printable wagashi

Hina Matsuri is approaching faster than I want again this year! Last year, I had the best of intentions to make some hishimochi out of clay for my dollies. That clay is still sitting in the wrappers in the clay drawer but hey, at least I bought it (one step closer).

I wanted the dollies to have something for Friday so I started thinking about what I could do with the time I have between now and then and it hit me … do a printable!

WARNING: This printable is a full out craft.

I used white cardstock. I recommend using a thick paper or cardstock. You could also draw these shapes and colors out for yourself if you don’t have a printer.

The first printable is for hishimochi, a traditional tri-colored rice flour dessert for hina matsuri. To make them, use the printable pdf at the end of this post and follow these instructions. Cut where blue lines are in sample. Soft fold (lightly crease with fingers, do not press the folds) the tri colored sides and pink tabs so you have what is basically a box top with the pink section. Continue soft folding the tri colored sides around the pink tabs taping or gluing as you go around. Tuck the extra tri colored sides into the alternate side and secure (with tape or glue). Enjoy!

I did try these as boxes instead of open bottomed and they look sloppier. You can try it for yourself by leaving an equal amount of white to the pink under the lower striped piece if you want, just be sure to give yourself a tab(s) to secure the bottom.

The second printable is for suama, another rice based mochi dessert. This is not for the mildly skilled or easily frustrated. I’m sorry about that. I encourage you to try it but not beat yourself up if it’s not for you.

See, it already looks complicated, doesn’t it? This one is both incredibly simple and awesomely frustrating. The first thing you want to do it cut out each shape with lots of space around it remaining. Before you start trimming the piece, you need to make two hard creased folds (shown in red). (Note: This is not obviously easy. I had to practice. Print out a few extra for yourself just in case. Once you’ve got it – you’ve got it. The first one can be a doozy! Stay with it and you’ll be fine).

Next, cut around the entire outside of the shape starting with the curves. You need to cut the “inside” sides of the curves to continue all the way to your fold lines on their respective sides. Then you can cut the straight outer sides and lop off the extra pink end left as a folding guideline. (The photo does not show the curves cut first but trust me, do it that way).

Fold at both ends of the curves to create the curved parts as the “face” sides of your treat (shown in yellow, do not fold any of the curved part that has become like a tab).  On either side of your folds, you now have a skinny tab (indicated here on one side by the green bracket). You need to fringe that so it will tuck in when you bend it around the curved tabs. Straight cuts to the fold work but I found that tiny triangles worked better because of the limited space. Do whatever works for you!

Next, flatten out the fringe and roll the piece between your fringe around the curved tabs. (I could not take a photo and hold the piece but I found it worked best to use both hands to create a gentle curve by smoothing the paper over my thumb).  You will have extra paper and that’s ok. I tried this multiple times and depending on how you cut, this piece is not going to always be the same length so you intentionally have extra! Fold the extra bit while you have things marked and cut it off. You’re now ready to assemble your treat.

Fold the fringe all in, wrap it so the curved tabs are OUTSIDE this time and secure the bottom to the piece you have curved around (with either tape or glue making sure to hold your piece if you are using something that has drying time!). To secure the curved tabs to the fringe, you can use glue or I found that a single long skinny piece of tape (I used regular old Scotch tape in a strip that I cut to eliminate the texture from the tape dispenser’s edge as well as cutting in half widthwise) over the top only secures the entire piece. (Note: if you have too much extra “face” pieces, you can trim them with a scissor).

Here are my sequential attempts (front to back). I started out with a fading design but it didn’t look as good so I ultimately just switched to a solid color.

If I haven’t totally lost you, here’s the pdf.

Printable Wagashi for Hinamatsuri

(Wagashi are Japanese confections. Mochi are made with rice flour.)

Harry Potter and the Wizardly World for Dollings


Do your dollies love Harry Potter too? How about some chocolate frogs to celebrate? The above image is a snip from the Harry Potter Paraphernalia blog. Find the original and others here:

More Harry Potter fun!

(Book of) The Care of Magical Creatures
Book of Monsters
Book of Spells
Broom (Nimbus 2000)
Chocolate Frogs Box (Harry Potter)
Harry Potter books
Harry Potter Robe
Harry Potter Skirt
Hogwarts Letter
Marauder’s Map
Potion Bottle Labels
Quidditch Set
Scarf – Hogwarts House Scarf
Wizard Wand

Kanani Akina, Girl of the Year


The beautiful and high sought after Girl of the Year Kanani Akina doll still thrills collectors and young girls alike. Mostly known for her Shave Ice Stand, crafts  and patterns for Lea Clark will also work well for Kanani (those posted last week here).

Here’s what I have for Kanani crafts:

Boogie Board
Coconut Drink
Shave Ice Stand
Shave Ice Stand
Shave Ice Stand Printables

Read up on Kanani:

AG Playthings Kanani
American Girl Wiki: Kanani Akina
Dollation: Kanini Akina

Grace Thomas, Girl of the Year


Did you get Grace in 2015? Still love those freckles?

Here are some things to make with Grace:

Croissants (felt or foam)
Bakery Fridge
Bakery Business Cards
La Patisserie Menu
Macaron Box
Pastry Bags
Pastry Boxes
Bakery Shelf
French Bakery
Grace’s Bakery
Grace’s Bouquet
Grace’s Postcards
La Patisserie
Cookie – Macarons
Cookie – Macarons
Cookie – Macarons
Cookie – Macarons (felt)
Grace’s Bouquet

More on Grace:

American Girl Wiki: Grace
Dollation: Grace Thomas

Felicity Merriman, American Girl


Tea anyone? We love the treats for Felicity (and everyone else!) featured on A Peek into the Pantry. Once you finish cooking, check out these fun crafts.

Felicity’s Shrewbury Cake recipe
Colonial Straw Hat
Mob Cap (crochet)
Mob Cap (paper)
Placemat – Colonial Stenciled Placemats
Preserves in a Jar
Cookie – Felicity’s Tea Cakes Tree
Felicity’s Travel Trunk (doll sized)

More on Felicity:

Making History: We Are The Felicity Generation
AG Playthings: Felicity
American Girl Wiki: Felicity
Curt Danhauser: Felicity
Dollation: Felicity Merriman

Addy Walker, American Girl

Addy Oval name-date_ [Converted]

Addy is a true American Girl with hopes and dreams that transcend her lot…we love that! She is also one of my favorite AG characters.

Here are some great crafts for your Addy or other dolls.

Braided Rug
Pot Bellied Stove
Addy’s Lunch
Addy’s Tin Pail (lunch pail)
Addy’s Emancipation Scroll
Addy’s Union Reader back
Addy’s Union Reader front
Bean Doll
Addy’s Bandbox
AG doll’s cloth dolls of their own

Reading is fun too! More on Addy (including some great activities at the museum)…

National Museum: Meet Addy Walker
AG Playthings: Addy
Curt Danhauser: Addy
Dollation: Addy Walker
Paris Review: Addy Walker, American Girl
Lissie and Lilly: Addy Comparisons
I Secretly Hated My “Addy” American Girl Doll

Julie Albright, American Girl


Child of the 70’s, Julie Albright offers many collectors a chance to relive their childhood. Expertly marketed for a generation old enough to have their own little girls but young enough to have their own pocketbooks…Julie is the ultimate blond girl of the 70’s.

Make her something she might have made for you:

I Love the 70’s printable fun
Jeans Pocket Purse
Julie’s Bed
Julie’s Bedding
Pom Pom Owl Craft for dolls
70’s Dining Set
LP Records
Julie’s Egg Chair
Julie’s Egg Chair (part 1)
Julie’s Egg Chair (part 2)
Julie’s Egg Chair (part 3)

More on Julie:

AG Playthings: Julie
American Girl Wiki: Julie
Curt Danhauser: Julie
Dollation: Julie Albright

Kaya’aton’my, American Girl


Chronologically the first American Girl, Kaya’aton’my, referred to as just Kaya, lived in a wild and free world little girls still dream of…as they should.

Here are some great crafts for a party or on your own:

Kaya’s Bedroll
Native American Bedding
Woven Basket
Paper Bead Necklace
Rustic American Girl Doll Birthday Party
Stuffed Pony Friend

More on Kaya:

AG Playthings: Kaya
American Girl Wiki: Kaya’aton’my
Curt Danhauser: Kaya
Dollation: Kaya’aton’my

Samantha Parkington, American Girl


One the original American Girls, Samantha has seen a lot of changes over the years. Fans everywhere still love her fancy world. Her original clothing patterns can be found on agplaythings here:

What do you want to try and make at home?

Bridesmaid Bouquet
Lace Fan
Samantha’s BeForever Bed DIY
Samantha’s Eyelet Bedding
Hat and Muff
Tam (Sailor Hat)
Wide Brim Hat
Embroidery Sampler Pillow
Lydia’s Sketchbook
Samantha’s Books
Samantha’s Bird Watching Cards
Samantha’s Composition Book back
Samantha’s Composition Book front
Ice Cream Parlor (Samantha’s) by Amanda
Ice Cream Parlor (Samantha’s) by Kara
Ice Cream Parlor (Tyson’s)
Butterfly Net
Samantha’s Teddy Bear
Wooden Toy Soldier
Samantha’s Paper Dolls
Samantha’s Princess Dream

More on Samantha:

AG Playthings: Samantha
American Girl Wiki: Samantha
Curt Danhauser: Samantha
Dollation: Samantha Parkington

Lea Clark, Girl of the Year


Lea! Our Girl of the Year for 2016! She has inspired so many cool crafts. You can take almost any dress or pajama pattern, use a colorful mini print fabric and add to your homemade Lea collection.

Here’s more Lea fun:

Boogie Board
Brazilian-Style Grill
Coconut Drink
Fruit Stand
National Geographic Magazine (Sloths)
Passport  – Lea’s
Rainforest House

More on Lea:

Toy Box Philosopher: Lea
American Girl Wiki: Lea
Dollation: Lea Clark