How to make a doll TV that "works"

Hi again! It's just taken me over a month to write a new post. I've been keeping myself busy: I'm doing an online marketing course, Mr. Monster and I are trying to do some sport, so I can't quite find time in my spare time for blogging. Also, my laptop crashed again and I have to borrow Mr. Monster's.

The other reason why it took me so long is that I wanted to bring you something more creative than another doll review. So, if I can't find the time to sit down and write, I even have less time to craft.

How to make a doll tv that works for Barbie and Monster High

So, as you may have guessed by the title, today I'm going to show you how to do a doll TV in which you can change what's on the screen. I actually came up with this idea a couple of years ago and I was inspired by I toy that I had as a child. However, I never found the time or the patience to work on it until now. So, if you are curious to see how I did it, just keep reading.
The concept behind this TV is quite simple: basically, the TV has a hole in one of its sides in which you can slide a card with an image on it. Then, you change what's on the screen by having several different cards and switching them. I now that, nowadays, many people use their phones as a fake TV for their dolls, but sometimes a phone might look too big on a certain dollhouse. Also, I love how "retro" this craft feels.

Working TV for Barbie dolls easy doll crafts

This craft is quite simple, however, some parts were time-consuming. I'm not the most crafty person out there, so don't expect my crafts to be super complicated or detailed. I would recommend adult supervision for kids, especially during the cutting parts.

First of all, we need a few craft supplies:
  • Cereal or cookie box.
  • Glue. I used both white glue and glue stick, but you can use any type of glue of your choice.
  • Scissors and a knife.
  • Cutting matt.
  • Sandpaper or a nail file.
  • Popsicle sticks or craft sticks.
  • Craft paint.
  • Brushes.
  • Cardstock paper.
  • Clear wide tape (optional)
First, on a piece of paper draw a rectangle. Mine was 10,5 cm by 6,2, but you can make it any size you want. What I did was search online for 32' TV measures and divided them by 7. Doll scale is supposed to be 1:6, but I felt it was too large for my doll furniture.

Once you have your design, cut open and lay flat your cereal box. and draw several rectangles. Cut them out.

working TV for Barbie dolls easy

On some of the rectangles, I drew an inner rectangle 0.6cm distance from the outer part. This is going to be the outer frame of the TV.  Depending on the thickness of your box, you may need 2 or 3 of this.

On some of the leftover rectangles, draw and cut a "U" shape  0.3mm away from the outer edge. Again, you will need around 3 of this.

So, now we have 3 full rectangles, 3 frames and 3 "U" shapes.

Begin gluing them together. First, glue the full rectangles:

Then the frames:

Then the "U" shapes on top of the full rectangles:

Then glue the frames on top of everything:

You should have something like this:

While the glue dries, on your cereal box draw a few smaller rectangles for the base of the TV. Mines were 4.5cm by 3. If you're making your TV a different size, the width of the base should be at least, one-third of the length of the TV.

Cut the pieces and glue them together. I used 5 rectangles, but you can use as many as you want or make a different design.

Take a popsicle stick and cut two small pieces to connect the base to the screen. I decided to make mine 2.5cm but, again, you can make it a different size or use wooden dowels instead.

popsicle sticks crafts

Glue both pieces together and let it dry. I like to use a brush when glueing small objects.

Now it's time to sand the raw edges of the TV and the base. I wasn't super precise cutting some of the pieces and it was harder to make the edges smooth, so next time I have to be more careful.

Once everything is nice and smooth, it's time for painting. Now, this can be done while everything is glued together, but I decided to paint them before because the screen had some areas that were hard to reach and I didn't want to unassemble my craft accidentally. I used some black craft paint.

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Once the paint has completely dried, it's time to glue everything together. First I glued the screen to the popsicle sticks.

And after I glued the base.

While it dries, print some images of your favorite TV shows, movies or even doll pictures and glue them to black cardstock paper.

Once the glue has completely dried, cut them carefully. I did put all my images on a word document and set the with of the picture to the width of my screen minus half a centimeter, but some of the images needed to be trimmed down to fit in.

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Now is time to see if our TV works.

Doll TV for Barbie Monster High Bratz Ever After High Disney Descendant

If you want your TV screen to be glossier, you can always put some wide tape on top of your images and trim it down. but I didn't do it because my photo skills aren't the best and I'm sure I would end up with an annoying reflection.

Now your dolls can enjoy some TV on your dollhouse!

Doll TV that works for Barbie dollhouse

You can always make a "static" screen by simply gluing an image with a black frame on it on top of the screen, but I think that this way it's just a little bit more complicated and it can give so much life to your doll photography for those of you who do photostories.

I also filmed some footage of the crafting process, and I'm planning to upload it to my Youtube channel, but that will take a while. I currently only have Movie Maker on my computer, so if you know any good free video editing software, let me know.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and got some inspiration from this craft. It's taken me soo long to do this craft because I've been doing just a little bit every day, but it could have it done in one day if I only focused on doing this. I've also tryied to explain myself as well as I could and try to upload the best photos. Because we were filming, Mr. Monster took the photos with his phone from a certain distance, but I've tryied to edit so you could see all the relevant details.

Doll TV New Girl Doll House 1:6 scale

Of course, my crafting ways aren't necessarily the best and there's always room for improvement, so I'd accept any advice or ideas you may have for me.  I would also appreciate if you told me which type of posts are you more interested in. Do you like craft posts? Are you interested in opinion posts? Doll reviews? Non- dolly posts?

I'll catch you up in my next one. Take care.


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  1. Hi! Great tutorial! My poor dolls have been watching the same Barbie movie over and over again lol! They would love this ;-). About the posts I'm interested in: I like tutorials very much, but also doll reviews, it's always interesting to see details of a doll, and pluses and downsides. The non-dolly posts depend on the subject, but I'm sure you have interesting topics to write about! Take care as well :-). Hugs!

    1. Hi Linda! Thanks, I'm glad you like it. I used to do lots of doll reviews, but I got a little bit bored of that and also I felt like people lost interest. The thing about crafting posts is that it takes me a lot of time to do them.
      The non-doll topics I would talk about wouldn't be too personal. I was thinking of doing one about being an unemployed collector or working full time and doing college at the same time.
      I've also thought of doing posts like "5 interesting doll Youtube channels", as well as opinion post about doll related things.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Well this is so much fun. Yes, you could always use an old IPod Touch as a TV screen...but the dolls might wear out what's left of the batteries!!! I love the old-school approach's a great way to share the fun with your kids!!! Always great seeing a post from you.

    1. Hi April! I'm glad you like it. This craft also allows you to make the TV any size you want, and you can even make an old design one! If you use a phone, you have to stick to its size, and it won't allways fit your diorama or doll room.

      Thank you so much for your comment.

  3. I love craft posts! I also like the post ideas from your comment above. Whatever you decide to write, it's always nice to see a post from you.
    This was indeed a cool craft. More original than the omnipresent phone as TV (mine is a folder ^^') and the result looks very realistic. For video editing try Shotcut. I like Movie Maker but it takes forever to import and export. Shotcut has a bit of a learning curve but after you edit a couple of clips you get the hang of it. For me it was difficult to adjust to the audio delay at cutpoints, that doesn't show in the finished clips. It edits fine once you get used to it and is absolutely free, with no "surprises" like other software I tried.

    1. Hi BlackKitty! Thank you for the software suggestion, I'm taking a look at a tutorial and it looks pretty complete. I've tried others like Filmora but, as you said, they come with a surprise.
      The TV could use some more details like a logo on the bottom, but it's intended to be a background element in doll photography. I do have some craft ideas, but I'm not very skilled and also I don't have as much time for it.
      Thank you so much for stopping by and for your feedback.

  4. Lovin' crafting posts, dear but reviews are always welcome, too 😘😘😘 This one ignited my dollhouse brain again! Thanks much for sharing ❤️

    1. You are more than welcome Sasha! Your posts inspire me too, you had a video on how to make a doll brick wall that I've been wanting to try for a while now.
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment!

  5. Crafts are great, and I really appreciate the measurements. Some tutorials don't include them "cut out a rectangle, cut out 4 more..." so this was very helpful.

    1. Welcome to my blog Siren! I'm glad you found my explanations helpful, I try to make it as easy to follow as possible.
      Thank you so much for your feedback.

  6. Your post was very good and the instructions are really clear. I definitely am going to make this!! Thanks for sharing your idea! I love reviews, crafts, general doll "chats" about what's going on lately (for example, I loved your Mattel ideas post" and I also love collection posts or how people organize or store their doll stuff. If I had more time, I'd do more of that stuff!

    1. Hi Farrah! I'm quite busy too, but I'll be even more busy when I start college again! There are a couple of post I'd like to write before the new course starts, but no hurries. Blogging is a hobby, not a job.
      I love all the post suggestions you've given me. Thanks for your lovely comment.


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