{Crappy Crafts} Doll camping accessories

If you can’t tell from some of the other “projects” I’ve posted on the site, I have a creative mind but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. I mean, it’s embarrassing.

The reason I still post my crafts is in case someone a bit more crafty than me is inspired by what I’ve thought up.  So in acknowledgement that some of my achievements belong in the Pinterest “fail” category, I’ve decided to, going forward, entitle these posts: Crappy Crafts.

I really want to add a trademark symbol after that but I know what trademarks are and this isn’t trademarked. Alas. Just mentally put the tm there. It looks cooler.

Anyway, I love dolls. I didn’t like dolls as a little kid (I specifically remember having Barbies and Transformers around 4 years old and having them fighting a war against each other), but as I grew up I became more girly.  I could spend all day playing dolls with a little kid.  L also hadn’t shown much interest in dolls until recently, but luckily brother J is showing interest too so now I have some quality doll playing hours under my belt.

L, however, has loved her little pacimal monkey, Ooie, (note: the company is pretty much out of business now so you can’t get pacimals any more) since she was about 9 months old, and she treats him like her little baby.  So to try to encourage doll play with him, over the years I’ve gotten and made as many accessories for him as I could get away with. He’s about 8 inches tall so the Circo mini series works well for him (clothes, doll crib, potty/highchair set, etc).  [By the way, isn’t this the CUTEST thing?]

Over the summer, we as a family went backyard camping and L loved it. She wanted Ooie to participate fully next time with his own sleeping bag. Challenge accepted.

The Circo mini crib has the perfect squishy bedding to form the base of a sleeping bag (I can’t find a purchase link to the crib but here is the twins bunk bed set with the same bedding).  I sewed on the pillow that came with the crib and added a soft blanket (more like a nap mat than a sleeping bag).

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It has already fallen apart but it was cute while it lasted.

As usual, I decided to take it about two or three steps more and made a collapsible tent, a grill, and a fold-up lounge chair.

For the tent, I used an old Sweetheart Cottage playhut that had already fallen apart.  The pop-out roof gable was perfect for the size tent I wanted, and it was put together with bendable poles so I could take it all apart and put it into a bag for portability:

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Here you can see how the poles became the handle for the ‘carrying case’

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The grill was easy enough (you can see it in the above pics). I had a metal M&M tin left over from Valentine’s day and used the instructions from this website as inspiration.

Ahem. This is most definitely not mine. See why my versions are called “Crappy Crafts”?

I then added some 3m wire hooks as legs and as a handle and threw in a battery operated tea light for the fire.

Finally, the chair.  This was actually harder than I thought it would be.

 

 

I used a wooden easel stand:

But I wanted to use the “back” of it for the chair, which means the center of gravity was off.  I ended up putting a wood sample as the seat of the chair and then wrapping a long strip of cloth for the back.  Velcroing the cloth made the chair tip the correct way and keeping it un-velcroed allowed it to collapse.

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The back of the chair/the front of the easel

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So that’s it! L loved her camping toys and played with them a bit and has recently pulled them back out to have sleepovers for Ooie.  All of the items are a bit precarious since I can’t sew worth a darn but hopefully someone with more skill can make use of these ideas!

Next crappy craft: my easy peasy soft baby carrier for a tiny stuffed animal.

Previous crappy crafts:

 A Desk For the Boy

Play Kitchen

 

What do you think? Any other ideas on how to make a camping play set for a doll? Let me know in the comments!

A desk for the boy (or: turning the toddler bed upside down)

Well, I broke the crib. Whoops.

It was set as a toddler bed but I slept in it with the J almost every night for months. I finally moved it back to a crib (long story). Well, when we did so, it was just…not safe. Cracked supports, etc.

So J is now back to a mattress on the floor.  As for the crib…

I was inspired by this:

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Super easy, right? Just keep the one side off (like a toddler bed), raise to newborn height, add some chalkboard paint, and voila. The creator of this desk had to get some particle board to sit on the mattress supporter, but my Ikea Sniglar crib actually has a solid mattress support so no problem.

Well, eep. First of all, I broke the crib some more by trying to get the railing off again. And because of how it’s designed, it was basically impossible to raise it to newborn height without the rail.

So what did I do? I put the crib back to toddler bed height, with the rail off…

and turned it over.

See?

 

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Does it look like a crib turned upside down? Err..yes. Actually, without the mattress on the bottom there/quilts hanging from the desk, it actually does look pretty desk-like. But I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to create a little tent/nook.

I put my breathable bumpers around the legs to obscure the untrussed turkey look.  If I wanted to go hardcore, I could nail some particle board around the edges. Oh, and paint the desk. Those would probably make the look complete.

What to do with that extra side?

 

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(from Blue Cricket Design)

I don’t have a picture of my version but it pretty much looks exactly like that. For once.