Summer is almost here! I know, I know, it’s only March… but it’s not that far off. So, we need to get prepping, and start creating things for our dolls so we have them in time for Summer. I found all of these on Pinterest, so I know there are definitely more ideas! I’m going to be continuing to add ideas, so let me know in the comments if you find any you think should be on here! Have fun, dolls!
Food (Lots of candy because that’s what Summer is for!)
Hey everybody! Here is how I made a few perfumes for my doll’s vanity set I’m working on! These are super easy, so here we go!
What you’ll need:
- A perfume bottle image (I found mine in a beauty brands magazine, but you can use some you print off since you’ll be ‘laminating’ them with clear tape.
- Clear tape
- Hot glue
- cardboard or stiff paper
Begin by putting tape over the images, and cutting them out. Then hotglue the perfume image onto the cardboard. Cut the image out again, and then make a triangle shape. Cut off the tip, and bend it at the top. Glue the bent portion onto the back of the perfume image, and voila! You have doll perfume 🙂
I love DIYs. I also love slumber parties!! So here are some fun crafts to make before or during a slumber party with and for your very own AG doll!!! 😀
- Of course, you’ll be needing a bag to hold everything. Or a luggage case!
- And a sleeping bag. I rolled Nicki’s up and secured it with two hair ties!
- Here’s a bedding tutorial, in case sleeping bags aren’t your thing. It also comes with a pillow and pillow case tutorial, so you can use that for your sleeping bag too 🙂
- Every doll needs their beauty sleep! Grab this tutorial to make a sleeping mask.
- Don’t forget your doll’s plushy!!!
- Tooth brush and toothpaste are a must. If your doll has a retainer, make sure to pack it!
- Pajamas and clothes for the morning. Duh.
- A camera to capture all of the fun times!
- Your doll’s laptop or phone/mp3 player/tablet to watch funny videos and listen to music!
- A hairbrush and hairties, not DIY, of course.
- Some midnight snacks, including: popcorn, candy, and goldfish crackers.
- Your doll’s favourite movies!
- Makeup, if you want it!
- A good attitude 🙂
Have fun at your very own dolly sleepover!! 😀
Here are my clothes I made from baby outfits, modelled by Nicki!
The first one was a long sleeved button up onesie. I used the back part, and the sleeves, to make a shirt and booties. Idk why.
The second one was a long sleeved onesie as well, and I just cut off the bottom, lazily leaving the bottom unhemmed. It’s a nightgown, so it really doesn’t matter haha.
The third one was a button up long sleeved onesie (again) and it is now a sweater! This one took a while, because I hemmed the bottom, and took it in twice on the back.
And last but not least, my favourite: a sweatshirt made from a grey long sleeved onesie. I took in the back, and cut the bottom part off. I hemmed it, and rolled up the sleeves for a cute and stylish look! The headband is from the band of some pink pants. I had to take it in a little bit, but it still looks nice! 🙂
Which is your favourite? Have you ever done this?
I love doll photography. It makes me smile, and I love the keepsakes I get out if it! So here are some snapshot ideas for you to use and share! 🙂 This is also a challenge, so see if you can do them all!!!
- Silhouette – Take a picture of your doll’s silhouette! Either as a shadow or with a light behind them, a silhouette is a beautiful picture to take.
- Hands together – Pick two dolls and have them touch hands. You can even use your own!
- First Day of School – Take some pictures of your doll on their first day back to school!
- School Portrait – Dress your doll in their best and find a nice background. Then take their picture! Make sure to say “Cheese!”.
- Selfie – Every doll needs a few good selfies. Add filters and decorate it for some fun.
- Holding a Camera – Have your doll snap some pics as you take your own photograph of them!
- Playing in the Leaves – Build a nice pile of foliage, and let them have at it!
- Thanksgiving Dinner – Set up your doll’s table, and fill it with Thanksgiving dishes! Maybe even take a picture of them as they prepare the food in their kitchen!
- Carving Pumpkins – It’s Halloween! Find a cute mini pumpkin for your doll, and have them carve a cute face into it!
- At a Halloween Party – Whether they’re bobbing for apples or dressed as the Queen, taking some fun pictures at their next Halloween party is a no-brainer!
- All Dolled Up – Take a Picture of them in your favourite outfit, with styled hair and adorable shoes! Maybe take a matching picture of yourself!
- Family Photo – Take a picture of all of your dolls, and include yourself in it too! Dress them in their best and smile for the camera!
- Picking Flowers – Find some clover, dandelions, or wild flowers, and take a picture as they lovingly hold each blossom! Maybe even make them a flower crown!
- Planting Seeds – In the garden or in a pot, your doll is sure to love her budding love of all things green! Get their hands dirty as they gently sow the seeds.
- Having a Picnic – Eating outside and sharing your crumbs with the ants is a delightful thing to do with your dolls! Take some fun pictures while you’re at it.
- At the Pool – Sunbathe beside a pool, or get into a faux one. Take a nice photograph of your dolls having fun under the sun!
- Fourth of July – Dress your dolls in red, white, and blue, and give them a mini flag to wave around!
- Watching Fireworks – As stars shoot across your doll’s sky, take a snapshot that will make them last forever!
- Broken Arm – Or leg, or head, or whatever else! Pretend your dolly has taken a spill and needs some TLC. Take some fun pictures of their new cast while their freinds sign it!
- New Year’s Eve – As you watch the clock, count down with your dolls! Don’t forget your noise makers!
- Valentine’s Day – Show them making valentines, distributing them, or even eating candy. You can make your own props and have a ball with it!
- Birthday Party – Celebrate your doll’s birthday and take pictures of them with their cake, opening gifts, and playing games with friends.
- Mardi Gras – Have your dolls make and wear festive masks, and have a great time celebrating this fun holiday!
- Reading – Is your doll a bookworm? Catch them reading and add some fun words to the photo to make a reading poster for their library!
- St. Patrick’s Day – Put adorable green outfits on your doll, and help them wave the Irish flag! Take some pics as they go leprechaun hunting, and pinch a few of their unsuspecting friends!
- Easter – Make your doll a basket full of candy, and have them go easter egg hunting!
- Arbor Day – Celebrate tree-planting day by… you guessed it! Planting a tree! Have your doll help you out, and make sure to take a picture or two of their hard work. Alternatively, snap some shots of them hanging around in a tree!
- National Day of Prayer – Pray the best way you know how with your doll, and take some pictures of them using props like mantillas, rosaries, and crucufixes.
- Mother’s Day/Father’s Day – Awwww! Your doll has made you a Mother’s/Father’s Day gift! Take a picture of them holding it to remember it forever.
- Pioneer Day – whoa! the wagon is bumpy, but your photos are clear! Take a picture of your dolls dressed in attire fit for the pioneers! Add fun filters to it to make it look as old as it feels!
- National Women’s Equality Day – Wear pink and strike a pose! Thank all of the wonderful suffragettes for their hard work in attaining the rights women have today, and celebrate equality by sharing a smile with your dolls!
- Setting up the Christmas Tree – get ready for this holiday season by taking photos of your doll, getting ready for their very own celebrations!
- Baking cookies – smell that? Capture it in a photograph, and be glad that you have the awesome cookies to eat!
- Opening presents – yay! Christmas is here! With wrapping paper flying, what did your doll get for Christmas?
- At a secret Santa event – As your dolls swap gifts with their secret Santas, take a quick picture!
- At a doctor’s appointment – oh no! Is your doll sick, injured, or getting a shot? Make a memory of it with a picture!
- At a Pet Hospital or Rescue Center – puppies, kitties, and cuteness galore! Make sure you get some pics while you’re there!
- Welcoming Home a Soldier – Is your doll the child/sibling/etc of a soldier? Prepare a welcoming home for them, and capture their hug forever!
- Decorating – whether it’s for a birthday, a holiday, or just a new room makeover, get a picture of your doll’s expertise in action!
- All Bundled Up – Is your doll cold? Do they have a cold? Take a picture, and write what they have on the back to remember it!
Do you like my ideas? Do you have your own? Let me know in the comments!!
P.S. THIS IS A CHALLENGE!
Hey all! So, I may or may not spend most of my day on Pinterest. And from this time I may or may not spend looking for American Girl Doll things, I have found plenty of tips, tricks, and fun ideas, specifically for accessories! But, this DIY list has a twist: they’re all made from baby items!!
- Swaddles for babies work as sleeping bags! You can adjust them as you wish, but I just add a pillow, and put my doll inside! You can even flip it so the Velcro and such is on the bottom, and it’ll work super well. You can find these at resale shops for cheap!
- Preemie sized sleepers work pretty awesomely as footie PJs! Look for some at a resale shop, since they’ll be shrunk a tiny bit, and will also be cheaper if you don’t already own any!
- If you fold those thin blankets, or cut them, you can make perfectly sized AG doll blankets, towels, and sheets! If you roll them up/fold them just right, they can be pillows too! I recommend getting them in packs at Walmart, since they are extremely cheap, and you’ll have a matching set to make bedding out of!
- You can transform baby clothes using a sewing machine! Here is a DIY for tiny and preemie clothes turned into cardigans and sweatshirts, and one for nightgowns, and another for pants, socks, hats, and scarves!
- Headbands and bows for babies work great for 18 inch dolls! For the headbands that are to big, you can cut and sew them to size. They make special tiny bows for newborns as well, and those fit dolls perfectly!
- Super tiny baby stuffies are cool toys and such for your doll! If you have an old mobile with those stuffies on them, you can put them off and remove the ribbon that attached them to the mobile. Place them on your doll’s bed, or in a basket in their room.
- Preemie hats fit dolls pretty well, and newborn+ can usually be cut and sewn down to size!
- Burp cloths/wash cloths can be used as dolly towels, and if they’re too small, you can sew two of the same coloured cloths together to make a big towel that you can wrap around your doll.
I hope you can use and enjoy these tips! Have fun Doll Mama/Dada!
Hey y’all! I just made my dolls a cute dress from an old sweater I had! It is in the style of a pillowcase dress, but is obviously made from sweater and not pillowcase material!
Here’s how I made it:
Take one sweater and fold it in half down the middle, so the sleeves line up with each other. Do this so that the sweater is open. Cut off the sleeves and anything that prevents thew sweater from lying flat.
Cut out a large square. Fold that in half and cut down the folded line. With the fabric still lined up together, make two-inch (approx.) holes for the arms by taking a crescent shape out of both sides of the fabric.
Next, take one of the pieces of fabric and lie a pretty ribbon across the top. Sew onto it. Do the same with the other piece. Then, sew hems onto each of the fabric pieces.
Line them up again with the ribbon part facing in, and sew up the sides. Place on your doll and tie the sleeves up, then add a ribbon around the waist! 🙂
Let me know how yours turns out if you make one! 😀
I love taking care of, nurturing, and playing with my dolls. SO, after Nicki took a fall from my arms, I decided to make her a “cast” because… oh no! She has broken her arm! (she did not actually suffer any scuffs or problems, this is all pretend!)
First, take a toilet paper roll and cut a small square out near the top. This will be the doll’s thumb hole. Then, cut paper towels into strips, and tape them onto the roll using double sided tape, or glue if you have to. Next, write the names of your dolls, family members, etc. onto the cast with little messages. Voila! You have a cast!
Make sure not to cover the hole for your doll’s hand or thumb!