Doll Craft: Pink Panda Chinese Restaurant for Dolls

Pink Panda Doll Restaurant
This week I had so much fun creating Chinese food for our dolls using only felt from the dollar store that I had on hand. I did purchase these fun serving dishes at my local kitchen shop but was able to purchase all these dishes for my doll play collection for under $7.00.

You may have these dishes in your own collection and it’s always best to shop at home first. I was able to get theperfect size steamer for doll play for only $2.99. The smallest plates were .39 cents each and the large stir fry bowl was .59 cents. The serving spoon which is a salt spoon was only .98 cents and the other two bowls I had purchased at Wal-mart for .98 cents each.

Felt colors you will need to make today’s craft:

  • Tan Felt
  • White Felt
  • Light Green Felt
  • Orange Felt
  • Red Felt
  • Dark Brown Felt

You will also need:

  • Glue (I used a glue gun as it dries almost instantly, white glue will work but it will take longer to dry)
  • Scissors
  • And a pencil
  • Something to trace to make the circles for the cookies ( I used the bottom of a jell-o pudding cup)

Let’s get started!

doll craft with felt stir fry

We’ll start with the stir fry. I cut up long thin strips of white felt to create my noodles. I made a “nest” with them in my hand then placed them in the bowl. Next I cut up some green strips, red strips and orange strips for the vegetables. I cut out slightly thicker Brown Felt for the beef, which is optional if you and your dolls happen to be vegetarians. Once you have your stir fry in place you may want to glue it into your plates, or you can leave it the way it is and store it in a zip lock bag when you are not using it.

doll craft food steam buns

Next I made the steam buns. I made them to fit in the steamer and I made four of them by cutting out an egg shape that was 2 inches long out of white felt.

To create the steam buns I folded the egg shape in half and pinched it to form an “x” then I added glue inside the “X” and held it closed until it dried. I made 4 and then put them in the steamer.

doll craft felt food

The egg rolls were also easy and fun to make. I cut a 5 inch by 4 inch rectangle out of the tan felt and then cut long strips of green, red and white felt. I placed the cut strips in the middle of the felt and glued the ends of the strips to the tan felt. Next I folded the tan felt over the strips lengthwise and added a strip of glue along the edge, I then folded the other edge on top of the glue line and pressed it closed until it dried.

doll craft egg rolls

Next I folded the ends up and glued them into place. I then cut the egg roll in half and added some more glue to make sure the insides stayed in place.

make doll sized fortune cookies

No Chinese meal would be complete with out fortune cookies. These were very easy to make. I traced the bottom of a Jell-o pudding cup which is a 2 inch circle on to my tan felt and I cut it out. Next I folded it in half and glued it shut. When it was dry I folded it and pinched the sides, I added a dab of glue under the fold and held it in place until it dried. I did not add a fortune but you could do this easily by leaving a small opening along side of the cookie where the glue goes to close it.

There are so many other fun ways you could make your own Chinese take out or your own restaurant. You can print take out boxes from www.printmini.com and you can decorate your restaurant using some of the ideas found on line such as lanterns and masks from Enchanted Learning’s Chinese New Year section. If you could find the really small disposable bowls you can make a Chinese hat for yourself and your doll . You can also find more Chinese New Year Printables at Printables4Kids.com.

*As I often get asked where I got the clothes my dolls are wearing I thought I would let you know what Chrissa is wearing in the photos. I ordered her Mandarin Pajamas from my Emily Rose @ home consultant ($15.99). I love how they look and fit and they can be used for more then just PJ’s (or restaurant wear) – they would also make a great Halloween Costume for your doll.

Enjoy the weekend! I look forward to sharing more ideas with you next week. ~ By Karen of Karen Mom of Three

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Comments

  1. am I a firstie? Cool. Fun stuff! Chinese food is cool.

  2. M says:

    Second..? Am I? Anyways,how cute!

  3. Skylar says:

    thirdie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love it karen

  4. Alicia says:

    just looking at those doll chinese food made me hungry. mmmm

  5. Alicia says:

    I like chinese food but not as much as i like indian food, yum! Awwwww I just made myself hungry

  6. Sofie says:

    Really creative! Do you think foam will work too?

  7. Karen this is amazing! I think you should make a doll house for your dolls!
    I love your ideas and will always love them!

  8. Thanks Ladies! I do believe that fun foam will work but you will have to use lots of glue and hold it in place. If you use a glue gun you may have better success.
    I am so happy that you all liked it!

  9. Sofie says:

    I’ll see what I can do to have a successful chinese kitchen. I love american girl but I’m thinking about the carpatina dolls. I’ll be going to the AG place in December.

    So here’s my question:
    As far as quality and the ammount of play you can get out of a carpatina doll, which is better AG on Carpatina?

    Thanks

  10. olivia says:

    This is making me hungry for some pork lo mein LOL. This is a really cool idea. Especially for people who have Ivy. : ) I love it Karen!

  11. Thanks Olivia, I do not know anything about a Carpatina doll’s so I can not help you Sofie, sorry.

  12. Char says:

    We have both Carpatina and American Girl (and others) and they are all wonderful dolls. You can get equal amounts of play from either line of dolls.

  13. Sofie says:

    Thanks. I’ve been looking at the other crafts to see if there’s anything else I’d like to do.

    I have plenty of time to think on it.

    IT”S FRIDAYYYY!!

  14. Bella says:

    I hate home work!!!

  15. Sofie says:

    IKR

  16. Alicia says:

    Today after i made my comment for this post i went to the dentist and afterward me and my mom got indian food

  17. Kat says:

    Karenmomofthree do you have a webiste or an email? I have a really cute craft i would like to share.

  18. Char says:

    Karen’s website is linked at the bottom of all her doll craft posts.

  19. I would love to hear your ideas! I hope to hear from you. I love Indian food you are so lucky Alicia! Sorry to not have gotten back to you all sooner! Had a very busy night here at home!

  20. Rin says:

    i have a erasers that are chinse food and they fit my dolls

  21. Priya says:

    Awesome craft! I will try this if I have the right supplies. Can I make a craft suggestion?

  22. Char says:

    Of course you can make a suggestion – we’d love to hear your craft ideas.

  23. Anne says:

    This post actually made me hungry! lol The food looks so realistic! :)

  24. Priya says:

    I’d like to suggest Indian food and Thanksgiving stuff (as a November craft). :D

  25. Kat says:

    Ok karenmomofthree i found your email on your blog so i Will emailizz you my craft.

  26. Sofie says:

    I am sooo mad! >:(
    I just made this box of polini noodles for my dolls by stacking two milk dud boxes on top of each other. It looked so realistic! I put the label on it, put part of the nutrition fact on it, and filled each box with mini noodles. This little boy we were baby sitting who got into everything, got into the box of noodles…destroyed it…I lost my motivation. It looked was alot better than I made it sound.

  27. Niah says:

    For the egg roll, I didn’t have white felt so I used pieces of paper. It worked really well! By the way, great ideas!

  28. Nadia says:

    Awesome! I love making food. But next time, can you give any ideas how to make things out of Carboard, or Paper? Because i ran out of felt/foam! :( Hope someone reads this!

  29. I will see what I can do with Cardboard, Paper and Indian/ Thanksgiving! You guys have me thinking!
    Sofie, I have had a similar problem with something I made for Doll Diaries October post! A little girl who was visiting took apart all my food I made as well! Best thing is we can remake all these things again, but it is frustrating! I have spent so much time creating today! I hope you guys like what is coming up!
    Karen

  30. Skylar says:

    Karen, can you also make Halloween and Christmas???? hehe. can u try to somehow make AG sized bath and body works things?????? im obsessed with that company :D

  31. Maddy says:

    NOW IM HUNGRY! ;( lol

  32. Okay Slylar some scoop for you, yes I have done Halloween and Christmas items already to share with you all, I will take a look at bath and body works things but you have to let me know what products you are talking about as we do not have one near me and I am not sure what they look like!
    Sorry to make you hungry Maddy! I hope you have enjoyed it!
    Karen

  33. Nadia says:

    I used fabric glue, and ity worked awesomely! ;)

  34. Charlotte says:

    This is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol! :D