Sunday, February 2, 2014

Make a Kitchen Island Snack Cart

I meant to post this tutorial on Tuesday, but since there was a lot going on this week it got pushed to today. I hope you don't mind.

I've been on a food kick since my post on the food boards, so naturally this tutorial is focused on food. It's an amalgamation of my kitchen tutorial and the campus snack cart by American Girl, and can be used for both. Just a note about this tutorial - take careful measurements of your dolls and the cart sides so that it will fit together. I eyeballed it instead of measuring, and that caused me a lot of problems later, when I was assembling it.

Draw the general shape of the cart to fit your doll's height. I didn't use an exact proportion, but it should be about chest-high on the doll.

Draw the details on the outline, and add a canopy if you are so inclined. 

Color it all in, and if you want to make it more realistic, cut out the refrigerator, sink, shelf (if you included one). Trace the holes and glue paper in with little tabs to make the features three-dimensional.

Here are a few photos of the cart in action. Please forgive the blurred quality - on rainy days the camera just doesn't want to focus.

Here you can see the refrigerator stocked with frozen treats. They are so small that I had to use a craft knife to position them properly.

By not gluing down the last side of the cart, it can extend for more counter space and work well as a kitchen island. I added a grill, and now it's all set up to roast pineapple shrimp skewers. 

You can see here how it looks in the kitchen, with a stovetop instead of a grill.

On a side note, I really love Corazòn's outfit. It's inspired by the Doll Wardrobe's Not Just Dancewear series, and the combination of L'Atelier de Sitara pieces (you know how I am about that cape) and Nora, Maple, and Penny's impeccable taste looks fantastic on Corazòn. Her hair needs a little work, but I don't know if I'll just trim it or make a new hairpiece. Your thoughts?

Hope you liked this tutorial! Let me know if you have any questions or requests.


  1. Awesome! I love that outfit in the last photo too!

  2. Awesome tutorial! Did you make your shop yet, because I can't find a link.

    1. Not yet - still trying to work out a few issues with file transfers. Thanks for the interest!


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