{More} American Girl Doll Beds

The holiday season is always busy for us, and this year has been no exception.  I’ve been working away on Christmas gifts, but haven’t had much time to blog about it.  These two cuties were just too adorable to let slip on by, though.  Not long ago, I shared a fun (and cheap) American Girl doll bed we made for a friend using an Ana White plan.  When my sister-in-law asked me to make a couple of those beds for her girls, I happily took on the project.    Because these beds were going to sisters, I wanted them each to be a little different and unique.  I had some leftover plywood lying around from my trumeau mirror project, so I cut it to size and used it to replace the slatted 1×3 headboard and footboard panels in Ana’s plan.

The headboard panel was cut 6″ x 12.5″ and the footboard was 3″ x 12.5″.  I pretty much followed the plans for the rest of the build.  I did add a piece of 3/8″ thick board cut 1.5″ x 6″ to make two panels in the headboard.  I also added some cove molding to the inside of the headboard and footboard panels and routed the top and bottom header boards with my ogee bit.

This gave everything a more finished look.  Then I puttied all my nail holes and sanded everything down.

This was how the headboard looked when it was ready for paint.  I gave everything a coat of primer and two coats of spray paint.  The other bed I built exactly according to Ana’s plans.  We wanted a more country feel for that one.

Here you can see the difference between the two headboards.  I realize the black is hard to see, but it really does look quite sophisticated in person.   ;-)

I made all the bedding myself.  I didn’t really use a pattern, because I was sort of winging it.  I will say, though, that I found this tutorial for making a fitted doll sheet at From an Igloo, and it was immensely helpful.  She even has a tutorial for making pillows and pillowcases for your doll beds.  It’s awesome!

I love modifying Ana’s plans.  They are just so versatile, and you can always put your own twist on your builds to make them reflect your taste.  I just love the way these beds represent my nieces’ personalities–completely different, but totally cute.  They are sturdy enough that they will be around a long time, too.  I can’t wait to see how they like them.

Did you build any of your own Christmas gifts this year?  I’d love to see them!

Happy Holidays!

18 Responses to “{More} American Girl Doll Beds”

  1. These are beautiful! Love them. I know my girls would too.

  2. Lindsey says:

    WOW! These are beautiful, I may have to show this to my husband to make for our girls. We just took our 8 year old to American Girl for her birthday last week! Pics on my blog, thanks for sharing these!!!

    • I love it, Lindsey! What a fun birthday surprise. My girls would love to hit the AG store for their birthdays, but our closest store is 6 hours away in Los Angeles. How fun that you can pop over there for lunch. Thanks for stopping by. :-)

  3. Jocelyn says:

    These are so awesome! Seriously, they look so classy. I’m going to try to get my husband to make these, haha! :)

  4. Lisa Sims says:

    Thanks so much for the instructions! Found your info on the SugarBee website. Not sure I can make the bed myself, but I’m willing to give it a try! Thanks

  5. sharlyn says:

    Oh my word! I have these pinned from Ana’s site, but I’m pinning yours too for a different look and inspiration! I love how the bedding turned out! Now, to get it done before my 8 yr old grows out of the doll :) great job!

  6. WOW – Rebecca will sleep beautifully on one of these beds!!! Great job – thanks for the instructions !

  7. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts – you were featured today!
    –Mandy, http://www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

  8. Amy Redd says:

    Love them! We built the same beds for our daughter this year! You did such a great job-love the bedding!

  9. Joanne Hill says:

    Those are such Beautiful beds for the AMG Dolls.

  10. MarieRoxanne says:

    thank you for posting these! They are most beautiful, how did the girls react when the got them?

  11. Cindy P. says:

    I LOVE what you did. Your beds look amazing. Great job.

  12. Marilyn says:

    I can’t open the sheet tutorial, hoping to find it somewhere else I guess.

  13. Patty says:

    Hi – I loved these beds and pinned them on a pinterest board of mine (the pin brought me to this page directly). Today I received a notice that a copyright complaint had been filed and the pin was deleted from my board. I’m not sure what the problem was, since I see a ‘pin it’ button on your page? Did I pin it incorrectly or something? I still love these beds and hope to make them someday :-)


    • Patty,

      There was, unfortunately, a mix up with Pinterest. Someone was stealing my material and posting it to a dummy site to earn revenue. I asked that those pins be deleted. Pinterest deleted everything–even my own pins.

      I apologize for the inconvenience. I’m working on it. Feel free to repin the beds. :-)

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