Hi all! We have been having a really rough go of it around here, illness in the family, so if I could ask all of my doll friends out there to just keep us in your thoughts and prayers, we would really super appreciate it. We love you guys all so much, and we know God can hear us. So please remember us during this difficult time. We believe in the power of prayer!
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Today we are here to share with you a little craft that is precious to my heart. Those who know me, know that I am a writer. I am passionate about books, stories, blogging, and really anything to do with the written word.
So it was obvious that I would fall in love with our resident doll writer, Kit Kittredge, and that she would eventually become one of my absolute faves. She even has a special little doll corner in the doll house where she can sit and dream, and write her stories all day long. The only thing that she was missing was her typewriter.
A couple of years ago, we purchased the OG Typewriter set, and I promise you it is the cutest darned thing that you ever did see.
The only problem is that it’s pink. (the horror!) Now rather than force Kit to write her stories on a pink typewriter, I promptly handed it over to Maryellen instead. She has a love of everything pastel coloured, and she had the perfect little desk for it in her Loft Bed space.
But that still left our poor Kit without a typewriter. As time went on, the problem began to really nag at me more and more. Could we really craft a typewriter? Keep in mind that we try to keep our doll crafts simple, light and easy, so that anyone out there can do them. We don’t have a lot of time or money to spend searching craft stores for supplies, so we always try to use what we have on hand.
My doubt kicked in. Maybe a typewriter was way out of our crafting league. So we went to Ebay, and that’s when we found THIS.
Not bad! It’s a music box. We were thrilled for a little while, but then the doubt kicked in again. Kit’s new typewriter was not pink, and it was sufficiently vintage. There was only one problem. It was way too big to fit on top of her desk. That meant that it would also not fit in her very special corner of the dollhouse where she could sit and dream and write her stories. Ugh. 😦
I finally decided that I wasn’t going to be truly happy until Kit had her very own perfect typewriter. The only question was HOW IN THE WORLD?????
Time went on.
Emmie, I believe that was you!! Thank you!!!!! ❤ 🙂
Well, holy moly, that’s when the lightbulb went on for me! Fast forward a few months, (it usually takes me a while to set a plan in motion) and we are finally ready to nail down a solid tutorial for you!
So, without further adieu, (boy, was that a lot of adieu 😛 ) let’s get started!!!
What you need:
Bulk scotch tape box (I buy the pack of three)
Black and silver paint
Jumbo slurpee/slushie straw
Black craft foam
Black construction paper
Tacky glue/white glue
Toothpick for smearing glue on
Black flat beads or buttons (optional)
Typewriter letter keys printed from online (we just googled typewriter keyboard, picked an image, and printed it out at a size that would fit)
Okay, the first thing you want to do is cover your Scotch tape box with card stock paper. I use hot glue for this. Just bend and fold the paper around the shape of the box, gluing it in place as you go.
Once you have wrapped the card stock all the way around, it’s time to cover the sides. I just lay the box flat on the paper and trace each side. Cut it out and hot glue it in place.
When you are done, you should have something that resembles this:If you were making our DIY Cash Register, you would turn your box like this instead:
Now it’s time to add the paper roll!
You will need hot glue, a jumbo straw, an elastic band, a popsicle stick and a barbecue skewer.
We just did this to cover the colour of the straw.
Once your straw is covered, wrap it fully in scotch tape. This will secure it, and make it more durable. Set aside.
Now cut your popsicle stick like this:
Thread it through your straw, and tie it off in the middle. This should be tightly tied against the straw.
Turn the elastic until the knot is hidden inside the straw.
Now you can attach the other popsicle stick arm of the paper roll.
(We clearly did this wrong the first time around. We didn’t attach the elastic so we had to remove one of the popsicle stick arms to do so. Lesson learned, but good news for you! Attach the elastic on there first!)
Here’s what you should have, with an elastic on it of course. The paper roll should turn easily.
Next, cut a triangle piece from card stock and hot glue it on the front of the typewriter.
Paint the popsicle stick arms and the triangle silver.
Okay, time to make the keyboard!
Cut a piece of black craft foam to fit the top of your typewriter. This will be your keyboard panel.
The keys don’t have to perfectly line up either, in fact it looks better if each line of dots is sort of offset to the others which is how they are on a real keyboard.
I was also experimenting with how the typewriter holds paper. Just slide the bottom of the piece of doll paper under the roller, and the top of the paper under the elastic band. It holds the paper perfectly!
I just hole punched the letters out, and glued them on.
One last thing, and this is entirely optional. I had these small black flat beads. I hot glued them on the popsicle stick arms to look like little knobs. I just felt that it was one last detail that gave the typewriter more realism. You could also use black buttons.
Of course, Kit just had to try it out immediately.
Hooray! It’s the perfect size to fit on her desk!!! 🙂 Click the link to see how we made Kit’s Rolltop Desk.
Click the link if you would like to see how we made Kit’s Reporter Set.
Soon you will be off on another high flying adventure that will just beg to be written down!
Please remember to pray for us, and have a crafty kind of day!!
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