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American Girl Dollhouse made from salvaged Crates

20130715_202250It all started when I responded to a FREE Craigslist post for crates.  I had no idea what I was going to do with them but went and got 6 of them.  When I got them home they looked perfect for American Girl Doll Rooms-but they were too short.

20130715_202311  You can see the 18″ doll’s head touches the top-so this wouldn’t work.  The first thing I had to do was disassemble the box by removing just the top-But I kept the bracket from the top sides of the crates (there was one on each side).   20130715_20170820130715_201602     I then used the bracket as a template to make a larger (double sided) bracket. I attached one to the crate on both sides.   20130715_201724   20130715_202349



I removed the top and brackets from a second crate and flipped it on top of the bracket and secured it.20130715_21343820130715_202455

This is what it looks like.20130715_202504

I used boards from the tops of the crates that were removed in the very first step  to fill in the gaps in the back of the crates, and add a floor midway in the crates. 20130715_213514  She was so excited to pick out tiles, paint, paneling, etc to complete the rooms in her American Girl Doll House. AG House-bedroom This is the bedroom.

She also added a Beauty School AG House -Beauty School a Dining Room AG House - Dining Room and a living room AG Living Room  The house isn’t completely finished yet….I have to add trim on the front to hide the boards, paint the sides,  and we plan on putting some green astro turf on the top for a park/out door setting.  In the mean time it is a huge hit with her and all of her friends. AG houseAmerican girl doll house and stairs to loft Here it is under her loft bed.

When we go to the Habitat Restore she gets the materials super cheap because she doesn’t need much.  The peel and stick tiles for the floors were only 25 cents each and it only required 4 for each room.  She got a carpet square for 50 cents that was big enough to do a room and make throw rugs.  She also used a placemat found at Goodwill for a throw rug in the bedroom.