Take 5: Options for Storing & Displaying Dolls

Kristin Rutten

Take 5: Resources, Links and Other Fun FindsDolls are a bit like potato chips… it’s hard to stop with just one!

While it’s fun to have several dolls on hand, there comes a time when you need to start thinking about how to safely store and display your collection.

My future studio will need a place to house my growing collection of American Girl™, Kidz ‘n’ Cats, Our Generation and Journey Girl dolls, so I’ve been poking around the Internet looking for ideas. Here are a few of my favorites so far…

Five Options for Storing & Displaying Dolls


1. Barbie Organizer via A Girl & a Glue Gun – A hanging shoe holder with pockets is used here to store Barbie dolls, but I can see possibilities for designing something similar with larger pockets or underarm straps that would hold 18-inch dolls.

Doll Storage Idea

2. Stuffed Animal Swing via It’s Always Autumn – The project shown here is for a hanging type shelving system for stuffed animals, but I can easily see it working for a collection of dolls that sit.


3. Turn a Shelf Into a Doll Bed with Clothing Storage via Make It & Love It – I’m not sure this will work in my space, but it’s something I may incorporate into my daughters’ bedroom because of its fun play possibilities.


4. American Girl Doll Storage Solution via Hubby and Me Plus 3 – This gal used dollar store plastic hooks to hang her dolls. I like that it’s a relatively cheap and easy-to-expand system. Plastic hooks also mean less potential for damage to the dolls.


5. American Girl Doll Wall Hanger via Gigi’s Doll and Craft Creations – Here they constructed a hook rack using a board and wooden dowels. Another option for those who don’t want to build something might be a ready-made coat rack, assuming you can find one with the hooks placed an appropriate distance apart for hanging dolls.

Have a doll storage and display idea to share?

I’d love to hear about it! Please share your favorite doll storage and display ideas in the comments below. Links welcome!

About Kristin Rutten

Kristin Rutten is the creator, owner and operator of Matilda Jo Originals. Born and raised in Montana, she first learned to sew on her grandmother's antique Singer sewing machine by cutting out and stitching a simple nine-square pillow. Other projects soon followed and she has been crafting and sewing ever since. In addition to sewing and pattern design, she also enjoys crocheting, scrapbooking and designing WordPress websites, including sister company iCreateForDolls.com. She makes her home in Central Montana with her husband and four children, ages 9 to 22.

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  1. Irene
    April 14, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Very timely post. The shelf/bed idea is intriguing. Thank You!

    • Kristin Rutten
      Kristin RuttenReply
      April 14, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      You’re welcome Irene … glad you found it interesting! 🙂

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