A few weeks ago we were looking through our recyclables for another craft project.  I noticed the butter container and immediately thought of a Retro style TV for the dolls.  I know that 50’s Diners don’t typically have TV’s in them, but we have decided to add one on our bar top.  So, since it’s in our diner, we made it part of the diner series!  It is so crazy easy to make!  One of my favorite features is making the lid the TV screen and having multiple screen options!  So cool!  Also, we did not add legs since it will be on the counter, but you can always add the 50’s style legs to it.  I also had the thought that when we make Maryellen’s TV Console, we might just make an opening so we can slip this TV into place.

American Girl Diner Series:

Part 1: Paper Hats & Guest Check Printables

Part 2: Menu Printables

Part 3: Paper Food Tray Printables

Part 4: Diner Booths

Part 5: Diner Table

Part 6: American Girl Diner Stools

Part 7: American Girl Retro TV

Materials Needed:

  1. Scissors
  2. Printable TV Screens
  3. Glue Stick
  4. Hot Glue Gun
  5. Assorted Beads with Backs
  6. Two Toothpicks
  7. Spray Paint
  8. Empty Squarish Container with Lid


  • You can use regular buttons for the knobs, but I like the ones with the backs because they look more like TV knobs.
  • Save up several lids that way you can make several interchangeable screens.

Watch & tell us what retro color you will make your TV!

American Girl Retro TV • Part 7 was last modified: March 21st, 2017 by Rudy

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

    1. cherice H
      November 6, 2016 at 3:16 pm –

      Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    1. mirna b
      March 20, 2016 at 5:47 pm –

      I love your projects, I just finished making my retro TV in pink. It was the only color I had , but I love it. I started doing these projects for my 8 year old granddaughter, Kakei and her American Girl..
      Now I’m hooked. Thank you.

    1. Grace
      March 12, 2016 at 10:23 am –

      This is so awesome!!! i’m going to go make one right now! ?

    1. jaidyn
      January 15, 2016 at 5:52 pm –

      pleas make boy doll iteams

    1. Pat
      November 4, 2015 at 1:20 pm –

      I have enjoyed your YouTube videos so much. You are such a wiz at designing, I’m wondering whether you are an engineer. If not you could be! Anyway thanks for all your posts!

    1. Cari Merrell
      October 10, 2015 at 5:50 am –

      would a blue bonnet container work instead? or is it to small?

        • Rudy
          October 10, 2015 at 11:33 am –

          I think anything will work! There are so many shapes and sizes of TV’s that you can’t go wrong.

    1. Megan (A Barefoot Gal)
      October 5, 2015 at 12:46 pm –

      This is so easy! Our family loves Andy Griffith.

    1. Tyla and Tyia
      September 19, 2015 at 9:50 am –

      Can you sent me all that stuff u have

    1. emma
      September 18, 2015 at 1:56 pm –

      can i use some thing else instead of a butter thing if yes can you leave what you think
      ps cute craft love it rudy

    1. emma
      September 18, 2015 at 1:55 pm –

      can i use some thing else instead of a butter thing if yes can you leave what you think

    1. LaTonya
      September 15, 2015 at 6:52 pm –

      Too cute!!! The TV looks great on the counter!

    1. sharon
      September 15, 2015 at 8:09 am –

      Great printable TV screens!! Thanks so much!!

    1. Linda Reynolds
      September 15, 2015 at 6:48 am –

      Cute and simple! Thank you!

    1. Gina
      September 14, 2015 at 8:35 pm –

      So cool and so easy thank you Rudy

    1. Bernitta&Bella
      September 14, 2015 at 7:41 pm –

      Very cute, we may try it, thanks for sharing.