If you have read any of American Girl Kit and Ruthie’s stories, you will know that Kit absolutely LOVES Robin Hood and the story behind it. For today’s camp activity I decided it would be fun to create a Robin Hood Adventure Set for the dolls out of items we already have around the house and use Ruthie as our model.

Camp Doll Diaries - make a Robin Hood adventure set and costume for dolls

To be perfectly honest with you, Natalie suggested the Robin Hood theme and I had about 3 or 4 different ideas for what to do in mind. I can not believe how easy the final project ended up being and how cute it turned out! Ruthie is ready for some big adventures!

Camp Doll Diaries - make a Robin Hood adventure set and costume for dolls

Supplies you will need to make today’s activity:

  • 8″ x 10″ piece of green or brown fun foam, felt, construction paper or scrapbook paper
  • Feather – or you can make one from fun foam, felt or construction paper like I did
  • 14″ x 14″ piece of green or brown felt or fabric (I used a green dress that Natalie has long outgrown)
  • Piece of ribbon or fabric long enough to use as a belt
  • Small scrap of fun foam for belt buckle
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Floral wire or embroidery floss
  • Frilled toothpicks

Camp Doll Diaries - make a Robin Hood adventure set and costume for dolls

Step 1 – Take your 14″ x 14″ piece of fabric and fold it in half and then in half again.

Step 2 – Cut jaggedy edges along the diagonal edge.

Step 3 – Cut the corner point off the top to create the opening for your doll’s head. Basically, you are making a green poncho.

Camp Doll Diaries - make a Robin Hood adventure set and costume for dolls

I started by dressing Ruthie in a black t-shirt, black leggings and a pair of brown boots. You can use whatever color or style you have on hand – what I did is just inspiration. You can see I put Ruthie’s poncho over her head and her outfit is starting to take shape.

Camp Doll Diaries - make a Robin Hood adventure set and costume for dolls

Ruthie needs a belt!

Step 1 – Measure and cut a piece of fabric or ribbon long enough to fit around your doll’s waist.

Step 2 – Cut out a small square of gold or tan fun foam or cardboard.

Step 3 – Cut two slits in the square to make a place to weave the ribbon through.

Camp Doll Diaries - make a Robin Hood adventure set and costume for dolls

You can attach the belt to your doll with self adhesive velcro or you can just tie it in the back.

Camp Doll Diaries - make a Robin Hood adventure set and costume for dolls

To make the hat I had to use scrapbook paper. I really need to replenish my construction paper and fun foam supplies because I think either one of them would have worked better.

Step 1 – Fold your piece of paper in half then cut a curve from one end to about 3/4 up the open side.

Step 2  – Fold the curve out to make the brim.

Camp Doll Diaries - make a Robin Hood adventure set and costume for dolls

Step 3 – Form a hat (like a cone) that fits on your doll’s head and staple or tape to keep the shape.

Camp Doll Diaries - make a Robin Hood adventure set and costume for dolls

And now Ruthie has her Robin Hood style hat! If you have feathers, add one or two to the side of your doll’s hat. If you don’t have any feathers, you can easily make one by cutting a feather shape out of fun foam or paper then cutting in the feathery tines. 

Camp Doll Diaries - make a Robin Hood adventure set and costume for dolls

Ruthie’s “arrows” are just the toothpicks that that the frilly ends and we just tucked them into her belt.

To make the bow, take a piece of pipe cleaner and shape it into a half circle. Attach a piece of floral wire to each end and make the hand grip with a piece of duct tape.

Camp Doll Diaries - make a Robin Hood adventure set and costume for dolls

Ruthie is headed out for her big adventure! Maybe she will do a little target practice first and then go on the search for a trusty sidekick or some bags of gold.

Camp Doll Diaries - make a Robin Hood adventure set and costume for dolls

Speaking of target practice, another item you could add to this set is a target made from a circle piece of cardboard. You could also make a small bag filled with doll sized coins too.

Camp Doll Diaries - make a Robin Hood adventure set and costume for dolls

Marisol’s cat Rascal is playing with Ruthie this afternoon – in the role of her trusty sidekick Puss in Boots.

I can not even tell you how much fun this was to make and I just love how it turned out! I hope you have fun creating your own Robin Hood set for your dolls and enjoy the rest of your day!