My niece is a wonderful ice skater…and a huge lover of her American Girl dolls. For Christmas I decided to surprise her with an extra special craft, her very own Doll Skating Pond! Here’s how I did it….
First, I purchased a white 20×30 (1/2 inch thick) foam board from Michael’s craft store. This will be the base of the pond. I wanted something light enough to be moved and stored easily.
Next, I had my local glass store cut an 18×28 (1/8 inch thick) piece of Plexiglas. This glass was glued to the foam board using glass glue. Only use the glue on the outer edge; don’t put any glue in the center. Let dry completely.
Next, I frosted the Plexiglas with Rust-oleum Frosted Glass Spray. I used two thin coats. Let dry.
I then used Daptex Foam Sealant and sprayed an irregular boarder around the edge of the glass to create a snow bank. While still wet I placed small stones and dried grass to give it a more realistic look. Let foam dry completely; it will take a few days.
I then used Master ColorTex Flurry spray paint. This paint is a textured spray paint that I sprayed over the foam to give it a snowy look. I also sprayed it slightly on glass edge. Let dry.
FYI: the paint does shrink up a bit after drying; I liked this…it looks more realistic.
For additional touches I made a sign out of scrap wood pieces and paint. The snow balls are foam balls painted white. I preferred to paint the foam balls to keep them from shedding.
To make the scene complete I set the pond on artificial snow found at Michael’s. I refinished an antique doll bench I found on eBay. I also purchased American Girl’s snow scene and snowman.
My goal was achieved; my niece was thrilled with her Christmas present!!