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!!
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 ) 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 picmonkey.com 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.
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.
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.