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Making Girl Scout SWAPS for Camp

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This is my daughter’s second year as a Girl Scout Daisy and second time at Camp but we just learned about SWAPS. Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere.

They are little pins you can simply make and then share with your other camp mates and councilors. Also at different functions too.

I found out about these a little late and since there are only two days left of camp, I had to be crafty and quick to make them all today.

The design I made is a canoe with water and an oar. I first drew my shapes on cardboard to make my patterns and then cut the shapes from felts. Next I used hot glue to put them together and to attach a pin backing.

I had to make 35 for her camp and councilors. I also made little cards from card stock and wrote the year, camp name, by and email address and enclosed that and the swap in small clear bags to go to each person.

They came out cute and weren’t too hard to make.

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Homemade valentines day dress for American Girl doll

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For Valentines day I decided to try making a dress for my daughter’s American Girl doll.

Since my sewing machine and I aren’t on speaking terms right now, I hand sewed it. The material was simple cotton, made from a dress that didn’t fit my daughter anymore.

The closures are two buttons in the back.

I also made a small bag to match.

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Cardboard table and chairs for American Girl or 18″ dolls

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My daughter had been asking for a table and chairs set for her American Girl dolls to play with and last night she said that she dreamed that I made it for her, so I had to make it today.

I made a table big enough for four dolls and two chairs to start with.

Supplies:
Cardboard box the size of the table you want
Extra cardboard for the chairs
Shelf liner or any color, I used wood grained from the dollar store
Scissors
Box cutter or exacto knife
Packing clear tape

I started by cutting the bottom and sides of the box leaving the top and corners as the legs. I reinforced the top of the box with tape.

Next I used the extra pieces of cardboard to make a chair using the doll as a guide for size, I cut a rectangle and bent in half and reinforced with tape, next I cut notches on each side and made two small rectangle sides for the chair and cut slits for the notches or tabs to go through.

I assembled and reinforced with tape and covered everything with the wood grain shelf liner.

My daughter loves the set and later I will have to make more chairs.

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Cardboard table and chairs for American Girl or 18″ dolls

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My daughter had been asking for a table and chairs set for her American Girl dolls to play with and last night she said that she dreamed that I made it for her, so I had to make it today.

I made a table big enough for four dolls and two chairs to start with.

Supplies:
Cardboard box the size of the table you want
Extra cardboard for the chairs
Shelf liner or any color, I used wood grained from the dollar store
Scissors
Box cutter or exacto knife
Packing clear tape

I started by cutting the bottom and sides of the box leaving the top and corners as the legs. I reinforced the top of the box with tape.

Next I used the extra pieces of cardboard to make a chair using the doll as a guide for size, I cut a rectangle and bent in half and reinforced with tape, next I cut notches on each side and made two small rectangle sides for the chair and cut slits for the notches or tabs to go through.

I assembled and reinforced with tape and covered everything with the wood grain shelf liner.

My daughter loves the set and later I will have to make more chairs.

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Twinkle toes for American girl or 18″ dolls

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My daughter loves her twinkle toes shoes and wished they had made some for her American Girl dolls. I started looking around for some plain tennis shoes that would fit and used gems to make our own.

Materials:

Plain toed tennis shoes that fit your doll -$4 from amazon
Tiny gems 1,500 for $2 from amazon
Hot glue gun and sticks

Glue the gems one or two at a time on the toes until all is covered.

They turned out very cute and I plan on making another pair for her other doll too.

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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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