Do we have any Olympic fans in the house? Our family LOVES the Olympics. We are on a countdown for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics to begin. I thought that we needed an American Girl Craft to help get us ready and to get our dolls ready! I had a few Winter Olympics crafts in mind, but time wasn’t on my side. We settled on making sleds for our dolls.
I realize that sledding is not an Olympic sport, however it was the closest we could easily come to Luge, Skeleton or Bobsled. Our dolls are flexible and just like to have fun, so off I set to make some cute sleds for the dolls.
I started by letting both of my girls draw the design they wanted for their sled. My only requirement was that it look somewhat like an Olympic sled would look. We looked at pictures of American Olympic luge sleds and American Olympic bobsleds. They then went to town making their designs.
- Wooden sled (mine does say “Not a Toy” on the back…ummm, oh well!)
- Gem stickers
- Scrapbook Paper
- Mod Podge
After my girls designed their sled, I got busy making them come to life. Painting was the first order of business. I used a pencil, ruler, and a compass to get the angles correct. Then I painted. I didn’t tape things off but decided to go for the faster version of trying to be precise and paint carefully. It seems to have worked…Yay!
After giving the paint sufficient time to dry, it was time to add some of the design elements. Snowflake wanted U, S, A, in large letters on her sled. I cut them out with my Cricut and applied them using Mod Podge.
If you use Mod Podge on your sled, make sure you apply a layer of the Mod Podge under the element you are adding. Then seal it with a layer on top.
I also added the stickers down the sides of the sleds. Then I sealed everything with 3 coats of Mod Podge hoping to make the design last with all the play these sleds will see. The Mod Podge also give the sled a slighty shiny and smooth surface, which is really nice for the kids handling it.
Marie Grace and Isabelle have been hoping to go to the Olympics this year. They were the first to find the new sleds out in the snow. They were really excited!
They immediately had to give them a try! They raced down the hill.
Who do you think won?
Before they could begin training for the Winter Olympics, they had to talk to their partner and decide if the sled would really work for their shot at Olympic glory.
Isabelle and McKenna gave this sled a check and decided it was perfect for them.
This is the sled that Snowflake designed. It has all the American colors with a large USA logo on the top and flags and gems down each side. Very American!
Josefina and Marie Grace thought this sled looked perfect for their trip to Sochi. They were so excited and excited that it had some pink along with the familiar red, white and blue.
Pumpkin designed this sled. She wanted pink with the red, white and blue. She also really liked a few raised stickers that I found. I Mod Podged them with the same 3 coats I did on the rest of the sled to seal them. I’m not really sure if they will end up peeling and falling off more quickly or not. I’m hoping that the Mod Podge will help keep them in place and make them a bit more durable for all the play this sled will get.
The dolls are now set and ready to go to the Olympics! They are training hard and excited to have found the perfect sleds to fulfill their Olympic dreams.
Do you have any Winter Olympics crafts in mind? Any Olympic crafts for your dolls? Do tell!
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Cute! Can I ask where you were able to find the sleds?
Thanks, Denise! I got our sleds at AC Moore. Hope that helps.
Rachel @ Architecture of a Mom says
Awesome job!! I am going to have to try this. I need to get on with making accessories for my little girl’s new AG doll! Also, super excited that we were assigned to the same “tribe” for the SITS tribe building challenge!
Yes, Rachel, I’m sure you will get busy making plenty of AG items for you new doll. They are so fun! I’m super excited we were assigned to the same tribe as well! YAY!
Hope you had a great day.
Shannon Payne says
How cute!! My daughter is not quite ready for an American Girl (she’s almost 3) but I have a Pinterest board already for when she is! Excited to meet my new tribe from SITS 😉
Thanks, Kylie! I’m so glad to meet my new SITS tribemates! Your daughter will be ready before you know it! Having a Pinterest board ready will be really handy. There are sooo many fun ideas for AG dolls!
Oh my goodness, this is adorable!!! If I had girls you know I would be making this!!
Thanks so much, Kristin! I bet, if you had girls, you would be making this. Thanks for your great link party!
Clotilde Menendez says
Hi, visiting you from The SITS Girls (I’m in your tribe!) love the post. Any little girl would enjoy pulling her Amierican Girl through the snow on one of those beautiful sleds.
Thank you Clotilde! So glad you came by and that we are in a SITS girls tribe together.
Such a fun idea! I think even my boys would like these sleds. 🙂
Thanks! Yes, I bet they would. They could always use them with figurines or lego characters…whatever they are into.
Jacqui Odell says
SO cute! I love how you added the dolls. I might try to do this project with my daughter this weekend. I think she would love the idea of adding her dolls.
Thanks! I bet your daughter would have fun with this project. I know my girls had a great time designing them and have had fun playing with them as well.
Diana Rambles says
Congrats! Featured at Diana Rambles today!
How fun! Thanks, Diana!
Wendy Albano says
where did you find the sled?
Wendy Albano says
Thanks, we only have Hobby Lobby and michaels and neither had 🙁
KC Coake says
Thanks! So glad you like it. Did you make one as well?