Doll Play Day 42 Make a Quick and Easy Doll Closet

Today’s activity is so easy I can’t believe I haven’t made this before! We are going to make a doll closet out of something most of you probably have in your room already – the box your 18″ doll came in!

Quick and Easy Doll Closet

There are so many things you can do with doll boxes – from making a doll bed or couch, to making a doll shower stall, to a bookshelf for your dolls, but one of the easiest things to do with a doll box (or a shoe box will work, too) is make a place to hang doll clothes. You could make one and just use it in your doll’s room, or make a few and set up a doll boutique and let your dolls go shopping. You can leave it fairly plain or get creative and decorate it – your choice.

simple doll closet

To make the super easy doll closet:

  • Step 1 – Start with the box your 18″ doll came in or a shoebox.
  • Step 2 – Measure down 3″ from the top on each side and make a small pencil line across. Measure 3/4″ from the front of the box along that same line and make an X. Do this on both sides.
  • Step 3 – With help from a grown up, poke a hole through the box on each side on the X.
  • Step 4 – Slide a wooden skewer, wooden dowel or rod through the holes to make a hanging rod for clothes. If your box is narrow, you could even use a pencil for the hanging rod.
  • Step 5 – Slide beads and glue a pom pom on each end of the rod to finish it off and….

You are done! Hang your doll’s clothes on the rod and you are ready to play dress up, shopping trip or just organize your doll’s collection.

Today is one of those super crazy days – swim practice, drama camp drop off, dentist appointment, grocery store, drama camp pick up and then a summer swim meet – so needless to say,  no printable today! Have fun creating your doll closet and feel free to send in photos if you make this or any of our activities!

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  1. Heather says:


  2. seconde

  3. Bella S. says:


  4. Bella S. says:

    Oops sorry thirdie!

  5. Fourthie

  6. This is a GREAT idea. Finally, something to do with all those doll boxes! Thanks!

  7. One problem… i got my doll 6 years ago and we threw out the boxes from her hospital visits, AND i cut up the only other box that would have worked for MyFroggyStuff’s shower. :(

  8. 6thie! Hoew cute!

  9. qtlol10 says:

    I love it! In fact, I’m going to do it RIGHT NOW! Thanks for the idea!

  10. Olivia Horan says:

    Eight-thiee (lol) 8thiee

  11. Cure I already have a closet though. Where can I buy McKennas shoes? I know there Madame Alexander can I have the link or store? I know I asked u this but I didn’t get an Awnser since it was an older post.

  12. Chloe – I’m not sure if you can by just those shoes but they came with – OR you can get the three pack of shoes that has pink ones that are similar –

  13. Megan!!!!!!! says:

    cool!! but i all redy have a closet for my doll :(

  14. cool i will do this sometime but I think my dolls need a bed more

  15. 12thie!!! That is AMAZING way to reuse doll boxes!!! Char I was wondering how you store your doll stuff because my way is not very organized and easy to access?

  16. I love this! I used my oldest doll box to make MyFroggy Stuff shower..and I do still have the box that Kit came in but Im not sure if I want to let it go even for this cute craft. I will have to look around for another box that is the same size…if not, I guess I will use her box. The good thing about this craft is that if you need to use the box again to store the doll, just remove the rod and the box is still ok. Just two holes will not make it unusable! I think I just talked myself into making this! :)

  17. i use my doll boxes for beds or bunk beds but this is still a cool craft. ( i am new)

  18. char guess what!!! i just went to walmart and got the ag mckenna movie i am so excited to watch it in bed tonight with my portable dvd player hope it is an awsome movie!!! and great craft i made a shower from my doll box. the craft was from my froggy!!!

  19. cute

  20. I made something like that awhile ago and it’s perfect! The only difference is I put two rods so I could hang accessories too!

  21. Cool!

  22. Megan!!!!!! says:

    welcome to doll diaries ags139!!!!!!! i hope u like it here!!!!!

  23. Thanks char!

  24. Thanks Megan!!!!!

  25. That’s a great idea! And that’s a beautiful dress that McKenna is hanging up.

  26. Char- do you have a craft for our mini doll’s box???

  27. Cassie – hmmm, let me see what I can come up with for the mini dolls.

  28. yay! thanks!

  29. Ummm my comment has been in moderation for a long time. Just saying.

  30. If u don’t have wooden dowels, u can use smencil rods

  31. Bella M . says:


    I want to make one!!!!!!!!!!

  32. I made one today but mine looks alot different.