Note from Char – In December of 2012 we did a series of 31 winter/holiday doll play and crafting activities for dolls in response to the 100 Days of Doll Play we did in the summer of 2012. I love the activities we did during the 31 More Days of Doll Play so much, that I have decided to re-publish each one of them this month. Many of our readers have not seen these yet, and for those of you who have, it might just remind you to make something you missed the first time.  We will still have new posts from our team daily, but consider these a bonus! ENJOY!!

Doll Play Advent Calendar

Are you ready!! It’s time to kick off 31 MORE days of doll play and time to start counting down to Christmas, too. To get us started, Maxine of MyDollBestFriend.blogspot.co.uk is going to show you how to make a super cute advent calendar for your dolls.

Doll Play how to make an advent calendar for dolls

For this project you will need:

  • Either a doll coat hanger or some garden wire like I have used (£1.75/ $2.50)
  • Pliers to cut the wire
  • 1 ribbon to decorate the coat hanger approx 1.5 yards
  • 24 ribbons to hang the presents
  • 24 glue dots to attach the present to the ribbon
  • 24 sweets/gifts (in wrapping paper)
  • 2 baubles to decorate
  • 24 paper/ stickers to write numbers on
  • 1 tag for words ” Advent Calendar”
  • Pen

Doll Play how to make an advent calendar for dolls

The garden wire is malleable enough to bend between your fingers to get the shape of a coat hanger.  I made it to measure approx 8″ wide.  I started by making a hook and then worked downwards into the coat hanger shape. To finish I twisted the wire back into the hook and cut with pliers.  The double thickness of twisted wire is good for reinforcing the hook so that it can hold the 24 gifts.

Doll Play how to make an advent calendar for dolls

Then I took approximately 1.5 yards of decorative ribbon and starting wrapping it round the hook first and then the hanger until it was competely covered.  The place I finished at was the neck of the hanger where I made a bow out of the continuous length.

Doll Play how to make an advent calendar for dolls

Then I hung a bauble on ribbon at each side of the coat hanger to give added decoration so that on Christmas Eve there would still be something attractive to look at.

Doll Play how to make an advent calendar for dolls

I knotted ribbon round the coat hanger and then added a glue dot to the top of the gift and attached it to the bottom of the ribbon.  Sometimes I knotted the ribbon leaving 2 pieces either side of the knot so that gifts could be hung off both ends.  Gifts can be hung at differing heights.

Doll Play how to make an advent calendar for dolls

The gifts I have used range from sweets (candy) and chocolates to little wrapped surprises and even a few unwrapped gifts, to add variety.  Then washi tape circles (you could use circles of paper or stickers) were fixed onto the
items with numbers ranging from 1-24 representing a gift for every day of Advent.  Finally I used the loose end of ribbon at the neck of the hanger to thread through (and tie) a plain red gift tag on which I had written the words “Advent Calendar”.

Doll Play how to make an advent calendar for dolls

This little project is so easy to make and a very personal gift itself for Advent.  Now someone special will be able to enjoy little presents of my choosing everyday before Christmas!

Doll Play how to make an advent calendar for dolls

My Doll Best Friend in the UK is an online shop specializing in 18″-20″ dolls, dolls clothes and furniture from brands like Gotz, Madame Alexander and the Kidz ‘n’ Cats brand, they also sell some own brand items. They have a lively facebook page at www.facebook.com/mydollbestfriend and check out their blog at www.mydollbestfriend.blogspot.co.uk.

If you make this project, we would love to see the final result! Send your photo in to share@dolldiaries.com and we will feature it in the Sunday Showcase.