Wooden DIY Doll Clothes Storage

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How to Make a Closet For Doll Clothes

My daughter needed somewhere to put all her doll clothes and accessories so I made her a storage closet.

doll clothes closet

Louisa received two dolls for Christmas and both came with maaaaaany outfits and accessories. She had some in a bag and some in a bin and some on the floor and it just wasn’t working. For anyone. I was able to use scrap lumber to make this cute little doll clothes closet and she is THRILLED! I am thrilled to be sharing this as part of the 2020 DIY Challenge line up. Be sure to check out the other organization ideas my friends are sharing by clicking their links at the end of this post.

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Step 1. Find your bins

I started by heading to Homegoods to find appropriate bins. In my experience, bins are the easiest way for kids to keep their things organized (vs. hooks or shelves), so I kept the design of this simple! I found a pair of aqua blue ones that weren’t too deep, weren’t too wide. The bins are mostly for loose accessories like socks and hair bows and underwear. Yeah… the dolls have underwear.

Step 2. Layout your closet

Starting with the bins, I figured out what dimensions to make the closet. I knew I wanted a hanging section so I made sure I allowed enough space above my bins for doll clothes hangers and all of Louisa’s doll’s dresses. 

use bins to plan design of closet

Step 3. Prepping for the hanging bar

To install the hanging bar, I picked up a small dowel (I think this one is 1/2″). I used a forstner bit to drill about a millimeter into either side of the closet. This small recess will be enough to support the hanging bar once I assemble the closet.

forstner bit to make space for hanging bar

Step 4. Assembling the closet

This is a small build that won’t be baring any significant weight so I didn’t have to pull out the heavy artillery of screws or braces. I assembled everything using wood glue and my pin nails. (All materials linked at the end of this post.) 

assemble with wood glue and pin nails

Next I glued and nailed the top, bottom and the shelf in place.  Making sure everything was measured and straight, I glued and nailed the other side of the closet in place. A this point, the closet may not feel super secure. That’s ok… once you had the back, it will feel nice and sturdy!

glue and nail the closet together glue and nail the closet together

Step 4. Decorating the back

I’m using hardboard for the back and was able to use a sharp utility knife to cut the hardboard to size. You can pick up a 2×4 section of hardboard for about $5 at Home Depot.

cutting down my hardboard

To add a little color to the back, I started by painting a pastel rainbow. I used a craft store round mirror as the circumference of the inside of the arch. Once I’d painted the rainbow, I filled in the rest of the back with some leftover white paint. When the paint was dry, I used super glue to attach the mirror.

painted rainbow on back of closet

Step 5. Attaching the back

Just like the rest of the closet, I used wood glue and my pin nailer to attach the hardboard to the back of the closet.

attach the back to the closet

Step 6. Decorative Touches

I left the sides of the closet unpainted, but used some craft paint to give the end grain a little color.

adding a little color by painting the endgrain

I had some leftover wooden beads from this mirror project I did this fall and figured they might be the perfect little decorative detail (they’d already been sanded down a bit leaving one flat edge). I painted the beads by placing them into ziplock bags with craft paint and a tiny bit of water; after a while, pour the beads onto wax paper to dry. Easy mess-free painting! I used a fast drying super glue to adhere them around the top edge of the closet.

painting wooden beads use a fast dry glue to attach the beads

Because there was a chance this closet would be over a heating vent, I decided to add some small feet just to bring it off the ground a bit. I cut down some 1x2s and predrilled with a recessed drill bit. Using wood glue and wood screws I attached these onto the bottom of the closet and painted the sides to match the rest of the closet. Because I used the recessed drill bit, the screw head was set within the foot so it wouldn’t scratch the floor. I added felt furniture pads just to be safe. 

recessed bit to attach feet to closet recessed bit to attach feet to closet

Louisa loooooves her closet and has spend many a quiet afternoon sitting there picking out outfits for her dolls. As for me, I’m just happy there aren’t scattered doll shoes all over my house!

doll clothes dresser

colorful doll clothes closet colorful doll clothes closet

Make sure you check out the other makers sharing their organizational DIY Challenges:

Addicted to DIY My Repurposed Life  *  The Inspired Workshop  *  House Becoming Home  *  Ugly Duckling House  *  The Awesome Orange


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  1. This is just adorable! I am going to attempt one today, could you share overall dimensions so I have an idea? Thank you!!