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Star Doll Closet for American Girl or 18" Doll

December 27, 2011 |
posted by Ana White
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For American Girl or 18" Doll, make a storage cabinet or armoire with star cutout. Free plans.

Star Doll Closet for American Girl or 18" Doll

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About Project

Author Notes: 

I hope you had Merry Christmas!

I know I've been a little quiet this weekend. We've been spending some much needed family time, just hanging out at home mostly in our jammies, doing things like cooking and eating and playing board game.  And of course Grace is playing with her new toys!
Before we get to what Grace is playing with - and I'm super excited about putting her toys in when she's not playing with them - wanted to highlight a few amazing toys made by you!

Shared on our Facebook Page ...
Tool Workbench from Aisha

Clara Table and $4 Chairs from Lisa
Dream dollhouse not just for girls by Chris
And Bragged (thank you!) ... here's just a few ...
There's so many amazing projects, I can't post them all - but I hope you take a second to check out all the amazing projects on the Brag Blog!  There are many more projects just as darling as these full of ideas and tips and tricks.  And to those of you submitting projects, a huge thank you!  You are keeping us inspired!
And sweating!
Whew, now it's my turn to post the project I made for Grace.  This is hard!  All of your projects are so good!  
I made this simply doll armoire to store all the accessories Santa was bringing for Grace's American Girl. 
Lucky gal ... I've been dreaming of a washer and dryer in my closet for years!
And yes, Grace loves her little doll cabinet.
And Moms are going to love it too.  The cabinet holds the doll accessories, and is sized to work as a nightstand.  I cut a star out of doors instead of spending more on handles or knobs and spray painted everything pink.  The shelf is adjustable, but you can make a fixed shelf.
All accessories you see are purchased from Target.  Grace is of course DIY.
Do you have a basket full of doll accessories with no where to go?  You can build this cabinet in no time for about $30 in lumber and materials.  

Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Star Doll Closet for American Girl or 18" Doll
Dimensions: 
Dimensions are shown above. NOTE: I altered the plan 1 1/4" shorter so all cuts can be made from a single 1x12 8 feet long.

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

1 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x10 @ 6 feet long
3 1/4" base moulding or 1x3 for footer (20 1/2" long)
Top edge moulding (20 1/2" long)
wood dowel for closet rod
rod pockets
hinges for inset cabinets
You can use either 2" screws or 1 1/4" pocket hole screws

1 1/4 inch finish nails
wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
jigsaw
nailer
sander
countersink drill bit

Cut List

Cut List: 

2 - 1x12 @ 28"
1- 1x12 @ 20 1/2"
1 - 1x12 @ 19"
1 - 1x10 @ 19"
1/4" plywood or other backerboard 20 1/2" x 28 3/4"
Moulding @ 20 1/2" OR 1x3 @ 19"
2 - 1x10 @ 24 1/2"

Cutting Instructions: 
See step 1 before cutting boards. NOTE: Cut list is adjusted from diagrams to be 3/4" taller than diagrams to maximize board use.

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Step 1

Star Doll Closet for American Girl or 18" Doll

Measure the width of your 1x10 boards. If they are 9 1/4" wide, you are good to go. Otherwise, you will need to adjust the width of this cabinet. Take the width of your 1x10 board and multiply by 2. Add a half inch. This is the width of your shelf. Add another 1 1/2" and this is the width of you top.

Build the box as shown above. Shelf placement is up to you - I made mine adjustable with shelf pins, but you could also screw in place. Use either countersunk 2" screws and glue or pocket hole screws.

Adjust for square.

Step 2

Star Doll Closet for American Girl or 18" Doll

Cut back to fit and attach, ensuring cabinet is square.

Step 3

Star Doll Closet for American Girl or 18" Doll

If you choose to use moulding, add to top edge and bottom with 1 1/4" finish nails and wood glue.

Step 4

Star Doll Closet for American Girl or 18" Doll

Cut doors 1/4" less than overall height. Install, screwing in place. I used Euro Style Butt Non Mortise hinges for Full Overlay/Inset, but an alternative is to use standard hinges placed on the face of the cabinet.

Clasp or hasp is recommended to keep door shut.

If you are cutting the star from door fronts, see step 6.

Step 5

Star Doll Closet for American Girl or 18" Doll

This is an alternative method for completing the footer. It's just a 1x3 cut out with a jigsaw. You may wish to use this footer to save money or use up scraps.

Step 6

Star Doll Closet for American Girl or 18" Doll

The star was actually really easy to cut and so cute (and cheap!). Just practice first, use a compass to get the angles right, and cut out carefully with a jigsaw making straight cuts. I filed smooth with a file.

Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

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Gifts Made for Christmas

Just wanted to say how amazing you all are who made these wonderful gifts! It really gives me inspiration. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

posted by Bonny Eicher (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-12-27 10:43
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Beautiful work as usual Ana!!

Beautiful work as usual Ana!! I love the comment about Grace being DIY. And imagine my shock when I saw my little workbench featured up there. I just about fell out of my chair! Thanks for the amazing plans, you`re one of a kind!

posted by Aisha | on Tue, 2011-12-27 23:41

Exactly what I (and my 2 girls) needed

LOVE the design! I just rearranged my girls room to where they can now have a nightstand between their beds. I was planning to use an old table, but this will be perfect for them since they are into all things American Girl right now. FYI, you forgot to put the plywood in the shopping list. It is in the cut list though.

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-12-28 09:06

Problem

I have tried to download the PDF file of the doll closet with the star cutout but it keeps giving me an error message. Can you please help me. I have a request from my 6 year old granddaughter to build one for her plus two beds. I would appreciate any help you can give me.

Thanks,

Nate

posted by Nate Feinberg (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-01-07 15:24

AWESOME!

My daughter just got her first AG doll for Christmas and we have been searching for a wardrobe. She also got the bunk beds for her doll on your site and I was hoping that you would be coming up with a wardrobe and here it is!!! Thank you for being so amazing and sharing all your plans. This will be perfect for her birthday!

posted by Karis (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-01-11 20:05

ag doll

OMG!!!!!!! it is so pretty i just want it..i showed it to my pappaw and he said he will try to make it for me i have 5 ag dolls.............

posted by jenni (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-01-12 19:39

be seen

Very wonderful works indeed!! I enjoyed the amazing works surprisingly and really admire your creativity Ana. Thanks

posted by Henry Kelly (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-02-19 04:45

American girl star closet

I am also having trouble opening this as a PDF. Can you help? What am I doing wrong. Love your patterns. I just made one of your raised beds and am going out to make more. So excited. They look great and are so economical!

posted by Gail Scharf (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-04-24 07:31

Hinges

Love this, but I am having the hardest time finding hinges like those. I can find the regular mortise ones but don't really want to but a forstner bit just for this. Where did you get those?

posted by Jeff (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-05-11 14:52

I am so excited to make this!

I am so excited to make this! It will be perfect for my Chloe Belle! She is my 4 year old yorkie diva. Her wardrobe is twice the size of mine, I swear! She loves loves her clothes. Thank you for the fabulous instructions. I'm going to give it a try all by myself ;)

posted by kimmeam (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-06-18 10:53

gratefulness

Ana, thank you so much for posting these marvelous patterns! And FREE too. I'll be making several things for my granddaughter's American Girl Doll and find your directions beautifully written. I'm delighted to have found your site! Thanks again.

posted by Nana Rebecca (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-10-17 20:29

love it!

I love this so much, but lack the skills and tools to make it. Also, living in the UK cant get target stuff >_< but i WILL beg my dad to make this for me, if he ever assembles his workbench! xD

posted by Fern + McKenna <3 (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-11-05 10:36

American Girl Red Star Armore

My husband is making the AG Armore from your site and we are so close to finishing, but we cannot find the hinges at Home Depot! Is there another name for them or do you have a picture of them? Can you let us know where you got them? We are going to try again tomorrow night at Menards! Thanks so much for your amazing ideas and talent! Merry Christmas!

posted by Jen Steffes (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-12-17 22:39

Can you tell us where you got

Can you tell us where you got the hinges?

posted by Jen Steffes (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-12-17 22:41

Thank you so much for the

Thank you so much for the post you do. I like your post and all you share with us is up to date and quite informative, i would like to bookmark the page so i can come here again to read you, as you have done a wonderful job. http://hgh3x.com

posted by Monster1122 | on Mon, 2013-05-20 07:02

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