Monday, June 9, 2014

Doll Playsets

My dolls have been having a lot of fun this week at Camp Doll Diaries. This week's theme is Take a Bow. It's all about the fine arts. I set up a dance studio based on the tutorial by Karen of Karen Mom of three craft's blog. The tutorial is on the Doll Diaries website. My dance studio wall is one of the play sets that I have made for my daughter's dolls. They are inexpensive to make and they store away easily under the bed or in a closet. Here is the tutorial for them:

A large box

First you need to get a large box from a place like Walmart. You may be able to get this free if you ask them. But if you can't it was only about $3.00 for this one.

Cut off the ends

Next, cut off the end flaps of the box. Next you will want to cut the box in half down the long sides. This will give you two panels that you can make doll rooms out of.
One of the panels that has been cut

Now that you have your box cut, you can take one of the panels and start adding scrapbook paper for the wallpaper. You could if you wanted to use contact paper or wrapping paper but I like using the scrapbook paper because there are so many different designs. I use three 12 x 12 sheets of scrapbook paper. In order to make it fit on my panel, I cut one of the sheets in half and glue each one on each side and the other two between them. 

Placing the scrapbook paper 
Now to glue it down with a glue stick
After I have the scrapbook paper where I want it, I will now glue it down. I use a glue stick. It takes more than one glue stick but it's less messy. Now I will pick out another pattern of scrapbook paper that coordinates with the top ones. I do this the same way as I did the top. After the bottom pieces are glued on, I will use a solid color of scrapbook paper to make the chair rail to the room. It makes it look pretty and hides the line between the two papers. I cut the solid piece an inch wide and the length of the panel. Glue this piece on the line where the two papers meet.
The solid piece is glued in between the two pieces
Next, to make the room more like a real room, I added a window using an outdoor scene cut from an old magazine. The magazine Southern Living has a lot of pretty scenes. Then I took another solid piece of scrapbook paper and I cut it in 1/4 in. wide strips and glued them onto the magazine scene to look like a window.
Finished play set 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Super Sculpey Giveaway

Doll Diaries has got a great giveaway that is going on right now. All you have to do to enter is go to their website and look around and then post your comments about what you would like to make for your dolls on the Doll Diaries website. Doll Diaries has a lot of cute ideas about what you can make with Sculpey. I would like to make the fish, bugs, and cookies. You can also get bonus entries if you share with your friends. You can post about it on your blog, on your Facebook page, Pinterest, or follow Doll Diaries on Twitter or Instagram. Just be sure to read the rules on Doll Diaries website.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Camp Doll Diaries Day 1

My daughter Emily and I are doing Camp Doll Diaries. Camp Doll Diaries is a camp that you can play along with your American Girl dolls or other 18" dolls. They have ideas for crafts and lots of doll play ideas. We got our camp set up and decorated our cabin from one of the ideas that they had on Doll Diaries. Doll Diaries is a great website that has all kinds of crafts, giveaways, and tips about all kinds of dolls. It's one of my favorite sites.

Saige and Madyson enjoy a little down time in their cabin to play a game of Crazy Eights.

Madyson is wearing her name tag that she made on the first day of camp.

The backdrop to the cabin was made by me. I have a tutorial that I will show later on. The sleeping bag was also made by me from a pattern by Pattern Patti. I think that it turned out really cute. I love the color combos that I picked out for it. I found the material at Walmart in their sewing section. Emily named her camp Katty Korner. I also loved how she filled out some of the registration forms. She said that Isabelle was allergic to spinach! And that Saige's favorite book was the Phantom Tollbooth. I think that you are never too old to play with dolls and it gave us some great bonding time! Emily can't wait to find out what today's craft is.