How to make American Girl Winter Chalet

Posted on Nov 20 2015 – 6:53pm
by Rudy

How to make American Girl Winter Chalet

Over the next few weeks we are going to be VERY busy with several Holiday scenes and a lot of fun crafts!  We are all very excited and in preparation we made the American Girl Winter Chalet for some of our scenes.  It’s not big, but we just want to use it for an added touch in some scenes.  The specs are the same as the AG version, with a few alterations.  For example, the fireplace is slightly different and I really like the change because we can add more details and props on the flat surface.  Overall, this was very easy to make and it’s a quick build.  The longest part was painting it, but I’m glad we have it done in time for the Holidays!  I also love how the Winter Chalet bench turned out!  It is so cute!

Shopping List

1 – 1/2” @ 4′ x 8′ – MDF Sheet

1 – 1/4” @ 2′ x 4′ – MDF Sheet

Cut List for Winter Chalet

1 – 1/2” @ 16” x 12 3/4” – Bottom

2 – 1/2” @ 16 25/32” x 12 1/4” – Walls **Cut the tops at 45º

1 – 1/4” @ 25 1/8” x 16 5/8” – Back Wall

2 – 1/4” @ 12 3/4” x 12 1/4” – Roof

1 – 1/2” @ 11 11/16” x 9” – Fireplace

1 – 1/2” @ 8 1/2” x 8 1/2” – Fireplace Mantle

1 – 2” x 2” @ 10 1/4” – Fireplace Flue

1 – 1/2” x 1/2” @ 6 11/16” – Bottom of Roof Support – Cut each end at 45º off square.

2 – 1/2” x 1/2” @ 1 13/16” – Sides of Roof Support – Cut one end to a 45º point.

1 – 1/2” x 1/2” @ 2 13/16” – Middle Roof Support – Cut one end to a 45º point

Cut List for Winter Chalet Bench

2 – 1/2” @ 4” x 3 1/8” – Legs

1 – 1/2” x 1/2” @ 6” – Bench Support

2 – 1/2” @ 7” x 1 15/16” – Bench Tops

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Watch and leave a comment with what you think of our DIY version!!!

Step 1:

Place the floor as shown.

Step 2:

Add the right side to the floor.

Step 3:

Add the left side to the floor.  The window should be cut before attaching to the floor. *The window is optional.

Step 4:

Attach the back to the floor and walls.  Use wood glue and a pinner or nail gun.

Step 5:

Before placing the roof on, make sure you cut out the hole for the chimney. Once the hole is cut, add the roof by pinning into back and side walls.

Step 6:

Add the front of the fireplace.  The opening should already be cut.

Step 7:

Add the top of the fireplace.

Step 8:

Slide the chimney into place.  Glue and nail.

Step 9:

Add the trusses in the front and also on the back wall if desired. *This is optional for decoration.


  • For the “cabin” look I just drew straight lines on the outside and inside of the Chalet with a pencil.  I then painted over the lines with a brown paint and skinny brush.  I wanted it to have a “natural wood” look, so I just free handed.
  • After the lines of the wood were painted, I took a bristle fan paint brush and used a light brown over the entire wall.  Inside and out.
  • The inside of the chimney was painted a gold and the front of the fireplace and outside of chimney were painted the same color of a dark grey/blue.  I haven’t added a stone look yet.
  • The Roof was painted a grey/black and then I stenciled the shingle look with a light grey paint.
  • The flooring is scrap book paper (from Hobby Lobby) that I glued into place with spray adhesive.  I love this stuff! Make sure to use a scraper or something similar to smooth out any bubbles.


Bench Step 1:

Add the top of the bench to the legs.  Use picture below for placement if needed.

Bench Step 2:

Add the underneath bench support.

***Important***Please do not post, upload or sell these plans.  These plans are property of and are offered here for free.  If you want to share these plans with a Facebook group, website, blog, or friend, you can simply link back to this post.  Thank you.

How to make American Girl Winter Chalet was last modified: March 21st, 2017 by Rudy

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

  1. Onity
    September 3, 2016 at 1:31 pm –

    This is great! Awesome job, really!

    • Rudy
      September 4, 2016 at 8:08 am –

      Thank you so much!

  2. Jacsan
    December 28, 2015 at 2:16 pm –

    I want to do this one Rudy. I will be making it out of cardboard cause I only have a jigsaw and am afrian the edges wouldn’t come out as smooth as I would like. Thanks sooo much for giving us all these great alternatives.

  3. Rebecca
    November 21, 2015 at 7:03 am –

    So cute ? I love how it turned out

  4. Olivia Wilson
    November 20, 2015 at 9:19 pm –

    Love love love your crafts Rudy! Also, I have a question: Where did you get the Scrapbook Paper for the flooring? It looks awesomeeeeee!!!!

  5. Olivia Wilson
    November 20, 2015 at 9:15 pm –

    So cute! I haven’t seen the AG version, but I will look for it!

    Yay!!!! SO excited for your Holiday Crafts coming up!!! I was wondering when you were planning on starting Crafting some Christmas things for your dollies???

  6. RGivens
    November 20, 2015 at 7:52 pm –

    Thanks so much! I love all of your projects! I have been keeping the hubby busy with them (:

    • Rudy
      November 20, 2015 at 7:53 pm –

      I love to hear that!

  7. RGivens
    November 20, 2015 at 7:38 pm –

    Love it! What kind of wood did you use and what size boards did you start out with? Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Rudy
      November 20, 2015 at 7:45 pm –

      I started with 1 – 1/2″ MDF @ 4′ x 8′ and 1 – 1/4″ MDF @ 2′ x 4′