If you have girls, chances are pretty good you are up to your eyeballs in Barbies. I really resisted these dolls for my daughter for a long time, despite the fact that they were among my favorite toys as a girl. But alas, Barbie and her Disney princess friends have infiltrated our home. I tried many different “systems” to keep these things organized…or out of sight…or both. And none of them really worked out all that well. Addison likes having the dolls out where she can see them but that usually means they end up stashed in her bed or left on the ground. So I hatched a plan. Enter, the DIY Barbie Organizer. Here is a tutorial for you to make one for the Barbie or Disney princess lover in your life.

finished organizer with text

DIY Barbie Organizer Tutorial

Materials Needed:

  • 10″ wide clear pine cut to your desired length
  • Sand paper
  • Paint & Brushes (we used high gloss white for the base coat and acrylic craft paints for the artistic embellishments
  • Painters tape
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Eye Screws
  • Drill
  • Shower curtain rings


Cut your pine to the desired length. If you don’t have access to a saw, Home Depot or Lowe’s will cut it for you. My hubby cut ours, and he rounded the edges a bit using a router. It looks nice, but it’s not necessary. Sand the edges with sand paper.

Paint the board the color of your choice. You could paint it to match your wall if you want the organizer to be a bit more discrete. I decided to let Addison go to town with the paint. After all, it’s going in her room. May as well make it artistic, right?


Next, lay two pieces of painters tape on the board to mark the rows where the rings will eventually be placed. The amount of rings you have will depend on the length of your board. Measure your board, and figure out how many rings you want in each row. Mark the placement of the rings on the tape.

Taping and marking

Use a drill bit with a slightly smaller diameter than the eye screws you purchase.

Here are the eye screws I bought.

screw eyes

You can actually drill right through the tape. I marked the placement on the board also but it was an unnecessary step.


Once your holes are drilled, you can screw in the eye hooks.

hooks are in

They go in pretty easily.

HINT: If you are having a hard time turning the hooks, put a pencil or something similar through the hole and use that for leverage to help turn the screws.

a tip for screwing in the eye hooks

Once your hooks screws are in place, you can attach the shower curtain rings.

attach the rings

And that’s that! You’ll need to decide where you plan to hang it. We chose to mount it to the end of Addison’s bunk bed. It’s high enough off the ground that little brothers can’t reach it, but Addison can access it easily from her bed. And putting it there kept us from having to put holes in the drywall. You could probably use picture frame wire and some command hooks instead.

finished organizer 1

Here are some of the girls just hanging out! I think this is going to be a great way to keep Addison’s dolls organized. If you try this DIY Barbie organizer, I’d love to hear how it works for you. As always, thanks for stopping by!




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One Response to DIY Barbie Organizer Tutorial

  1. Brandie says:

    That is such a great idea for storing barbies! I especially love that you had her decorate it.

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