I am so thrilled to share with you today’s craft and show off my doll shirt collection at the same time.
I began collecting the red store shirts from American Girl in 2010, on my first trip to an American Girl Store. I went to Dallas first, started my collection and with the help of friends and some of my blog readers I was able to collect all the currently open stores shirts.
Here is how I made my T-Shirt Wall Art.
You will need:
- a foam core board
- push pins
- ribbon (as long as your foam board)
- a pencil
- a ruler
- American Girl hangers and outfits
- *optional hot glue gun or eraser pieces to secure the push pins
Step 1- Place your hangers with your outfits on the foam core board to see where you want to arrange your items. Make a light pencil mark where you want to put your push pin.
Step 2- Push your pins through your pencil mark. Depending on the thickness of your foam core you will want to either back your push pins on the opposite side of your board with a piece of eraser (I cut one eraser from a new pencil in three) OR using a hot glue gun coat your push pin metal with hot glue and push through your mark, let it dry and it will be secure.
Step 3- Using your ruler measure 7 inches in and 1 inch down along the widest top edge of your foam core board. Make a mark and push your pencil through. This is where your ribbon will go through so you can hang up your artwork.
Step 4- Measure your ribbon as long as the length of your foam core. Thread the end of the ribbon through the hole and tie a double knot. Repeat this step on the other side.
Step 5- Have a grown up help you put a nail in the wall where you want to display your artwork. Re hang your hangers and doll clothes and place your useable art on the wall!
Now I have great useable art for my office, I needed two boards and the best part is I have space for three more shirts! So when the new American Girl Store opens in St. Louis I will be all set!
I hope you liked today’s craft and that it inspires you to use items you already have to decorate your doll play spaces and rooms! Don’t limit yourself to just the t-shirts! With a little imagination you could use this idea to display your favorite doll dresses, hats, Barbie clothes, and the list goes on…
I can not wait to share more craft ideas with you next week.