DIY American Girl Hoverboard

Posted on Jan 18 2016 – 2:29pm by Rudy

American Girl Hoverboard

DIY American Girl Hoverboard

Last week the kids and I were at Target getting snacks for movie night when I spotted it.  The perfect thing to make an American Girl Doll Hoverboard!  It might sound silly, but we have gotten over a thousand requests to make one and we’ve been brainstorming together on how we could do it.  Nothing really felt right. Until we walked by the water flavor enhancers. We had to get them! Two of them to be exact since the hoverboard would need two of the exact same shapes on both sides. I picked up several different brands and played around with them in the cart getting a feel for which one had the best shape. Launa and I settled on the Market Pantry brand because we felt it had the best look. So, I guess you could say we spent about $6 out of pocket for this craft since everything else was on hand and we had to buy these to make it. We really hope you approve! #JustCraftIt

Materials Needed:

  • Scissors
  • Hoverboard Wheels
  • Hot Glue
  • Craft Paint
  • Mod Podge or Sealer
  • Carton Caps or Wooden Circles *Wheels
  • Black Craft Foam or Paper
  • Clear Beads, Sequins, or Silver Glitter Tape *Lights
  • Water Flavoring Containers


  • When painting on plastic it is always best to use a sealer. Testers paint or sealer is my first choice, but I was out so Mod Podge will have to do.  Still with Mod Podge, it will protect it but if you really dig your nails in it, it will still scratch off.  Testers will protect it forever. You can also just use nail polish instead of craft paint and be good to go from scratches.  I am just not a fan of the finished “look” of nail polish.
  • I found the wooden circles at Hobby Lobby, I have a stash of all sizes that really comes in handy when crafting. ?
  • I did this after the video-Lightly sand the bottom of the wheels so your doll can stand on it. They will still be round, but slightly flat on the bottom so your doll doesn’t fall face first.

Watch and tell us if your doll will like it!

DIY American Girl Hoverboard

DIY American Girl Hoverboard was last modified: February 25th, 2016 by Rudy

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

  1. Avery Z May 12, 2016 at 8:37 am – Reply

    Where can I find the print out wheels? I need it ASAP! Also do you have to have mod podge?

  2. Jennifer Lane April 25, 2016 at 5:02 pm – Reply

    Do you sell these?

    • Rudy April 26, 2016 at 8:05 am – Reply

      No ?

  3. Consuela Johnson March 18, 2016 at 8:19 am – Reply

    FABULOUS ???…so my daughter has me making this for her this weekend what size wheels I can get I’m going to Michaels and I need to know the thickness and also what tops can I use…Thank You AWSOME idea ?

  4. Khia March 7, 2016 at 3:56 pm – Reply

    Are there any substitutes for the drink bottles that you use for the body? Please reply as fast as possible!! Thx

  5. Kate March 6, 2016 at 11:33 am – Reply

    What lid did you use? (Please answer back as soon as possible). ?

    • Rudy March 6, 2016 at 4:48 pm – Reply

      A small bottle of mod podge

  6. Arianna February 12, 2016 at 10:05 am – Reply

    I think you should craft American Girl doll false nails with regular false nails

  7. Jeannefeo February 4, 2016 at 6:13 am – Reply

    Awesome, I made it and all my daughters friends want one!

    • Rudy February 4, 2016 at 6:50 am – Reply

      Ha! Of course they do!

  8. gymnastgirl21 January 27, 2016 at 12:43 pm – Reply

    Can you do a video of how to sand the bottom of the hoverboard

    • Rudy January 27, 2016 at 2:15 pm – Reply

      No, you can just take a nail file and sand the bottom of the wheel. It’s just enough so the hoverboard can stand up on its own.

  9. Shannon M January 27, 2016 at 8:40 am – Reply

    Hi! When I print out the wheels, they are too close to the top and side and some of the wheels are getting cut off. I can’t change the margins either, I believe because it is a pdf.

    • Rudy January 27, 2016 at 8:46 am – Reply

      It is your printer settings. Change your settings to “print entire image” and nothing will be cut off. When the setting “fill entire paper” is selected the image will be cut off.

  10. Angelina January 26, 2016 at 4:39 pm – Reply

    Wow this is so cool!

  11. Alex January 23, 2016 at 9:35 am – Reply

    Sorry keep mentioning this but i really need to know what should i do Rudy i got big water flavorings and cant find a 3 inch cap for the wheels pls tell me what i should do or at least tell me what brand of water has a 3 inch cap

    • Rudy January 23, 2016 at 10:52 am – Reply

      I’m not sure what you can do with the big containers. The Target brand and the Walmart brand are the same size so those will work. The cap I used is from Mod Podge bit other people have used lids from small peanut butter and things like that.

  12. Julia H January 23, 2016 at 8:14 am – Reply

    I just finished my hover board! So cute!! My father works for Coke,he used to work in the Dasani part,so he wasn’t so happy about the target drops!!?

    • Rudy January 23, 2016 at 8:40 am – Reply

      Haha! The Dasani just doesn’t have the right shape though. So glad your hoverboard turned out great!

  13. Isabelle January 20, 2016 at 1:53 pm – Reply

    Hi I love this idea I watched all your videos and going to make leas fruit stand!

  14. Alexis January 20, 2016 at 5:57 am – Reply

    I think this is cool and crafty! I’m not crazy about Hover Boards,but this is soooo cute!

  15. EnJay January 19, 2016 at 7:43 pm – Reply

    Very cool Rudy! I’ve got my bottles hot glued together. I’m trying to find a good 3″ cap to cut in half. By any chance, do you remember what you used for yours?

  16. Olivia Wilson January 19, 2016 at 6:22 pm – Reply

    Awesome! I also don’t buy water flavorings. But, thankfully, MyFroggyStuff has a tutorial on Hoverboards! She made it mostly of Recycled Paperboard. I think. I only saw the beginning though.

  17. Giselle January 19, 2016 at 5:22 pm – Reply

    This is awesome! Just genius! My daughter started a club a her school. She is making food and other things for the dolls mostly out of recicled items. Tomorrow is Doritos (snack size). Thanks for your ideas!!!

  18. Tara NePalmer January 19, 2016 at 3:31 pm – Reply

    This is cute, but we don’t buy those water flavorer mix-ins so I don’t have any containers like that, but i’ll have to keep my eye out for a container like that. Also, I don’t keep foam board on hand so i’ll have to get some foam board!

  19. Kendra January 19, 2016 at 12:20 pm – Reply

    Thank you! We are making one right now ? I used cardboard (4 circles glued together) for the wheels, since I didn’t have any wooden circles, and I’m also using a black glitter foam sheet for where the feet go… I figure it will look like the grippy material. I cut a few pieces of elastic and am going to attach them to the top so that the dolls feet stay in there and my daughter can just push her doll along.

    • Rudy January 19, 2016 at 4:17 pm – Reply

      That is awesome! Please tag us when you are done!

  20. Jiji January 19, 2016 at 6:55 am – Reply

    Really really amazing!!! ?

  21. buzzy January 19, 2016 at 6:27 am – Reply

    will dasani drops work for the hoverboard?

    • Rudy January 19, 2016 at 6:58 am – Reply

      Maybe. When we were in Target we played around with several different types and this shape was our favorite. It needs to be between 7-8″ to look to scale for the doll.

  22. Flo January 19, 2016 at 5:56 am – Reply

    Very cute! Now you need to make protective equipment to go with it-helmet, elbow and knee pads.

  23. Gina Griffin January 18, 2016 at 9:49 pm – Reply

    Rudy, great job. Have you ever tried the spray can paint for plastic? This paint leaves a smooth finish.

    • Rudy January 19, 2016 at 6:59 am – Reply

      Yes I have. I actually spray painted this one red first, but even though it was for plastic it peeled right off! So, I switched to the blue acrylic.

  24. Tracy January 18, 2016 at 9:16 pm – Reply


  25. Kaitlyn January 18, 2016 at 6:49 pm – Reply

    WOW!!!! It is SUPER CUTE! I would LOVE to try on of them one day! I would LOVE for you to make a pool for your doll! thanks!

    P.S. Where do you live? Because I saw the palm trees in the back ground! I would LOVE to live in a tropical place, because I live in Canada so it is really cold! Thanks for the crafts! Your AWESOME!

  26. Tara NePalmer January 18, 2016 at 6:08 pm – Reply

    How cool!

  27. Eileen Felty January 18, 2016 at 5:08 pm – Reply

    Who would of ever thought!!! This one is definitely so clever and instructions, couldn’t be anymore precise. Just an awesome idea! Thanks!!

  28. Tara January 18, 2016 at 4:46 pm – Reply

    Those Lego spinning pieces. We have tons. Just glue one side to plastic and one to wheels.

  29. Loretta January 18, 2016 at 4:13 pm – Reply

    This is too cute.

  30. Deborah H January 18, 2016 at 4:05 pm – Reply

    It’s so real! How would you make the weels turn. Think about it.

  31. Julia H January 18, 2016 at 2:47 pm – Reply

    Wow!So cute!I thought mine was good but yours is awesome! I will be making in soon!Great job!

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