As we get closer and closer to the 100th day of doll play, the harder it gets for me to look back on this fabulous summer and pick my favorite activities from this series, however, today’s activity will definitely end up being one of my personal favorites. Why? Partially because it took me a few days of thinking to figure out how to best make it and partially because it just turned out way cuter than I expected it to! First, the finished product and then I will show you how to make it and then a few more finished pictures.
Nicki and Kanani stop by their locker after lunch to pick up a few things before heading off to their next class.
Supplies needed to make the 18″ doll school locker:
- Tall, narrow box – I used an 18″ doll box
- Cardboard piece that will cover the front of the box
- Wrapping paper (or construction paper, duct tape, aluminum foil)
- 3M Command Hooks in mini size
- Self adhesive velcro
- Aluminum foil
- Black Sharpie marker
- Clear packing tape
- Glue stick
Step 1 – Start with a tall, narrow box. Any box will do – and you can use smaller boxes for smaller dolls – as long as it is taller than it is wide. I used a box that an 18″ doll came in.
Step 2 – Cut a shelf to fit inside your box from a piece of cardboard. I used the cardboard that the doll was attached to (it was a separate piece) and left the sides on it to add strength. Tape the shelf in place using clear packing tape. I taped the “flaps” to the box and then used pieces of tape to attach the shelf to the sides and back of the box.
Step 3 – Use Command Mini Hooks to create hooks inside the locker for your dolls to hang their bags and coats. You can find these anywhere that carries home hardware basics (grocery store is where I found them) or get them online at Amazon. Because they are removable, they can be useful in other areas of your doll space, too.
Here you can get a better feel for how it should look by now. You have your doll box, you can see the shelf positioning and if you look closely you can see where I placed the hooks.
Step 4 – Cut a piece of cardboard the same size as the outside of your box. In my case it was 8″ wide and 21″ long.
Step 5 – If you want, cut out colored paper or scrapbook paper to fit the inside of the locker and glue into place.
Step 6 -Wrap the piece of cardboard in a solid colored piece of wrapping paper. Alternatively you can paint it, cover it with duck tape, aluminum foil, construction paper or leave it plain.
Step 7 – Using clear packaging tape, tape the cardboard to the box. You need to run a line of tape on the outside of the “door” and the inside so that you create a hinge and your door doesn’t fall off!
Step 8 – Cut two pieces of self adhesive velcro and attach to the inside of the door and where it will close so your locker will stay closed.
Step 9 - Use aluminum foil to make a number plate for your locker. Attach with glue or tape.
Step 10 – Cover a round lid or ribbon spool with aluminum foil to make a dial lock. Add details with a black Sharpie marker.
Step 11 - Use a ruler and a Sharpie to make “vents” in the locker.
“Do you remember the combination, Kanani?” asked Nicki.
“Of course I do,” replied Kanani.
Step 12 – Now the fun part!! Use stickers, cut outs from magazines, fun tape and even items from the 100 Days of Doll Play to make your doll’s locker something special!
Nicki needs her glasses for class this afternoon. Good thing Kanani put them in the locker!
I hope you have as much fun making your dolls a school locker as I did and I know that when Natalie gets home from school and sees the finished project, she will love it.
Have a great afternoon!