For many doll collectors, doll display cases are a must, especially since many collectable dolls cost hundreds of dollars. Doll display cases protect the doll’s clothing from dust and other grime that may get on the fabric. Keeping collectable dolls in display cases also protects the doll’s hair, which can be expensive to clean and hard to restyle. To keep your collectable dolls looking their best, build some custom display cases for each one. Doll display cases are available for purchase, but you can make your own using tools you probably already own.
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Things you need
- Measuring tape
- 1/2 inch Plexiglas
- Masking tape
Stand your doll on a level work surface so you can take some measurements for your custom display case. Measure the height and the width of the doll, including any clothing. Measure from side to side for the front and back pieces and front to back for the side pieces. Add 2 inches to both measurements.
Transfer the measurements to the Plexiglas using the marker. Plan your front and back pieces, which will be the same and your two side pieces, which will be the same, as well as a piece for the top of the display case.
Lay a towel on the side of the jigsaw underneath the Plexiglas to help protect the plastic while you are cutting it. Cut out the Plexiglas using a jigsaw. Cut carefully so that you do not leave scratches on the Plexiglas.
Sand the edges of the Plexiglas lightly to remove any rough edges. Wipe off the edges with a damp rag to eliminate any fragments.
Brush some epoxy onto the edges of one of the front/back pieces. Butt the edge up against one of the side pieces. Use masking tape to hold the 2 pieces together.
Repeat Step 5 on the other front/back and side pieces. Glue the two sections together and apply more masking tape.
Brush some epoxy along the top edges of the display case. Set your top piece on the epoxy and make sure all the edges are flush.
Allow the epoxy to dry according to the package instructions. Remove the tape and use the alcohol to remove any traces of the marker.
Tips and warnings
- You can also make a base for your doll display case. Get a piece of wood that measures 1 inch larger than the base of the Plexiglas portion of your display case all the way around. Set the Plexiglas on top of the wood and draw a line around it with a pencil. Follow the pencil line and router out a 1/2 inch crevice for the Plexiglas to sit it. Stain as desired.
- If you prefer real glass for your doll display cases, take some careful measurements of your doll and take those to the hardware store. Ask the glass cutter to cut your pieces of glass to those measurements. Follow the rest of the directions above.
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