How to Make Grace’s Bakery
First of all can I just say, WHEW! This was a project and a half! But, with patience and help from my awesome hubby, the Bakery replica is now complete. This post is only to show you how to make the bakery. And by Bakery, I mean the shell of it. This is just the complete structure. I have been working on this since the day I got Grace’s real French Bakery, January 1st. I have made this design that I am sharing with you, but I have not finished the details yet. So, I am now working on the painting and the fine tuning of the artwork on and in the bakery. I will do a completely separate post of what comes with the Bakery on the inside, such as pastries, wall art, and furniture. In the meantime, you can get busy making the structure too!
I am really excited about this project. The original French Bakery from American Girl is priced at $500. That is a lot of money! I understand that not everyone can spend that. But I also understand how much everyone loves this new piece of American Girl furniture regardless of the price. My intentions with this project are to make sure that those who cannot purchase it, can at least make it for a fraction of the cost. Please keep in mind that this is still a big project, so it’s not cheap even to make. So far, the project has cost me $65 for lumber, $5 for trim moulding, $72 for hinges (the best kind), $15 for plexiglass, $2 for knobs and the wood glue, nails etc. I had on hand. That’s about $160 so far depending on what you have on hand. I will be able to do the inside of the bakery for under $100. That will be the total, about half the cost of the real thing! For such a big piece, that’s amazing!
Please let me know what you think. Leave a comment with any questions that you have. You can also message me directly through the American Girl Ideas Facebook page. Also, please post the pictures of your bakery on the Facebook page! I love to see other ideas.
***Important***Please do not post, upload or sell these plans. These plansare property of AmericanGirlIdeas.com 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.
1 – 3/4’’ plywood @ 2’ x 4’
4 – 1/2’’ plywood @ 2’ x 4’
1 – 1/4’’ @ 8 1/2’’ x 3’’
1 – 3/4’’ Nails for 18 Gauge Nailer
1 – 1 1/4’’ Nails for 18 Gauge Nailer
6 – Hinge Packets (2 per pack) 12 total
11’ of Molding
1 – .75 Kreg Jig Screws
*Make sure you label each piece of wood as you cut with a pencil. This will save you a headache!
1 – 3/4’’ Plywood @ 32 11/16’’ x 16 3/4’’ – Bottom
2 – 1/2’’ Plywood @ 23 3/8’’ x 12 7/8’’ – Left and Right Sides
1 – 1/2’’ Plywood @ 31 11/16’’ x 23 3/8’’ – Back
2 – 1/2’’ Plywood @ 20’’ x 10 7/8’’ – Large Doors
2 – 1/2’’ Plywood @ 20’’ x 5 3/8’’ – Small Doors
1 – 1/2’’ Plywood @ 32 11/16’’ x 3 3/16’’ – Front Panel
1 – 1/2’’ Plywood @ 31 11/16’’ x 1’’ – Door Stop
2 – 1/2’’ Plywood @ 12 7/8’’ x 2’’ – Right and Left Skirts
1 – 1/2’’ Plywood @ 32 11/16’’ x 4 1/2’’ – Main Skirt
1 – 1/2’’ x 1/2’’ @ 6 1/8’’ – Shelf Support
1 – 1/4’’ Plywood @ 8 1/8’’ x 2 5/8’’ – Shelf
18 Gauge Nailer
Optional – Scroll Saw
***Grace’s Bakery Instructions PDF
You have already cut the bottom (floor) of the bakery. It should look like a rectangle. The first step is to create the curve. I made mine into a point because it was easier for me and looked even.
Cut the notches for the hinges out. Take your time, this will ensure your doors open and close properly.
Cut the bakery side window out. You can leave this step out, but you will be missing an order window!
Cut the notches out for the hinges shown below.
Cut the square window for the bakery. Again, you can skip this step, but your bakery will not have sunshine!
Cut the notches out for the hinges on the small door.
Cut the notches out for the hinges on the small right side door.
Measure and draw the bay windows on your large doors. This will help you cut a perfect window. Follow the measurements given below.
Start the construction by adding the left and right side of the bakery. Use wood glue and nail into place. The sides go all the way to the back of the floor. *Normally in my projects I use the Kreg Jig and screw into place. I did not do that for this project because I didn’t want any screws or pocket holes to show inside the bottom of the bakery. *
Put glue on the sides of the back and slide into place. You will then nail from the outside through the side walls into the back.
Screw your hinges into the notches on the side walls and then attach the small doors.
Screw your hinges into the notches of the small doors and then the large doors with windows. They should now easily open and close.
Attach the front panel by using wood glue and nailing into place.
From the inside of the bakery, attach the door stop. When you nail into place, be sure to use the 3/4″ or smaller nails.
Take the top right skirt and drill three pocket holes. Then attach the skirt with pocket hole screws.
Repeat step 15 for the left side skirt.
Before attaching the front main skirt, cut your arch on top. You can also cut a small window if you want. The measurements for both are in the diagram below.
Then drill 4 pocket holes, on the inside, for attaching the main skirt to the front panel. Also, nail from the front of the main skirt into each side skirt.
Attach the shelf support by using wood glue and nailing into place.
You should have already cut out the shelf. At this point it is still a rectangle. Cut it to show the curve and then glue and nail it into place through the window.
Add the trim around the bakery. Measure around your bakery and cut your trim accordingly. No one’s trim will be exactly the same, that’s why I did not include measurements.
Now your bakery “shell” is complete! Be sure to spackle the nail holes, let the project dry untouched overnight, and sand down the entire piece really good. I will be doing a Part 2 to this project. Part 2 will cover the door knobs, plexiglass windows, bakery furniture, art and decor. Stay tuned for that. Until then, this should keep you busy!!
118 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.
Hi Rudy, thank you soo much for taking the time to make these plans, me and my husband are working on this every weekend you are right it is a big project but my daughter got Grace for Christmas 2015 there were no bakerys left. Actually barely anything left for that matter, anyways i have been trying to look for part 2 and cant find it to see the door knobs and other details. Was that ever posted? Thanks to your hard work my little girl will be getting bakery this xmas 2016. Thank you , Thank you, Thank you
My husband and I built this for our niece, on request (and financing) of her parents, my sister and her husband. My niece had been very disappointed the “real” bakery was no longer available. Your designs were perfect and saved us so much time! We surprised her with it last weekend, and she was so thrilled… brought tears to everyone’s eyes. I will send pictures to Rudy@americangirlideas.com, would love for you to post them to your site.
Thank you so much for posting your designs. The finished product is remarkably close to the original!
Managed to put together the whole thing including the furniture with “scrap” wood I had left over from other projects. My Granddaughter really flipped when she saw the finished product. I made a sink as part of the stove unit by using the plastic container that small parts come in, then put a couple of coats of white enamel paint on it. Made a double oven with wire shelves – drilled holes same size as wire through both sides of oven, inserted the stainless steel wires, and covered the holes with wood filler before painting. Would send pictures if I could figur out how.
Were is part 2?Please?
Thank you for your time and effort in this project.
I this a project you could do with your kids??
Thank you very much for the plans! I made the bakery, island, and mini fridge for my niece for Christmas. Just finished it tonight!
Can you let me know which hinges you bought? and from where? thanks
I’m curious why the skirt pieces are separate pieces? Couldn’t you just add those dimensions to the back, sides and front panel pieces?
This.is.amazing. Do you have a printable PDF of the plans? Thinking about asking FIL if he can replicate this!
Hi!! I love this!!! Would you by chance be able to post the link to part 2? I would love to see he end!!
Oooh! I’m going to try this! I can’t believe it’s sold out. I tried breaking the news to my daughter that Santa ships at all the same stores and it’s sold out but she calmly reassured me that he builds them. ??
Thank you so much for sharing your ideas!!!! Will you be posting part II? ?
My daughter and I just spent the weekend at my parents making the bakery. Your plans were great. Now on to paint and furnishings. Thanks!
Is there a Part 2 with the door knobs, plexiglass windows and paint colors? My husband is going to create this for our daughter for Christmas. We’re so excited and your instructions are great! Thank you for sharing the plans!
You did such a great job with this project! Would you consider making Caroline’s Parlor?
Thank you so much for this! I have been working on one for my daughter for Christmas. I did make some changes. I made the whole thing bigger for starters, but you have inspired me so much! I never used a jigsaw before reading your blog! ?
That is amazing! Oh and I had a idea. Like I was thinking and I thought that it would be cute if you made a little church building. Like with white pant on the out side. And cut pews on the in side.
THANK YOU!!! I MADE MINE OUT OF CARDBOARD…
THANK YOU!!! I MADE MINE OUT OF CARDBOARD…
can I have the safe in gare shop.
I have Grace mini doll. I’m going to build one for her. Also, not to pressure, but when is part two coming out?
I Love this!!! Im going to make it out of cardboard! Thank you for sharing…
I was so in love with this set at the store, I ooowed and awwwed then my husband whispered in my ear “is this a DIY project?” yup yes sir! Well you just saved us hours of figuring the whole thing out. Thank you so much!
Thank YOU! This was on my list to build and you just saved me so much time not having to figure out the plans. Can’t wait to get started.
That is so cool!!!! I am going to try and do that and beg my dad to to built it over this summer immediately!!!!!!
Do you use a jigsaw to get the perfect arches on the windows or do you have a cnc router? My jigsaw skills leave a lot to be desired!
Love the bakery! Is there anyway to get these instructions in a pdf format or some way to print these instructions out with the pictures of the cuts. My neighbor is going to help me with this project making the cuts for the wood and I would assemble.
That’s soooooooo amazing, Rudy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)
We finished our bakery and delvered it to our granddaughter for her 9th birthday on Sunday May 24th. Very grateful to you for the plans which you shared and also the great printables. We did have to do our own decorating and come up with our own stove/sink combo piece snce we had a deadline and could not wait for yours to be posted. I tried to post pictures to your brag area, but my attempts have all been rejected. Anyway, thanks for your help, not sure we ever would have finished otherwise. Everyone who has seen it has been blown away, especially by how much it looks like the real deal!
Thanks for your wonderful work. Certainly helps those of us in Australia that love the American girl theme. As you can imagine this piece can’t be shipped, so your DIY instructions are excellent. Thank you again.
Can you share with me the colour paint you used, inside/ outside?
One idea that I had before we found your website was to go to Habitat Restore and buy a used kitchen cabinet of the approximate dimensions of the shell. Our local Habitat usually has odd cabinets really cheap (20 to 35 dollars). This would require some reworking, but could be a good cheap starting place for those whose skills and budget are limited. Lay the cabinet on its side, remove any shelf, cut some windows in the ends and cut out most of the other side (the new top.) Make new doors, or just cut the old one in half down the middle and rehinge at each side. Not a perfect copy, but with some paint and accessories could be a cheaper alternative.
What an awesome replica. I am giving it a try. Did you find a red paint color yet? If so, do you mind sharing?
Thanks so much!!!!
Oh great Rudy because I haven’t got a clue of what I’m doing and if you can write up something for me I would so appreciate it. BTW I’m referring back to the apartment on top of the restaurant idea again if you don’t remember. I’ve been out of the loop for awhile. The winter up here has been brutal for viruses and the like!!
Keep well, Kelly
I want to thank you for all the help you have given through your blog on doing this.
I made mine using your plans in foam core board and it turned out just fine. Now I have to start on the fridge and island.
Rudy, my little cousin loves baking and really would love this set. Sadly, there is no one I know who has the woodworking skill. I understand you might be doing a giveaway but chances of winning are low. This is just a suggestion that you DO NOT have to take. I was hoping you could at least make the shell for the bakery and I could figure out the rest. Of course, I would give you the money for all of your hard work. I totally understand if you can not accept this, and hope that I don’t seem greedy. If this can not work out, I will be happy to enter the giveaway. Thank you so much for all of your kind work.
Cheryl, would you post a picture of the completed bakery? Thanks.
Our granddaughter requested we build this for her birthday in May. We have the skills and tools, but I can’t tell you how grateful we are for the dimensions and cutting guides. You have save us hours of guesswork and design time.
Thank you so much for responding! I really appreciate it. It is so kind of you to share your wonderful ideas with everyone. When do you think you will complete the bakery and post a complete photo of it.( I understand it can take a long time to make)
Do you paint the bakery before or after you assemble it?
Ok, maybe I’m just building a separate dollhouse!!! I was trying to figure out how to do the measurements adding more inches to the walls and Oof…I think I’d need an architect to figure it out!LOL!! You guys did a brilliant job on this!!!
I love that you put all this detail into your instructions, but I’m wondering, I would like to turn this into a “Townhouse/Bakery” for my daughter. As if Grace opened her own Bakery in Boston. She would have her apartment on the top floor and the bakery on the bottom, so I would just double the measurements as if I were building two without separating the “Height” piece and maybe add a little more for depth, say about 6 or so inches. I know I would have to work out the the notches for the 2nd story floor shelf and I’m probably going to kick myself for trying to undergo this project. But I think it will be pretty straight forward if I just use basic doors and windows for the top floor separating them from the bottom floor and just use paint instead of wood to create a faux roof for the restaurant…Am I crazy and should scrap this Idea all together? Your thoughts for an over ambitious mom?
Now that AG has added a $35 shipping surcharge to Grace’s bakery, this DIY project is even a better idea! Thanks again for your hard work on these plans.
For flooring, I was thinking of using moddge podge to adhere scrapbook paper in a check or diamond pattern. Do you think this would work? Do you suggest it?
I would love to win one and totally understand if that’s not possible. This is amazing! I could not spring for the AG $500 one but your version is doable! Thanks so much for sharing!
double WOW. I wonder if my hubby could make this. This would be awesomeeeeeee. This is great. Thanks for sharing. You rock.
Wow, am so excited! My husband just completed the bakery shell and it looks so great! I tried the OG red kitchen set. Inside and it looks cute too. I can’t wait for the plans to be posted for the inside of the bakery. We found Velspar paint that is a close match to the AG paint colors. Thanks so much for all your hard work. Our Dgd is going to be so thrilled!
Love the step by step projects! Very cool!
Wow-thank you! Can’t wait for part 2.
Another great project for my dad to do.
Oh thank you so much for posting this! I am thinking in making it, but I would be doing it with foam core board and maybe will change it a little, so I can dismount it to put it away flat.
This is incredible! That’s a huge savings, we could never afford the bakery set otherwise!
You are very clever and you have done a really great job on this. Thank you for sharing your gifts with the rest of us. I love that you use good tools and do such a good job. No need of spending that much money and then doing a shoddy job! You’re the bomb!
This is amazing, truly!!
Wow, it looks likes a very detailed replica! I can’t wait to see your finished project! I’m sure it will be gorgeous!
This is amazing. Thank you for your hardwork and inspiration.
This is amazing!! Great job!
Fantastic work on this project!
This is fantastic! I can’t wait to put my hubby to work! ?
This is great!
can’t wait to see the finished product
Super cute! I have also seen people use the OG closest and redo them.
Thank you so much! I am so excited by this! I was just talking to my father in law the other day about doing this but you have done the all the measuring for us!!!! I just don’t think I can spend $500 on this. I’m maxing at about $300+ for an item. Can’t wait to see the other posts on this!
Im so glad you posted this!!!!! Ive been waiting ever since you got the bakery for yo to post thx!
So cool! Thanks for sharing!
I think if people want to buy for a million that it was rude first of for the one lady to start with no one should it’s not worth….bhall…..I think it is really nice for you to buy and then go through all the work to figure out a pattern and then share it with everyone for nothing. I want to make one or purchase one but I’m going to give it my all to try to win too! Thanks again.
Very talented and beautiful!!! Wish I could build this!!
Wow! you are very talented to say the least! Thank you sooo Much for all of your hard work and time! For those of us who can’t afford the original this is such a blessing to be able to have and use your plans to build a replica! I can’t say thank you enough!
Amazing! I want to try this.
Looks Great Thank You for the step by step and the cheaper version of it because I would never buy the real one but this is something Me and The Hubby might actually do ?
Cute! I am making mine out of the cardboard you buy at the store for school projects, i think it’s called tri-fold.
Wow this is amazing! Great job! Thanks so much for sharing! Can’t wait to see the finished project.
Very impressive. I wish I knew someone who could build this for me.
goodbye 500 dollars and hello to sucess
Is it possible to put hinges on the back corners so that the sides of the bakery can open up as well?
Amazing that you would take the time to do this and share it for free. Very generous and kind of you. Thank you!
Looks great! Nice job!
Oh my goodness! I bet at this point you completely understand why they charge $500! I’m impressed! Beautiful replica so far, can’t wait to see the rest!
Oh my goodness! I bet at this point you completely understand why they charge $500! I’m impressed! Beautiful replica so far, can’t wa to see the rest!
Amazing job!! Thank you so much for sharing all of your hard work!! Now for me to get my husband on board to help make it!
October 11, 2016 at 8:17 pm –
Looking forward to making this but I was wondering what tool you use to cut the small indents for the hinges. Thank you so much!