Theresa's Mixed Nuts: American Girl Farmhouse Bed

Friday, December 28, 2012

American Girl Farmhouse Bed

I mentioned earlier that this year we focused a lot on giving handmade gifts for Christmas. Today I want to show you what my husband and I made for our 9 year old.

Allison has been asking for a doll bed for her American Girl Dolls for quite some time. I've priced these beds and even the generic beds can run $50 or more! I just can't shell out that kind of money for a doll bed. She did get crafty and made up a makeshift doll bed out of an old shoe box decorated with paper, but it's starting to fall apart. Thanks to Pinterest, I found this American Girl Farmhouse Doll Bed Pattern from Ana White.

I sent the husband to Home Depot for the wood, and with a little over an hours worth of work, a new doll bed was crafted. The grand total? Right about $25. That's a combined total for the wood, paint, and foam mattress. I also made 2 pillows and a few fleece blankets for the bed for less than $5 thanks to some fabulous sales at Joanne's. I did have grand dreams of making a cute quilt for the bed, but when we lost power for 2 days, my crafting time was pretty much eliminated, so I had to scrap that idea. Maybe I'll work on one when when Christmas break is over and the kids go back to school.


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Have you made any cool crafts found from Pinterest or blog hops lately?


30 comments:

  1. That is AWESOME. Your daughter must have been sooooooo excited. I agree with you on shelling out that kind of money for a doll, too. It's crazy.

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  2. You are so talented!! I bet she squealed with delight.

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  3. Hello! I'm stopping by from the No Rules Link Party, and I'm also your newest Twitter follower. I love this idea - AG stuff is sooo expensive! Thanks for posting, I'm going to pin this, too :)

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  4. Wow! That doll bed looks great Theresa! Congratulations to you and your husband! Allison must be so thrilled. I wish you and your family a good weekend.

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  5. You guys did a great job! Takes me back to the dollhouse packed full of homemade furniture that my grandpa made for me many years ago. That was pretty special!

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  6. gotta show my sons these wonderful beds--simply adorable!!!

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  7. This is adorable, I bet she loved it! Kudos on a great idea and an awesome final product.

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  8. Theresa! wow! That bed looks almost identical to my daughter and her husb's regular queen-size bed (but theirs is black). My grands would love that bed for their dolls. I gave them clothes and shoes this year for their dolls. Perhaps I should make those beds for them next year. Thanks for giving me a project, ouch! LOL

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  9. That's so cute!!!

    I have Kirsten, Molly, Samantha and Felicity. I was hoping to pass them on to girls, but I never had any. Here's hoping for some grand daughters, or daughter in-laws someday that like dolls.

    I refurnished an old cabinet with my Dad when I was 9 or 10 for my dolls to fit into. I still have it.

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    1. I find that homemade furniture has much better quality than store bought. It doesn't surprise me that you still have that cabinet. I am sure it will still be in great condition to pass on to your boys when they move out!

      I love the idea of passing on dolls to granddaughters. I save a lot of my kids special toys to pass on to their kids someday too!

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  10. These beds are adorable. Thanks for sharing. I found you through the Aloha Friday Blog Hop. Have a great day. :)

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  11. This is so cute!! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm following you right back :)

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  12. Nice bed, yes, a good job, delicious gift.

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  13. hi. i'm following the "aloha friday" blog hop. i would love for you to visit my blog and follow if you like it.

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    thanks
    new follower bev

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  14. That is darling! My girls would love that!! Great job, you two! :)

    Jillian
    Hi! It's Jilly

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  15. What a gorgeous doll bed you have created. I am your newest follower from the Aloha Blog Hop. Happy New Years to you and your family!

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  16. You did a great job, it looks great! Thanks for stopping by my blog, following you on GFC now :)

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  17. this is an awesome idea! I hope I have a little girl next so I get to do all the cute girlie stuff!

    Found you via the aloha blog hop.

    http://youngmumsguidetosurvival.blogspot.com.au/

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  18. I wish you had shown a pic of her box bed. I bet she was overjoyed at this one. Good job. Thanks for visiting and following my blog. Now following you by GFC.

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    1. That only bed is long gone in the recycling now :) I'm sure you can picture how pathetic it was though!

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  19. That is awesome! I would have loved this when I was younger. Heck, I'd still love one, lol.

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    1. I know! I want a farmhouse bed for myself!

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  20. This is so cool! You have great creative and DIY skills :)
    -Che

    style-che.blogspot.com

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  21. These are adorable. I bet you'll have no problems selling them.


    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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  22. Such a cute blog! Found you through Aloha blog hop. Now following you on Linky Friends! If you have a moment to stop by my new blog and follow back that would be wonderful! You can find me at http://dysfunctionsjunction.com
    Thanks!
    Katie

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  23. That is an awesome bed! I agree with Joyce you'll easily sell it :)

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  24. Now that is cute!! So creative...as usual! And I bet way better than the generic ones. Love the little blanket and pillows hehe

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