This year for Christmas we surprised our three girls with a giant dollhouse for their 18 inch dolls. I then stood the American Girl doll up in the kitchen” to decide where to place the next shelf, and I sat her at her table and chairs to find the minimum height for the dining area. I have been trying to figure out an affordable way to make a dollhouse for my daughter’s American Girl dolls and this is perfect!!! Unless, hmmm, I wonder if we already have something we can use in our house to prop up our doll.
She liked the idea of dolls, and didn’t like not getting what I got, so she had dolls – in a tangled heap in a closet. I was Wednesday Addams for Halloween and I made a Marie Antoinette doll in a dress identical to mine. If you don’t have an existing closet space, something like this shelf organizer on Amazon could work (just add the dowel, rather then the middle shelf).
Knowing what types of rooms you want inside your dollhouse will help you decide what to make the walls and floors out of. Some rooms, such as bathrooms and kitchens, will look better with tiled floors, while other rooms, such as living rooms and bedrooms, will look better with wooden or carpeted floors. Because of the depth of each room in the doll house is two feet, it can be kind of dim without the touch lights on, so I’d definitely recommend them. We used 3 different styles of tile square flooring to make the floor, shower/tub wall surround. And, I ordered some American Doll items for my niece the past two years and get catalogs constantly.
My daughter is just getting in to the American girl stuff and i am a singe mom on a small budget so I am very happy to have found this post!!!! Here’s the thing: if I thought my daughter would cherish and care for an American Girl Doll, I would totally buy her one. We preferred to use the blocks as it would take a lot more effort to drill holes into the wood at exact points.
Since then, she’s asked for American girl items and other dolls, and so she has several of these dolls and accessories, furniture instead of a lot of plastic junk in her room. I know this will not be our permanent solution as I eventually would like something more sturdy with a different type of set up. And although the cardboard is decent quality, I know it won’t last forever. I tell my baby girl she should save her money for overpriced designer clothes of her own.
I love doing photo shoots for my blog, so I am going to whip up some of these doll rooms right away! While joining my husband on a work trip in Chicago in 2005, I literally squealed with delight as I purchased a Samantha doll for my baby daughter…who was still in my belly. My parents were never one for lavish things for us kids, but my sister and I each got an AG doll back where there were only 3 ( Kirsten, Molly and Samantha). If you are making a bed, don’t forget to make a mattress, some pillows, and bedding!
My daughters have Maplelea dolls (kinda like Canadian American Girl dolls) and we have only bought a few of the official merchandise items (and they seem a little less over-the-top-expensive than the American Girl stuff). When her arm fell off from overplay, we sent her to the AG hospital, and they didn’t even charge us to fix her up. I would still have it now, except I decided to give it to a little girl when I was 14 or so, because she really wanted one.
I left it in the closet for 2 weeks after becoming frustrated with all of the parts and the instructional sheets. Doll play should build empathy, teaching children to look after others, and to care about their miniature possessions in preparation for having their own clothes, shoes, and furnishings. My lucky niece even had a creative grandpa who made this amazing horse stable for her American Girl horses!
One of them…an American Girl doll (with a bad eye) is used for my sewing-fitting (I’m one of those people who posts free patterns…Look on Pinterest for free 18″ girl doll patterns…). I thought it would be perfect to try and make our own dollhouse accessories, in proper scale, and a whole lot more. You can make colorful accessories out of polymer clay and baking it in the oven according to the manufacturer’s directions (usually 10 to 15 minutes per quarter inch at 275°F/135°C). She didn’t seem to make anything of it, but I’m guessing that we don’t have much time before she figures out all the inconsistencies.
It is made for the 18 inch dolls that are Target brand called Our Generation dolls but would also work just as well for American Girl dolls. After much humming and hawing about it and wondering how to go about it, I finally decided to make a go of it. My mother is a doll collected and someone should had taken better care in packaging this doll , because to her the packaging/box also has value! I just stash it all away in the closet because my daughter, at four, is definitely not into her yet.
The couch and chairs were made by searching for DIY American Girl Dollhouse couch and chairs on Pinterest using recycled cardboard boxes and sewing craft material I found around the house. Now we have built our American Dolls House and completed the ContiBoard Challenge, we plan to decorate the interiors. The doll house pictured was constructed in place using MDF and finish nails and was not intended to be moved out of the room. I stopped at St. Vincent’s and found a DARLING Christmas tree and sled both just the right size for American Girl dolls.
They even posted my project it felt great to be recognized and sent a thank you present (another house to build). Tables and chairs for 18 inch dolls are very tricky to make and they are impossible to find, especially on a budget. My Girl’s Dollhouse the most precious quality house for your 18″ dolls with FREE SHIPPING in the Continental USA is only found at Discount Dollhouse the most affordable leader in all things doll! This Christmas, before I realized what was happening, I had bought a period-style Christmas dress from an Etsy artisan for A DOLL. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain.
I love that the AG doll books got my oldest interested in reading and opened up discussions about everything from slavery to the American Revolution. Jmg doll clothes offers doll clothes for american girl and other 18 inch dolls as well as cabbage patch and bitty baby doll clothes. The set comes complete with 18″ doll chair, doll bedding, and four 18″ doll clothing hangers. Lay a tarp outside and attach the cardboard to the fabric with the spray adhesive. She sold off all of her Barbie stuff and a bunch of other toys to pay for the doll and some of her accessories. The side tables are made from Laughing Cow boxes glued together on cardboard legs.
In case your are wondering about furnishings, the white bunk bed on the left side of the bedroom is this Badger Basket brand bunk bed with ladder The blue bed on the right side is this doll bed from Ikea, which also is wide enough to allow for 2 dolls to lay side by side. Your blog post reminds me of some obscure article written by a mother back in the 80’s, whose daughter was clamoring for a Cabbage Patch doll. I decided I could use them to pitch a gable up on top to make a little attic space.
In this case, I wanted to create two large identical structure for both of my daughters that would allow them to play with several American Girl dolls simultaneously. Ennnh, wrongo, ‘cause each item is like a centimeter long and will most likely drop into a crack or fall into a vent or be sucked up into your Dyson when you accidentally step on that stupid $3 pitcher of OJ with bare feet and decide to purposely suck up that Medieval foot-torture device with your vacuum hose.
This year my daughter’s favorite gift was an African-American family of dolls for her doll house (I could find a dollhouse family that had 2 white parents and 2 black kids). The doll with the short blonde hair is Kit Kitteridge, who was a kid during the Great Depression. Once we had all the pieces cut we had to plane and sand the edges to make them smooth before using a hot clothes Iron to melt the ContiBoard edging tape onto the edges that had been sawn. The Basic Doll house (open, without siding/trim, or lighting) can be built in a busy weekend!