Samantha’s Ice Cream Parlor • DIY

Posted on Dec 28 2014 - 9:17am by Rudy

American Girl Ice Cream Parlor


Samantha’s Ice Cream Parlor

I cannot say how excited I am to share this amazing DIY project with you.  Amanda from Amanda Medlin Photography created a replica of Samantha’s Ice Cream Parlor and did a fantastic job.  Take a look at the details in this project.  From the marble counter, to the delicious treats, it is the best ice cream parlor I’ve seen yet!  And, I’m sure it cost a fraction of the real one.  Almost everything in this project was found at Hobby Lobby. Enjoy!  Please leave a comment below of what you think of Amanda’s fabulous work!  We want to see more projects like these!

American Girl Ice Cream Parlor

Here is where the brainstorming began.  You can see that as the project progressed, a few things changed along the way.

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The lamp is adorable.  The clear tube pictured once contained little beads.

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The menu is a download that was found online, framed in an elegant wallet-sized silver frame. The cash register can be found on Amazon. It’s a pencil sharpener! The banana split came from an OG kitchen set, and was placed down inside the crystal relish dish to make it extra fancy.  The bar stool is made from a candle stick, cork circles, and a candle sleeve placed upside down.

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The treats you see are a combination of handmade, AG, and dollar bin Target scores. The crystal pieces were picked up at a yard sale and used to hold relish and marmalade. The spoons are available at Hobby Lobby in the jewelry section. They’re actually charms. Cute!

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Here’s a look inside the soda fountain (a jewel box with a magneted lid) so you can see how Amanda affixed the soda handles. They’re drawer pulls. So creative.

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Another view of the soda fountain/ice cream freezer. It was made using a combination of wooden pre-assembled pieces, foam core and paper mache. Everything you see, with the exception of the lamp, can be found at Hobby Lobby. Gray marble surfaces are textured scrapbook paper, decoupaged onto the piece. Pink marble is actually painted on, using a thick swirl of three different colors of craft paint, then sealed in decoupage. The background is just a mirror and stickers were added on.

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And it’s complete!  What do you think?  Leave your comment below and be sure to check out Amanda’s awesome photography page.


Samantha’s Ice Cream Parlor • DIY was last modified: March 21st, 2017 by Rudy

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

  1. Becky Redford March 9, 2016 at 6:47 pm -

    could you make a video

  2. Linda B. in OK February 19, 2016 at 11:25 am -

    I cannot find those handles for the spigots anywhere. Can anyone tell me where to find them?

    I was so excited to find this. I have been waiting for AG to mark
    theirs down, but, I don’t think it’s going to happen.

  3. Kaitlyn Harms February 15, 2016 at 10:04 am -

    That is the best craft EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Awesome job!!!!!!!!

  4. Larinde October 10, 2015 at 1:08 pm -

    This is an awesome idea! This looks just like the real one!

  5. mary April 19, 2015 at 6:43 pm -

    WOW! I’m trying the snack counter. Got the cabinet already.

  6. Stacey March 19, 2015 at 12:21 pm -

    I was told by Hobby Lobby staff these were discontinued temp. and possibly may never get them back in. Hopefully they will get them back in stock

    • Rudy March 19, 2015 at 3:57 pm -

      That’s crazy! I was just in there yesterday and they had several. I better go grab them while I can!

  7. jennifer hightower March 14, 2015 at 5:35 pm -

    where did you get the wood cabinets? I have looked at hobby lobby and michaels but havent found them. Thanks

  8. Jacqueline January 31, 2015 at 3:50 pm -

    I love this! Especially the soda fountain, it looks so real!

  9. ronni walsh January 20, 2015 at 11:29 pm -

    Amanda’s work is exceptional – her attention to detail as well as her ability to use her “doll eyes” to figure out which items can be used to replicate, are impressive!

  10. Amanda January 7, 2015 at 6:09 am -

    Michele, the ice cream containers are paper mâché boxes, which are available at Hobby Lobby. They come with cute little lids, which I affixed with wooden beads for handles. I painted them silver. The ice cream scoops, like many of the other treats pictured, are made of poly clay. I painted on a layer of glossy decoupage after they baked and cooled, to give them the shiny appearance.

  11. Michele January 3, 2015 at 9:51 pm -

    What did you use for the “buckets” for the scoops of ice cream and where did you get the scoops of ice cream?

  12. Melinda January 3, 2015 at 3:01 pm -

    This is fantastic and is now on my list to make! Thanks for sharing the info.

  13. Amanda Medlin January 3, 2015 at 12:55 pm -

    Thanks a bunch, guys! I am so excited to be featured here! This was a whole lot of fun to make. My oldest son even helped me mold some of the treats. It was a big hit Christmas morning.

  14. Susan Fann January 3, 2015 at 2:46 am -

    Great job Amanda!! You have inspired me for yet another project!!

  15. Katelyn January 2, 2015 at 7:15 pm -

    You should make a tutorial on how to make a replica of Grace’s French Bakery!!!

  16. Lisa Neary January 2, 2015 at 8:18 am -

    I am in awe with my chin to the floor!! Wow!

  17. Emma Walters January 2, 2015 at 5:36 am -

    you are so creative!!

  18. rebecca December 28, 2014 at 1:43 pm -

    Cute and Awsome job!

  19. Cheryl Pence December 28, 2014 at 1:09 pm -

    This is awesome! Looking for projects to make for my granddaughter and her AGs. I think she would love this. Thanks for sharing! You did a wonderful job!