Theresa's Mixed Nuts: American Girl Hot Air Balloon

Friday, April 4, 2014

American Girl Hot Air Balloon

I was browsing around on Pinterest the other day and stumbled across a pin of a homemade hot air balloon for American Girl dolls. I clicked on the picture in hopes of finding more cool crafts from the link, but got a "page can't be found." Ugh! Don't you hate it when that happens!?!? So, to the person who came up with this brilliant idea, I thank you! 

We all know how expensive American Girl accessories are, and when I did a search for hot air balloon for my daughter's doll, I see I can get the real AG balloon set for *only* $199 dollars. Pft!

I went to the craft store and bought a wicker basket, a paper lantern, a few wooden dowels and some ribbon, and for less than $10, my daughter has her own hot air balloon for her American Girl doll. Sure, it's not as fancy as their version, but it suits my kid just fine :)


American Girl Doll Hot Air Balloon

The only thing I would have done differently is found a more square basket instead of a rectangular one so the doll fits inside better.


What doll crafts have you been working on lately?

38 comments:

  1. Oh wow, that came out AWESOME and good for you for saving yourself over $180!!

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  2. Pfft is my fave word and I can't wait for Facebook to give it a button :)
    I like what you did in the end, sister

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    1. I thought it was poo. Or is that ancient history?

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  3. Pffft to that kind of money indeed, just have to get creative as you did at your feed

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    1. Everyone is saying pffft again. Creative is good.

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  4. Why pay for what you can do yourself. Great job

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  5. You did great... but I knew you would. I have seen many of your crafts that you show us on your blog.

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  6. Love it! I am going to pin this to my Christmas gift ideas board. My twins would love these for their Bitty Twins.

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  7. I have never thought to do a doll craft. this looks really easy and fun. Something my daughter would love for sure (Kim)

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  8. This is so cute! My daughter would have liked this for her American Girls when she was little.

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  9. What a great idea! I can remember my mother making doll clothes for me rather than buying expensive ones when I was a child.

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  10. Genius! How I wish my daughter was young again!

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  11. I agree, American Doll accessories can be quite spendy. It's so cool that you were able to make your daughter her very own hot air balloon for her doll. It turned out perfect!

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  12. I agree, American Doll accessories can be quite spendy. It's so cool that you were able to make your daughter her very own hot air balloon for her doll. It turned out perfect!

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  13. what a great project to do with a girl or boy who loves balloons.

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  14. This is so cute. I loved dolls when I was a kid and still love them now so I would have enjoyed pretend playing with this.

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  15. This is adorable for any doll! My girls would love this for their Barbies, and dollies! Cute decoration too!

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  16. that is such a cute idea. I have a ton of these paper lanterns laying around

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  17. That's awesome. My daughter would love one for her dolls. Oh wait... she would want one for each. LOL

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  18. That's so cool! I would have loved that when I was younger. I have about 4 of the originals, and only boys. Hopefully I have granddaughters someday.

    I missed your WW the past few weeks. You have great posts all the time though.

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  19. Oh my gosh thats cute! Im going to show my daughter this.

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  20. I hate when that happens, you want to see more and then find there is nothing there. At least you found what you needed to make the hot air balloon, it is really cute.

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  21. It did turn out cute as can be. And how ridiculously priced are some of the most popular toys and accessories for the kids today???? To that, I say phft too.

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  22. That is super cute!!! What a creative touch you have!

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  23. This is crazy adorable and totally something I would do --if I had a girl!

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  24. Now that is just oh so creative. I love it and so easy and inexpensive. It is really cute.

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  25. Adorable! What a fun craft that has so many play possibilities. Genius idea!

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  26. Just looking at that hot air balloon triggers my fear of heights. Why don't you add a tiny blanket so the doll fits inside a bit better? It's chilly up there, you know.

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  27. For only a fraction of the original cost, that is one awesome hot air balloon! Kudos for saving a TON of money :)

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  28. For only a fraction of the original cost, that is one awesome hot air balloon! Kudos for saving a TON of money :)

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  29. Wow, that came out great! I bet your daughter was thrilled at your creativity.

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  30. I had american girl dolls as a kid and would have loved this!

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  31. Oh that's such a cute idea!! I saw Lego tables selling in Toys R Us for about $200 too.. not gonna pay that amount when we can make our own by sticking the Lego base plates on tables!!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  32. What a creative idea! It's perfect for some imaginative play with a doll. What little girl wouldn't love this?!?!

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  33. Delicious delicacy on the globe, very nice!

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  34. Very creative and very cute! You're right, AG accessories are quite pricey. I like your version.

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  35. I love this idea. I will have to pass this on to my daughter. She loves making things for her dolls.

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