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Barbie Box Tutorial

Posted on July 26 2023

The internet has exploded with life sized Barbie boxes for purchase, and while I love the look of these, I am too cheap and stubborn to pay upwards of $300. I assembled my own with presentation boards, chalkboard paint, and construction paper. There are about 50 ways to do this better, but this came together in a few hours and I was able to use many items I already have around the home. 
a pink balloon archway with tinsel background and an adult sized light pink cardboard barbie box

 I have organized all of the products in this nifty Amazon list, but they can also be found at your local craft and party supply store. You will need:

  • 3 tri-fold presentation boards
  • 2 Cans of pink spray paint
  • 2 yardsticks
  • White construction paper
  • White duct tape
  • Box cutter or xacto knife
  • White chalkboard marker

Start by tracing the width of the yard stick around the perimeter of the largest center box. This will become the window of the box. For the upper left corner, I created a Mattel logo using two similarly sized bowls from the kitchen. This is not a necessary addition, but adds a little extra interest! Presentation boards are 28" high and I wanted my box to be 6 feet tall, so I cut a foot off the bottom board.  

Next, I freehand drew Barbie lettering on paper to run across the bottom and drew a three inch outline across the bottom of the box. I used a large sheet of paper so that I can better lay it out and see how it will look on the board before cutting. I personally trust myself with this task, but if you aren't big on lettering or prefer more precision, there are many downloadable printables on Etsy that you can print and cut or trace! Another cute option would be to cricut cut the Barbie and Mattel signage with vinyl. 

Once everything is traced, I used a box cutter to cut the straight lines and an xacto knife for the round and more intricate details. I needed to go over each cut three or four times. 

When all is cut, duct tape the three sections together and stabilize by taping a yard stick across them. I also taped across the bottom and top of the box for added stability. Tape the outside corners of the box, but in hindsight, I do not recommend taping up the inner seams of the box as it will make it more difficult to bend the flaps. 

I then carefully brought my assembled board outside to spray paint. There are areas on the board that bent a little when transporting, but if even you'll look closely at my photos, they aren't noticeable! Don't sweat it :) It took me three coats of spray paint for full coverage, and I allowed two hours or so to dry between coats. 
After all is dry and has had a chance to air out, secure your logo and lettering! I recommend using double sided tape or spray adhesive as glue will make it look bubbly. You may notice that I traced a thin white line around the perimeter in paint pen to make it look a little more finished, but not entirely necessary as it didn't really show up in photos! 
This box paired perfectly with my balloon arch kit and tinsel background and worked out well for one evening of photo fun. My plan is to use it once more for my daughter's birthday, and then sell it on Facebook Marketplace when we're done! For a full view of my party for extra inspo, click here. Hope you enjoyed! If you try it, please send me pics!!
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