19 DIY Ways To Make Barbie's House Cooler Than Your House

Barbie's house — and closet — is about to be way cooler than yours.

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1. Turn two wood bowls and a picture frame base from Ikea into a modern chair and table set.

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All you need is a little bit of hot glue. Get the tutorial here.

2. Secure a bit of foam marshmallow to a small bead for a teeny table lamp.

So Barbie can decorate her new Ikea bowl table, of course. Here's the full step-by-step.


3. Glue buttons and the handle from a paper clamp to a dollar store soap holder to make a colorful rolling suitcase.

No promises your kiddo will be able to keep track of Barbie's shoes in your hotel room, though. Here's how to make it.

4. Cut out the bottom corner of a laundry detergent bottle and attach it to wire legs to make a cute chair.

Then use a fabric scrap or old tee to make the cushion. The how-to is here.

5. Use tiny yarn pom poms to make a pet bunny and a scaled-down succulent.

Barbie will love her fuzzy new friends! Get the tutorial for the bunny here and the tutorial for the cactus here.

6. Bend paperclips into hangers for Barbie's ever-expanding closet.

Super simple. Make sure you use larger paperclips, though, or the dresses might be too big. Get the full tutorial here.


7. Turn a wooden box or a vintage suitcase into a portable house.

This tutorial is for a smaller doll (and is kind of involved), but could be easily scaled for Barbie, depending on the size of the suitcase you decide to use.

8. Cut up and cover an empty tissue box to make a cute couch in just an hour.

If you don't like sewing, you can always use Stitch Witchery. Get the step-by-step tutorial here.

9. Then transform a shoe box into a bed that doubles as doll storage.

It requires some fabric, lace, batting, and a glue gun. Learn how to make it here.

10. Cover binder clips in scrap fabric and attach a little bit of string to make really adorable custom purses.

You could even make a Barbie Birkin, if you dare. Here's the step-by-step tutorial.

11. And if you're feeling confident in your teeny-tiny bag-making abilities, you can try your hand at these LV signature totes.

Super cute. Super complicated. Get the patterns and tutorial here.


12. Pick up pretty patterned duct tape, then use it to make this ~trendy~ Barbie bed.

You use a cereal box, four pencils, and a little bit of fabric and batting. Here's the tutorial.

13. Or upcycle scrap wood into this very grown-up bed.

This Barbie's bed > my bed. Get the tutorial here, and get a tour of this awesome DIY house here.

14. Glue wooden dowels to a stack of cardboard to make this rustic barstool.

Fancy paint job optional (but cool) — it would probably go over pretty well if you went for a bright lime green or something. Get the tutorial here.


15. Thread popsicle sticks between a scrap of crochet to make a cozy hammock.

The frame's made out of a wire hanger, which you probably already have in your closet. And if you don't have crochet skills, you could hot glue a small rectangle of fabric to the popsicle sticks, instead. Here's how to make it.

16. Cut up the plastic part of some gum and pill packs to give Barbie a vintage Pyrex collection.

You can get the tutorial and printable Pyrex patterns here — although again, you could just paint them a solid color and probably no one would mind.

17. Twist a wire base around half of a plastic egg to make a cute little bullet planter.

Get the easy how-to here.

18. And if you're still feeling crafty after that, make these paper succulents to live inside of the eggshell planters.

You'll need to scale down the pattern, but the tutorial's the same. Get it here.


19. Then make this modular house for all of Barbie's cool new stuff!

The tutorial uses handmade crates, but you can also buy cubes (like this one) and paint them yourself. Make sure the cubes you buy are at least 15 inches high, though, so a 12-inch Barbie can stand easily.

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