Camp Doll Diaries - Make a Doll Sized Walkie Talkie

It’s your favorite 70s diva, Sharry! Did you know that back in the 70s, in Julie and Ivy’s time, there were no cell phones? (Wow, I just heard the collective gasp! LOL) A lot of kids back in the day would have a lot of fun communicating over (kinda) long distances with something called a “walkie-talkie”. It was a hand held radio that you could push a button to talk, and let go of it to listen. Some of them had Morse Code senders (Google that if you don’t know what I mean). We used to like to play secret agent or cops and robbers with them when I was a kid. 

Camp Doll Diaries - Make a Doll Sized Walkie Talkie

My (doll) boy Danny has come across the lake from the Trailblazers camp to help me show you how to make your own Walkie-Talkies for your dolls.

You will need the following items:

  • 4 pieces of heavy duty cardboard, cut 1 & 1/2 by 2 &1/2 inches
  • 2 different colors of Fun Foam sheets
  • 2 or 3 different colors of duck tape
  • scissors
  • glue, (I used a hot glue gun, but craft glue will work too)
  • a water bottle cap
  • a dark colored Sharpie pen
  • a tooth pick

Keep in mind the 4 pieces of cardboard is for ONE walkie-talkie. For 2 of them cut 8 pieces.

Step 1 – Cut the tips off your toothpick (s)

Step 2 – Wrap the top half of it in a small piece of duck tape

Step 3 – Trace a circle on one piece of Fun Foam using a water bottle cap and cut it out.

Step 4 – Use the other color Fun Foam and cut small circles and a small rectangle.

Step 5 – Use your Sharpie to draw line on the circle as shown. (this is the speaker)

Step 6 – Glue 2 of your pieces of cardboard on top of each other.

Step 7 – Apply more glue on top of the 2nd piece and place the lower half of the toothpick on it (toward the right) so the top half w/ the duck tape is sticking out. (this will be the antenna)

Step 8 – Glue on the other 2 pieces of cardboard on top of it. (Allow to dry if using craft glue).

Step 9 – Cover the cardboard in duck tape

Step 10 – Glue the circles and the rectangle in front as shown (the antenna should be on the right)

Step 11 – You can glue another small rectangle on the side, if you want (this is the “push to talk” button)

American Girl Walkie Talkies

Repeat these steps for the second Walkie-Talkie!

Camp Doll Diaries Walkie Talkies  

Danny and Jennifer love these Walkie-Talkies! These are great at camp if during free time, your friend is over at the lake, and your want to meet up in the camp library, or you’re going on a scavenger hunt and want to tell your team you found something!

Have fun with your Walkie-Talkies!

This post featured:

  • Danny (an Our Generation custom boy doll)
  • Jennifer (Springfield Collection Abby)
  • Danny and all of his clothing and shoes were Etsy purchases
  • All of Jennifer’s clothing and shoes are Springfield Collection
  • Iron-ons and background by Sharry
Thanks Sharry for this groovy 1970’s inspired craft!!