Today I will share with you how to make an above ground swimming pool and ladder for your American Girl dolls. This project includes a little recycling and some CPVC crafting. I had the ladder created in about 30 minutes…so it is super easy.
Below is an inspiration collage of the pool and ladder.
Below is what I used as our American Girl doll above ground pool. Yes, this is a real pool. This is my dog’s pool! I purchased this pool last year for my Goldendoodle, Fletcher. My dog loves to join along in the outdoor get togethers, but he gets so hot that I bought him his very own pool. What I love about this pool is that it doesn’t need inflated and is up in seconds. It folds away for storage. And honestly, I always think of storage when I create doll crafts. If you make it…you have to have a place to put it when you’re done playing! This particular pool measures 32 inches in diameter and 12 inches high. This was purchased on Amazon. The description on Amazon states it was 8 inches high…but it is not…it is 12, which I liked even better. The brand I purchased was Furry Friends in size medium for $24.99. You will find that some of these pet pools are red. I was not thinking of a doll pool when I ordered it last year, but I’m glad I ordered a blue pool because it looks more realistic to a real above ground pool. There are several brands that carry similar pools. When shopping for our pool I did notice that prices and stock varied; if you find the pool you want I would grab it up…they seem to sell fast.
I wanted to create a ladder to go with our “recycled” pool! I chose to use CPVC. I did not remove the lettering on the cpvc. I just made sure to turn the lettered sides inward so they were not noticeable. I did make sure all dirt and dust was removed from the cpvc prior to cutting. I also decided not to paint the cpvc; I figured the ladder might take a beating with play so I didn’t want to be concerned with paint scratches.
When I designed the ladder, I wanted it to have two sides; one side for each side of the pool. You can see from the picture below that the ladder simply slips over the pool edge.
To make this ladder you will need cpvc supplies, a pipe cutter, and contact cement.
- Corner x4
- T x16
- End Caps x4
- CPVC 2-1/2″ x16
- CPVC 4-1/4″ x 8
- CPVC 1-1/2″ x 2
- CPVC 1 ” x4
Cut and assemble as guided in the photos. The 1″ piece of cpvc is not seen in photos; it is used as a connecting bridge between the T and end cap. Create your two sides and then attach the two sides with the 1-1/2″ connecting piece of cpvc. Once you are satisfied with construction, disassemble, add glue, and reassemble, let dry. If using Weldbond brand glue, attach pieces immediately, do not wait.
This platform allows your doll to stand at the top of the ladder! Time for a dive! To create the pool water, I recycled the plastic garment covers that come over our dry-cleaning. I got lucky that our covers were a pale blue.
For more information on this doll pool party see here: http://brandyshappyhome.com/the-doll-room/pool-party-for-ag-dolls/