Monday, February 20, 2017

Doll Party Time

You don't need an excuse to throw a party, but if it is birthday time or holiday time, it is good to remember, any time is a good time for a doll party. Several of the girls in my class have American Girl dolls or Springfield dolls. We decided to have a party after school one night. I don't think I've ever seen those girls have so much fun!

What can you do at a doll party? We made crafts that they could use when they played with their dolls.  Here are some ideas to get you started.

First, the girls made drinks with Modge Podge, paint and caulking. They mixed glue and paint together. Carefully spoon it into a small glass. They used cups from the dollar store, communion glasses and empty half and half containers (the kind you get at the restaurant.) The cup was filled almost to the top. Then they added caulking to look like whip cream. Sprinkles were added and then stir sticks were cut into small straws (again, like the kind you get from a fast food restaurant.) They were placed into the 'whip cream.' The drinks were left to dry.

Every doll needs her own bag!  Canvas bags were purchased from Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon. Using iron-on flowers, the girls personalized their bags. It was a simple craft that could be done while others worked on their drinks.

The Dollar Tree has lots of ideas. We used one of their supplies to make a decorative bowl. The girls used clear plastic bowls that came with about ten to a set. They decoupaged tissue paper on to the outside of the bowl. The tissue was allowed to dry and another coat was added.

The final craft of the night was a small bulletin board.  I had picked up some heart-shaped foam boards with adhesive on the back. The girls used ribbons and glue to make their boards. They included a loop between the adhesive and the foam board, cut to shape, that we put on the back.

Because our party was limited to an hour and a half, this is all we had time to do. Their favorite craft was the Starbucks-like drinks. At the end, the girls were asking, "When can we do this again?"  Even as I write this, I am planning the next party. I will write another post once I have pictures of the crafts.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Lit up by The Dollar Tree

It is always fun to see what different people find at The Dollar Tree to add to their doll world. One day, I went in to the local Dollar Tree to look for something totally unrelated to anything 18 inch doll worldly. As I glanced around (after all-you never know what you are going to find) I found something really cool.

What is it, you ask?  Little lights that look just like a small desk light. They are not in the toy section because they are real. In fact, so real that they actually light up! I bought several so I could give them as gifts.  Then, I decided to play around with them and create a little bedroom-scape. This is what it looked like:

Don't you love the bed?  It actually folds up and becomes a couch. I found it at Goodwill. It was in perfect shape and is big enough to share.

It pays to keep your eyes open whenever you go shopping. If you notice the little dressers, they are just plastic drawers with scrap-booking paper in the drawers. The pink dresser cloths are actually pieces of foam that I also picked up at The Dollar Tree. 

For ideas on how to make a plain, plastic set of drawers look great check out this article. It is simple, fun and quick!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Making Kit's Scrapbook! How-to do it!

You know that Kit likes her creative side. She likes to write/report on the world. This week, I introduced Kit to scrapbooking and she seemed to love it!

What you need:
                          cardboard (I used a cereal box)
                          scrapbooking paper
                          Large metal needle
                          thread, string or ribbon
                          American Girl magazine

Step 1:   Cut out pictures you like from the American Girl magazine.
Step 2:   Take your biggest picture and measure it.

Step 3:   Use your measurement and cut 4 pieces of cardboard that are larger than your biggest picture that you cut out.

Step 4:   Glue two pieces of cardboard with the printed side on the inside on both pieces. Repeat this with the other two pieces.

Step 5:   Choose a scrapbook paper that you like and cut out two pieces that are about an inch bigger than the cardboard pieces.

 Step 6:   Glue one cardboard piece onto the center of a scrapbook paper. Fold the edges over and glue them down. Repeat with the other pieces.

Step 7:   Cut a piece of the same scrapbook paper to cover the middle of the side of cardboard with the short pieces. Glue it on and repeat with the other side. Smooth them down and let them dry.

Step 8:   Put the two pieces of covered cardboard together. On the side of the book cover you have just made, poke 5 evenly spaced holes. Make sure the heavy needle goes through both pieces of cardboard.

Step 9:   Trace around one of the cardboard pieces and them, having chosen several pieces of scrapbook paper that you like, cut out pages for your scrapbook.

Step 10:  Put the pieces of paper between the two covers.  Using thread or
sew the covers and pages together.  If you use thread, you can cover
the thread with ribbon by gluing it on.

Step 11:  Glue the pictures you cut out onto the pages. Add stickers and words.

Step 12:  Use a Sharpie to write a title on the book cover.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Ana's Doll Bed-You Can Do It!

You are probably aware of Ana White's website. She has fabulous plans for everything from household furniture to doll furniture. I love perusing her site and daydreaming. I have my "if only" times-if only I had more time; if only I had more talent; if only I had the materials. Sadly, I never seem to get beyond the "if only" stage.

Meanwhile, my dear sister looks and says, I think I'll make that and she gets the plans for a cute country doll bed. In spite of the fact that she works awful hours, she finds the time, talent and materials to make the bed!

It took her awhile because time was hard to find and a bit of it was tricky. Being the persistant person she is, she figured it all out and made the bed. Here is what her bed looked like:

This photo is what the bed looks like in use.

My sister is such a great motivator. Someday, I will try a bed. In the meantime, I have two "bookshelves" that I need to go renovate. As for you, you should head over to Ana White's site by clicking here. I linked it to the doll furniture page.

What are you working on today?

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Hurry to Joann's Fabric Today!

Looking for school items, I headed to Joann's Fabric store yesterday. As I went to the end of the school aisle, I found the Springfield doll items on sale too-for prices from $2.97-$4.97. Check out what I bought!

Everything from the pea coat to the shoes, the outfits, all $2.97. Other shoes, hats and outfits were available for the lower price. They had a lot of other fun outfits for the $4.97, Because I am a teacher, I also got another 15% off the clothes. If you aren't busy, head over to your closest Joann's Fabric store today!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Toiletries Bag

During the week granddaughter was there, the creative juices bubbled to the surface and keep flowing. Suddenly, everything you see can be re-purposed for something an American Girl doll can "use." Walking through the personal care section of Walmart, I saw this:

What a perfect little container for a "toiletry bag!" The great fun of it is that it was simple and took very little time. First, remove the stickers. Then find some cute decorative duct tape that you love and that works with the color of the container. Cover the flat side with the tape. Then, create a little strap to make it easy for your doll to carry. Add it to a little space on the center end of the bag. When you are done, it is a cute little container that looks like this:

This is such a cute simple project that is very inexpensive. You can use a lot of different containers to create similar projects. They will all look different if you use different tape or you can make a travel set by using the same or similar tape on each case.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Dollar Tree House Begins

Necessity is the mother of invention but grandchildren are the necessity of life. A Christmas visit from one of my granddaughters brought on a need to create. She brought her doll with her and I brought out three of mine (one of which she left with) and the play began.

One of the fun ideas we got I like to call the Dollar Store Doll House. We used tri-fold boards-like the ones you use for science fairs-and created a small kitchen in about 10 minutes. I am going to show you the kitchen we created and then, after I get the other two rooms added, I will update the article.

What we used: one tri-fold board, one flannel-backed table cloth, glue and scissors. We added cut-outs for plug-ins and a light switch.

How we made it:

1) Lay the board out on the floor, white side up and sides out-stretched.

2) Along the edges, pour glue and smear it.

3) Center the table cloth over the board and lower it. Smooth it out and let it dry.

4) After about five minutes, turn it over. Add glue over the back of the board.

5) Fold the extra edges over the glue and smooth it down. Let it dry.

6) Trim off the extra edges.

7) Copy the download-able plug-ins and light switch. Enlarge them and copy then on card stock, either white or a color that matches your wall paper.

8) Cut out the light switch and glue it at an American Girl's or other 18 inch doll's hand height.

9) Place the plug-in about 2-inches from the floor and glue it there.

10) For a kitchen window, cut out a blue, cloudy sky rectangle. Glue it at eye level for your doll.

11) Use tape, like electrical tape to the edges. You can also put one down the middle to split the window into two pieces.

12) I found a lace window covering that can be cut down and glued across the top of the window.

13) Add a round, single-colored place mat for an area run. Move in your kitchen appliances (see article on making a fridge and stove from photo boxes.)

The rest of the house will be finished soon. Follow 18-inch World so you don't miss the next room. Also, sign up before Feb. 14, 2015 and win the dishes in It All Happened at the Asian Market. All you need to do is follow the blog and leave a comment on any of the articles, including this one!