Friends this might go down as my favorite DIY 18″ doll build project ever. Please let me introduce you to the doll size camp hideaway. As usual every Friday leading up to Christmas Ana White and I share a new gift project idea and today is no different. Except this project is over the top cute!
A DIY tutorial to build an 18″ doll size camp hideaway. Make this handmade hideaway camp for your doll loving kids complete with a camping cot.
We’ve been sharing holiday gift build ideas for 7 years now through the Handbuilt Holiday series and we’ve amassed quite a collection (see them all here). But we’ve never done a doll size cabin or bunk house or hideaway, whatever you want to call it. It’s got everything and more and the absolute best part – you may just be able to build it using your scrap wood pile. At least that’s what I did, but I do have a rather large scrap wood collection.
Scraps aside Ana designed the plans with standard lumber sizes in mind to keep things economical. For instance, originally we had a larger overhang on the roof but then we couldn’t fit all the 1/4″ plywood pieces onto one handy panel so she shorten the roof. She’s always thinking smart like that.
Handmade Hideaway Features:
- platform style base with steps
- shaked roof
- x detail railings
- open sides for easy access
The structure of the 18″ doll camp hideaway is beautifully designed with solid 2×2 posts and 1×2 details to make building easy. My best advice for this project is to use wood glue and wood screws whenever possible to ensure secure joints.
I built a camping cot sized just right for 18″ dolls. The plans for the cot bed are in a separate post here. It’s very simple and made from 1/2″ x 3/4″ flat moulding and cotton fabric stapled to the frame. A few mitered cuts, some pin nails and a lot of wood glue make for a cute camping cot.
I just love the contrast of the stained wood against the bright white paint. I took inspiration from Jamin & Ashley at The Handmade Home who first built the Handmade Hideaway years ago. Their hideaway is actual kid size in their backyard and then American Girl copied their version when they made the doll size camp hangout. So we’re bringing it back to the DIY space with this DIY 18″ doll size camp hideaway.
- clean cabin award
- camping cot
- handpainted camp sign
- bunk number sign
Be sure to grab the plans at Ana’s site here. She has the cut list and step by step instructions to build this 18″ doll camp hideaway. And check my notes below for finishing tips.
In order to apply stain only to the platform and steps you need to tape off the areas that will be white. Wrap painters tape around those pieces then apply the stain.
Once the stain is dry remove the painters tape. Now in order to paint the white portions without getting paint on the stained parts you need to apply painters tape on the stained areas.
And then cover the big portions with plastic. This keeps the spray paint off of the stained parts.
You’ll want to stain the roof slats prior to attaching them.
For the doll camping cot I used 1/2″ x 3/4″ flat moulding, wood glue, 3/4″ finish nails and 1 1/4″ brad nails. The plans can be found here. Get ready for some 60 degree miter cuts! And don’t worry if you miter saw doesn’t go to 60, I have a jig you can make to increase the angle here.
For the camp sign I designed the layout in Picmonkey and then printed it to size. Place the layout over a piece of 1/4″ plywood painted white and then trace the outline of each shape with a ballpoint pen. The pen leaves an indent in the wood and gives you a guide where to paint. I just love the handpainted look here.
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