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Doll Trunk

What girl doesn’t love dolls?  I admit there are a few that probably don’t, but my girls do.  I’m sure you have all seen the 18″ American Girl Dolls.  Wow, they cost a pretty penny and so does the furniture and clothes etc.  My girls have a few 18″ dolls from New Generation etc., and of course love to have clothes and furniture for them.

Here is a very cost effective way to add a doll trunk to your daughters’ collection that they will absolutely love.

Believe it or not, I got this trunk for $7.00.  Yup, you heard me right.  Of course, it was plain wood with rope handles, but hey it had potential.  I don’t know about you but I love May Arts hot pink and black combo ribbons, and that’s where it all began.

First I painted the wooden box black, and took out the rope handles.

I used a ribbon adhesive to attach this ribbon.  Then, find some paper you love, measure and cut it to fit where you want.  I double layered paper and then trimmed it with May Arts HA10 3/8″ double faced satin. I used fast drying decoupage to glue the paper to the trunk.  Make sure you go back over the top to seal it completely.

 Here you see the 3/8″ HA10 cut to fit around the edge of the paper I put in the middle.  

To finish it off, instead of putting back in the ugly rope for the handles, I used the gorgeous NV10 – Faux Suede / Ruffle Edge. 

So, cute!!  My girls were devastated when they saw I had painted the trunk black.  I reassured them they would like it when it was finished.  I will tell you I had awwwwes and huge hugs. “Mom, it’s soooo cute!”

There you have it. The plain wooden box turned 18″ doll trunk.

What will you make for your girls 18″ dolls??  Send us a picture we’d love to see it!

Blog post by: Andrea Miller

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  1. Amanda Coleman

    I love this idea!  Right now dolls are just thrown into random toy boxes and baskets.  This would be so much fun to do for my daughter!

  2. Jennifer

    Posh!  That's it!  Thanks so much, Andrea!!  And you are so welcome — I have a feeling this may be a project my Mama and I tackle this summer!  Can it come in big girl sizes?!!

    1. Andrea

      Jennifer, you made me smile with you question about big girl sizes.  My hearts right there with you.  I love that I have two daughters and still get to "play" princess.  Really it didn't take me too long, if you have questions you can always email me.  [email protected] or find me on facebook andrea wayne miller.

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  4. DebbieC.

    What a gorgeous box.  Any girl would love this to hold her treasures in.
    Love the pink and black designs.

  5. Jennifer

    This is absolutely adorable!!  My daughter has American Girl and Princess and Me dolls and, you're right, the accessories are steep!  This is the perfect project to give her something just right for her dolls!  What paper did you use?  For some reason, I have it right on the front of my mind but it's not coming to me!! 

    1. Andrea

      Thanks for the wonderful comment.  The paper is Teresa Collins 'Posh'.  Sorry I didn't put that in the post.

  6. Larissa Heskett =)

    This turned out very NEAT!! I LOVE the colors and the ribbons that you used!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUD WEEK!! =)

  7. Rea

    So beautiful, I would have loved one of these when I was little.  

  8. Charlene

    Super idea and so pretty!

  9. Rebecca W

    Awesome project!

  10. Rosann

    Cool project love your paper choice too ( I've used that paper for cards … love it ) !

  11. Kristie Maynard

    Beautiful job.  I don't have a daughter that is the age to play with dolls, but a project like this could be used for a lot of different things.  Thanks for sharing it with us.

  12. Dorina D

    Absolutely gorgeous. my niece is going to want this as soon as she sees it. Love the colors and the adhesieve ribbon. Great job. Thanks

  13. Jenifer Cowles

    very cute and creative, great job. I love it 😉

  14. Christine Dring

    Wow! What little girl wouldn't love this box to store her doll clothes in? absolutely beautiful!

  15. Sar Tann

    This amazing! Would love to find a box like that for my daughters dolls. YOU really out did yourself. 🙂


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