American Girl Dollhouse

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Project by joeBlowFromWindyCity posted 01-18-2017 02:13 AM 3318 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As many fathers of 7 year old girls know, American girl dolls are just as popular as ever. I haven’t been able to find a dollhouse that fit the needs of what we wanted for even close to a reasonable price so we embarked on the effort of building one.

Most of this house is built from 1/2” Chinese plywood. Chinese because locally, I can get 7 ply 1/2” plywood which doesn’t tear out very easily. I built 4 rooms which can been seen in one of the final pictures. A bathroom and bedroom upstairs with a kitchen and a living room downstairs. The attic opens for extra doll storage (My daughter has 5 dolls at this point) and the bottom has the makings for 2 drawers to hold doll clothes.

I tried wainscoting run horizontally to look like siding, laminate tiles for the kitchen floor and cedar shakes for the roof.

Overall it was a fun project, and far more challenging than I expected. In the end, the little red haired girl is thrilled, and that was kind of the point ;)

Maybe next I’ll try my hand at mini furniture

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#1 posted 01-18-2017 02:16 AM

For the life of me, I can’t figure out why all the pictures open one way in my picture viewer but show up wrong in here…

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#2 posted 01-18-2017 04:24 AM

Well done Dad. I like the window trim. We passed the AG stage. Fun stuff to build.

I know iPhone needs to be sideways for pictures to work on LJs.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 01-18-2017 11:28 AM

I’ve made four of these over the years. I’ve got one coming up shortly to get done before my time is up. As you did, I design my own usually based on something I’ve seen on LJ. The gratitude from the granddaughters and now great granddaughters warms the heart. The one I made nearly 30 years ago is still in one piece and is cared for. That warms my heart. Thanks for sharing JBFWC. These projects will never go out of style.. Well done.

-- DonB

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#4 posted 01-18-2017 01:07 PM

I have the same issue with posting pics and them turning sideways. The solution i found is taking a screen shot. For whatever reason, when you upload your screenshot, it doesnt rotate.

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#5 posted 01-18-2017 02:50 PM

That is just plain delightful as is that photo of the grinning little red haired girl. I’m going to save this incase the new arrival in August turns out to be a girl. Thanks.

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#6 posted 01-18-2017 05:02 PM

This is a very nice doll house and the kids will love it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 01-18-2017 06:35 PM

Great idea building on a “large” scale so the girls can really get into it. Most indoor doll houses I have seen are “miniature” scale.

I made one on miniature scale about 40 years ago solid redwood siding shaped as shiplap design, with 1600 hand split shingles and double hung windows that worked. When friends saw it they begged me to make them one so I ended up producing 5 more. A local doll house store owner said she could easily sell them for $500…in 1977 dollars.
My daughter still has hers (I had to do some minor repair on it a few years ago); however she had 2 boys so it will have to wait in storage just in case her boys produce some girls.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#8 posted 01-18-2017 08:22 PM

i have to build one yours looks great

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#9 posted 01-19-2017 05:43 PM

Double fun – first, making part is fun for dad and sacond, playing part is fun for her.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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