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American Girl Doll Toast Rack Tutorial and Giveaway.

American Girl Toast Rack Tutorial and Giveaway.

Toast racks date back to the 1770’s and are still being manufactured today. They are designed to allow airflow between the slices of toasted bread so condensation does not make your toast soggy. Samantha and Grandmary would certainly have had one. Felicity’s grandfather likely used one and some of your modern girls might prefer crunchy toast too!  If your dolls dislike soggy toast, this quick, easy craft is perfect for you. If you’d like to win the toast rack I made for this tutorial, read how to enter at the end of the post.

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You’ll need:

*Heavy, flexible plastic or chipboard. My plastic came from the back of a spiral bound notebook. Cereal boxes work well but might not be as durable.DSC_0013 (4)

*Balsa Wood.

*Tiny tacks (about 1 cm long)

*A fine point permanent marker

*Ruler

*Sharp craft knife

*Silver paint, I used silver spray paint

*Clear Glaze. I used Triple Thick brand

Use your permanent marker to measure and mark a square 6.5 x 6.5 cm on your plastic. Mark off 1 cm on two sides, Make lines every 5 mm between those two lines

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Cut each line with your craft knife, do not cut into the box on the edges. Be careful, this is a job for an adult.

Then cut every other section out. It might help to put an X on each piece you want to remove. Leave section one, cut out section two, leave three, cut the fourth, etc. Last, cut out the rack. It is easier to hold onto if you cut all the inside lines first. 

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Put a piece of cardboard underneath and poke four holes along both edges of your plastic piece. You should have one hole at each end and the other two spaced evenly. I used an awl, if you don’t have an awl, you can use a nail or even one of your tacks.

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If you skip every other spine, you should have the holes evenly spaced. See the photo below.

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After you poke four holes on each side, gently roll the grid to round it. If you have a small bottle you can form it to the shape of the bottle and put a rubber band around to help shape it. This is optional so don’t worry if you don’t have the right size bottle handy. Set aside.

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Measure and cut a piece of balsa wood 6.7 x 3.1 cm. It is best to cut with firm, slow pressure. Take your time, if you use too much force, the wood will split.

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Sand all of the edges.

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Put glue along one long edge of your wood and line up the plastic piece.

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Gently and firmly tap the tacks in. Start in the middle and work your way toward the edges. Repeat on the other side with glue and tacks.

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Your toast rack is nearly finished. Let the glue dry thoroughly. You can paint it silver or you can add details, see below for ideas. If you want to add details, glue them on  before you paint your the toast rack.

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I glued a bead on each of the bottom four corners for feet. I also made a handle, the handle was shaped out of a party favor wedding ring; they are soft meta and relatively easy to shape. I used pliers to bend it into shape and hot glued it on top. I made the handle to fit a doll’s finger so she could hold it.

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Let the glue dry and paint it silver. I used spray paint. Spray paint is a good choice for plastic. Craft paint will be a better choice if you’ve used tagboard or a cereal box.

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After the paint is dry, apply a clear glaze. This step is optional, it helps protect the finish and minimizes the risk of getting paint rubs on your doll or her toast. All that is left to do is make your dolls some breakfast and try out the toast rack!

If you’d like to enter to win the toast rack with feet and a handle along with two pieces of Faux Real Food toast, all you need to do is subscribe to Faux Real Food and write a comment letting me know what tutorial you want me to make next. You can receive additional chances to win by sharing a link to my website on facebook, twitter or Pinterest. You can also receive extra chances to win by liking my facebook page, Faux Real Food on fb or following me on Twitter @FauxRealFoods. Each “Like” or “share” is worth one additional entry. Send me a message with the link to any “shares” or your fb and Twitter user name.  That way I can accurately count your entries.

The winning entry will be drawn at random on October 30th and contacted by email.

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5 Responses to American Girl Doll Toast Rack Tutorial and Giveaway.

  1. wboomers@hotmail.com November 27, 2016 at 1:29 PM #

    Oh My Goodness! I forgot to announce our winner! Please accept my apologies. Our winner is Andrea! Andrea’s toast and toast rack will be on their way soon.

  2. Andrea Squires October 10, 2016 at 1:48 PM #

    Hi Winter it’s Andrea. I would like to enter. For your next tutorial, maybe a wooden cake stand?

    Thanks!

  3. MyLittleMegara September 29, 2016 at 8:52 AM #

    I’d love to enter! I follow this blog. I also pinned your site to Pinterest:

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/302374562465695629/

    For your next tutorial, I’d love to see vegetables that might have grown in Molly’s victory garden!

    Thank you!

    • wboomers@hotmail.com September 29, 2016 at 3:06 PM #

      Thanks MLM! First entry! I am confirming your entries. Just looked at your blog, very fun!

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