DIY Lea’s Brazilian-Style Grill
DIY Lea’s Brazilian-Style Grill
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!
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- 1 – 1/4” MDF @ 2’ x 4’
- 1 – 1/2” MDF @ 2’ x 4’
- Door Knobs
- Popsicle Sticks
- 1 – 1/4” @ 8” x 6 1/2” – Lower Back
- 2 – 1/4” @ 8” x 3 13/16” – Lower Sides
- 1 – 1/2” @ 6 1/2” x 3 9/16” – Oven Bottom/ Wall Supports
- 1 – 1/2” @ 8” x 7” – Oven Front – Follow Diagram for Door Opening
- 2 – 1/2” @ 2 7/8” x 2” – Doors – Follow Diagram for Door Shape
- 6 – Jumbo Craft Sticks – Follow the Diagram for Dimensions
- 1 – 1/2” @ 8 1/4” x 6 11/16” – Grill Top – Follow Diagram
- 1 – 1/4” @ 3 3/8” x 3” – Top of Grill Dome
- 2 – 1/4” @ 3 3/8” x 2 1/32” – Angled Sides of Dome – Cut top end at 42.5° off square and the lower side at 47.5° off square.
- 2 – 1/4” @ 3 3/8” x 2 1/8” – Lower Sides of Dome
- 1 – 1/2” @ 2 1/2” x 1 1/4” – Block to nail into for Grill Chimney walls
- 2 – 1/4” @ 3 3/8” x 1 1/4” – Sides of Chimney
- 2 – 1/4” @ 3 3/8” x 3” – Front and back of Chimney
- 1 – 1/4” @ 5 3/4” x 3 5/8” – Back of Dome – Follow Diagram for Dimensions
- 1 – 1/4” @ 3 3/8” x 2 1/8” – Top of Chimney
- 1 – 1/4” @ 5” x 3 5/8” – Wood Storage Trim – Follow Diagram for Dimensions
- 2 – 1/4” @ 1” x 7/8” – Front Baseboards
- 2 – 1/4” @ 4 5/16” x 1” – Side Baseboards
- 1 – 1/4” @ 7 1/2” x 1” – Back Baseboard
- StoveOven Tile Printables
Lea Clark’s Brazilian-style Grill Step 1 through Step 12 PDF Printable
Attach the lower sides to the lower back. Use wood glue and pin into place. `
Add the oven bottom into place.
Cut out the opening for the oven front. Follow the measurements below.
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.
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.
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.
Add the grill dome. Use the measurements below to place it correctly on the grill top.
Add the chimney support block and then add the sides of the chimney.
Attach the top piece of the chimney.
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.
Add the baseboards.
Alternative: Again, I used the squares from Hobby Lobby. This time though I used the medium size.
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!
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.
That basket is from Hobby Lobby.
What app or website do you use to make your pictures animated?
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.
Use dry sticks from the ground. Try cutting them at a slight angle.
sorry likely not lilly
i am most Lilly going to make out of foam board
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?
Make the salmon please.Thanks
You are the best
In step 2 I can’t find a measurement for what height the oven bottom goes at.
WOW! this is AMAZING! But how much did it cost to make?
WOW Rudy!!!!! Amazing once again !!!!!!
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
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.
WOW fantastic job! I may try this in foam board for now and wood later if the foam board goes well.
Awesome! The foam board version will be great!
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.
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!!!
That’s a great idea! Even if you don’t do a rainforest house, this is still a great addition!
This site is amazing! Thank you for sharing for talent!
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!
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. ?
Her Corn, her rice, her fish griller thingy, all of it!
I love it! Could you please craft the fish griller thingy? :p I also think the hiking accessories would be a good idea too:)
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.
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″.
Your projects absolutely dazzle my mind!
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 ?
I think we do some rice! We wouldn’t want our dolls to starve! ? We have a Valentine’s Day scene coming soon.
Seems like a ton of work, but end results that might just be worth it!
This is awesome!!! Looks amazing, and so much like the AG version!!!
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.
This is really neat! We can’t wait to see the rest of the hut!
So cute!I think I will make this!Please just do all of lea’s food!Thanks soooooo much!
please craft leas hiking accsesories!
why can’t i spell that? hmm…..
that is so cool!