• American Girl Doll Crafter

DlY Doll Space Bed - Doll STEM Camp 2018

Now that your doll has registered at STEM Camp, it's time to take the next step to help her settle in for the summer!

There's one thing that all campers look forward to- choosing their bunk and adding their own special touch. When Luciana visited Space Camp, she and her teammates slept in sleek, metal bunk beds, much like the ones below.

The bunk room is an important place where teammates not only rest, but bond together and dream about the challenges in store for them at camp.

Let's get started on your doll's "home-away-from-home" for the next few weeks!


  • Long Box (American Girl doll boxes or any box at least 18 inches are perfect for this craft)

  • Space Bed Headboard Printable

  • Green Spray Paint

  • 12 inch Dowel Rods (I am using pre-cut dowel rods by Woodpile Fun found at Hobby Lobby)

  • Wooden Spools (Hobby Lobby)

  • Fabric of your choice

  • Hot Glue Gun

  • X-acto Knife or cutting tools

  • Pillow fluff

  • Foam Board or cardboard

*Always have a parent's permission before working with sharp or hot objects.

1. Cut out the Headboard Template and trace onto foam board or cardboard. Using an X-acto knife or cutting tool, cut out the headboard.

2. Glue the headboard to the end of the box.

3. Glue two spools approximately 10 inches apart on each side or at the desired placement.

4. Glue the dowel rods on top of the spools.

5. Spray paint (or paint) the bed green to complete the base.

6. Cut a 14 x 16.5 inch rectangle of fabric. Fold over the edges and hot glue to prevent fraying and provide a clean hem. You can also hem the edges with a sewing machine if available.

Repeat step 6 on the other three sides of the bedding.

7. Cut two 5.5 x 8 inch rectangles of fabric for the pillow.

8. Place the fabric facing "good side to good side" (this will look as if the fabric is turned inside out). Hot glue or sew three of the edges, leaving one of the shorter edges open.

9. Turn the pillowcase inside out and fill with pillow fluff.

10. Fold in the edges on the open side and hot glue/sew to close the pillowcase.

Your bedding set is now complete! Now it's time to decorate.

A good space room always has a set of inspirational posters! Cut out the doll-sized posters from the Space Posters Printable and hang them up on your bunk room walls.

It's easy to create a bunk room using a tri-fold project board or a corner in your room. Tri-fold boards can be found at most stores and come in many fun colors- perfect for a space-themed room!

Luciana is already starting to feel right at home in her new bunk room!

Sweet dreams, future-first-girl-on-Mars!

Scene Props:

  • Bedside Table: Plastic Crate spray painted silver (Walmart)

  • Backpack, Pajamas, Mega Bloks Set (American Girl)

  • Astronaut fingurine and storage bins (Hobby Lobby)

Astro Alternatives

When crafting, improvise and create using what works best for YOU! At the end of each camp craft, we'll be sharing ideas for alternative materials.

  • Use a rectangle of foam board/cardboard for the headboard piece

  • Substitute plastic bottle caps in the place of spools

  • Use large straws for the bed rails instead of dowel rods

  • Replace pillow fluff with cotton balls

  • Use an outgrown t-shirt for bedding

Check back for our next camp activity coming this Friday!

Camp posts will be shared on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week.

If you complete a craft or want to share a photo of your doll at camp, snap a picture and send it in to be featured in the Camp Recap each Sunday!


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