Friday Favorites - American Girl Doll House Edition

Thursday, October 23, 2014



Anyone else have an American Girl lover in their house? To say that Olivia loves American Girl is an understatement! They are definitely her favorite thing! She loves the dolls, the stuff, to play with them, to look through the catalogues, read the books...everything! She was trying to make a Christmas list the other night and Mike said she really just ought to tell Santa what she does NOT want out of the catalogue because that list would be much shorter!

Due to the size of our house and the fact that the kids share, space of course is an issue, so we came up with the perfect solution to all the stuff, and I have to tell you, it is amazing. Check it out....

Olivia's American Girl Dollhouse!


The house is made from individual boxes/rooms. Mike built the boxes for Olivia last Christmas and the next step is why it rates as one of my favorites as well, because then Olivia and I have painted and decorated the house. It has been such a fun activity for us to do together. I loved taking her to pick out paint colors and listen to her trying to decide on which colors would work for which rooms. She is getting so grown up!
Right now Olivia has 5 American Girl dolls and she loves and plays with every single one of them!
They all have a bedroom space in the house...
Kit's Bedroom
  
Isabelle's Bedroom

Rebecca's Bedroom

McKenna and Caroline share a bedroom

The house also has a living room. This room gets rearranged regularly depending on what the dolls are doing. This is the set up Olivia uses when she does a party!


The Kitchen. The table gets pulled out when she uses it.

  
On the very top floor which really Olivia can't get to is the bathroom, but that has to be pulled down if she wants to use it. Then she has a laundry room and dressing room on the floor.

  
This house looks great and is so useful. It brings all the stuff up off the floor vertically to conserve space. It allows Olivia and I a project to work on. And because it is all individual boxes it can be moved around and rearranged whenever you need to very easily. This way when she moves to her new upstairs bigger bedroom, the house doesn't have to be so high and she can add more boxes.



 We are still working on decorating the boxes and have to finish a few things in the house. We pick things up here and there to use as decorations. Right now she has done a little Halloween decorating and we are both looking forward to decorating it for Christmas. She is asking for another doll for Christmas, I told her that there was no more room at the inn right now! We can't fit another bedroom anywhere! But, Samantha ranks #1 on her Christmas list, so Santa may decide that she can have it?? I am sure we can find a place for her to sleep!
I figured I would post this way before Christmas, because I have a few friends that are using this idea for Christmas presents and I thought I would give all my new reader friends a look at it too! I hope if you do make something like this, it becomes one of your favorite activities as well!
If there are a lot of people interested in exactly how Mike designed the boxes, let me know in the comments and I will do a more detailed post!
Have a Great Weekend!!
TGIF


5 comments :

  1. I love your dollhouse idea! What a great family project and a way for your daughter to use her imagination. I had Addy and Kirsten as a child. They were both Christmas presents!

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  2. Hi! I love this! Would you still be able to tell me how you guys did this? My daughter would love it and we are short on space too!. Thanks in advance!

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    1. Hi there! Sorry for the late reply! The boxes were constructed out of MDF wood. Most of the boxes were made 2ftx2ftx2ft. We made 2 boxes that were 3ft long but stayed 2ft deep and tall. My husband just screwed the pieces together in a cube. He made 5 boxes on Christmas Eve a few years ago. He had the hardware store cut the pieces of wood to the correct size so all he had to do was screw them together. It only took him maybe an hour! MDF is smooth so we just kept them plain wood and my daughter and I decorated/painted ourselves slowly over time!

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  3. That is so awesome! My daughter has 5 also - shes 9 & plays with them daily. She is always making beds & hover boards & clothes for her Ag's! We have have so much AG stuff spread out around the house - I think Ill show hubby so he can put boxes together - it'll give us all a family project to do! This would be perfect in Clares bedroom! Wonderful idea!! THANK YOU!!!

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