Anna here! Where ever your dolls are off to on “vacation”, they can pack a picnic in this doll size cooler!
It is made simply from a small cardboard box and craft foam. It looks like a cooler on the outside and it also opens up just like a cooler! Making it the perfect place to pack that picnic lunch for the road trip, or the beach, or the mountains, or the park!
Let’s get started!
- small cardboard box (I am using a tea box.)
- craft foam
- thick craft foam
- glue (foam glue or hot glue)
- measuring tape and ruler
I am using a small cardboard box that holds tea. It is 5 1/2″ long, 3″ wide, and 2 1/2″ high. The rectangle shape and the way the top opens is perfect to transform it into a doll size cooler. In the instructions I am going to give some measurements based on the size of my box. This is only a general guide because there are all kinds of little boxes that would work great as a doll cooler. After all, coolers come in many shapes and sizes!
Let’s take a closer look at the box I’m starting with. I like the way the top opens but there are some extra side flaps I don’t need. I trimmed them off. Later on a I decided to trim off the front flap that tucks in when the lid closes. You can trim it of as well. Now let’s get started!
The Outside of the Cooler
I am using pink craft foam for the outside of my cooler. Let’s trace the sides of the box we are going to cover in pink foam. Lay the box on it’s long side and trace around it. Add 2″ to the length of this rectangle. You will need to cut 2. Lay the box on it’s short side. Trace and cut 2.
Now we are going to make the cooler handles. Cut 2 rectangle strips 2 1/2″x 1/2″. Place glue along one side of each strip. Fold each strip in half.
Take the short foam pieces you cut and glue one to each end of the box. Place glue in 2 stripes, 1 3/4″ apart on the short side of the box. Place the ends of the handle in the glue.
Repeat with the other handle, attaching it to the other end of the box.
Now we need the long foam pieces we cut. Starting on the short side of the box, glue one end of the foam overlapping the handle edge. Wrap the piece around and glue it to the long side of the box. It should wrap around, overlapping the handle on the other end of the box. Glue it in place.
Repeat with the second piece of foam to cover the second half of the box.
The Inside of the Cooler
We are going to line the inside of the cooler with white craft foam. Use the measuring tape to determine the size to cut the foam pieces. Cut 2 pieces to fit on each end. Cut one piece that will wrap from the long side of the box, across the bottom, up the second long side and cover the underside of the lid. We are going to cut off the portion that will fit on the underside of the lid so the box will easily open and close. Measure the width of the lid and cut that much off of the long piece of foam. Glue each piece in place.
Now that the outside of the cooler is covered and the inside is fully lined we are going to finish the lid. With a ruler measure the length and width of the space inside the top of the cooler. Cut a piece of thick foam to those measurements. Set the cut piece in the top of the cooler and make sure it fits. Glue it to the underside of the lid. The thick foam helps the cooler look insulated and also serves a functional purpose, helping keep the lid closed.
Now let’s add the thick foam to the top of the lid. Measure the top of the lid and add 3/4″ to the width and length of that measurement. My lid measures about 3″x 5 1/2″ and I cut a piece of thick foam 3 3/4″x 6 1/4″. Round the corners, if desired. Glue it in place on top of the lid.
Let’s add a few details to really transform this into a doll size cooler!
Cut 3 rectangles. Mine measure 1 3/8″x 2 1/2″. Glue them to the top of the cooler lid.
Add thin strips of foam along the top edge of the cooler.
Glue a 1/4″ strip around the outside edge of the cooler. Before you glue the strip along the back edge, hold it in place and try to open the lid, to see if it blocks the lid from opening. Adjust the strip or even leave it off of the back edge if it blocks the lid from opening.
Cut 1/4″ strips out of pink foam for the outside of the cooler. We will need 14 strips altogether. Glue one on each side of both handles and 5 along the front and 5 along the back sides of the cooler. All done!
With a little craft foam we have truly transformed this little box into a cooler!
Julie sees many picnics in the near future! Maybe a day trip to the mountains? She could explore the caves she saw last summer. Maybe a day at the beach? Swimming, building sandcastles, and throwing a frisbee.
Yes there are many, many fun picnic days ahead!
Just in case you are interested here are a few more details from today’s post!
Doll- Julie, AG Historical Character
Outfit- Clothes designed and sewn for dolls by Anna. Headband tutorial is here.
Scene- The food items are erasers.
Enjoying dolls, enjoy crafting, and enjoying play!