First, I bought a large wardrobe box from U-Haul for my Homemade Barbie in a Box Costume. The box itself was a little too deep, so I cut it down to size so my body would stand out towards the front. Next, I cut out the showcase window. I used primer to paint the entire box white, then spray painted it Barbie pink. I was able to find the Barbie logo – print it out and trace it onto foam core.
Using an exacto knife, I cut the Barbie letters out, painted them, and used hot glue to fix them to the costume. I left the bottom of the box as flaps that would normally fold in – this made it easier to transport the costume. Purple fabric with flowers lines the inside of the box. I also made an accessory display to go inside my box with items like a cell phone, hair dryer, brush and shoes.
I wanted my Barbie to be a talking Barbie so I got a pre-recorded button that has sayings like, “Lets go shopping! You are too cool! Hey girlfriend! I’ve never had a friend like you before.” I attached it into a foam core talk bubble on the front of the box. For the back of the costume, I printed out talk bubbles that had the same sayings as my button.
The tricky part was how to wear the box and still be comfortable. I attached a small pink backpack to the back of the inside of the box and wear the entire box as a backpack. I added an extra strap around my waist that held the box upright.
The inside of the box was a bit dark. I added battery operated lights to the top of the inside to light me up. My tutu is homemade, I painted my shoes blue with acrylic paint, wore a pink glittery dress, a purple satin sport coat and Barbie like accessories to top it off.