The Camp Doll Diaries Campers are about to head out for their Safari Adventure and Chrissy from MommysDollClub.com has one of the coolest ways to make a bus for the dolls that I have ever seen! This is definitely a more complex project (be sure to get guidance from a grown up) but I know you will love it! You can also make a bus out of a cardboard box or if you have a doll sized jeep, you can use that too. In other words, this is inspiration!
“Isn’t Nonna’s bus really cool?”
“Sure is, how did she make it?”
We started with an old Lego Duplo pieces storage bus. You could also use any wheeled container with a lid such as an underbed storage tub. We decided to use pvc pipe so we could disassemble for storage. We purchased 3 10-foot sections of quarter inch pvc pipe and the connectors as shown.
We also purchase two handsaws at under $3 each so we could share the cutting work. My dad and my daughter both sawed so it’s safe to say, this isn’t intimidating once you start. The fittings cover any odd cuts (it’s hard to saw completely perpendicular to the ground apparently). If you are concerned about straight cuts, you can use a miter box.
For each Lego Duplo bus, we needed 6 uprights at 18 inches each, 2 end pieces at 9 inches each and 4 side pieces at 6 inches each. To calculate, we used a tape measure and our container taking in account the length of the connector pieces.
Dry fitting (you could glue but we will not be using this for rigorous play)
Without the lid
The lid rests on top so you can take it off to get the dolls in and out more easily.
To make the bus look even better, we spray painted the pvc glossy black (one can did two coats for sets of busses).
For the seats, we just used cardboard. Luckily, I had a box EXACTLY the right dimensions from some IKEA ARV dishes.
I removed the inside of the package to discover the bottom piece was the perfect height to support the seats
Showing the trimmed seat support on right and my start to cut the bench. I started each cut with scissors then finished with a utility knife. I used markings already on the box as guidelines. You could make guidelines with a pencil.
The seats are secure in place dry fit between uprights.
Let’s go on a safari!
Does anyone know what kind of animal that is?
They are okapi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okapi).
Notes: This bus is awesome! We did have to use Goo Gone to strip away the Lego decals (which is why you see only one finished bus as it is taking SO long to get the decals off bus 2). You could personalize the busses with labels on the side and I do plan to paint the brake lights red and headlights white. One important note on the size of this bus? The dolls in the back seat have to have knees that bend. I may be able to play around with the cardboard to have their legs go under the front seat (which was my intention).
Thanks so much Chrissy for this awesome tutorial!!