DIY American Girl Doll House

October 26, 2017Kara Woolery
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I’m excited to share this American Girl Doll House with you guys FINALLY!! I initially made this DIY 18 inch doll house for my now 13 year old, Lilly. I wanted a way to get all of the American Girl dolls and Target American Girl doll accessories OFF the floor. So I started looking into American Girl doll houses and how to build one. It all looked so complicated, and extremely time consuming. That is when I decided to look for old media stands that I could DIY into an American Girl Doll House. I found this one listed for FREE on a garage sale site, and I knew it was perfect. My husband picked it up, and we got to work.

DIY American Girl Doll House from an old tv media stand.We have so much fun using this American Girl doll house and have built many memories. This dollhouse is now in my 5 year old, Tay’s room. Lilly, Tay, our foster daughter, and I play dolls often, and I know one day my 7 month old, Hunter, will join in on the fun.

The media stand was originally a birch wood color and full of glass and wood shelves … I kick myself for not taking before photos. You can search for an old media stand on craigslist and garage sale sites. If you are struggling to find one you could also create your American Girl doll house using a few bookshelves. If your furniture piece is lightweight, you will want to anchor it to the wall. This one is solid wood and HEAVY … which is great because my girls climb on it all the time … insert eye roll and splap the face emoji here!!

How To Turn An Old Media Stand Into An American Girl Doll House

  • Remove all shelves and pegs.
  • Wash it down with soap and water.
  • Sand it down.
  • Prime.
  • Paint with a high gloss paint for easy cleaning.
  • Decorate and fill it up with doll furniture and accessories.

Adorable DIY American Girl Doll rooms in an 18 inch doll house.I  like to purchase the real American Girl Dolls (they just have better hair and last longer), and then buy some of the off brands for the furniture and accessories. My favorite off brand items are definitely the Target American Girl doll accessories. Here are links to the Kitchen Set, Washer and Dryer Set, and Table and Chairs Set. Playing dolls with my girls is one of my favorite things to do.

A kitchen set for American girl dolls in a DIY girl doll house.

My Other Ideas You May Love

Table and chair furniture sets for your American girl dolls in their house.Get locker rugs or large pieces of felt (local craft stores) for your carpet in the rooms. I waited until a month after school started, and found these locker rugs on sale for 80% off.

American Girl Doll House Accessories



American Girl Doll living room ideas for your American Girl Doll House.For your American Girl Doll House you can use the locker chandeliers for the lighting. Hot glue magnets to the top of your cube and hang the magnetic locker chandelier. It is the perfect lighting for any DIY dollhouse.

My dad built the living room couch set as a Christmas gift. You can find similar ones here or here. The TV and media stand are from the American Girl Doll Store. We went with the triple doll bunk bed because if fit in our space. You may need to do a double doll bunk bed instead.The adorable black and white stripe sleeping bags are from The Land Of Nod. They no longer carry them, but here are some other cute bedding options.

American girl doll desk for an 18 doll house.I ordered this doll desk, and the locker was my daughter’s from Justice. The science lab set was a Target find, and I currently can’t find the link for that item.

American girl doll bakery set.I purchased the bakery set from Walmart and painted the stripes pink. Here is a similar set.

American Girl Doll Bathroom ideas with a bathtub for a DIY doll house.I just love the bathtub set and all of the adorable accessories that come with it. My youngest daughter loves to use this for her baby dolls too!

American Girl Doll DIY dog house idea.My husband built this American Girl Doll dog house. He got the idea from this one that you can purchase.

DIY American Girl Doll storage for clothes, shoes, and accessories.Anyone who knows me, or follows my blog, is well aware that I LOVE organizing. Life is way simpler with 4 kids when everything has its place. My girls have tons of American Girl doll accessories and finding a place for it all can be a challenge. I used a jewelry organization hanger for our American Girl Doll shoes and small accessories. Then I filled these decorative photo boxes with extra clothes and medium size accessory items.

I hope you have tons of new ideas to help you create your own American Girl Doll House. Please leave me a comment if you have any questions at all!!

Be Sure To Check Out Some Other Posts Like:

More 18 Inch Doll House Accessories


If you are wanting to tackle building an American Girl Dollhouse then I would head over to Ana White’s blog and check out her amazing tutorial for building an 18 inch dollhouse.
How to make an american girl doll house or an 18 inch doll house using an old media stand.

4 Comments

  • Heather

    March 26, 2018 at 11:14 am

    love the dollhouse! where did you get the letters to spell DREAM? super cute!

    1. Kara Woolery

      April 4, 2018 at 12:27 pm

      Hello Heather!! They are the Heidi Swapp Marquee letters and you can get them at Hobby Lobby and decorate how you want with paper and paint.

  • Mary

    March 26, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    I can’t believe what you were able to do with a TV stand!? It is so beautiful and girly. I might have to make my own! 🙂

    1. Kara Woolery

      April 4, 2018 at 12:28 pm

      Thank you Mary!! Let me know if you do I would love to hear how it goes.

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