Make Your Own Doll Plates From Canning Lids

AG Doll Plates

I use a lot of mason jars in my kitchen for freezing soups and broths.  Since I cap them with reusable plastic lids, I have an abundance of the metal canning lids and rings that came with the jars.  As I recently discovered, the lids are the perfect size for AG doll plates. I spray painted several of them black for use on the doll Halloween table.  By changing the color of paint, you can easily have a wide variety of colors of doll plates available. Materials Needed: Canning Lids (for the pint mason jars) Spray paint that will adhere to metal (I used Krylon) Kids – let an adult mess with the spray paint! I recommend painting your lids outside.  The paint is smelly!  I cut open an old cardboard box and used that to protect my deck from the paint.  One coat provided even coverage for me. Let … Continue reading

Valentine Cookies – 18 inch Doll Food

Polymer Clay Valentine Cookies

My youngest daughter and I sat down over the weekend and made some cute Valentine cookies for her American Girl dolls.  My medium of choice for 18 inch doll food is polymer clay.  It is easy to shape and is quite sturdy after you bake it, holding up well to play.  I thought I would share some ideas for making  some Valentine doll cookies of your own. Materials I used: Pasta machine Polymer clay extruder 1 inch heart shaped cookie cutter Polymer clay in tan, pink, and red Liquid sculpey Glass seed beads Cutting board, knife, and baking sheet Disclaimer:  Kids should ask for their parent’s help/permission before making this craft.  When using polymer clay, remember that you should use dedicated utensils.  Nothing you use for polymer clay should ever be used again for food. I used tan clay to make my cookies.  I found it easiest to use a … Continue reading

Vintage Salt and Pepper Shakers for the 18 inch Doll Kitchen

vintage salt and pepper shakers

Back in the 50′s, when she was a young housewife, my grandmother started a salt and pepper shaker collection.  At one time she had over 100 pairs, ranging from animals, to kitchen appliances, to figurines.  By the time I was born, most of her collection was in storage.  When I was a teenager she allowed me to choose some pieces from her vintage salt and pepper shaker collection for the dollhouse I was building.  (I had a fascination with miniatures even back then!)  I was going through some of them the other day and discovered a toaster salt and pepper shaker set that will be just perfect for the 1940′s 18 inch doll kitchen display I am setting up. This antique toaster salt and pepper shaker is from the 50′s and 60′s.  The toaster itself has the look of a chrome toaster.  The lever actually works and pops up the … Continue reading

Miniature Hershey Kisses AG Doll Food – Polymer Clay Tutorial

miniature Hershey Kisses

After seeing all the great polymer clay AG Doll food available on Etsy, I have been inspired to create some of my own.  I thought a fun doll craft to start with would be some miniature Hershey Kisses.  These don’t take a lot of clay and they are quite easy to make.  A bag full of the polymer clay kisses would make a cute Valentine gift for your daughter and her favorite American Girl doll.  Children will need their parent’s assistance with this doll craft as it involves using the oven. The Hershey Kiss on the left is the candy one. The candy Kiss on the right is the polymer clay one. American Girl Doll scale is 1:3 which means that if the real food is 3 inches in size, the AG Doll food should be 1 inch in size.  The miniature Hershey Kiss is roughly the size and shape … Continue reading

Make a Doll-Sized Baking Sheet for your 18 inch Doll Kitchen

18 inch doll baking sheet

Yesterday I told you about the AG doll sized Valentine cookies I found at Hobby Lobby.  I am in the process of making an 18 inch doll kitchen scene for Emily, so I thought it would be fun to make a doll-sized baking sheet to use with the Valentine cookies.  I had all the supplies on hand so it was free to make! This is a great craft to do with your kids.  As always, children should get their parent’s permission before making this or any other craft listed on this site. Materials needed to make this AG Doll craft: 4 x 5 inch piece of aluminum foil 3 x 4 inch piece of 1/16 inch Balsa or bass wood (you could also use sturdy cardboard) Elmer’s glue Scissors, Exacto Knife (adult use only) Doll-sized cookies – polymer clay, resin, plastic, etc. (optional) Instructions: Cut your wood or cardboard to … Continue reading