Doll Play Day 75 – Make an Upcycled Storage Box for Doll Clothes

If you have ever ordered doll clothes or accessories from American Girl, you probably have got some of those cool boxes with the lids that lift up lying around. Did you know they make awesome doll storage boxes? Let’s say you have a retired historical doll or GOTY doll, you may want to keep all their clothes and accessories together rather than mixing them in with all your other doll stuff. And there is no reason the storage box has to be just boring old brown either.  I decided to make a custom storage box for all of McKenna’s stuff and it turned out so cute, Natalie has already asked for one specifically for Julie and Ivy, and Samantha’s collection too.

Doll storage upcycle

Start by gathering your supplies. You will need a small mailing box – one that opens by lifting up, a pair of scissors, clear packaging tape, a catalog or computer printouts of the doll(s) you want to feature and any embellishments you might want to use.

Upcycle a doll storage box

I decided to make this storage box for McKenna’s collection. We have a few duplicate catalogs so I cut out all the McKenna photos in the catalog. I also had the McKenna movie flyer from earlier in the summer. I placed all the photos on the box top, moving them around until I was happy with the arrangement. Once I had the pieces dry-fitted, I used a glue stick to tack down the corners of the pieces. I wasn’t worried about making sure they were totally glued down – I just needed them to stay in one place.

Doll storage boxes

I covered the top of the box with strips of clear packaging tape. You could also use a large sheet of clear Contact paper, too. Or if you are really crafty (and I am going to have to go pick some up), you could use Mod Podge for the coating. I used coordinating colors of duck tape to cover the sides. You could cover the sides with more photos, embellishments, construction paper, or what ever you want. I cut out the McKenna title and glued it to the side of the box so we know it is hers when it is in a stack of boxes.

Doll storage box

I placed all of McKenna’s clothes and accessories into her box so it is super easy to find an outfit for her or if I want to follow one of her hair cards for a new style.

Doll clothes storage

Here is the finished box in Natalie’s room. She has built in cubbies in her room and the storage box fits nicely if I put it in lengthwise – I may need to add another label so it is evident that it belongs to McKenna.

doll storage

I tried it down in my office storage area and it works great. After seeing how much space it saves, I am definitely going to make a few more – there are two more plain boxes sitting in my office right now.

Due to the size of the box, you can easily stack them on a bookshelf, table, or in a cabinet. By labeling each box, it will make it super easy to find everything  you need for photo shoots or doll play time.

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  1. Nicolette says:

    Too cute and firstie!!!

  2. Caitlin says:


  3. Dollstastic! And secondie!!

  4. Sorry Caitlin! Same time! So thirdie!!

  5. Erin says:

    Awesome! I’m soooooooooooo making this for my McKenna collection!

  6. Gail says:

    Love this awesome!

  7. Kaylee says:

    Oh my gosh, this is so cool! I never would have thought of this! Thanks, Char!

  8. qtlol10 says:

    I love it!

  9. Molly says:

    sorry whoops 8thie :)

  10. Char says:

    Molly – You don’t have to use a catalog – you can find your favorite photos on the AG site, AGPlaythings, or even here – print them out, cut, and arrange in a collage on your box.

  11. natalie says:

    yah that happens to me to molly i just ordered one a few monthes ago and i new ones come out alot and i still haven’t got one of them!!!!!

  12. Maddie says:

    Cool. I dont have enough stuff for it.

  13. Molly says:

    oh thanks Char. great idea! :)

  14. ags139 says:

    so cute i might be doing this great idea!!!

  15. Lauren says:

    What kind of box was it?

  16. Ava says:

    Cool! This is handy.

  17. Char says:

    It is a box that our order of American Girl doll clothes came in. I have seen them before – the lid has flaps that slide into the base to keep it closed.

  18. Laurie says:

    This is really cute! I’m going to try it.

  19. Sharry says:

    Hey! An AG shipping box! I store clothes in one of those already! But I didn’t think about decorating it! Cool idea, Char!

  20. Delaney says:

    This Is a great idea!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. madelon says:

    What do you do with the small boxes that the outfits come in?

  22. Char says:

    Madelon – Nothing right now, but I am thinking there has to be something useful to make from them.

  23. aglover says:

    I know what you can do a whole bunch of things but I haven’t done it yet it’s on my to do list

  24. Jen says:

    WHAT A GOOD IDEA!!! I need something to store stuff in and this is a great idea. I will probably make one a little bigger to store some of the Doll Play crafts. Right now I have them spread all over my craft table! This would be a good idea to put those in too!

  25. Molly says:

    Jen~good thinking! :) I already have storage for most of my doll clothes, but craft stuff would be fun too!

  26. Megan!!!!!!! says:


  27. Raine says:

    Hey char! Sorry this isnt really about the craft (which by the way im going to make several of!) but I wanted to ask what you think about the LPS blythe dolls? do they make good toddlers for AG?

  28. Char says:

    I love Blythe and will get a LPS Blythe one of these days!

  29. Cassie says:


  30. Raine says:

    awesome thanks char! I hope to get one soon… but my new ag just came in the mail!! I’m going to put her in my pic for the new crafting contest! shes #55 and I recommend her!

  31. Gail says:

    its kinda like decupage!

  32. Char says:

    Gail – exactly!

  33. qtlol10 says:

    Raine- what did you name her?

  34. Amanda says:

    Char, I’ve been thinking about getting McKenna or not… I’m trying to decide whether to get her or save up for the 2013 GOTY. What do you think about McKenna? Like, is she your favorite?


    P.S. I’m a new commenter… I posted on the post about making a dollhouse out of a desk :)

  35. caroline says:

    Char- when will doll play 76 be here?

  36. Char says:

    Caroline – I just posted it

  37. Delaney says:

    Amanda, she is the prettiest of my collection and i really recommend her

  38. Amanda says:

    Really? I thought she was pretty, but I don’t know if the 2013 GOTY will be prettier… Hmmmm…

    Maybe I’ll ask for her for Christmas if she isn’t all sold out. Lol! Oh, and thanks for responding to my comments :)

  39. Cassie says:

    I’m back! LOL! So creative!