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I am super excited to FINALLY share this project with you! I finished this doll house for my daughter, Lilly, when she was about 8. She is now 12 and we are about to redecorate her room, and pass this DIY American Girl Doll House down to my youngest (soon to be middle child), Tay. In this post you will learn how to make an American Girl Doll house from an old media stand. I found this media stand listed for free on a garage sale site. You can search Craigslist or garage sale sites for similar buys, or buy a bookshelf or two to create something similar. Lilly had collected so many large doll items we were running out of space for them all. I thought if I had something that went against the wall it would get all of the doll furniture items off of the floor!
The media stand was originally a birch wood color and full of glass and wood shelves … I kick myself for not taking before photos. If you have shelf dividers then remove those and the pegs, clean your furniture piece down, sand, and paint. Instead of an old furniture piece you could also purchase a few bookshelves and put them side by side. If your furniture piece is light weight you will want to anchor it to the wall.
We like to purchase the real American Girl Dolls (they just have better hair and last longer), and then buy some of the off brands for the furniture and accessories. It helps to save a ton of money! Here are links for the Kitchen Set, Washer and Dryer Set, and a Table and Chairs Set. Playing American Girl dolls with my girls is one of my favorite things to do. We have so much fun using this doll house, and have built many memories.
Use locker rugs or large pieces of felt (local craft stores) for your carpet in the rooms. I waited until a month after school started, and found these locker rugs on sale for 80% off.
For your American Girl Doll House you can also use the locker chandeliers for the lighting. Hot glue magnets to the top of your cube and hang the magnetic locker chandelier. My dad built the living room couch set as a Christmas gift. You can find similar ones here or here. The TV and media stand are from the American Girl Doll Store. We went with the triple doll bunk bed because if fit in our space. The adorable black and white stripe sleeping bags were from The Land Of Nod. They no longer sell them, but here are some cute bedding options. You can also search Etsy for some personalized bedding options.
I ordered this doll desk on Etsy, and the locker was my daughter’s from Justice. The science lab set was a Target find, and I currently can’t find the link for that item.
I purchased the bakery set from Walmart, and painted the stripes pink. Here is a similar set.
I simply love the bathtub set and all of the adorable accessories that come with it. My youngest daughter loves to use this for her baby dolls too!
My husband, Ryan, built this American Girl Doll dog house. I will soon have this linked to a DIY tutorial for you to build our own.
Use a jewelry organization hanger for American Girl Doll clothes, shoes, and accessory storage. We have items on both sides!