American Girl Pot Tutorial, 1/3 Scale for 18 inch dolls.
Recently I ‘ve been searching for dishes, teacups, pots, pans and bakeware for my doll food. There really isn’t much available in this scale so I’ve been thinking about repurposing and upcycling. I’ve had some hits . . . and a few misses! I’m pleased with this soup pot. If you’d like to make your own, grab a few supplies and follow along.
- A cylindrical, cardboard container. I purchased a small tube of Pringles. A small oatmeal container might work. A can might be nice with a few modifications. Use your imagination.
- A craft saw or knife
- Spray paint in silver. Black would be pretty realistic too. And if your dolls want puce or fuchsia, go for it!
- Hot glue and a glue gun
- Plastic Cable Staples, you’ll find these in the electrical section of the hardware store
- Permanent marker
The first thing you need to do is empty your tube shaped container and wash it out. Then decide how tall you want your pot to be. I decided 2 1/2 inches looked good. Measure and mark small lines all around your container.
Then connect the marks so you have a continuous line all the way around.
Use your craft saw or knife to cut the container at the line. It works best if you cut one section, then turn your container and make a new cut.
Continue cutting all the way around until you have two pieces. Set the top aside, I think we can make a pan out it later.
Put a piece of masking tape around the top edge, it should hang halfway over the edge.
Wrap the tape around, keeping it even.
Make small cuts all around the tape and fold them to the inside. Try not to wrinkle them as you fold.
This will give you a nice finished edge and will prevent paper cuts.
Measure the sides and decide where you want the handles, mark it with a permanent marker.
This is where you use the cable staples. They will be soup pot handles. Mine are 3/4″. You may want a different size if your pot is larger or smaller.
Attach your handles. My pots are going to be filled with non, removable “soup” so I merely pushed the nails through the cardboard and left them inside. That will help secure the handles. If you want your pot to be empty, simply pull out the nails and glue your handles on with hot glue.
Paint your pot with spray paint and let dry thoroughly.
My Pringles can came with a clear, plastic top. I thought is would make a good pot lid. While the paint on your pot is drying, pull the nails out of one of the cable staples and glue it to your lid. If you don’t have a lid, you can make one out of cardboard and paint it silver too. You can see in the background, I’m making a few more pots!
Once your paint is dry, pop the lid on and let your dolls cook some soup!
You can see in this example I attached the handles after painting. I prefer them painted. I think it looks more realistic.