxes laying around in our garage, so I thought it would be fun to give one of the boxes a new use!
Mia and I were going to turn it into...a doll closet! My dolls have lots of clothes but not many places to store them. We were so excited to tackle this project!
The supplies I started with were:
- Cardboard Box (18.5 inches tall by 10.5 inches wide.)
- Foam brushes
- Acrylic Paint
- Paper Plate
- Wooden Dowels (1.5 by 12 inche size, but I was going to use them for later)
I first cut off the bottom and top flaps of the box to get them out of the way. :)
Then I started painting! I chose to go with white so I could easily put on pretty decorations.
After I painted the first coat I had to wait an hour for it to dry, and then I did about three more coats. It took some patience, but was well worth it!
See? Doesn't it look so different?! I was ready to get decorating!
For decorating I used some $1.99 stencils I got at Hobby Lobby, spongy stencil brushes, and Martha Stewart Gloss and Glitter Paint that was on sale at Michaels Craft Store. (You could also use anykind of colorful stickers to decorate too!)
I carefully sponged on the stencils...
I think they turned out amazing, and it was so much fun!!
As I waited for the paint to dry, I pulled out some glass beads I found at Hobby Lobby.
I thought they would make great doorknobs for the closet.
Using a hotglue gun I glued two of the beads together to form the knob. Then I glued it onto the box!
I loved them! Now that the paint was dry, it was time for me to do the final step to make the closet. I needed to put in the clothes rack.
I marked a hole 2 inches from the top of the box. Using a 1 and half inch by 12 inch wooden dowel, with my mom's help we poked it through the box and pushed it to the other side. There was an extra half inch of dowel sticking out of the box, so with my mom's help we cut off the excess.
Then we were finished!!
Mia was so excited to organize her favorite outfits in the closet!
Lots of clothes to choose from!
I was extremely happy with how it turned out, and my dolls LOVE it! It doesn't even look like a cardboard box anymore! Remember that you can recycle things (like boxes) to make beautiful items for your doll!
My dolls can't wait to use their closet everyday. If you make a closet for your doll, or do any other creative doll project, I'd love to see it! Feel free to send me a picture at firstname.lastname@example.org