We all know that our house loves American Girl Dolls, so for Valentine's Day this year we made them their own mailbox. This project was first featured in the American Girl Magazine back in 2013.
I found that Target has the tin mailbox again this year in the dollar section. The stand is a candle stick from the local craft store.
First, we painted the candle stick pink with acyrlic paint and while it was drying, I let my daughter decorate the box with all kinds of stickers. The rhinestone stickers are made using the Dazzling Diamond Sticker sheet from The Buckle Boutique. I used my Cricut Cutter to cut out the heart shapes from the rhinestone vinyl. The Dazzling Diamond Sticker Sheets are easy to cut with scissors as well, that how we cut the strips used to bedazzle the edges and flag.
Once the shapes are cut, they are just like stickers, just peel off the backing and stick.
Crafters of all ages can use the rhinestone sticker sheets to bling up any project!
In my daughter's opinion everything is better when it sparkles.
My daughter loves the 18" dolls. Let's not sugar coat it – she is obsessed with the American Girl Dolls to be exact. Last year, the doll of the year had an art studio set up. It sold out by the end of the year so what was a mom to do?
Well, after a trip to the craft store I was able to make a fairly good art studio using miniature easels and canvases sold in the fine arts department. The easels came 4 in a package and the canvases came 6 in a pack. The easels will be "table top" easels for the dolls, instead of a floor standing easel, but still it works.
I used watercolor pencils to draw simple pictures on the canvases, then added a touch of water and voila – instant paintings. Once they were dry I sprayed them with a clear coat to stand up to heavy play time.
The artist palette was cut from a milk jug in a design that fit around the dolls hand, so it could be held. I dabbed different colors of acrylic paint onto the palette and let it dry. Again I sprayed a coat of clear on it to help it withstand being played with.
The brushes are made from toothpicks that were colored with Sharpie markers. I took an old paint brush and snipped some bristles from it, glue them to the end of the toothpick and wrapped a thin piece of wire around to look like the real thing.
Since I had the milk jug, clear coat, tooth picks, watercolor pencils and wire in my craft collection, the main cost came from the easels and canvases.
To make this 2 painting, 1 easel, artist palette, and 2 brushes it cost $3.50.
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My daughter has 2 full sized American Girl Dolls. She got one for her birthday and the other we rescued from the thirft store. See her story here along with a recipe on cleaning their faces, she really got a makeover.
They have been living accessory free now for a year and I thought that these girls need some bling.
I found these rings at the craft store.
The have a plate that you can glue something to or in. When I sat down to make a ring for my daughter I realized that these are too big for her tiny fingers but a great size for an American Girl Doll cuff.
I used the Jewelry Pendent Gel to hold the bling in the ring.
For the one bracelet I use glass seed beads in pinks, blues and clear. I thought they would look like gemstones. The other one a mix of glitter in a gold/orange tone.
I placed the beads and glitter in the plate of the "bracelet" then fill them with the Gel until it covered. I let them sitfor 24 hours, the gel had settled and needed more to make a nicely finished peice.
Once they are completely dry, I grabbed a doll and did a fitting by gently pulling the back of the ring apart just enough to get the arm through.
Simple, easy and a gift every doll needs this holiday.
I was out in the thick of the Black Friday madness and I have to say that my best score of the day was at the Thrift Store. I love looking through all the junk in search of treasure.
First, I found the most fantastic vintage flower pattern bedding. It came with 2 pillow cases and a comforter for only $5 – score.
Next I came across this little Santa. Most of the time these painted faces freak me out, but this one seemed welcoming. I snatched him up for $0.99!! We also got a cookie press that says "Cookie For Santa", $0.50 how can you beat it?!?!
So are you ready for it…the deal of the day…An American Girl Doll with $$$$ of accessories. My daughter already has Kit Kittredge doll, so when I saw Kit's bed, the green 1930's metal bed, I freaked out!! I asked to see the whole box of stuff and before I looked through the box I told the woman I'd take it. In the box was the complete bed and bedding, a ski set, flute, skate board set, horse riding set, plus lots of clothes.
There were even 2 dolls, one of them was an American Girl Doll. She needed a spa day but overall looked in good shape. She was a little dirty on the face.
A person I work with suggested a light scrub of baking soda and a damp cloth to clean up her face, arms & legs. A half hour to work through the snarls of blonde hair and poof instant Christmas gift.
So, I spilt the cost of the box with my grandmother. She is giving the bed and some accessories to the tiny one for Christmas. Such a great gift for less than a quarter the $$$ of new. Loving Thrift Shopping because it's always an adventure.