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How To Create An 18″ Boy Doll

A lot of the time, parenting means being creative – whether that means making a cowboy hat for your six-year-old or coming up with innovative ways of trying to have your toddler keep her bib on during meal times. Shortly before Christmas, I had to do just that: think of a creative way to make a faux American boy doll for Camden.

You see, you can’t buy an American Girl doll that is a boy. (The AG company does make a twin boy baby) They don’t make 18″ boy dolls and neither do any of the other faux brands sold at Walmart or Target. I looked on Amazon and various other websites to see what I could find and nothing turned up. It wasn’t until I read an article online that got me thinking. It was a mother who had the same problem I had: her son wanted an 18″ boy doll, but she couldn’t find one, so she decided to make one.

Of course! Why hadn’t I thought of that? So I quickly got to work and started looking on YouTube for inspiration.

It was only a four-step process for creating a boy doll and it was very easy. I first bought a girl doll at Target for about $20. I took her outfit off and wrapped it up to give to my daughter for Christmas for her 18″ girl doll that she already had. I then cut off all of the doll’s hair and took her lipstick off using rubbing alcohol and a Q-tip. I bought a boy wig off Amazon.com and also ordered a jogging outfit for the new boy doll I was creating. Once everything came in the mail I just put it all together and glued the wig on to ensure it wouldn’t come off.

While I was in the process of looking up stuff online, I noticed that you can buy an 18″ boy doll fully dressed on Etsy – but for $200! They used the American Girl brand and did the same thing I had done. I wasn’t about to pay $200 for a doll, though!

So, all in all, I’m so glad my son can experience playing house and “parenting” his boy doll. One day it will be neat to see it all comes together as I see him develop into the man that I know God wants him to be – whether that is him being a stay-at-home dad taking care of his children or driving a dump truck.

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  • Reply Hollie July 29, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Hi I loved your idea for the boy doll!!! Thank you!!! I have a few questions please. Did you cut the hair completely off? What type of wig did you get and any seller you would recommend? And what kind of glue did you use to adhere the wig? Thank you again and my God continue to bless you, Hollie

  • Reply camille August 29, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Hi Holli, sorry to get back to you so late. I was all over the place this summer. I did cut off all the hair and used super glue to get it on. The wig I bought was from ebay, you can also buy on amazon I believe. It is from the Monique doll collection. Style Bebe, size 10-11 and I think I ordered the blonde color. You can choose from a couple of different sizes. The wig can be challenging to put on, but it is the right size. I youtubed other people putting on the wig. If you have anymore questions let me know and I’ll be quicker about getting back to you. =)

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