My Barbie is a Thrifter/ Barbie House

Tammy Ward Boone
by Tammy Ward Boone
2 Materials
1 Day
Barbie houses are expensive. So of course I decided to give it a go and make my own. My girl shops at Goodwill, Dollar General, Hobby Lobby and around the garage and other people's junk. No plastic house for this Barbie.
I bought one of these shelf units. Originally I was going to use only one but like any Barbie she bought more things and needed to up her square footage. So 1 more shelf and she can drive a used car to make up the difference LOL.
Purchase a shelf unit anywhere you can find a cheap one. I used 2 and put them together.
I did not use the backing that came with it. (Thought I was going to just have white rooms so easier to use the foamboard than the flimsy cardboard.) So I used a white foam board for $4.99. But then decided to decorate the rooms with paper (I used spray adhesive and then sprayed polycrylic over it)
This is the Barbie house so far. As with any house it is a work in progress. Bedroom on 3rd level; a future office and completion of bathroom on the second level; first level living room/dining area. Rooftop deck will be added at a later time. For a few specifics about items in the room visit my FB page and click the individual pictures:
Suggested materials:
  • Shelf unit
  • Foam board, paper   (Hobby Lobby)
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  • Patty M Minton Patty M Minton on May 31, 2016
    How did u conect tbe shelves together to keep tjem from sliding apart

  • Rbj316238 Rbj316238 on Jul 18, 2016
    Where did you get the Barbie doll furniture to go inside?

  • Kelly Moore Kelly Moore on Jul 27, 2016
    Is each shelf tall enough for a barbie? Just wondering love the idea .

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  • 62q10370829 62q10370829 on Feb 10, 2018
    I used sardine can as coffee table, I made the sofa, chair clothes pins, stove, ref. Out of small boxes. End tables wooden thread spools, lights small pcs of wood with Christmas light, bed made & I thank tub was from butter tub cut down. My daughter is 45 so this was 36 yrs ago. Her house was 4 ft tall x 4 ft long & 14 in. Deep. Made out of plywood. And TV was a large block with painted on TV picture. Miss them days.