Monthly Archives: January 2013

A sofa or couch for American Girl or 18″ dolls

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Today I made a sofa for my Daughter’s American Girl dolls.

This was simple and easy using just boxes, cardboard fabric, batting and hot glue.

I made the base from cardboard boxes and then the back and seat from cut rectangles of cardboard, as well as the two sides.

I hot glued the fabric on the bottom front and each of the sides. Then I put batting to cover the bottom rectangle seat and covered with fabric and glued in place. Next I folded batting two times to make a cushier back to the top part of the back rectangle and covered with fabric and again glued in place. I lastly attached the two sides and done.

You can make as big or small as you want. I made big enough for 3 dolls or for one to be able to lay down.

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How to make ice cream scoops and thin mint cookies for American Girl Dolls

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Tonight I tried my hand at making a couple of sweet play foods for my daughter’s American Girl dolls.

I used sculpty clay in white, dark brown and red.
Aluminum foil crumbled in a ball
Tiny 2 ounce size bowl to pretend serve

I took an amount of clay in any color for the ice cream and shaped into a scoop, you could use a measuring spoon or mold if you wish.
Next I textured it all over by pressing the aluminum foil ball all around.
I repeated for each scoop I wanted.
(For pink or strawberry I mixed a tiny piece of red with the white clay)

For the cookies I pressed a piece of clay to the size and shape of the cookies I wanted.

All were then baked at a 250 degree oven for 35 minutes.

I hope to make some more items as and when I get time.

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How to make a “no sew” bed for American Girl or 18″ dolls

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My daughter has found the world of American Girl dolls since our last visit into NYC. So of course the dolls all of a sudden need furniture and accessories etc. My first try is a homemade doll bed.

This was easy to make and no sewing was needed.

Materials used:
Craft foam for mattress and large pillow
Cardboard boxes, I repurposed two postal boxes
Craft board or cardboard for headboard and footboard
Paper to draw your designs or shape for headboard and footboard
Hot glue gun and sticks of glue
Fabric for bedskirt, sheets, pillows and blanket
Packing tape
Scissors

First I cut the foam to the size and length of the bed according to the doll. My foam was short so I attached two pieces using tape. The left over piece was used for the main pillow.

Then I found that two reused boxes from the mail, put together made the perfect platform for the mattress. I taped the boxes together.

Next I drew the pattern for the shape of the headboard and used the same for the footboard but folded partially down to make it smaller. I cut that shape out of craft board and taped the headboard and footboard in place on the box.

I used fabric to make a bedskirt and taped into place on the box.

I taped fabric onto the mattress as a fitted sheet and used hot glue to seal all the edges of the top sheet and pillowcase.

I cut the blanket from fleece so no edging required.

And also used glue to create the small pillows out of foam, batting and fabric.

The headboard and footboard I covered in stretch fabric and used batting underneath to give plushness, hot glued the seams and cut out the shape of the headboard/footboard to cover all the tucking on one side and glued in place.

My daughter and her dolls love the bed, she says now I have to make another for her second doll next…

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How to make beautiful flowers from tissue paper

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I’m starting to plan for my daughter’s birthday party in a couple months. The theme had been chosen as Barbie Pegasus and colors are light pink, light blue and lavender.

We will be using streamers and I’ve decided to make some beautiful Tissue Paper Flowers too.

They are simple to make and look exquisite.

To make mine I bought 50 pages of light pink tissue paper in 15″x20″ size.

First I took 5 sheets and cut them in half so then I have 10 sheets measuring 10″x15″.

I stack them together neatly and then fold like an accordion fan. Make the folds about 1 inch. Next fold them in half and wrap a pipe cleaner around the middle and wrap it so it stays closed.

Then I cut the ends to rounded shapes.
Then I was able to begin slowly lifting each sheet to the middle and continuing with each sheet making the flower completely full.

You can experiment with cutting different shapes on the ends for other flowers you make as well.

I plan on making light blue and lavender flowers too. I may put some in vases and hang others with streamers.

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January $1.00 books from Scholastic bookclub deals

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The fantastic one dollar books for January from Scholastics Bookclubs through schools.

These are the $1.00 deals for January:

The Little Engine That Could
From Honeybee January item #48

Stone Fox
From Arrow January item #74

Splat the Cat Sings Flat
See Saw January item #67

Rules
TAB January item #65

Tooth Trouble
Firefly January item #66

Who Would Win? Wolverine vs. Tasmanian Devil
Lucky January item #94