DIY American Girl Doll Ice Cream Cart

Posted on Mar 7 2016 – 1:41pm
by Rudy

DIY American Girl Doll Ice Cream Cart

DIY American Girl Doll Ice Cream Cart

A few weeks ago the American Girl Doll Ice Cream Cart came out and as soon as we opened it I knew it would be a simple build. I like the concept that AG brought to the table, but there was definitely  room for improvements. Normally I like to make the replica an exact match or as close as possible, but this time I had to make a tweaks upfront to give it better play value. The clear top case can stay put or be taken off, however I left off the swinging door because that just caused it to fall off of the AG version.  Now you can put things on the top too! It is also raised higher so it’s easier to reach in when scooping the ice cream. ? You can glue the printables right on the cart, or just stick them on when you want it to be an Ice Cream Cart. I laminated mine that way I can change the cart into different things when wanted. Like a Taco cart!  Also, the menu can come off. Again, to change it up!

Watch and give us a thumbs up if you want us to show you a step by step using foam board!

Shopping List-

Cut List-


  • 2 – 1/4’’ @ 4 1/2’’ x 4 1/2’’ – Top and bottom of Fridge
  • 2 – 1/4’’ @ 4 5/8’’ x 4 1/2’’ – Sides of Fridge
  • 1 – 1/4’’ @ 5 1/8’’ x 4 1/2’’ – Back of Fridge
  • 1 – 1/4’’ @ 4 1/2’’ x 4’’ – Fridge Shelf – See diagram for height of shelf
  • 1 – 1/4’’ @ 5 1/8’’ x 4 1/2’’ – Fridge Door

Ice Cream Cart:

  • 2 – 1/2’’ @ 9’’ x 7 7/16’’ – Sides of Ice Cream Cart
  • 2 – 1/2’’ @ 7 7/16’’ x 4 1/4’’ – Front and back of Ice Cream Cart
  • 1 – 1/2’’ @ 8’’ x 4 1/4’’ – Bottom of Ice Cream Cart
  • 1 – 1/2’’ @ 9 1/2’’ x 5 1/2’’ – Top Counter – See diagram
  • 4 – 3/4’’ @ 1 7/8’’ x 7/8’’ – Wheels – See Diagram

Counter Divider:

  • 1 – 1/4’’ @ 6 3/16’’ x 3 1/2’’ – Bottom
  • 2 – 1/4’’ @ 6 3/16’’ x 1 1/8’’ – Sides
  • 2 – 1/4’’ @ 3 1/2’’ x 1 3/8’’ – Front and back
  • 2 – 1/4’’ @ 3’’ x 1 1/8’’ – Ice Cream Dividers
  • 4 – 1/4’’ @ 2 5/16’’ @ 1 1/8’’ – Popsicle Dividers
  • 1 – 1/4’’ @ 1 1/8’’ x 1’’ – Popsicle End Divider
  • 1 – 1/4’’ @ 3 1/2’’ x 1 5/16’’ – Top Cup Holder
  • 1 – 1/2’’ @ 3 1/2’’ x 1 5/16’’ – Bottom of Cup Holder

Plexiglass Case:

  • 1 – 1/8’’ @ 6 15/16’’ x 3’’ – Front
  • 2 – 1/8’’ @ 3 15/16’’ x 3’’ – Sides – See Diagram for exact measurements
  • 1 – 1/8’’ @ 6 15/16’’ x 2 1/8’’ – Top
  • 1 – 1/8’’ @ 6 11/16’’ x 1/2’’ – Open side support


  • I like to paint as I go because once the project is complete some areas can be hard to paint around. Like the side where the handle is. You cant take the handle off to paint when your done building, so paint that wall before you put the handle on.
  • If you cut your plexiglass and the sides are rough, use a metal nail file to sand down the edges. That will give you smooth, even sides to work with.
  • If you want your cart to be only for Ice Cream, you can Mod Podge (or glue of choice) the printables. If you want to be able to change it up, you can laminate the printables so you can put them on and take them off. I prefer that way.

Step 1:

Make the refrigerator box as shown below.  Attach using wood glue, and pinnig into place.

DIY American Girl Doll Ice Cream Cart Step 1

Step 2:

Insert the refrigerator shelf, glue and pin.

DIY American Girl Doll Ice Cream Cart Step 2

Step 3:

Attach the floor, sides and back of the cart. Glue and pin into place.

Ice Cream Cart Step 3

Step 4:

Cut the hole for the refrigerator door and then place the front wall on the cart. Glue and pin.

DIY American Girl Doll Ice Cream Cart Step 4

Step 5:

Add the cart side handle BEFORE attaching the counter top. I used a drawer pul so I needed to screw it in from the inside. Then add Fridge to the ice cream cart and make sure the fridge is flush with the side of the cart. Then attach the refrigerator door using 3/4″ x 11/16″ hinges.

DIY American Girl Doll Ice Cream Cart Step 5


Ice Cream Cart Freezer

Step 6:

Cut out the opening in the counter. You can wait to cut the circles out until the counter is in place.

DIY American Girl Doll Ice Cream Cart Step 6

Step 7:

Insert your dividers as shown. You can change your design up, but I really liked this so we can put ice cream pans in and out.

DIY American Girl Doll Ice Cream Cart Step 7

Step 8:

Add the top and bottom of cup holder. This is so when you drill in the holes there are no open spaces on the sides.

DIY American Girl Doll Ice Cream Cart Step 8

Step 9:

Glue wheels on.

DIY American Girl Doll Ice Cream Cart Step 9

Step 10:

Drill in the cup holders. We used a 1 1/4” Spade Drill Bit.

DIY American Girl Doll Ice Cream Cart Step 10

Step 11:

Glue the plexiglass case together as shown. If your counter is the exact same size as mine, you can use the measurements below. If you made tweaks, you will need to measure to see how big to make your case.

DIY American Girl Doll Ice Cream Cart Step 11

DIY American Girl Doll Ice Cream Cart 11 B

DIY American Girl Doll Ice Cream Cart

Step 12:

Add the menu. I used a plaque from Michaels and glued the printable menu to it. I did plane it down so it was much thinner. That’s optional. I glued a dowel joint into the cart and drilled a hole through the top of the menu so the menu can be put on and taken off. You could also just use a cup hook and just laminate the printable. Same concept.

DIY American Girl Doll Ice Cream Cart Step 12


DIY American Girl Doll Ice Cream Cart

DIY American Girl Doll Ice Cream Cart was last modified: March 21st, 2017 by Rudy

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

  1. ella
    November 16, 2016 at 4:28 pm –

    I can’t find this video on youtube!!!!

  2. Terry Shumaker
    July 31, 2016 at 12:46 pm –

    Hi Rudy,

    Is the refrigerator supposed to fit inside the cart? If so, why is there a back piece for the fridge when the cart also has a back?

    As it is now, mine is too big to fit inside. I cut everything to your dimensions and assembled everything according to your drawings. I decided to use 1/4″ and 1/2″ birch plywood. Also, what did you use to cut the plexiglass? I ended up going to Lowes and buying a special saber saw blade made by Bosch,

  3. Melodie Shumaker
    June 30, 2016 at 9:59 am –

    My husband would like to make this for one of our granddaughters and would like to know what diameter the cup holders are. Also, Step #3 appears to have partial cut-outs of the cup holders. Can you clarify this? Thank you.

    • Rudy
      June 30, 2016 at 12:04 pm –

      Sorry for leaving that out, and thanks for catching it for us ? The drill bit we used for the cup holders are 1 1/4″ Spade bit. This link is where we purchased ours ~ #JustCraftIt

  4. American girl of the year fan
    April 4, 2016 at 9:44 am –

    Can you do a can you do a video on how to do the ice cream in the American girl ice cream cart

  5. Tay
    March 21, 2016 at 12:33 pm –

    Rudy you are so cool creating all these ag crafts <3<3<3<3<3

  6. Obdulia Lopez
    March 18, 2016 at 10:44 am –

    I’m super excited to see the step by step foam board


  7. Jacsan
    March 14, 2016 at 6:24 pm –

    Rudy, you did it again! And I would love to see the foam board version.

  8. Jaime
    March 13, 2016 at 6:29 pm –

    Can you some us how to make the sprinkles, the Popsicle, also can you try making different kinds of candy out of model magic clay like for example Twizzlers, Starbursts, etc………..

  9. Laura B
    March 10, 2016 at 3:59 pm –

    This is great, please make a foam board one too. I think it would be fun to turn it into a “glow-in-the-dark goodies cart” like there was at Disneyland when I was little. There are even glow-in-the-dark paints I could use. Thanks for all your ideas.

  10. Savannah
    March 8, 2016 at 2:30 pm –

    The first printable link doesn’t seem to be working for me… ??

  11. Julia.H
    March 8, 2016 at 12:55 pm –

    Your’s is cuter! Do a foam board version too.

  12. Grace
    March 8, 2016 at 10:09 am –

    Oh and I would love if you showed how to turn it into a different kind of food cart!!!!

  13. Grace
    March 8, 2016 at 10:07 am –

    YES!!!! PLEASE do a foam board version of this!!!!

  14. Kaitlyn Harms
    March 8, 2016 at 10:02 am –

    That is soooooooooooooooooooo cute! You did an AWESOME job!

  15. Olivia Wilson
    March 8, 2016 at 9:09 am –

    I agree with Judith Webb! A Hot Pretzel cart would be AWESOME!

  16. Olivia Wilson
    March 8, 2016 at 9:07 am –

    Can I have a shout-out in your Foam Board version (If you make it), since I requested it first?

  17. buzzy
    March 8, 2016 at 7:36 am –

    I am scared of all the rain!! this will get my mind off it!!!

  18. Diana
    March 8, 2016 at 5:11 am –

    I love your backdrop! Can you pls show us how you made it?

    Great job on the cart, very professional. Thank you

    • Rudy
      March 12, 2016 at 7:49 am –

      Thanks! It’s just a carnival image that I blew up to poster size and had it printed at Staples! ?

  19. Smiley Ninja
    March 8, 2016 at 4:05 am –

    Great job!! I think you should turn it into a Pizza or Taco cart! Thank you! May I please have a shout out? (If you have time) Don’t want to be rude!

  20. Judith Webb
    March 7, 2016 at 11:47 pm –

    The cart could be used to sell hot pretzels. Could you make a cart or kiosk like they have in the shopping mall. The dolls could have a “cart fest” . Each cart selling something different.

  21. Gina
    March 7, 2016 at 6:53 pm –

    Great job Rudy, but is there a problem with the 1st printable? #2 and #3 are fine. Thank you

  22. Tara NePalmer
    March 7, 2016 at 4:34 pm –

    Yes, foam board PLEASE!!!!!!!!!! A side-by-side comparison is not enough and it is much easier to watch you make it out of foam board(more doable) than just looking at pictures!

  23. Mary AG fun stuff ❤️
    March 7, 2016 at 4:12 pm –

    I love the ice cream cart you made ?Make a video of a fonme bord ice cream cart ! I do not like the AG own i like your’s ! You shod a Berger cart ? ❕please reply ! Thank you Rudy ! Mary ?

  24. Olivia Wilson
    March 7, 2016 at 3:39 pm –

    I would LOVE it if you could show us some ways to convert it into a Hot Do cart! Basically just making accessories for one ? ?

  25. Claudine
    March 7, 2016 at 3:09 pm –

    Wow! Very cool!

  26. Becky Redford
    March 7, 2016 at 2:46 pm –

    Yes please do a foam board version ! that is so cute i love it i need to make it but the only way how is foam board please do

  27. Arianna
    March 7, 2016 at 2:36 pm –

    so awesome! yes, foam board please!

  28. Julia M. H.
    March 7, 2016 at 2:05 pm –

    Yes! Please do the foam board version! I want you to do some accessories for the Ice Cream truck! Hot Dogs, Pizza, Coffee, anything would be a good idea! Thanks!

  29. Olivia Wilson
    March 7, 2016 at 1:44 pm –

    Wow! So cute! Oh and first comment! YES! Do a foam board version!