Lea’s Brazilian-Style Grill is done and ready to share! We have been gradually working on this (and the hut) over the last few weeks.  I took it slow because I really wanted to take my time for the plans and find the best possible matches for the replicas. It’s pretty darn close and a very sturdy piece! It should only take you a day to build with the plans. And if you are planning on making this out of foamboard, substitute 1/2” MDF with 1/2” foamboard and the 1/4” MDF with 3/16” foamboard. Please read the entire post and if you have questions about something I didn’t mention, please ask!

Watch to see the Brazilian-Style Grill up close!

Step 1:

Attach the lower sides to the lower back. Use wood glue and pin into place. `

Step 2:

Add the oven bottom into place.

Step 3:

Cut out the opening for the oven front. Follow the measurements below.

Step 4:

Cut out the doors. Follow the measurements below and dado spaces for the hinges. The hinges I used are  3/4″ x 11/16″ and I like to make sure the doors fit into place with them, then take them off to paint, then put them back into place. The paint color I used for the doors matches the Fruit Stand, Glidden Pink Salmon.

Step 5:

Add Jumbo Popsicles sticks on the front. The popsicle sticks should hang over the door on the top and the side where the doors meet. This will also help hide any gaps between the door and the opening.

Once the popsicle sticks are glued on, you can add the knobs. I used the pegs pictured below (Hobby Lobby) and cut them down. This way they went into the wood for support. Any tiny knobs will work.

Step 6:

Cut the curve for the grill top and then glue/pin it into place.  You can also choose to leave it rectangle, or just sand the edges to get a slight curve.

Step 7:

Add the grill dome. Use the measurements below to place it correctly on the grill top.

Step 8:

Add the chimney support block and then add the sides of the chimney.

Step 9:

Attach the top piece of the chimney.

Step 10:

Add the wood storage trim.

Alternative: I used tiny square wood chips from Hobby Lobby. I just free handed the placement. I attached them using wood glue. *The ones pictured below are the rectangle ones I used for the bricks. The square ones come in the same bag. I went through two bags of squares and two bags of rectangles.

Step 11:

Add the baseboards.

Alternative: Again, I used the squares from Hobby Lobby. This time though I used the medium size.

Final Touches:

You can choose to add the brick work as I did using the rectangle chips from Hobby Lobby. I just free handed placement and wood glued them into place. You can also just paint it as is and it will still look great. I just really liked the added detail!

Also, for the woodpile I had the kids collect sticks and then I just sliced them into little pieces. If you don’t have a tiny chop saw I don’t recommend doing this! Michael’s sells a bag of the same thing I made from sticks, just more uniform in appearance.  Just use wood glue and glue them into place.

I added two cup hooks, one on each side just like the AG one.

For the pile of wood used in the grill, I used the sticks the kids collected and glued them together. I didn’t paint them, but if you want them to look like they’ve been cooked on you can paint them black with hints of grey.

For the tile work around the counter, I used a printable. I lightly brushed on Mod Podge then slowly added the printable. The key to using Mod Podge on printables is very light even layers. You will have wrinkles or bubbles! Once the printable is on, let it completely dry before you add a layer of Mod Podge on top.  Stove/Oven Tile Printables

To get the cool texture on the chimney I used puffy paint. The color I needed wasn’t available in puffy paint, so I mixed a little bit of the paint color with white puffy paint. Just glob it on and give it swirls with your paint brush. This should be done after everything else is built and painted. The only thing that should be done after the puffy paint is the painting of the flower on the chimney. I just free handed the flower and the green circle, then used a teal puffy paint for the dots.

Even though the kids couldn’t help with the build, they were very much involved in this project. I had them sort all the wood chips from the bags for the bricks and trim work. They also got to glue the sticks into place, glue the tile on the grill top, and help paint!

DIY Lea’s Brazilian-Style Grill was last modified: February 4th, 2016 by Rudy

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

  1. charity February 17, 2016 at 8:21 pm – Reply

    I have really enjoyed learning about your projects. I can’t wait to try this with foam board. I think I will use caulk to smooth out the transition from the chimney to the body of the oven.

    I was wondering where you found the basket. I have looked everywhere but can’t find anything the right size.

    Thank you so much.

    • Rudy February 18, 2016 at 7:51 am – Reply

      That basket is from Hobby Lobby.

  2. Sadie February 13, 2016 at 4:48 pm – Reply


  3. bon voyage! February 8, 2016 at 1:20 pm – Reply

    What app or website do you use to make your pictures animated?

  4. Angelina February 5, 2016 at 9:34 pm – Reply


  5. Angelina February 5, 2016 at 9:34 pm – Reply

    Amading! ?

  6. Rebecca R February 5, 2016 at 7:19 pm – Reply

    Made this today with foam board and love it. The only thing I am having problem with is that the branches I am cutting very short pieces for the bottom grill keep falling apart as I cut them. What tool did you use to cut the short pieces? Was the wood dry? We first tried a dry branch on the ground and it fell apart with short cuts (fine for the longer cuts) and than we cut off a branch from our tree and the outside dark rings keep shredding.

    • Rudy February 6, 2016 at 7:49 am – Reply

      Use dry sticks from the ground. Try cutting them at a slight angle.

  7. Becky Redford February 4, 2016 at 8:34 pm – Reply

    sorry likely not lilly

  8. Becky Redford February 4, 2016 at 8:34 pm – Reply

    i am most Lilly going to make out of foam board

  9. All For AG February 4, 2016 at 7:42 pm – Reply

    This is amazing! When I first saw the video, I thought that one you made was the one from American Girl! Awesome job! Could you craft Lea’s table and chair?

  10. Kaitlyn Harms February 4, 2016 at 5:56 pm – Reply


  11. Vicki February 4, 2016 at 12:23 pm – Reply

    Make the salmon please.Thanks

  12. Lan Young February 4, 2016 at 10:25 am – Reply

    You are the best

  13. Pam February 4, 2016 at 8:18 am – Reply

    In step 2 I can’t find a measurement for what height the oven bottom goes at.

  14. AGlover123 February 4, 2016 at 8:00 am – Reply

    WOW! this is AMAZING! But how much did it cost to make?

  15. Linda Reynolds February 4, 2016 at 3:17 am – Reply

    WOW Rudy!!!!! Amazing once again !!!!!!

  16. Gina Griffin February 3, 2016 at 10:02 pm – Reply

    I will for sure make ours out of mdf. Could you please let me know what paint color you used for the main part of the stove? I am not sure about the pegs you used for the door. Did you just cut off the top and used them as the handles to the door? You mentioned using them for support but I am unclear as to where. Thank you for your time and effort Rudy

    • Rudy February 4, 2016 at 6:56 am – Reply

      I cut them down because they were too long. However, I left them just long enough where they would “fit” into the door. So I didn’t just glue them on as I was afraid they would just all off over time.

  17. Elaine Walker February 3, 2016 at 9:16 pm – Reply

    WOW fantastic job! I may try this in foam board for now and wood later if the foam board goes well.

    • Rudy February 3, 2016 at 10:00 pm – Reply

      Awesome! The foam board version will be great!

  18. Rebecca R February 3, 2016 at 7:47 pm – Reply

    Love it! This will be my project to complete this weekend. Once I complete this I will only have to finish the roof of my daughter ‘s homemade Rainforest house. Thanks for doing this. I wasn’t sure how to make the oven.

    • Rudy February 3, 2016 at 10:00 pm – Reply

      Have fun!

  19. Latonya February 3, 2016 at 5:39 pm – Reply

    Wow!!!!!!! I think this would go great for the roof top of an AG dollhouse. Have a nice outdoor patio scence!!! Whatever food you choose it will be perfect!!!

    • Rudy February 3, 2016 at 9:55 pm – Reply

      That’s a great idea! Even if you don’t do a rainforest house, this is still a great addition!

  20. Canadian doll notebook February 3, 2016 at 4:30 pm – Reply

    This site is amazing! Thank you for sharing for talent!

  21. Julia M. H. February 3, 2016 at 4:00 pm – Reply

    Wow! I opened this post and could not tell if it was the AG version or yours! Amazing!! However, I was afraid that it would be with wood and not Foam Board. Can you make a video showing how to make it with foam board? Please!

  22. American Girl Doll Artist February 3, 2016 at 3:49 pm – Reply

    That is so awesome! I probably won’t make it though, I don’t have much room in my room because of my DIY Grace’s bakery. I love the tutorial anyways! I can’t wait to see what you guys make next. ?

  23. Julia M. H. February 3, 2016 at 1:57 pm – Reply

    Her Corn, her rice, her fish griller thingy, all of it!

  24. Smiley Ninja February 3, 2016 at 1:51 pm – Reply

    I love it! Could you please craft the fish griller thingy? :p I also think the hiking accessories would be a good idea too:)

  25. Linda B. in OK February 3, 2016 at 1:47 pm – Reply

    The rectangles that you used for bricks say there are three sizes in the bag. Approximately. what size is the rectangle that you used for the bricks? I’m thinking of buying strips and cutting my own. I love what you did. I got in a hurry and went ahead and
    started mine. I would like to add the bricks to it tho. I’ll post a picture when I get it done. I’m doing my own version.

    • Rudy February 3, 2016 at 9:59 pm – Reply

      Exciting! Please tag us, we would love to see it! The rectangles for the bricks are 1″ x 1/2″ and the squares for the half bricks are 1/2″ x 1/2″.

  26. Loretta February 3, 2016 at 1:06 pm – Reply

    Your projects absolutely dazzle my mind!

  27. Olivia Wilson February 3, 2016 at 12:37 pm – Reply

    Ooh yes please make Rice! And the rest of the food from the Hut? Might take a bit of time, but at least the Dolls wouldn’t starve! Lol I am hungry so my dolls probably are too! And can you make more Valentines Day stuff? My scene is pretty empty. I made the Chocolates and am working on those Jellybeans! I also made a Chocolate Bar with Craft Foam ?

    • Rudy February 3, 2016 at 9:59 pm – Reply

      I think we do some rice! We wouldn’t want our dolls to starve! ? We have a Valentine’s Day scene coming soon.

  28. Olivia Wilson February 3, 2016 at 12:34 pm – Reply

    Seems like a ton of work, but end results that might just be worth it!

  29. Olivia Wilson February 3, 2016 at 12:33 pm – Reply

    This is awesome!!! Looks amazing, and so much like the AG version!!!

  30. Amanda February 3, 2016 at 12:18 pm – Reply

    We are in love! My daughter and I just finished our coconut drinks today so now we have another project to start on. I think we are going with foam board for this. Thanks so much for these awesome plans! She really loves the rice bowl from AG so we’d love to see your ideas on how to craft that.

  31. MaddiesMom February 3, 2016 at 11:50 am – Reply

    This is really neat! We can’t wait to see the rest of the hut!

    • Rudy February 3, 2016 at 10:00 pm – Reply

      Thank you!

  32. Julia.H February 3, 2016 at 11:46 am – Reply

    So cute!I think I will make this!Please just do all of lea’s food!Thanks soooooo much!

  33. Arianna February 3, 2016 at 11:38 am – Reply

    please craft leas hiking accsesories!
    why can’t i spell that? hmm…..

  34. Arianna February 3, 2016 at 11:33 am – Reply

    that is so cool!