Barbie Closet Remodel

6 Jan


After Photo

By Kathleen heady                                                     

Barbie Closet Remodel How-to

My daughter has a sturdy Barbie closet however not the most “chic” one. Her Barbie closet was actually in desperate need of a makeover. As you can see the closet was not very useful as it no longer had any bars to hang clothes, drawers to store her doll shoes or accessories. As well as no hangers to hang her doll clothes. So that’s when I stepped in and decided to do a “Barbie Closet Remodel.”



Here is the before photo of this closet. It was in desperate need of a makeover.



Need creativity, a few tools and some very “chic” materials. Oh! And a glue gun is a must. So here are the basic materials needed for this project.

The List:


Glue Gun/ Glue Sticks

Decorative Constructive Paper

Jewelry boxes or any little boxes

Ornament hooks

Jewelry Pieces

Bamboo Skewers




And…Anything else you can find

So let’s see, do we have everything?

Regardless it’s okay if you don’t. Things can be added later however, a glue gun and decor is a must. And, warning, Things are going to get pretty messy and change as you go along , you will find doing a project like this, can go in any direction as I did. For example, you may find that you want to use fabric instead of construction paper. Hopefully this project will lead you to get creative in your own way for a barbie closet project. Now before I began this transformation I found a good working spot with plenty of space.


Photo of Blank Shelves

Adding Shelf to Closet

The shelves inspired me to go use jewelry boxes and insert them to fit each shelve. How I did this, was  to add another shelf to have more space for “Barbie” storage. It was really simple actually to create the new shelf with a little bit of cardboard, hot glue and constructive paper.

Step 1:

Take a piece of cardboard cut to fit size of area. Then hot glue craft paper for matching design then insert piece into closet and hot glue to the inside of walls where shelf is being added.


My next step, was the construction paper. This by far , was the fun part. With a small booklet of designer constructive paper I picked a variety of patterns to decorate each “barbie” storage box a little different from the next.

Before starting Step 2 & 3:

Hot Glue only one side of the jewelry box at a time as the hot glue will dry quickly. It’s also best to go slowly when laying  the constructive paper around top edges of box so that it will be straight.

Step 2:

With jewelry box in one hand hot glue each side one at a time, then apply the construction paper going around each side of the square box. As you can see below I started hot gluing the front first from one side then going around each hot glued side with constructive paper and folding the excess underneath the jewelry boxes.

Step 3:

Add crystal knobs to each jewelry box. Place knob in center of box and then hot glue it. Let dry.


Remember….BEFORE =DRAB



Adding Glitter

As you can see I added glitter to the top of each box as I wanted to add a little sparkle to this new and improved fab closet.

Step 3:

Add glitter. I did this with Elmer’s glue by lightly applying a little glue to the top edges of each box. Then sprinkling the glitter to the glued edges. Very simple and very fun.

Also I recommend having a handy hand vacuum nearby as the glitter part is by far the messiest part but, Super Fun!


Hanging Bars & Hangers

After the boxes were done I inserted the new hanging bars and hangers my daughter made herself out of ornament hooks so she could finally hang all her new Barbie clothes she got for Christmas.

Step 4:

This was simple. With a hot glue gun, take the Bamboo Skewers cut them to  fit inside of the closet, then insert each bamboo skewer in place making sure its a tight fit then hot glue.

Result: New Clothing Bars and Hangers for Barbie clothes

After Photo

Final Result: Functional Fab “Barbie” closet that not only can store barbie clothes but is beautiful and easily updated.


12 Responses to “Barbie Closet Remodel”

  1. Meghan October 30, 2012 at 12:42 am #

    What was the sturdy closet originally? Did you make it or buy it? (If bought what is the brand and where??)

  2. gardensunshine January 29, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

    that is so cute and an excellent idea. i looked at the same closet in the store for my daughter and thought it looked terribly unusable as is. (i had barbies once too and remember how messy they were) I hope the barbie makers see this!! Good job!

    • homecreationseveryday January 29, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

      Thank you! I do to maybe I can work on the design team at Mattel and Get barbies closet usable and glamified! 😉 lol Thanks for the comment:)

  3. Vanina January 30, 2013 at 3:46 am #

    Very nice! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  4. lynndaviscakes February 4, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    I love the Barbie Closet. As good as this is you should consider doing an entire dollhouse. My husband and I enter our dollhouses each year in the Orange County Fair then donate them out to charity. You would be a worthy competitor. Keep up the good work!

    • homecreationseveryday February 4, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

      That sounds fun! Dollhouse makeover 🙂 Thank you for the information I’m going to have to see if there is anything in my area like that 🙂

  5. thesensiblescrap February 5, 2013 at 11:10 pm #

    Ohmygod amazing! Ummm, can you do my closet next? 😉

  6. roylcoblog February 8, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    Lovely! Any little girl would love this–best part is it’s made with reworked materials which is always a plus.

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