How to Make Homemade Barbie Furniture

Written by kimberly reid
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You can make Barbie furniture with items found around the house. While this cardboard furniture may be less durable than store-bought toys, it's easy and inexpensive to make. This article will explain how to make a Barbie bed and chair.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Adult-sized shoebox and lid made of sturdy cardboard
  • Fabric
  • Marker or fabric pencil
  • Soft tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue or needle and thread
  • Lace
  • Hot glue
  • Cardboard with the same height and length dimensions of the shoebox lid
  • Poster paint
  • Batting
  • Empty salt container, cylinder shaped

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    Barbie Bed

  1. 1

    Turn the shoebox upside down.

  2. 2

    Drape fabric over the shoebox as if you were preparing to wrap a present so you can see how much fabric it will take to cover the top and sides of the box. Mark where you want to cut the fabric with a marker or fabric pencil, leaving 1/2 inch extra for a seam.

  3. 3

    Cut out the fabric.

  4. 4

    Fold the raw edges of the fabric over 1/4 to 1/2 inch and glue them with fabric glue, or sew the hem with a needle and thread.

  5. 5

    Use fabric glue or a needle and thread to attach lace along the two long edges of the fabric rectangle and one short end.

  6. 6

    Hot glue the fabric to the shoebox, making sure the fabric covers the box evenly on three sides, leaving a short end uncovered where you'll attach the headboard.

  7. 7

    To make a headboard, hot glue the extra piece of cardboard to the shoebox lid so both sides are flat, like a box.

  8. 8

    Paint the lid with poster paint and let dry.

  9. 9

    Use hot glue to attach the painted lid to the uncovered end of the shoebox.

  10. 10

    For the blanket, measure the length and width of the bed. Add 1/2 inch for seam allowance.

  11. 11

    Cut out two pieces of fabric according to your measurements and align them right-side in.

  12. 12

    Sew three of the sides together and turn the fabric right side out. Slide a layer of batting into the fabric pocket, and sew the fourth side closed.

  13. 13

    Optional: Use fabric glue or a needle and thread to attach lace to the edges of the blanket.

  14. 14

    Follow Steps 11 through 13, using measurements of your choice, to make pillows.

    Barbie Chair

  1. 1

    Remove the label from the salt container.

  2. 2

    Measure 1 inch from the top of the a salt container and cut the top off.

  3. 3

    Cut a wide U-shape from the front of the salt container, the bottom of the U ending 3 inches from the bottom of the container.

  4. 4

    Use scissors to round the top edge of the salt container, which will be the back of the chair.

  5. 5

    Paint the salt container with poster paint and let dry.

  6. 6

    Stuff the bottom of the salt container with batting.

  7. 7

    Hot glue fabric over the batting by running a bead of hot glue along the inside edge of the salt container. Make sure the raw ends of the fabric are folded under.

  8. 8

    Optional: Hot glue lace around the cardboard edges of the chair to hide any roughness.

Tips and warnings

  • If you're looking for a heavy shoebox, athletic shoes often come in sturdier shoe boxes than other shoes.
  • You may want to use sanded lightweight wood scraps for the headboard instead of a shoebox lid.
  • You may choose to cover the headboard and chair with fabric instead of painting them.
  • A Barbie bed can be made out of any shoebox, but less durable cardboard will bend out of shape more easily.
  • Make sure to buy fabric thick enough to disguise the patterns on the shoebox.

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