DIY American Girl Bookstore Dollhouse Room

Posted on Jul 21 2017 - 11:02am by Rudy

DIY American Girl Bookstore Dollhouse Room

DIY American Girl Bookstore Dollhouse Room

I have been playing with the idea of creating separate doll rooms for a while. Over the years I’ve had many requests, some asking to make them out of cardboard. I really wanted to make sure I crafted quality while still staying on a budget. My goal is always to create something durable that my girls can play with without it falling apart. I’ve done many foam board projects and they hold up incredibly well! With that said, I’ve finally started making rooms….out of foam board. Originally I was going to do small 20×20 corner rooms. I liked the idea of keeping them compact. However, once I started designing the first room, I realized that was a tad too small. The new room dimensions are 20×30 and that gives you plenty of space to create something fun, play in it with dolls, and stay on a budget. Foam board sheets come in 20×30 so you don’t have to cut down the floor or the back wall. I hope to craft many corner rooms in the future so if you have any requests, leave them in the comments below!

As always, you can follow this project using wood, MDF or even cardboard! Along the way you may have to make a few slight adjustments.

DIY American Girl Bookstore Dollhouse Room

Watch and tell us if you want to see more rooms!

Materials Needed:

Here are the Dr. Seuss notebooks I use: Dr. Seuss Little Notebook 24 Pack

Here is the FoamWerks Cutting Board I use: FoamWerks 32″ Cutting Board

Book Covers:

Room:

  • 1 – 1/2’’ @ 30’’ x 20’’ – Back Wall
  • 1 – 1/2’’ @ 20 1/2’’ x 20’’ – Side Wall
  • 1 – 1/2’’ @ 30’’ x 20’’ – Floor

Bookshelves:

  • 4 – 3/16’’ @ 19 1/2’’ x 2 1/2’’ – Sides
  • 4 – 3/16’’ @ 8 5/8’’ x 2’’ – Bottom Shelf Supports
  • 2 – 3/16’’ @ 8 5/8’’ x 2 5/16’’ – Top of Bookshelves
  • 2 – 3/16’’ @ 8 5/8’’ x 1’’ – Top Front of Bookshelves
  • 10 – 3/16’’ @ 8 5/8’’ x 2 1/2’’ – Shelves

Fireplace:

  • 1 – 3/16’’ @ 11 5/8’’ x 1 13/16’’ – Bottom Back
  • 1 – 3/16’’ @ 12’’ x 2’’ – Bottom Front
  • 2 – 3/16’’ @ 3 5/16’’ x 1 13/16’’ – Bottom Sides
  • 1 – 3/16’’ @ 3 1/8’’ x 1 13/16’’ – Bottom Middle Support
  • 1 – 3/16’’ @ 12’’ x 3 5/16’’ – Bottom Top
  • 4 – 3/16’’ @ 7’’ x 1 13/16’’ – Sides of Posts
  • 2 – 3/16’’ @ 7’’ x 2 3/16’’ – Front of Posts
  • 1 – 1/2’’ @ 12’’ x 2 1/4’’ – Top of Posts
  • 1 – 1/2’’ @ 12’’ x 2 1/2’’ – Top of Fireplace

Counter:

  • 2 – 3/16’’ @ 7 1/2’’ x 2 13/16’’ – Sides
  • 1 – 1/2’’ @ 7 5/8’’ x 2 5/8’’ – Bottom
  • 1 – 1/2’’ @ 7 5/8’’ x 7’’ – Middle
  • 1 – 3/16’’ @ 8’’ x 2 13/16’’ – Top of Sides
  • 1 – 1/2’’ @ 7 5/8’’ x 13/16’’ – Front Shelf
  • 2 – 3/16’’ @ 7 5/8’’ x 5/8’’ – Front of Front Shelf & Bottom
  • 2 – 1/2’’ @ 7 5/8’’ x 1 5/16’’ – Back Shelves
  • 1 – 3/16’’ @ 8 1/2’’ x 3 1/16’’ – Top

Side Table:

  • 2 – 1/2’’ @ 5 7/16’’ x 2 1/2’’ – Bottom of Table – See diagrams
  • 1 – 3/16’’ @ 3’’ Diameter – Top of Table

Door:

  • 1 – 3/16” @ 19’’ x 7 1/2’’

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DIY American Girl Bookstore Dollhouse Room was last modified: July 23rd, 2017 by Rudy

56 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Isabelle August 15, 2017 at 2:31 pm -

    Roughly, how much did this cost you to make?

  2. Amy August 11, 2017 at 10:11 pm -

    What kind of paper do you use to print the book covers on? I noticed there were some that are shiny also do you use a high grade printer

    • Rudy August 11, 2017 at 10:14 pm -

      I like to use mostly a glossy photo paper! It has a much nicer finish!

  3. Terri August 1, 2017 at 11:13 pm -

    Rudy, when you use hot glue on foam board, do you use a high heat or a low heat glue gun?

    • Rudy August 2, 2017 at 7:28 am -

      I use high heat on foam board.

  4. Terri August 1, 2017 at 11:10 pm -

    Rudy, thank you very much for the fire for the fireplace!

  5. Deanna Jones July 29, 2017 at 10:43 am -

    I adore this and all the books!!!! I made a bunch of books and wanted more so I made some classic book covers (kinda in the style of the old Barnes and Noble classic books. I would love to share them with anyone who wants them! I can post them on my craft blog or send them to you to share. I also have it as a kind of template that I can easily make more if anyone has requests.

  6. Jenna July 28, 2017 at 6:30 pm -

    Can you make a school room

  7. Mya July 26, 2017 at 8:22 pm -

    Hey Rudy can you please make the grand hotel

  8. Raquel July 25, 2017 at 11:34 am -

    I love tour crafts !!!!!!!! Can you make a doll craft room!! Please

  9. Jade July 24, 2017 at 10:01 am -

    @Rhiannan, Rudy made the harry potter stuff already. Chck it out in ‘Doll crafts and Printables.’

  10. Jade July 24, 2017 at 9:59 am -

    That’s amazing Rudy!

  11. that one arctic monkeys fan July 23, 2017 at 6:26 pm -

    pleaspleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleaseplease make a doll sink! ;P

  12. Bookfanatic102 July 23, 2017 at 5:43 pm -

    Can you make orthodontist stuff? please? The orthodontist says I am close to getting my braces out so I’d would be very happy if you make them soon! Can you make a retainer too? for when the dolls get their braces out.

  13. Kate July 23, 2017 at 2:01 pm -

    hey can you make the new nature valley biscuits. please

  14. Claire July 23, 2017 at 1:42 pm -

    YES! PLEASE DO MORE ROOMS!!!!! LIKE A PAUL FRANK JULIUS ROOM PLEASE!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU AND I DESPERATELY NEED MOER ROOMS!

  15. Kathy July 23, 2017 at 5:03 am -

    I am so impressed with your creations. They are just amazing. I quite curious to know once you decide on a big project like the book store how long does it take to go from your imagination to the finished project. Do you work on more than 1 thing at a time? Thanks so much for sharing all your work.

    • Rudy July 23, 2017 at 8:42 am -

      Thank you so much! I work on at least a dozen projects at a time, some just being in my head for the brainstorming process. I have sticky notes all over my design space. They are categorized by large corner room ideas, food ideas, accessories, printables, etc. I like to look at the sticky notes daily to refresh my mind on the crafts I want to create. This helps trigger ideas even when I’m not physically crafting.

  16. Karmatrix July 22, 2017 at 4:06 pm -

    I really love this room. My daughter is so excited for me to make this room; she thinks of it as a living room. I got all the supplies today and am going to give it try. My thoughts to go with the bookstore are to make a bakery/candy shop and/or a coffee shop. So many choices. Thank you!

  17. Bookfanatic102 July 22, 2017 at 3:50 pm -

    Can you make some of Gail Carson Levine’s books? Like Ella Enchanted? or Fairest?

  18. Ama July 22, 2017 at 11:00 am -

    Awesome! PLEASE make the hotel.

  19. olaf49 July 22, 2017 at 10:46 am -

    Can you make The Heros of Olympus book series printables please?

  20. Harrypotter16 July 22, 2017 at 10:42 am -

    Thank you Rudy!! I was REALLY excited when I saw that u replied to me!!🤗 And THANK YOU for telling me a movie room was on the list!!😄😄 I can’t tell you how happy I am to hear that!!! Thank you again!!!!!!!!😁😁😁😁

  21. Jade July 22, 2017 at 9:35 am -

    COOL!

  22. Adele July 22, 2017 at 8:55 am -

    I just noticed the magazine. Did you make it? It’s really cute!

  23. Harrypotter16 July 22, 2017 at 8:51 am -

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! For making the Harry Potter book printables!! Also I noticed you are mostly taking requests from youtube now and I was wondering if u still take requests from ur website..I would love if you could make a doll movie room!! Also pls reply to me if u DO still take requests from ur website!:)🙃🐶😄

    • Rudy July 22, 2017 at 8:54 am -

      I take requests from everywhere! YT, the blog, and Instagram! A movie room is on the list!

  24. agdolls4life July 22, 2017 at 6:57 am -

    You should totally do a remake of the Grand hotel for dolls.

  25. Rhiannon July 22, 2017 at 3:21 am -

    I was wondering if you could make a Harry Potter shop with blindbags and sticker packs and hp candy and books.
    Also I was wondering if you could Make a Lego shop with Lego elves and Lego friends , city ,Star Wars and other Lego sets and I was wondering if you could Make a cans shop with candy bags like you get around Halloween and outer candy.if you do can I have a sout out please

  26. Rhiannon July 22, 2017 at 3:06 am -

    Hello . I loved the craft. I was wondering could you make a Harry’s Potter shop with the Harry Potter candy you can’t get and make blind bag and books such as sticker book so coloring books sticker packs and other Harry’s Potter things. Also I was wondering could you make a toy shop with Lego elves and other things and could you make a candy shop with bags of candy if you do can I have an shout out I would. I see these crafts

  27. Rhiannon July 22, 2017 at 3:05 am -

    Hello . I loved the craft. I was wondering could you make a Harry’s Potter shop with the Harry Potter candy you can’t get and make blind bag and books such as sticker book so coloring books sticker packs and other Harry’s Potter things. Also I was wondering could you make a toy shop with Lego elves and other things and could you make a candy shop with bags of candy if you do can I have an shout out

  28. Terri July 21, 2017 at 11:46 pm -

    Rudy, can you please do a printable of the fire for the fireplace? thank you.

    • Rudy July 22, 2017 at 9:04 am -

      Whoops! I did one. I’ll update the post.

  29. Terri July 21, 2017 at 11:17 pm -

    I would like to see a kid’s bedroom, or a bathroom.

  30. Terri July 21, 2017 at 10:45 pm -

    Hi Rudy, when you glue foam board together, do you use high heat glue gun or low heat? thank you.

    • Rudy July 22, 2017 at 9:03 am -

      High heat! Especially for larger pieces because once it comes out it will stay hot for longer giving me time to work with it and adjust if needed.

  31. Terri July 21, 2017 at 10:27 pm -

    ** I absolutely love this room!! Your taste in decor is spot on. Thank you so much for sharing.

  32. Adele July 21, 2017 at 8:36 pm -

    I agree with Bookfanatic102, books are amazing and I was so excited when I saw this craft. Please make more book covers, maybe The Giver quartet, Divergent series, The Fault in Our Stars, The Book Thief… Thank you!

  33. AGGYMNASTGIRL July 21, 2017 at 7:24 pm -

    So cute could u please give me a shotout and make Diy doll Gym set

  34. Jennifer July 21, 2017 at 5:42 pm -

    I love the book covers! Keep them coming please 🙂

  35. Aeryn_123 💎 July 21, 2017 at 5:29 pm -

    You should make masks for dolls that look like snapchat filters! I love snapchat 😍😍

  36. Bookfanatic102 July 21, 2017 at 4:33 pm -

    The doll nook Narnia is a great idea! I love Narnia! I think Rudy should make Ella Enchanted, Gone with the wind, To kill a mocking bird, Alice in wonderland, A wrinkle in time, The Unwanteds series, The thief lord, The book thief, The Dreamer Chronicles, The Companions quartet, (My favorite book) The two Princesses of Bamarre, and The Lost kingdom of Bamarre.

  37. Pusheenstar17 July 21, 2017 at 4:22 pm -

    First of I LOVE this craft!!:) and I especially love the book printables! But recently I noticed that now you are mostly taking requests from YouTube and was wondering if you still took requests from your website….please reply to me if so🌈 And I think another cool room to do would be a themed living room!!!😁

    • Rudy July 22, 2017 at 9:05 am -

      I take requests from everywhere!

  38. The Doll Nook July 21, 2017 at 4:05 pm -

    THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH FOR MAKING HARRY POTTER AND PERCY JACKSON BOOKS COVERS!!!!!!! Could you also make ones for Narnia, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Maze Runner, Divergent, and Dork Diaries?

  39. Jane July 21, 2017 at 3:41 pm -

    Great book cover collection, and Bookstore idea.

  40. Kenna July 21, 2017 at 3:28 pm -

    May you please make Lord of the Rings book covers? Thank you.

  41. ZeldaChick July 21, 2017 at 3:22 pm -

    This is awesome!!!! I would LOVE LOTS more book covers – especially more classics! Thanks for these amazing videos and tutorials!

  42. Erin July 21, 2017 at 3:09 pm -

    Amazing! I was just thinking last night that I wanted to figure out a diy version similar to Caroline’s parlor but I wanted to customize it. Then today you post this! I love it and can’t wait to get started!

  43. Darlene Hawkey-Cruikshank July 21, 2017 at 2:50 pm -

    You are amazing! The bookstore is so creative. Everything you do is so adorable. You have me looking at recyclable materials in a different way. Now I say to myself, can I use this for my AG doll or some other project? I see possibilities where I didn’t see them before. Thank you for all the inspiration.

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  45. Molly July 21, 2017 at 1:35 pm -

    Just what we need!
    Where did you find the globe?

  46. Flo July 21, 2017 at 1:20 pm -

    I absolutely love this idea, I can’t wait to see what else you do!

  47. Olive July 21, 2017 at 12:30 pm -

    OMGOSH!! all those book printables! 😀
    Most crazily, ~Olive

  48. Bookfanatic102 July 21, 2017 at 11:52 am -

    OMGoodness I LOVE BOOKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am totally making this! can you make orthodontist stuff?

  49. agcolover July 21, 2017 at 11:24 am -

    Yay, first comment!