For Christmas, both of the girls received American Girl dolls from Santa. Hannah wanted the Girl of the Year, Isabelle and Olivia received one of their Bitty Babies (that she named Baby Ellie).

American Girl dolls came out about the time that I was Hannah’s age so I have three from my own childhood that the girls can play with. We have also a few that Hannah has already collected through the years. With all of those, we needed a way to keep all of their accessories together. The catch… it couldn’t take up a ton of space since the girls are now sharing a room. {Santa} found the perfect solution for us!

I found this from KidKraft. It is a dress-up, vanity that doesn’t take up a ton of space and it spins so the girls can easily access what they want. I modified it to create storage for their dolls as well as created a few backdrops for their imagination.

American Girl Storage

American Girl Storage

For the storage part, I simply add a dowel rod in the top section to create a mini closet. I found doll size hangers at Michael’s. The rest of the sections are filled with tiny bins from Michael’s and Target with chalkboard labels. I even found and painted a miniature dresser. The easel is part of the American Girl Doll School book.
American Girl Storage

 

 

American Girl Doll SchoolOn one of the plain, white sides, I created a backdrop for a school room. The American Girl Doll School book comes with all kinds of books, papers, and other materials for the girls to play school with their dolls. I used some of the posters from that as well as printed out a few from the internet (in miniature) to decorate the school. The chalkboard is made from chalkboard contact paper and framed in inexpensive wood trim that I stained.

American Girl Storage American Girl Storage

The vanity came with a mirror on one side. It isn’t the best quality but it works well enough for what the girls would want. Hannah’s new doll is a dancer so I decided to use the mirror to make a dance studio. The ballet barre is a dowel rod that is stained and attached with cup hooks. The “wood” floor is scrapbook paper. I even printed out miniature ballet and Broadway show posters, playbills and sheet music to decorate the studio.

American Girl Storage

The chandelier is simply made from a push light with beads and ribbon glued around the edge. It is attached with Command Strips velcro to make it easy to change the battery when needed.

American Girl Storage

The other blank side is very simple. It has a couple of hooks to hang bags on. I also attached a piece of metal framed in the same trim as the chalkboard. I made magnets out of felt flowers. The magnets are there for them to hang whatever they imagine. They can hang menus for a restaurant, posters in a bedroom, signs for a store, etc.

American Girl Storage

The hat box on top is one that I already had and added after Christmas. It fits perfectly on top and holds any extra clothes that don’t fit well in the little closet.

I am so thrilled with how it turned out. It is the perfect addition to their room and for their dolls.