Gina DeMillo Wagner’s daughter is a huge American Girl fan. Last year, when her daughter turned 7, she received American Girl’s “Truly Me” dolls, customized to look like her. Gina’s son and daughter play lots of different things together, from super hero’s to sports to dolls, so it came as no surprise to her when her son asked for an ‘American Boy’ doll for himself for his 6th birthday. The only problem was, they don’t make ‘American Boy’ dolls! Fortunately Gina was creative enough to make her own ‘American Boy’ doll and posted exactly how she did it on her website.
Gina explained how she began to make her very own American Boy doll that looked like her 6 year old son writing;
First, I scoured eBay and Craigslist for a used 18-inch doll. It had to be in excellent condition, and it had to resemble my son with his platinum hair and blue eyes. I searched for “American Girl” and “Pleasant Company” (American Girl’s parent company) as well as “Madame Alexander,” another company that makes quality 18-inch dolls. It didn’t take long before I found a Madame Alexander doll on eBay for $25. If I looked past the hot pink lipstick and hair bow, I saw the spitting image of my son: