American Girl Bowling Alley

Posted on May 11 2015 – 4:43pm
by Rudy

American Girl Bowling Alley

Finally!  My dolls can now bowl in their very own American Girl Bowling Alley!  I started this project weeks ago and have just slowly been adding things here and there.  Now that it is finally complete I am excited to share it with you.  It’s actually not that hard to put together.  My youngest helped a lot while the older kids were at school.  It was always fun for her to show them what ‘she’ did for the day.  Also, I did a few printables that you are more than welcome to use for yours.

*Funny story.  I originally bought a tube of glow sticks from Target One Spot to add to the scene.  Because I did this project over several weeks, my kids got impatient and opened the glow sticks to use them for themselves.  So, I bought a second tube.  Same story, they grew impatient and opened them up.  I bought a third tube, came home, hid it, then when I put the scene together I forgot where I hid it!  Anyways, I think glow sticks would be really neat to add to a bowling alley scene!

Materials Needed:

  1. Large Cardboard Box (Home Depot)
  2. Scrap cardboard for the floor & Bowling Lanes (I used a trifold I had on hand)
  3. Scrapbook paper for the walls, locker, ball return, table and stools, etc.
  4. Locker Printables
  5. Empty box for counter (I used popcorn box)
  6. Display Case Printable (You might need to resize it when in print preview depending on the box you are using for the counter)
  7. Empty Button Jar (Like this one)
  8. Empty Soup Can
  9. Toilet & Paper towel rolls for table and stools
  10. Extra paperboard on hand (like cereal boxes)
  11. Scissors (I also used an Xacto knife)
  12. Hot Glue
  13. Glue Stick
  14. Shoebox Lid (for snack bar window)
  15. Scorecard Printables
  16. Clear Packing Tape
  17. Bowling Sign Printables
  18. Craft or Spray Paint

If you have any tips or tricks that you did differently, feel free to share them in the comments!

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American Girl Bowling Alley was last modified: March 21st, 2017 by Rudy

13 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Pricila Garcia
    July 19, 2016 at 3:35 pm –

    About how tall and long are these boxes? Would they work to make an American girl Room?

  2. Caroline Merrell
    July 11, 2015 at 5:05 pm –

    I made this today and the results were amazing!

  3. Katie
    June 29, 2015 at 7:08 am –

    My doll and my sister’s doll really enjoy having a hot lunch!!! Thank-you sooooooo much!!!

  4. Katie
    June 15, 2015 at 3:18 am –

    Do you think that I should put my bowling alley on the brags page? What do you think your next project will be?

    • Rudy
      June 15, 2015 at 9:02 am –

      Yes! We want o see yours too!

  5. Katie
    June 5, 2015 at 3:03 am –

    I have a PD day today so I can make my bowling today!!

    • Rudy
      June 5, 2015 at 8:09 am –

      That’s exciting!

  6. Gina Griffin
    May 13, 2015 at 9:31 am –

    Hello, I love your site! I was wondering if you were going to continue the french bakery. Thank you

    • Rudy
      May 13, 2015 at 9:04 pm –

      I am! Final details should be announced June 1st and you don’t want to miss it!

  7. Linda Reynolds
    May 12, 2015 at 8:57 am –

    THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!! You have saved me a ton of trial and error!!! I bought three bowling outfits from Our Generation and planned to make three different ones for the opposing team. I haven’t been to a bowling alley in years, so stopped to see how they have changed. Of course they were closed. I was going to try to figure out how to make the ball return. You did it for me. Thank you!!!! It will be awhile before I get around to making it, but I will be sure to give you the credit!!!!

    • Rudy
      May 12, 2015 at 10:39 am –

      You’re welcome! As for the ball return, I have seen so many different types! It came down to what I had on hand and what I thought would be easiest for someone to replicate.

  8. sharon
    May 12, 2015 at 8:28 am –

    This is beautifully done!! So very creative!!

    • Rudy
      May 12, 2015 at 10:39 am –

      Thank you ?