I have made several modifications to the Our Generation Diner at my daughters’ requests. The little “Order Up Doll Grill” was made several months ago and is still a hot item for my girls to pay with.
The bottom base of the grill is the bottom of an Altoid Tin. I used needle nose pliers and removed the top lid and then bent in the hinges, folding them down in the inside. I gave the top edge a quick paint with silver spray paint.
Next, I traced and cute 3 layers of thick foam paper and lined the tin to fill/raise the cooking surface. For the surface of the grill I recycled a plastic liner from a tote bag. Textured card stock paper would also work well. The foam was snug; I did not need glue. If glue is needed I would use hot glue because it is faster. Push all foam and paper under the tin lip for a nice clean edge look.
Cut a strip of silver card stock paper and hot glue around the side of the tin. Keep seams in back. For knobs I used small white buttons. I used a standard hole-puncher and thin gray foam paper to create the gray center part of the knobs. Hot glue was used.
Trace and cut a piece of gray card stock paper to the bottom.
The back of the grill is a 4 ½ tall by 3 ¾ inch wide card board covered in cardstock paper. Cut the paper double the height so you can fold it over; this way you have a nice clean top edge. Hot glue this piece to the back of the grill. Glue mini clothes pins to the top edge. I glued the entire length of the pin for stability when opening and closing.
My daughters wanted a little silver on the pins so I took a sharpie and colored in the fronts.
Now you have your finished “Order Up! Grill” or you can also use it as a warming plate for the coffee pot.
The grill was attached to the side of the diner with a command strip. Coming soon…post on modifications of diner with back wall removed.
*In top picture the guest checks were found at AmericanGirlIdeas.com