Doll Play Day 4 Make A Summer Memory Board

Easy Memory Board for Dolls Project

While we were at the American Girl store at Tyson’s Corner (Washington DC) yesterday I was looking at McKenna’s Loft Bed and it occurred to me that it would be super simple to make a Summer Memory Board inspired by the memory board she has in her loft. And the more I thought about it, the simpler the project got!!

How to make a simple memory board for dolls

Step 1 – Cut a piece of fun foam and a piece of stiff cardboard (the back of your composition book from school last year works great πŸ˜‰ ) to the size you’d like. I found that 4″ wide by 6-7″ tall was perfect.

Options – you can cover the foam and cardboard stack with material – that’s what I did for Kailey’s owl board or you could use a colorful cover from a folder, thick gift wrap paper, felt or cork board if you wanted to.

Step 2 – Wrap 4-6 rubber bands or hair elastics around the board and space them out to your liking.

Step 3 – Cut out photos from magazines or catalogs, make “polaroid” style photos of your dolls using or add trinkets, tickets and other souvenirs from your summer journeys. Slide them behind the rubber bands to keep them in place.

Step 4 – Use a piece or two of tape to secure the board to your dolls’ bedroom wall or lean it up against her wall for a different look.

How to make a simple memory board for dolls Today’s activity has a printable too – basically it is just a page you can print to get you started on this project. Cut out the photos of the dolls, the 100 Days of Doll Play badge or some of the butterflies. Again, use your creativity! This is a super easy project that looks great when it is done.

Download the Day 4 Activity sheet as a PDF file.

I wanted to keep today’s project really basic so you could really have fun with it and use materials you already have on hand. Plus, seeing as though we went to American Girl yesterday, I have a trip report and another giveaway to get ready for you.

If you do any of our projects this summer and want to send in photos of your finished masterpieces, please do! I am posting reader photos of the activities on the individual activities pages. For example, the Day 1 Ice Cream Cone post already has quite a few reader photos added to it.

Chloe’s memory board with photos printed from Doll Diaries.

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  1. Firstie cool

  2. aglover says:

    secondie looks hard char i got Mckennna

  3. aglover – it is soooo easy. Put a piece of fun foam on top of the same sized piece of cardboard and wrap a few rubber bands around it and you are done. Easy peasy. How do you like McKenna? We love her.

  4. to awesome char!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks!!!! and secondie!!

  5. oh sorry aglover your secondie………sorry about that!

  6. madelon says:

    This looks like it will be a fun project to make! Emily wants the loft bed, but I think it is partially because she likes the cute little hamster in the cage. Do you know where to find a tiny pet hamster?

  7. Madelon – look at Five Below, Michaels or AC Moore for a tiny hamster – I think I saw them at AC Moore.

  8. agisthebest says:

    madelon: get a squinkie and then make a cage for it! that is what i did a long time ago. and this is awesome!

  9. madelon says:

    Char and agisthebest: Thank you for your suggestions. I will try them!

  10. I?Mckenna Brooks! says:

    This will look so COOL with Mckenna’s Loft bed that my brother will be making me! Thanks SOOOO much!(my Mckenna says thanks to !)

  11. char, no offence but I hate McKenna. Her head was loose when I got her, and I do NOT play rough with dolls. Recently , I was brushing her hair, her head popped off! It will not come on right . It seems as if the part that holds her head is too loose! I am taking her back and asking for a new one or a Jly. I LOVE this idea, thanks!

  12. Awesome!

  13. Bella – don’t hate McKenna – it just seems like you got a defective doll. Call AG – they are really good about replacing them.

  14. Abigail says:

    Wow! Love this idea! I will definitely be making it. :)

  15. This is the best craft yet!

  16. alexandra says:

    i love mckenna! char, do you have McKenna’s loft bed? i want it soo bad!!!!! also do you have her practice wordrobe??? i really want that but it is backordered for a long time!! so is the beam and bar!! : (

  17. qtlol10 says:

    Love it! Totally making it!

  18. aww so sweet and sentimental I love it!

  19. This is SOOO cute! I just made one earlier today by looking at this post! Love it, Love it, Love it! Thanks Char!!!

  20. aglover says:

    char at first i was not happy with her … but now she is my favorite shhhhh don not tell my other dolls that

  21. I did it too ! I’ts beautiful ! I love it ! ^.^ My American girl is very hapy !

  22. Cute!! SOOOOOOOO making this! :) does anybody know we’re I can get American girl doll like short summer outfit? Cause I’m going to NC (North Carolina, if u got the initials right) and believe it or not, I’ve never been to a beach/lake. Thanks :)


  23. Sorry not u got the initials right, if I got the initials right :)

  24. if you go on youtube you can find tons of video on how to make mckennas loft bed set. im trying it this summer as one of my many diy doll projects. theres even videos on hoe to make her bedding ( even the chair cushion) and i found another video on how to make the hamster and cage. bed and bedding is from starfire hearts totaling around $25 , and the hamster video is made by i think americangirllindsay,im not sure. you should definately try it!

  25. I MADE ONE! It’s…so…epic….. πŸ˜€

  26. Hmmmm… I will try this!! I will try to send pictures of Nellie’s room(pre- McKenna who is coming in August or September)