Make a crock pot for your 18 inch dolls. This tutorial is fun and not too complicated but you’ll need a bit of patience so make sure you have enough time. Try not to rush the steps.
Here are the supplies you’ll need:
Masking tape. A metric ruler. Glue, I decided to use wood glue instead of tacky glue, either should work but the wood glue sets more quickly. Scissors. A pencil. An eraser, you might not need this but I always do! A small file or emery board.
Tag board or cardboard from a cereal box or two. Like this,
You will also want craft paint, a paint brush, a piece of cardstock, rubber bands and clothespins. These items are optional but they are very helpful and will give you a better finished product.
First copy the patterns to an 8.5 x 11 inch piece of paper. Check the guide and make sure the little square is 2cm on both sides. Adjust if necessary. Trace all the patterns, except the lid, onto your cardboard. Cut them out. You can use a craft knife to cut out the middles of the top edge and lip pieces. If you don’t have a craft knife, poke a hole in the center and carefully cut along the inner circle with scissors.
You will notice some of the pieces do not tell you a precise number to cut out. I don’t know how thick your cardboard is so you will need to figure this part out. You need enough layers for the finished piece to be sturdy. I cut the maximum number because one of my slow cookers is going to be a child’s toy. If yours is just a photo prop, you can probably use less. I err on the side of more because this seems like a small amount of extra work to be certain my crock pot will be sturdy.
Loosely roll the crock side pieces and secure with a rubber band. Loosely roll the Cooker pieces and secure with a rubber band, set aside.
Stack and glue the crock bottom pieces together. I’ve decide to use wood glue.
I use a popsicle stick to smear the glue; then I rub the two pieces together before lining them up. This helps the glue make a strong bond.
After you stack and glue all the bottom pieces, clip them together with clothespins or put a weight on them while the glue dries. Set aside.
Take the crock top edge pieces; stack and glue them the same way. Clip and set aside.
Glue the crock lip pieces to each other; then attach them to the top edge pieces. You may need to turn them around or upside down to get a good fit, always dry fit before adding glue.
I forgot a photo of this step but you can see how the top and lip pieces fit together in the photo below. The lip pieces form a ledge to hold your lid on.
Dry fit the crock side to the crock bottom. Glue the ends of the sides together and gently push it into an oval shape. Glue the crock sides to the crock bottom. I glued the sides to the top of the bottom piece. You will need to gently shape and hold the sides and bottom together for a few minutes to allow the glue to set.
Let this dry for about 30 minutes. After drying, attach the top. run a thin line of glue around the opening. The lip edge needs to be on top of the crock.
Fit the two pieces together.
Check the fit, make certain everything is lined up and looks even to you.
Turn it upside down, place a weight on top and set aside while you make the cooker.
Glue the bottom pieces of the cooker together. Clip or weight and let sit for a few minutes.
Remove the rubber bands from one piece of your cooker side piece. These are the straight pieces you cut. They are 30 cm long and 5 cm wide.
Run a line of glue around the bottom outside edge of the bottom and glue the sides to the bottom. Start the end on one of the long sides of the oval, it is easier to glue this way. Add some glue where the two ends overlap. Hold for a minute.
Carefully put a rubber band around the bottom and clip the seam at the side.
Let dry for five minutes. Unroll the next piece, I rolled this piece with the white side inside because I don’t want to paint it. Place it inside your cooker, trim where needed.
I cut about .4 cm off the long edge. you may need to cut more or less depending on the thickness of your bottom piece.
Smear glue on the inside of your cooker, be sure to spread evenly so your cooker won’t have lumps. Then glue in the second piece. If your cardboard is thin, you may want to add a third piece to the sides. Mine is quite sturdy with just two pieces.
Notice how I have clipped this with the clothespins alternating heights, this ensures a firm bond at the top and bottom of the sides. If you don’t have clothespins you will need to spend a few minutes smoothing and pressing the sides together with your fingers.
Glue on the handles. You can use strips of cardboard, buttons, craft foam, whatever you like for handles. I use these; they are plastic cable staples. You can find them at hardware stores. I had them left over from the pot tutorial I did. Use whatever you think looks good for a handle.
I added a 5 mm strip to the top. This is optional, it is purely decorative. I think it provides a nice finished edge.
I glued pony beads to the bottom for feet. This step is also optional but I like the way it looks. I haven’t really measured the handles or feet, I just placed them where I thought they looked good. I used hot glue for this part. Tacky glue or wood glue should work fine. I didn’t want to spend time holding the handles in place while the glue set.
Your crock should be dry by now. Use your file to sand any rough edges and glue blobs from the top and bottom edges of your crock. I glued strips of cardstock over the edges at the top and bottom. This is optional but it covers all the edges of cardboard and looks more like crockery after it is painted. My cardstock was cut in 4 mm wide strips. Since I don’t know how thick your cardboard is, you will need to measure your edges to determine how wide to cut yours. Press firmly all around the edges to cover any gaps.
Trace the lid pattern onto a piece of clear, rigid plastic. The kind that Barbie dolls or cell phones are packaged with is ideal. If you don’t have clear plastic, you can use a plastic lid from an empty sour cream, cream cheese or similar container. If you don’t have either of those, you can cut the lid out of one layer of cardboard.
Find a handle you like and glue it on. I used hot glue here too. If you don’t have hot glue, tacky glue should work fine. We are using the top of a wedding bubble container. We just used scissors to cut it a bit shorter. I like the ring on top because it fits over an American Girl doll’s finger so she can hold the lid.
Let your crock and cooker dry thoroughly, at least 12 hours. I left mine for about a day and a half. Then paint any color you like. I’m making two crock pots; one for me in black and silver, and one for Miss M. She has requested white and silver. While the paint dries, figure out what kind of a control panel you want. Use brads, buttons, craft foam, whatever you can think of. I am opting for a very simple control of a black button and a tiny triangle of balsa wood. Miss M has a different vision. She wants a clock, on and off and up and down buttons. We used craft foam, a brad, and a tiny café curtain ring for her control panel. We used a hole punch to make the knobs from craft foam. Google crock pots if you need some ideas.
We bent the brad like this to resemble clock hands.
When you are happy with the design, glue all the bits together.
After your paint is dry, glue on the control panel and tell your dolls to get cookin!
Here is Miss M’s slow cooker;
And here is mine
Enjoy! I think I may make a vintage look one next time. If you’d like to share this tutorial, please link back here. My patterns are for personal use only.