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In a few weeks we are going on vacation and one of the things the kids are looking forward to doing at the resort is renting boats to take out on the lake. That got me thinking that maybe the dolls would like to take a boat out on the “lake” as well – except in this case the lake is really just a large blue blanket. Our model today is Kyla from the Journey Girls collection and she is wearing a tankini from My Doll’s Life (Sophias).

How to make a doll sized row boat

Start with a shoe box, cut the front off of a cereal box or do like I did and use the inner box from a doll (in my case, it was the inside of Lauryce’s box). Make sure the two long sides and one short side are securely fastened at the corners. You may need to reinforce with tape. I turned the box inside out so I had to reinforce corners.

How to make a doll sized row boat

Make a mark in the box about 1/2″ from her feet. Then cut from the end up to the marks on the fold.

How to make a doll sized row boat

Bring the two side pieces together in the front and tape them together to form the point of the boat. Trim away the excess cardboard from the bottom of the boat and add a few pieces of tape to seal the edge between the bottom and the sides of the boat.

How to make a doll sized row boat

Make the oars by cutting two brown paddle shapes from brown construction paper or fun foam. Cut a small slit in the end of a straw and slide the paddle into place. You will need two of these.

How to make a doll sized row boat

Find the center point of the side of the boat and make a hole with a hole punch to insert the “oars.” Repeat on both sides. I recommend the oars being placed in the center so your doll can site on either side depending on which direction she wants to row.

How to make a doll sized row boat

Your doll and her boat are not safe in real water but you can create a doll lake using a large blue blanket, towel, tablecloth or tarp.

Get creative with your boat! Cover it with duck tape. Give it a name and write it on either side. Decorate the outside. I’m sure you will have a great idea!

Enjoy your day!