DIY American Girl Camper

Posted on Jul 14 2017 - 1:02pm by Rudy

DIY American Girl Camper

DIY American Girl Camper

This is one of those projects where I designed the plans a long time ago. Almost two summers ago! Other crafts got pushed to the front and since we had Lanie’s camper it wasn’t an urgent project for us. There have been so many requests for this and I apologize because I know some go way back. There has been a lot of talk lately with American Girl bringing back retired pieces and reusing them in new ways. Personally, I really like seeing the retired pieces brought back to life. It gives people a second chance to get the items without having the “retired” price tag that goes along with it. It would be really cool if AG brought back Lanie’s camper. However, with the new pop up camper I highly doubt it will happen. That’s why I finally finished this project. I want to share this awesome piece with you! And it is awesome! You can use the plans and build it out of wood or MDF instead of foam board. Whatever your preference is. With every new foam board project I get better and better and I learn new tricks all the time. Just like the plans, I got the nylon hinges a long time ago. I put them away and forgot about them. I remembered I had them once I started looking at ways to attach the doors.  They are amazing! I really hope you enjoy this craft, it is a big one. Pace yourself.

Watch and tell us what you like to do when you go camping!

DIY American Girl Camper

Materials Needed:

TIPS-

  • I used hot glue for attaching the hinges on the foam board and it worked just fine. However, Gorilla glue or E6000 glue will last longer in my opinion. Those will just take longer to set. I did drop the camper though and nothing popped off! Whoops!
  • Spray paint all your pieces before assembly. It’s much easier this way! Also, give the foam board overnight to dry. This way as you firmly press the pieces together when hot gluing, you don’t make fingerprints in the paint.
  • If you don’t have the foam board circle cutter for the tires, just use an X-acto knife. The jagged edge looks good, like tread. I used the circle cutter and then cut up the outside to give it the jagged look.
  • Take your time. I spread this project over three days just as I did for Gabriela’s Left Bed.
    • Day 1: Cut all the pieces. (approximately 3 hours)
    • Day 2: Paint all the pieces. (2-3 hours)
    • Day 3: Assemble. This took me 6 hours. It shouldn’t take you that long. I was filming and that always drags out the time.
  • Watch the video before you take this project on. See how I painted the pieces. Watch how I attach the hinges. This will help guide you.

DIY American Girl Camper

Cut List:

Camper Frame:

  • 1 – 1/2’’ @ 28 1/4’’ x 11’’ – Sub Floor
  • 2 – 1/2’’ @ 28 1/4’’ x 3’’ – Sub Floor Sides
  • 3 – 1/2’’ @ 10’’ x 3’’ – Sub Floor Supports
  • 1 – 1/2’’ @ 28 1/4’’ x 11’’ – Floor

Camper Shell:

  • 1 – 1/2’’ @ 29 11/16’’ x 19 3/4’’ – Left Side – See Diagram
  • 1 – 1/2’’ @ 26 3/4’’ x 11’’ – Roof
  • 1 – 1/2’’ @ 19 3/4’’ x 10’’ – Back
  • 1 – 1/2’’ @ 19 3/4’’ x 2 1/4’’ – Back Right Side
  • 1 – 1/2’’ @ 10’’ x 9 3/4’’ – Front Bottom
  • 1 – 1/2’’ @ 10 1/2’’ x 10’’ – Front Top – See Diagram for Window
  • 1 – 1/2’’ @ 19 3/4’’ x 4 11/16’’ – Front Right Side – See Diagram
  • 1 – 3/16’’ @ 10’’ x 3 7/8’’ – Front of Camper – Window Shelf Top
  • 1 – 3/16’’ @ 10’’ x 9 1/2’’ – Front of Camper – Window Shelf Top Support

Storage Bench:

  • 1 – 3/16’’ @ 9 7/8’’ x 3 7/8’’ – Storage Bench Lid
  • 2 – 1/2’’ @ 5 5/16’’ x 3 15/16’’ – Storage Bench Sides
  • 1 – 3/16’’ @ 9 7/8’’ x 5 5/16’’ – Storage Bench Front

Kitchen Cabinets:

  • 3 – 3/16’’ @ 8 1/8’’ x 3 3/8’’  – Cabinet Drawers
  • 2 – 3/16’’ @ 8 1/8’’ x 7 3/16’’ – Cabinet Drawer Sides

Kitchen Refrigerator:

  • 2 – 3/16’’ @ 7 3/16’’ x 4 3/4’’ – Refrigerator Sides
  • 2 – 3/16’’ @ 4 3/4’’ x 4 3/4’’ – Refrigerator Top & Bottom
  • 1 – 3/16’’ @ 9 11/16’’ x 4 7/8’’ – Refrigerator Left Side Wall
  • 1 – 3/16’’ @ 4 3/4’’ x 1 1/8’’ – Refrigerator Top Cover
  • 1 – 3/16’’ @ 5 5/8’’ x 4 3/4’’ – Refrigerator Door

Kitchen Counter:

  • 1 – 3/16’’ @ 11 3/8’’ x 8 1/4’’ – See Diagram for Counter Top & Sink

Camper Bed:

  • 1 – 3/16’’ @ 19’’ x 8 1/4’’ – Bed
  • 1 – 3/16’’ @ 16 3/4’’ x 1/2’’ – Bed Support

Camper Doors:

  • 1 – 3/16’’ @ 19 1/2’’ x 13’’ – Left Door
  • 1 – 3/16’’ @ 19 1/2’’ x 9 1/2’’ – Right Door

Camper Wheels & Front Supports:

  • 6 – 1/2’’ @ 5’’ Diameter – Wheels
  • 2 – 1/2’’ @ 2’’ Diameter – Bottom of Front Supports
  • 8 – 3/16’’ @ 2’’ x 1’’ – Front Supports

Camper Trim:

  • 2 – 3/16’’ @ 28 5/8’’ x 1’’
  • 2 – 3/16’’ @ 18 7/16’’ x 1’’
  • 2 – 3/16’’ @ 5 11/16’’ x 1’’
  • 4 – 3/16’’ @ 11’’ x 1’’

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DIY American Girl Camper was last modified: July 14th, 2017 by Rudy

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

  1. Terry July 23, 2017 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    AMAZING!!

    Can you tell me where you get the bowls and toaster from?
    Or how do you make them?

  2. Jade July 20, 2017 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    Did you ever make a jam craft?

  3. Jade July 20, 2017 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    In the back ground you see he Aunt Jemima craft. I really liked that one.

  4. Dana July 20, 2017 at 8:20 am - Reply

    Hey, I might have missed it along the way, but could you please let me know where you get all of your foam board? I am in canada, and am not sure where to look
    thanks so much, love being able to make all of these crafts with my girls!

  5. Laura B July 18, 2017 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    WOW! That is amazing, perfect for summer. We like to go hiking when we’re camping. I’d like it if you made a sleeping bag. And anything else for camping that you’re willing to do would be great. Tent, camp chair, camp stove, ice chest, Sawyer water filter, water cooler to keep the clean water in, hammock. . .

  6. awsomecookie July 18, 2017 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    i love your build a bear! my doll loves it to!!!!!!

  7. ginnie July 17, 2017 at 11:10 am - Reply

    I love this! It looks fantastic! Thank you for the tip with the hinges! We made a camper for our dolls a few months ago out of cardboard boxes, and it is still holding up really well. 🙂

    https://fakingitmostly.com/2017/02/06/diy-pop-up-lanie-hollands-camper-part-one/

  8. Tigerlilly2007 July 16, 2017 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    Can you make a doll banana split? Can I have a shout out?

  9. Claire July 16, 2017 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Can you please make a doll braille book?

  10. Lily July 16, 2017 at 11:34 am - Reply

    You can make almost anything! Could you maybe try to make an ATV?

  11. Julia M. H July 16, 2017 at 10:40 am - Reply

    I think that the camper needs s’mores materials!!!!!! Such a cute craft, good job Rudy!!!

  12. Lily July 15, 2017 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Can you make a cook book!

  13. Jewel July 15, 2017 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    SO CUTE Rudy! I like that it is different from the AG version. I just did a really fun Photo Story: http://www.dollnotebook.com/blogs/post/Daring-To-Be-Caring-A-Photo-Story/. Feel free to leave a comment.

  14. Aeryn_123 💎 July 15, 2017 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Ashpheonix

    Diy back yard

    •green felt

    Lay down the green felt.
    Done.

  15. Adele July 15, 2017 at 10:24 am - Reply

    Okay. Thank you, Rudy!

  16. AshPhoenix July 15, 2017 at 9:09 am - Reply

    Can you make a bible or a backyard

  17. Ferdy AKA Frog_lover July 15, 2017 at 8:54 am - Reply

    I agree Bookfanatic 102. Braces and a retainer would be really cool. Also, I would really like it if you could make a stage so my dolls could do plays like me.

  18. Bookfanatic102 July 14, 2017 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    Can you make braces and a retainer for when the dolls get their braces out?

  19. Althea July 14, 2017 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    cute, can you make a microwave or chips ahoy cookies?

  20. Linda Reynolds July 14, 2017 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    WOW, WOW, WOW!!!! You are AMAZING!

  21. Tigerlilly2007 July 14, 2017 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    Can You make a doll car? I really want you to make a car because
    I have been trying to make a doll car forever. Can I please get a shout out?

  22. Adele July 14, 2017 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    This is awesome, but I’ve mentioned before that I don’t have easy access to foam board. I was just wondering if the instructions would be the same if I were to make it in wood? Also, can you please make a hammock, the Grand Hotel and a slip ‘n’ slide? Thanks!

    • Rudy July 14, 2017 at 4:37 pm - Reply

      You use the same plans to make it out of wood. Just as some of my previous wood projects can be made out of foam board. As always, there will be slight adjustments. If you work with wood, it will not be a big deal to adjust.

  23. Terri July 14, 2017 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    wow, wow, wow!!!!!!! Fantastic!

  24. Piper July 14, 2017 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    So cute and a sleeping bag would be cool

  25. Ama July 14, 2017 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    I would love to make this but I don’t have the supplies. Could you please make this out of wood or cardboard? And please hotel!!

    • Rudy July 14, 2017 at 4:36 pm - Reply

      You use the same plans to make it out of wood.

  26. Aeryn_123 💎 July 14, 2017 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    WOO HOO! I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO EARLY! 😍

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