Camp Doll Diaries – The Princess and the Pea

The famous fairy tale of the Princess and the Pea makes for a really fun and easy project for us today. In the story a prince is looking for a princess who is sensitive and sweet but he has not been able to find a princess who fits his criteria. One rainy night a girl – claiming to be a princess – appears at the door looking for shelter from the rain. The King and Queen let her in and a bed is made up for her. As a test of her sensitivity, a pea is placed under the bottom mattress. If she is truly the sensitive princess the prince is looking for, she should feel the pea.

Camp Doll Diaries Make a Princess and the Pea Bed

Shola, from Hearts for Hearts Girls is going to be our Princess for today’s activity. We are going to recreate her bed and see if she can feel something as small as a pea. By the way, Shola borrowed some pajamas from the American Girl dolls – yes, they are too big, but they look beautiful on her.

Camp Doll Diaries Make a Princess and the Pea Bed

Supplies you will need to make your own bed fit for a princess:

  • Doll bed or box to cover  that will fit your doll
  • Wrapping paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Green bead or pompom
  • Bling or embellishments (you can decorate with markers if you prefer)
  • A variety of doll sized blankets, matresses, washcloths, fabric scraps or hand towels

Camp Doll Diaries Make a Princess and the Pea Bed

Step 1 – Get your doll bed. If you are using a box, wrap the box like you would wrap a gift using the wrapping paper (or fabric) of your choice. 

Camp Doll Diaries Make a Princess and the Pea Bed

Step 2 – Using bling, buttons, marker or other embellishments, decorate the base of your princess’ bed.

Camp Doll Diaries Make a Princess and the Pea Bed

Step 3 – Place your green bead or pompom in the center of your bed.

Create a Princess and the Pea Style bed for dolls

Step 4 – Start layering matresses, doll blankets, towels, or fabric (whatever you have!) to create a bed fit for a princess.

In the story it says there were 20 matresses and 20 coverlets (blankets), but for your version, you can use whatever you have and make her bed as tall as you wish.

Create a Princess and the Pea Style bed for dolls

Step 5 – Continue layering your doll bedding until you think it is high enough for your potential princess. 

Mine was high enough that I had to borrow a ladder from a doll bunk bed for Shola to climb up.

Create a Princess and the Pea Style bed for dolls

Princess Shola trying to get comfortable in her bed for the night.

Create a Princess and the Pea Style bed for dolls

“UGH!! I don’t think I slept a wink last night. Something with this bed is just NOT right!” grumbled Shola the next morning.

Create a Princess and the Pea Style bed for dolls  

Shola started inspecting each layer of the bed, trying to figure out why she just could not get comfortable!

Create a Princess and the Pea Style bed for dolls

“A-HA! There is the pesky problem!” said Shola and the Prince overheard her. After talking with Shola and hearing of her terrible night’s sleep, the Prince knew that Shola was the Princess he had been looking for all along!

Create a Princess and the Pea Style bed for dolls

I think the tiara fits her perfectly and so does the Prince! The tiara, by the way, is from a four pack of mini tiaras we found in the party favor area at Target.

I really hope you have fun creating a bed fit for a picky princess today! If you do, take photos and send them in for the Sunday Showcase or post them on your own blog, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter!

 

 

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Comments

  1. Jessica says:

    OMG SO CUTE!!!! :)

  2. StoryTeller says:

    @Lena
    LOL, have you read the version by Gail Carson Levine, the author of “Ella Enchanted”? It’s called “The Princess Test,” and she totally lampoons the whole thing. It’s absolutely hilarious! : D

    In some ways, I can kind of sympathize with the princess, because I have a bad back and sleeping the wrong way will leave me stiff and sore in the morning, but I’ve always thought the whole story was kind of goofy. : D It’s still fun to imagine sleeping on top of 20 mattresses, though… ; )

  3. Agdollbahia says:

    Lol!! Char no way I found those a week ago!! Great minds think alike :) Those tiaras are good for 18 inch. Dolls like Ag! At Ag they have the deluxe package that comes with a tiara but u can buy it at Target for $2.99

  4. Agdollbahia says:

    In a pack a four tiaras for 2.99

  5. Audra says:

    StoryTeller, thanks! The more I see Tipi, the more she reminds me of Grandma. I think I’m definitely going to get her…and Shola!
    Nahji was my first Hearts for Hearts girl, and I love her to bits. So does my little nephew, he begged for her so much that I gave her to him for Christmas and got me another one (he was only 5, and he is still a “daddy” to Nahji and his 2 baby dolls. He still likes cars and stuff, so it’s not weird ;-) )

  6. Alicia says:

    neat

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