Winter is in full swing! The slopes are packed with snow which means it's time to get your gear together and head out to the mountains! Whether you're dreaming of being as great a skier as your favorite Olympic champion, or you're just in it to have fun & create lasting memories - we've got a tutorial you're sure to love! Follow along as we show you how to make skis and ski poles for your 18-inch doll!
There's a few pretty cool sets available from American Girl for skiing and snowboarding, but they don't ship to all countries and they seem to be frequently out of stock. We've got you covered, try this creative tutorial brought to you by @forofsuch today!
Step 1: Cut your colored craft foam into two pieces, each measuring 1.5 inches by 12 inches (you could also use white craft foam and cover the whole “ski” in patterned or solid scrap book paper).
Using something curved to trace around (we used the side of our glue bottle), draw a curved line at each end of each foam board piece and cut along this line using your craft knife.
Now you have 2 skis!
Step 2: Cut 4 pieces of craft foam measuring 1.5 by 4 inches each.
Take one of your doll shoes/boots, and place it in the center of one of the skis. Using 1 piece of craft foam, drape the craft foam over the toe of the shoe, only covering about ½ an inch of the end of the shoe, and, holding the shoe firmly in place, wrap the foam around the shoe and the ski, and hot glue the edges to the bottom of the ski. You want this piece to be a bit snug for the shoe, but not so snug you can’t get the shoe out. Also, you may need to trim your craft foam to fit in order to glue it down flush on the bottom of the ski.
Repeat this process for the heel of the shoe using another piece of craft foam. You will see from the photos that the foam pieces should be angled up a bit to cradle the shoe, while still allowing room for the shoe to be removed.
Step 3: Once the first ski is done, set the second ski next to it and the second shoe on the ski, lining up all the ski ends and the placement of the shoes before repeating step 2 to apply the remaining foam pieces to the second ski.
Now you have two skis ready to go, or you can take a few moments to decorate them in the next step!
Step 4: Using your patterned scrapbook paper, decide on a design for your skis. We cut strips of paper half an inch wide and laid them diagonally on our skis, glued them down, then trimmed them to fit. Then we repeated this on the back of the skis, changing up the diagonal direction. But you could do any kind of design you can think of! Cut out stars, hearts, snowflakes, or stripes!
After this, your skis are done and you can set them aside while we make the ski poles!
Step 5: To make the ski poles, first cut your dowel into two 13 inch lengths. We used craft scissors this time, but you can use a craft knife or small hand saw to do this.
Step 6: If you are using the small wooden wheels to make the tips for your poles, go ahead first and make sure the dowel pieces fit into the holes on them. We had to whittle our dowels down just a bit, but then they fit in tightly and securely.
(If you want to skip this step, you could wrap colored cardstock around the end of your poles, or paint the tips a different color than the rest of the pole, but you’ll do either of those options after the poles are painted.)
Next we paint! Separate your dowels and wheels, and paint them individually with your acrylic craft paint. (The small dish of water is to dip your brush in before you dip into the paint. Acrylic craft paints always paint better if you do this first!) We chose a periwinkle blue for the poles and a pink to match our craft foam for the wheels. Once they are painted and dry, you can reinsert the poles into the wheels. Ours fit tightly enough that we did not need glue, but you may want or need to glue yours in.
Step 7: Next we need to make the handles for the doll’s hands. Cut 2 pieces of elastic measuring 4 inches long each. Fold these in on themselves in thirds and hot glue the two overlapping ends together.
Now we need two more pieces of craft foam. Cut each of these to be 1 1/8 inch by 2 inches long.
Stick one piece of craft foam into each elastic loop you just made. Hot glue the foam to the elastic on one side only.
Lay one ski pole down into the center of the elastic with the craft foam sticking out on either side and hot glue this down. Make sure you have about 1 to 1/18 inches of ski pole remaining above this. Also make sure the free loop of elastic that is not glued to the craft foam is facing the table during this step.
The last step is to wrap the craft foam snuggly around the pole, one end at a time, and hot glue these ends down. Once the glue has cooled, your ski poles are finished!
Now your doll can hit the slopes in style! She’ll be confident to try new things using her new, made with love, ski equipment.
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We’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment and tell us, Which would you rather - Hit The Slopes OR Sip Hot Chocolate in the Ski Lodge?
I’d definitely go for the hot chocolate! Cute ski pattern! It struck me that you could also decorate them with washi tape.
I love relaxing in a lodge, so peaceful! I will leave hitting the slopes to the dolls! Lol
Sip hot chocolate in the lodge!
Hot Chocolate for me!
Definately sip hot chocolate in the lodge. I tried sking once and it was a total DISASTER!
Loved the doll sized skis and poles. A great idea. Thank you for sharing.
Sip hot chocolate would always be my choice.
I’ll take the hot chocolate, please.
If I were physically able to i would love to hit the slopes again!!
Sip hot chocolate in the Lodge!
Definitely sip hot chocolate in the lodge.
This is me, waving out the window at the ski lodge lol.
Sip hot chocolate in the ski lodge never learn to ski.
Hit the slopes for sure! I’ve been wanting to go skiing ⛷
I would definitely rather sip hot chocolate in the lodge!
Hit the slopes for sure! I’ve been wanting to go skiing ⛷
I drink hot chocolate to get warmed up these days—even when it’s not cold enough to snow—so inside I will be.
Sip hot chocolate in the ski lodge. No one will ever get me up on skis, lol
Sip hot chocolate for sure!
Well, it’s been a very long time since I tried down hill skiing, but I’d give cross country a go, and then enjoy the hot chocolate in the lodge watching younger people skiing.
Definitely hot chocolate and marshmallows by a fire is my thing nowadays – great pattern
Sip hot chocolate in the lodge.
Hit the slopes if I could. It’s been a long time since I skied.
Sipping Hot Chocolate by all means
Sip hot cocoa in the ski lodge.
As an experienced couch potato I would be ethically required to leisurely sip hot chocolate and watched the athletically inclined to pursue their passion.
Sip Hot Chocolate!
I would be sipping hot chocolate all day long! I tried the bunny slopes once…that was ENOUGH for me! lol
I am afraid my slope days are over. Would love to sip in the lodge.
Thanks for the great idea on how to make skis and poles but personally, I’d rather be sipping hot chocolate in the lodge! Good Luck everyone!
I’d DEFINITELY be in the lodge sipping hot chocolate – I’m awed by the abilities of the Olympians I’m watching right now but I do not possess such talent!!!!
I would much rather sip hot chocolate in the ski lodge!
Sip hot chocolate in the lodge for sure
I’d definitely rather sip hot chocolate in the lodge!
Snow is too cold for me. I’ll have hot chocolate in the ski lodge, please!
Hit the slopes and then sip hot chocolate at the ski lodge!
I need to find some doll sized mugs to make some hot chocolate for my dolls once they come in from the slopes to enjoy before a fire in the lodge.
I would definitely prefer the hot chocolate at the lodge!
I would like to do both, but, if pressed, I like hot chocolate more than snow.
Hit the slopes!
I’d definitely go for the hot chocolate— I don’t enjoy being cold!
I would rather be sipping hot chocolate in front of a roaring fire in the lodge. At 74 I would break something important if I was to go skiing since I have never been on skis.
Hot chocolate for me! :)
65 years ago, I would and did enjoy the slopes. Now I’d watch from a warm room and sip my chocolate. To everything there is a season.
Definitely would prefer sipping Hot Chocolate in the Ski Lodge & watching the kids fly down the ski hills.
I think both sounds like!!!
Definitely hit the slopes even though I’m 72. Nothing like zipping down the slopes. :)
I would love to sip hot chocolate in the Ski Lodge!
Well, since I had to have my ACL replaced after a skiing injury I now sip cocoa in the lodge.
The ski’s are so cute
Hot chocolate wins every time. Too much work to get all dressed in ski clothing then work at coming down the hill!!
I would rather sip hot chocolate in the lodge.
Je ne suis pas une adepte de ski, mais mes petits enfants en font. Aussi cela me plairait bien de siroter un bon chocolat chaud à l’intérieur tout en observant les skieurs à l’extérieur…
Sip hot chocolate in the lodge!
Sip hot chocolate at the ski lodge.
I am definitely a sip hot chocolate in the ski lodge kind of person. Yum!
I would definately sip hot chocolate in the ski lodge.
I would definitely be sipping hot chocolate in the lodge. I am 76 years old & have never been skiing & don’t have any desire to do it now.
Well, first I would hit the slopes, then after a while I would go in the lodge and have hot chocolate. :) It’s more rewarding then. Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway!
Sip hot chocolate in the ski lodge. I am not a winter person . I love warmth.
Love your creative ideas for doll-sized goodies. Thanks!
I would definitely like to stay in and drink hot chocolate, and watch the skiers from the warm inside!😀
I am definitely the sip hot chocolate in the lodge kind of person!
Thanks for the tutorial!!
I love skiing (although it’s been a long time since I have) and I also love hanging out and having warm drinks!!
Hot chocolate at the lodge!! ❄️
Nowadays, a cup of cocoa and a warm fire with a cozy blanket sounds like a good idea rather than skiing
I am definitely a hot chocolate person
Definitely sip hot chocolate at the lodge!
Such a cute project.
I was injured down the blacks in Colorado, but would still love to ski in the lower hills. Hot Chocolate for now. Pretty Cool though:)
Definitely sip hot chocolate in front of a fire and read a good book.
Ski lodge with hot cocoa for sure
I would totally rather sit in the lodge and sip hot cocoa. You can sew in a lodge but you can’t on the slope.
Hot chocolate for me. Slope days are long past.
I’m definitely a hot chocolate in the lodge kinda gal! I used to ski a bit, but too many sports injuries!
I would love to ski again, but I would need lessons and would be afraid to fall! Since chocolate gives me migraines, the hot chocolate is out too! Maybe tea and cake at the a lodge instead?
Hot chocolate by a landslide! I’m both uncoordinated and not a fan of cold, so I’d just hang out indoors and wait for the more adventurous to finish
You have to hit the slopes first, to earn that hot chocolate in the ski lodge! Winter can be fun, even if it is coooold!!!
I’m afraid my days on the slopes are over. Hot chocolate for me!
I would rather hang out at the lodge in front of the fireplace and sip hot cocoa as I am no the athletic type and not a fan of the cold weather.
Years ago it would definitely be “Hit the Slopes,” but today I must say the hot chocolate will have to do!
I used to cross country ski but since a few injuries and stroke, I am now enjoying sipping hot cocoa (with a little red wine added) in the lodge. I still play in the snow with my 3 small grandchildren. Life is good
Definitely sip hot chocolate! At 73 and with several joint problems, I’d just be asking for a body cast if I got on skis!
I would rather sip hot chocolate back at the lodge.
Hot chocolate is so tempting!, will love it in the ski lodge
Hit the slopes, then sip hot chocolate in the lodge. Can’t just chose one, lol!
Sip hot chocolate in the ski lodge.
Love this idea! Was trying to come up with some idea for the ski poles. Thanks!!
February 09, 2022
Sip hot chocolate and stay warm in the lodge. Definitely!