Patio Table for 18″ Dolls


patio table for american girl doll diy

Since tomorrow is Mother’s Day, I am going to treat myself and share with you my favorite project ever.  I loved making this patio table and I still have it, seven years later.  It sits on the shelf in my craft room and reminds me that it is possible to go beyond your comfort zone and do something completely random and crazy.

Two of my favorite things in the world are Stampin’ Up! and dolls/dollhouses.  I remember sitting in the audience at convention in 2008 when the Big Shot was unveiled for the first time.  When I saw the pennant die, I knew immediately that I wanted to make this patio table for my daughters’ 18″ dolls.  I couldn’t wait to get home and get going on this project!

I really don’t know how I pulled it together, except to say that I had some type of out-of-body experience.  As I began playing with the pennant pieces, the rest of the table layout just fell into place.  For example, when I started, I had no idea what I would use as the umbrella poll.  After I sat there and stared at the umbrella, the thought came to me to use a large knitting needle.  It worked!

american girl patio table made with stampin up big shot pennant die

I had a blast using chipboard to make the placemats and scraps of Designer Series Paper to make little napkins and coasters.  For the glasses, I used the lids from the Stampin’ Mist bottles.  The straws are coffee stirrers that I cut down to size.

Happy Mother’s Day to me and to all of you!  I hope you enjoy looking at this as much I enjoyed reliving it and how much fun I had creating it.  Let it inspire you to create something completely random that YOU want to create.  You never know what you will come up with!

Once again, Stampin’ Up! products can be used to create so many things!

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