make a horse stable for your dolls

For today’s post I wanted to share with you how to make a stable for your doll’s horse from a simple cardboard box.

american girl doll with horse

My niece sent me her doll so I could do some horse related crafts to share with all of you. Her horse is not an American Girl doll horse but came from the Battat family of horses. The outfit that Samantha is wearing was made for me by a wonderful lady named Carol in Maryland.

To create your own cardboard stable you will need:

  • A large cardboard box that your horse fits in, it can be a cube box or a rectangle
  • A pencil
  • Scissors
  • A ruler
  • A felt marker
  • Clear packing tape
  • 1 pipe cleaner (color of your choice)

supplies needed to make horse stable for dolls

Make sure you have a clear space to work, with lots of room. Cardboard is hard to cut through with safety scissors so I recommend having a parent help you get your scissors through thick cardboard.


STEP 1-Make your first cut to open the box. Cut all the way down one corner of the box.

STEP 2- Open your box flat and remove the “box tops” on ONLY ONE SIDE as shown in the photo above. Save them for later.

STEP 3– Re-assemble your box inside out but do not tape it closed yet.


STEP 4– To create the door to the stable, use your ruler to measure 6 inches down from the top of the box and cut a straight line. Cut to the “wall”. This makes the top of the door.

STEP 5– Measure 4 inches up from the bottom of the door and cut a straight line. Cutting to the “wall”

how to make a play horse stable stall

STEP 6– To create the door latch you will need a pencil, a pipe cleaner and a pair of scissors. You can “eye” where you want the door latch on the front of the stall door or you can measure. I used a ruler to measure 8 ½ inches and 2 inches in. I made a mark with my pencil then pushed the pencil through.

Fold the pipe cleaner in half and cut it. Use one half for the “latch” and one half for the “catch”.

The “latch” goes on the door. Push your pipe cleaner through the hole you made with your pencil. Wind it up or twist it so that it will not come through the hole when you pull on the latch. Bend the pipe cleaner “Latch” into a sideways “L” shape

For the “catch” measure or eye the spot to put your catch and push your pencil through as you did on the door. Bend your pipe cleaner in half to create a loop and push through the pipe cleaner twist the ends on the inside of the box to secure them into place.


STEP 7-Now that your door and latch & catch are finished. It is time to secure the bottom of the “stall”. Using packing tape secure your stall floor in place. If your box has lots of writing on the inside as mine did use the card board pieces you have removed to cover them up tape them into place.

STEP 8– To bring the walls of the stall down so your horse can see out. Measure your box so that the line you cut will be at about your horses’ nose. For my box I measured 4 ½ inches down. Make a line all around your box and cut the cardboard out.


STEP 9– To give your cardboard stall some designs you can draw a barn door cross on the front and “wood panel” boards on the side.  You can paint or color your stall as well or leave it plain as I have. To make your stall as strong as possible you can reinforce it with more packing tape.

Finished Stable

I hope you have enjoyed today’s craft and be sure to stop by next Friday for more doll craft fun with Karen of Karen Mom of Three!