Hello! Greetings from 85 degree Michigan Fall! Ugh… I’m so over summer weather in the middle of autumn!
Jumping right into it… I’ve been looking for a Barbie closet for Harlow to play with for eons! She has somehow accumulated a thousand Barbie hangers, but can’t really play with them without a closet. I found one for $25 online, but it is fairly cheap looking, and I just didn’t think it was very cute. I did a Google search, and came across a few options for DIY.
Here are some of my inspirations:
My Froggy Stuff, that guru of all things Barbie-related, also has a tutorial for a great one.
Well, I decided to take a stab at doing one of my own. It is proving to be much more difficult than I imagined. I always think things are going to be really simple – probably because all the tutorials make it look SO easy! – but projects like this are never easy for me. This post will be in sections because it is taking longer than anticipated, and it is more involved than I originally thought.
So! First, I got an empty laptop box.
We had one lying around that hadn’t been recycled, yet, from our recent laptop purchase. It was the perfect size for a Barbie to walk into! The first thing I did was cut the front out, leaving just a little on the sides for shelving.
For the time being, I’ve left the front flap on as a sort of flooring/runway. I’m not sure I’m going to keep it. I thought I could close it up for storage, but… I’m just not loving it. We’ll see. Next, I covered all the cardboard areas with craft paper and Mod Podge. I don’t know if it is just me, but using Mod Podge is SO DIFFICULT!
Today I cut out and papered/painted cardboard pieces for a few shelves/dividers, and painted the bamboo skewers that will be the clothing bar for the hangers. I still have several of each to go, but I’m getting there!
Crafting is SO MESSY for me! I’m totally not one of these YouTube crafters that has a work area that looks so clean and put-together!
Stay tuned for Part 2!
As always, if you have any questions or comments, please reach out! I love to talk about crafting!