Hi! Welcome back to the tenth day of Camp Crafters! I hope that you have enjoyed it so far! Today, Light4theLord will be showing you how to make a doll sleepover party! Have fun! 😀~~~~~~~
DECOR #1 – The Cloth Trick
Ta-da! Here’s our gallery of star signatures (yes, there are doubles of some)!
GIFT #1 – Button Designing
Simply cut out a shape of a tree and add itty-bitty buttons with hot glue! I wrote ‘inspire’ on the side, but you can write anything or leave it blank.
GIFT #2 – Dress Form
Woah. Now I think this is probably the best craft I’ve ever made.
And, since this is my post (mwahahaha) I’ll share my story.
While prepping for Julie’s birthday, I saw Sophie at Project AG Runway show a picture of a dress form that she got at Hobby Lobby. How perfect! I was going there that afternoon. I search the entire place, and finally asked a lady who worked there who was shelving stuff with two guys. I ask her where there might be a small dress form, and she was thinking. The guys asked what I was talking about – I’m not kidding, she replied, “It’s like a statue… without legs… or arms.. or a head.” XD
She led me to an odd wire one, and then a jewelry stand that was $30. That’s just crazy.
I didn’t think I had enough time to make one, seeing as how I had to shoot the story that evening. Whoops. Nothing like last minute, eh?
So, I finally resorted to ‘I’ll try’. Guess how much I made it for?
You’ll need plastic grocery bags, a wooden knob, a wooden candlestick, felt, and a hot glue gun.
The wooden knob was like, eighty cents (it was on ‘clearance’ from a dollar. XD), the candlestick was a dollar, and the patterned felt was a dollar (take or give a couple of cents for each one).
Paint the knob and the candlestick black, and then wrap and knot the plastic bags over and over, repeating with a LOT of plastic bags (no kidding, this nearly exhausted our stash. Thank goodness we went shopping that day!). Oh, and I forgot to mention that if you have clear packing tape, tape over the plastic bags to make it smoother and tighter. I literally placed it against a doll to make it roughly the same size so that I could really put doll clothes on it. It works! Hot glue the felt on afterwards. Hot glue the knob to the top, and the candlestick to the bottom (well, duh.). It took some stiff cardboard to keep the candlestick on the plastic bags firmly and keep it standing.
ACITVITY #3 – Movie Posters
This is a fun one that uses AG catalogs!
Oh, and some cardstock. Cut the cardstock into eighths (I think) and then cut backgrounds from the AG catalog and paste on with a glue stick (yes, I am an AG catalog hoarder. I love making crafts out of them!). Find words and pictures from the catalog to add to create your very own movie poster! (markers also come in handy)
This one was Madi’s (the dancer). I actually made up the movie plot for this one.
Wanna hear it? If not, just keep scrolling. I’m on a roll.
Kailea Brooks. Everyone thinks the name is familiar, but only because her perfect older sister is legendary – the Dolympian-to-be gymnast, and the GOTY 2012 at ten. Kailea, the dancer, feels like the amazing, the wonderful, and the incredible McKenna is casting an impossible shadow and leaving too big of footsteps. Would their parents ever be proud of Kailea? Kailea works harder than anyone she knows so that her parents would be proud of her ballet and good grades.
Then, two years later, Kailea, after skipping several intermediate classes and almost getting to pointe several years early, is pulled out of ballet and tossed into a gymnastics class that she hates. Why does everyone think she has to be like McKenna? Everyone compares her to that wonderful first child. In her anger and frustration, Kailea decides to throw everything she has into the sport, putting her own twists on everything.
When the 2020 Dolympics roll around, Kailea is sixteen and McKenna is eighteen. They’re both phenomenal gymnasts, and they’re both accepted onto the USA team.
In the individual events, Kailea wins gold in beam and uneven bars because of her amazing gracefulness, flexibility, balance, and precision. And then… McKenna grabs the gold in the vault and on floor because of her bold, brassy moves and incredible strength and speed.
Then the unthinkable happens. Kailea is taken with another girl from the team to enter the all-around. McKenna is furious and takes Kailea to the back.
“How could you do this to me?” McKenna demanded angrily.
“Do what?” Kailea retorted, feeling the ever-resent strain on their relationship growing tenser with each moment.
“You know this is my dream. Not yours! And then you just decide to drop ballet, waltz in on my thing, and steal my spot to compete for the all-around! Dad and Mom are already prouder of you than of me, ’cause you’re the perfect child with the perfect form and the perfect grades and the perfect room. I try so hard to be good enough for them! Why can’t you see that you should just stick to your own stuff?” McKenna started crying, hot tears falling from her cheeks.
“What do you mean, Kenna?” Kailea gaped. “I never ever wanted to be in your silly gymnastics. Don’t you know that ballet and being the best dancer on pointe is my dream? Why should I want to be the Dolympian all-around gymnast? I hate gymnastics, and it doesn’t mean a thing to me. I’ve just been trying to get out of your shadow this entire time and you’re the perfect one. Mom and Dad are always raving about their amazing elder daughter. I never wanted to be a gymnast. Dad and Mom pulled me out of my dream, when I was almost into pointe, to shove me into yet another alley of ‘Kenna’ shadows.”
Alright, back to the crafting world. Sorry about that. 🙂 My writing stuff gets a little overboard sometimes!
ACTIVITY #4 – Design a Dress
This is for the big part of the party. Print out the below printable.
Please note that this is a file belonging to American Girl when they did their Isabelle promotion. I downloaded it when they offered it and used it in the above photo.
Have each guest design a dress, and then make it!
Tip – doll dresses can take a split second. Find a baby skirt at a thrift store (or from your baby sister XD) and turn it inside out. Slide it onto your doll and mark where it best fits her. Sew the seam down the middle (still inside out), cut off the excess, and turn it into a dress or skirt!
DECOR/ACTIVITY – Hairstyling Salon
This little spot needs to be decked out with hairthings, rubber bands, bobby pins, ribbons, bows, hairbrushes, and a spray bottle.
Check out Cute Girls Hairstyles for some gorgeous hairstyling tutorials.
DECOR/ACTIVITY – Red Carpet Runway
For a red carpet runway to walk, find a bed or table and drape red fabric over it. That simple, no joke!
Julie’s dress, above, is made using the baby skirt tip (except it’s actually a size 5 so that it’d look like a red carpet dress).
FOOD #1 – Popcorn
I actually, ahem, used real popcorn. But to make the holder, use those little red cups from Dollar General (eight for a dollar, I think) and cut strips of white ribbon and glue on at intervals. I ‘borrowed’ my sister’s gold paper, cut out a plaque, and wrote ‘POPCORN’ in red pen.
Another idea for food in covering a cake, lid, or wooden/plastic blocks with white frosting and then add a red strip down the middle. Find a little plastic girl (Playmobil works wonderfully) and stand her in the middle. Write ‘AMERICAN GIRL’ over and over on a piece of paper and stick it behind the girl. Ta-da! (If you want lights, use chocolate chips and put yellow frosting on the bottom – stick the tips into the frosting)
For the movie part, use a laptop or tablet (if using a laptop, simply drape fabric over the keypad) and play real AG movies or trailers!
Beds can be made out of pillows and blankets. (wow, so creative! XD)
Also, folding a rectangle of fabric in half and hot gluing down the side can create a sleeping bag.
I hope you enjoyed today’s post! 🙂
Tomorrow’s will hopefully be a little better. Or maybe not, it depends on if this annoying rain disappears. *Sigh* See you tomorrow anyways!