display box for barbie

I’m still finding my way on WordPress… Its seems that the spaces between paragraphs I see when I write a post disappear when its published. Given I like my white space I have to find a way to keep it!


Meanwhile, I thought I’d share an idea I have to display my barbies (since I bought a few). A small collection – remember, over 2 of anything is a collection, though a collection of 3 items is a pretty pitiful collection… Whatever. I have 3 vintage barbies in great condition and one green faced one I’m restoring. More about her in the future.

For now, I’ve finally started on the first display box for one of my barbies. The idea is to fix up and ‘furnish’ each box as a room, put in the barbie and accessories, then put on a perspex front to keep her safe.

Naturally, since I’m going to mount these boxes on the wall, I can’t go deep, so real furniture and real rooms are out of the question. I mean, I’d have loved to make them into a kind of dollhouse – using larger drawers for each room then mounting them on the wall in a stack, but I just don’t have that much room. For now I’m just using smaller, shallower boxes.

All I’ve done on the first box so far is put in the background. I used scrapbooking paper for this cause I wanted it to look like wallpaper. So here is Barbie with her poodle… (forgive the photo – bad lighting in the office, good pics when the project is finished).


Now I have to decide what I’m going to ‘furnish’ the room with. My idea is to use images I find and print out, then decoupage them into the background.

First idea – a dresser and a painting for a bedroom look:


Next idea, a couch for a living room look:


Only that looks a bit bare. I need a large picture on the wall, or a few small ones… its not quite right.

Lastly, a TV, which I kinda like, though I dread cutting out that antenna!

This is the smallest box of the three I’m planning and as such doesn’t have room for any real accessories. I’ll add a floor but not sure if I want to add sides.

So which one do you like best?



6 thoughts on “display box for barbie

  1. Wallpaper around the sides as well. Add a bit of an area rug. Use the couch and add either a small painting behind Barbie or part of a huge “sofa” painting behind the couch. I don’t know what you’d call them there, but that’s the term in the US for a giant piece of art that hangs behind a couch. They’re usually 5′ wide and 2′ tall. VERY 50s. If you opt for the TV, how about a tall plant behind Barbie? And you can DRAW the antenna with sharpies and make it look dimensional. Or even with nail polish, using the ultra fine nail art brushes.


    • If you want to add a little hilarity, you could use thin wire and make the antenna into a strange shape and put some aluminum foil on it. It seemed like those “rabbit ears” never worked right. It was difficult watching TV way back in the dark ages!


      • Actually a wire antenna would be great. Thanks! 🙂 I think I will go the TV for this one. I’ve bought some gorgeous scrapbook paper for a bedroom so that will be the next room. 🙂


  2. Oh, Zefi!!! You always find the good ideas first!!! This is absolutely fabulous. I forgot that Barbie had a poodle. You have made me want to go out and find some vintage Barbies!!! I have a Midge, Barbie’s Best Friend. It sure would be fun to do a Skipper, too — a young girl having young girl kind of fun. You’ve outdone yourself on this one.

    Special Memory Time: I have to tell you about our dolls. My one sister got the Barbie and my other sister got a doll that she could change the hair color with markers. We didn’t have a lot of extra money growing up, so at night while we were sleeping, my mom would knit Barbie doll clothes for us. She saved the dolls, the clothing and carrying cases (which were actually hair dryer cases that my aunt contributed to the cause) and made those our Christmas gifts from Santa. I had a friend who had the ice skating outfit, and I hate to admit this, but I was a bit jealous. I was so proud of the clothes my mom made for our dolls, though, and we had so much fun playing with our dolls and each other. One item was a strapless green gown, and at the bottom, mom added white mohair yarn. Tres elegante! Another was a snow jacket with a hood and pants. I don’t remember where are the clothes have gone. I’ll have to ask around.

    Thanks for the good memory, and YOU are da bomb for this idea.


    • Sounds like fun! I actually had a blonde bubblecut Barbie when I was a kid and fell in love with a blue ball gown with pearls on it. I wanted it so much, but mom would not get it for me. Later on I had a Skipper as well. 🙂


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