This amazing doll wagon was found at online store, All Dolled Up In Peoria, http://www.alldolledupinpeoria.com/custom-orders-sold-stuff/conestoga-wagon-for-american-girl-doll/. They also have an Etsy store, https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllDolledUpInPeoria?ref=shopsection_shophome_leftnav. The wagon is of large scale and perfect for your American Girl Dolls! It is constructed of good quality wood and along with the craftsmanship will endure years of doll play. It is a true heirloom piece! The owners, Jerry and Peggy, were great to work with and I was very impressed with their customer care. (Or you can go back through the Camp Doll Diaries archives and follow Anna’s instructions on how to make a covered wagon on your own).
From the front of the wagon you can see the seated bench. It seats two dolls comfortably. With this particular Conestoga type wagon, the canopy covers the bench, which I feel this design provides more historical accuracy.
The back of the wagon is very large. You can pack a ton of doll supplies. Two dolls can comfortably lie down in the back. With movement the door slowly opened and the contents of the wagon pushed the door open and down so I attached a Velcro strap to the inside of the door to keep it closed.
The wagon was well stocked. For almost one year, I gathered items to stock the wagon. I found a great website that provided information on what a pioneer would have had packed in their wagon. You can find the site here: http://www.laurasprairiehouse.com/crafts/packingyourcoveredwagon.html.
The picture shows the following items:
1. Trunk found at Hobby Lobby. Stowed inside is a quilt. This quilt is AGs Kirsten’s.
2. Pioneer bench. This too is from AG’s Kirsten.
3. Snow Shoes. These were found on EBay.
4. A mini basket sits on the seat with food items inside. I used muslin wedding favor bags and stuffed with white cotton to resemble flour.
5. A bucket (not pictured is the ladle). This too is from AG’s Kirsten.
6. Shovels and racks. These are mini garden tools found on EBay.
7. Lunch pail. This is from AG’s Addy.
8. Lantern. This was found on EBay.
9. The fishing pole and basket are from The Queen’s Treasures.
10. The metal tub is from The Queen’s Treasures (part of the Donut Dolly Collection.)
11. The mini metal tins and basket were found at a local antique store. The basket made a perfect egg basket.
12. A mini crate was purchased from Michael’s craft store and stained. Inside sits Addy’s Sweet Potato Pudding Set. The spider skillet was mentioned in the Little House books.
13. Not pictured is AGs violin. Pa had to have his fiddle!
I made a pioneer Dutch Oven out of a round paper mache box. I painted the box black. I made a lid handle from a strip of black foam paper. The round handle was made from gray felt and attached to either side of the oven with mini brads. I glued black pony beads to the bottom for legs. I plan on painting some tiny rocks black to look like coal to sit on top of the Dutch Oven.
A found a tobacco barrel on EBay. This was the perfect size to make a water barrel for the pioneer 18”doll.
I really wanted to have a butter churn as a stock item. On an internet search I found a blog with directions: http://piecesforreese.blogspot.com/2011/11/18-doll-butter-churn.html. I purchased the sugar bowl, removed the lid, found a 3.25” wood disc at JoAnns and drilled a hole in the center. I glued a wood ring called a wood doll pin stand over/around the hole. I did this because I wanted the doll churn to look very close to the toy butter churn that I purchased from the same company. (The toy version was way too large for a doll.) The pottery was purchased from http://www.marshallpotterystore.com/. The stamper was made from a round dowel rod that was glued down to three flat dowel rod sections.
The doll sized enamelware dishes were found on EBay; these are retired AG items. I stored them in a wood chest I found at Michaels. I stained the chest. The napkins were cut down from a remaining muslin wedding favor bags that I had on hand.
The wagon came with a tongue. The tongue is the pole that attaches to the axel under the front wagon to make it turn. This wagon is very functional; it turns! However, to my disappointment nothing came with this wagon to attach the tongue to a horse. I was clueless!!! I had to fully research wagon equipment and horse harnessing.
Then I had to make a Neck Yolk. The neck yolk is a bar with a center ring where the wagon tongue slides into. The yolk has additional rings on each end to attach to the Collar. I made the Neck Yolk out of a thick dowel rod. I used eye screws on either end and angled two more in the center. Then I looped another key chain ring through the center eye screws. I attached a small piece of Velcro to the Tongue with a thumbnail. The tongue was placed inside the center ring and the Velcro was folded over the Yoke. The Yoke was attached to the horse collars with more key-ring parts.
The reins were made out of leather string and jump rings found at Michaels. I wanted the reins long enough to reach the seated area of the wagon. I did not have any pattern for this. I look at Google pictures and used my horses as models and cut and hot-glued as I went.
The Girth, the band around the horse belly, is used to keep the reins centered. I made this with brown one wrap Velcro. I attached another small piece of Velcro to keep the reins in place. Please see pictures. All of the Velcro I use for crafting is purchased here: http://www.ebay.com/usr/madwires337?_trksid=p2047675.l2559.
My researching and design ideas worked! My daughters could pull on the horses and the wagon moved along with them!!!