Do you need a way to organize your doll clothes and accessories? This project to make a doll wardrobe closet might be just what you need to keep everything neat and tidy.
For the longest time, my daughters stored their American Girl doll clothes and accessories in a big Rubbermaid bin. It was just a big jumbled mess. So I have long wanted to make a doll clothes armoire for them to keep everything neat and tidy.
Since it is for storage only, it really didn’t matter if it was the correct scale for doll play. My main concern was plenty of storage space and a place to hang up all those little doll dresses. (If you are looking for an armoire that is the right scale for doll play, I highly recommend the Victorian Wardrobe Armoire from The Queen’s Treasures.)
One day when I was browsing the home organization section at Target, I came across a bathroom organizer that I thought would be just perfect to make an American Girl doll clothes closet for my daughters. With just a little modification, my daughters ended up with a ton of doll storage that keeps everything organized.
Supplies needed to make a doll wardrobe closet
- ClosetMaid 2 door stackable organizer
- tension rod or 1/2 inch dowel rod
- drill with 1/2 inch forstner bit (only if using the dowel rod to make it permanent)
Instructions to make a doll clothes armoire
I started with a ClosetMaid 2 Door Stackable Organizer. You can get this organizer in other finishes, but I wanted to make a doll wardrobe closet that matched my daughter’s room decor so I just went with the white.
With a few modifications, this ClosetMaid organizer makes a great American Girl doll wardrobe armoire. Your child will have plenty of room to store all their doll clothes and accessories . You just need to add a rod to hang clothes.
You can easily add a hanging rack for doll clothes by using a tension rod. However, we wanted something permanent that my daughters wouldn’t constantly be pulling down. We used a 1/2 inch dowel rod and a drill to install clothes rod permanently. If you might eventually want to use the organizer for another purpose on down the line, the tension rod is probably the better option.
Assemble the organizer according to directions, using only one of the shelves. Set the brackets up at the top holes and insert for the shelf to give your american girl doll clothes closet plenty of space for hanging clothes.
If you are going with the tension rod, place it a few inches below the shelf. You are all ready to hang your doll clothes and get organized! I love that the cabinet has magnets at the top to keep the doors closed.
Instructions for permanently installing the clothes rod in your American Girl doll wardrobe armoire
To make the clothes rod a little more stable, we used a 1/2 inch dowel rod and a drill with a Forstner bit. This allows you to drill a recessed hole in the armoire walls.
After we had the base and the 2 sides up, my husband used the Forstner bit to drill a spot to insert the 1/2 inch dowel. If you go this route, you will want to drill 2 inches down from the shelf and exactly in the middle of the board. Be sure to measure accurately so the rod is level. Repeat the process for the other side.
We then inserted the dowel rod and finished the assembly of the organizer. When you are finished, the dowel rod won’t be able to be removed, but you won’t have to worry about the weight of the clothes pulling it down either, especially if your child has a bunch of doll clothes like my daughters do.
Need hangers to go in your American Girl doll wardrobe armoire? Be sure to check out my tutorial for DIY doll clothes hangers for 18 inch dolls..
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If you make a doll clothes armoire, I would love to see pictures. So tell me… How do you keep your doll clothes and accessories organized?
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