Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Make Your Own American Girl Doll Chairs

This was a quick and easy solution to the 'chair dilemma' that was presented to me by the birthday girl when she decided she wanted to play musical chairs with the dolls during her American Girl Doll Sleepover.  We were expecting 12 (Yes, 12!!) American Girl Dolls and their 8-year-olds to be in attendance, so I needed to come up with chairs for the evening that would be inexpensive as well as adorable.
Thankfully, I had just bought a new pair of shoes (yay, me!) and was inspired by the box, which I thought could easily be converted into a chair.  And, with nothing more than a kitchen knife to cut the bottom and some colorful duct tape to piece it together, it was!
Alas, I was able to get the rest of the boxes FREE from a local shoe store (Thanks DSW!), so mommy didn't need to shop for more shoes (Awwww).  Though it didn't stop a pair from jumping in my basket while I was collecting the stash of boxes one afternoon.  They were 75% off and oh sooo stinkin' cute!  But I digress . . .
Anyway, I found that the box chairs worked best when cut a little more than half-way, because you lose some of the length for the seat once it's inserted into the lid.  Also, because of the expense of the duct tape (the most expensive part of this project BTW), I actually ended up trading some of the larger shoe boxes that were given to me with some of the narrower boxes in my closet already, just to save tape.  Using the narrower (sandal) boxes, I was able to get about 2 and 1/2 boxes covered per roll using the patterned tape - there's less per roll on the patterned tape, so keep that in mind when you're calculating how much you'll need!
Although I originally thought these might be simple enough to enlist the birthday girl for some help, duct tape turned out to be more challenging for her than I planned, so give yourself a little time if you're planning on making a dozen lke I did!  I chose to insert the cut end into the box lid to give it lots of stability and to make it easier to cover, but you might be able to have the cut end facing out as well.  I liked the look of the solid chair though, don't you?
And here they are, all lined up and ready to be played with!
The dolls and their girls just LOVED them!!
While we got our craft on, the dolls had their own 'Meet-N-Greet!'
Most of the dolls sat in their own chairs for cupcakes!  Then the girls used them to set up a theater for the dolls while they watched an American Girl Doll movie themselves.  So creative!

Before the end of the night, these chairs had been used for a spa and waiting room as well.
And don't forget musical chairs!

Along with the jewelry they crafted and the cupcake wrappers we repurposed into doll tiaras, these sturdy little shoebox chairs made great party favors for all our guests!



  1. oh, my daughter will LOVE this idea as she's always wanting to create new items for her American Girl dolls. Thanks for the great pic tutorial and linking up to Showy Sunday over at


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  3. Cute idea~ my daughter makes all kinds of things for her American Girl dolls! I will definitely show this to her! Thanks for linking up at Made in a Day last week!

  4. Those are adorable! Thanks for sharing at Family Fun Friday!

  5. So cute! My niece loves her American Girl dolls, she would love to help make one of these.

  6. Thanks for sharing this really cute idea st Finished Friday! pinned it for later!

  7. I know my granddaughters would love this idea. Thanks for sharing it.

  8. Instead of duct tape, you could use contact paper or wrapping paper, it might be less expensive than duct tape.

  9. Btw, this is an Awesome idea. Sorry I should have said thar first.