DIY washboards for your pioneer dolls…

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a Washboard It is a tool designed for hand washing clothes. A traditional washboard is usually constructed with a rectangular wooden frame in which it is mounted on a series of ridges or corrugations for the clothes on which it is being rubbed. For 19th-century washboards, the ridges were often of wood; By the 20th century, metal mounds were more common. A “fluted” metal washboard was patented in the United States by Stephen Rust in 1833. Zinc washboards have been manufactured in the United States since the mid-19th century. In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, it was bumps galvanized steel are the most common, but some modern boards are made from glass. laundry with copper Still making hills.

Doll-sized washboards for play only.
Not for diving in actual water!

Support list:

  • Corrugated cardboard and soft cardboard
  • Popcycle sticks
  • Silver acrylic paints
  • Scrapbooking paper (optional) or
    Gray or brown acrylic paints
  • white school glue
  • Glue gun and hot glue
  • mod podge

Step by step instructions:

  1. First, you will need to cut one piece of soft cardboard the size of the washboard you intend to make. If the cardboard is not solid, double its thickness by gluing the multiples together using white school glue.
  2. Press these layers together, to dry, under a stack of heavy books.
  3. Now hot-glue Popcycle sticks cut a wide frame around the washboard. The two longest sides should extend beyond the “washboard” to form “feet” by 1/2 inch. See photo above.
  4. Cut shorter metal flutes from your corrugated cardboard washboard.
  5. Peel off the top layer of this cardboard to reveal the corrugated or corrugated flat sides of the corrugated cardboard. Glue these clips inside the frames, on both the back and front of the synthetic nozzle, the “washboard”.
  6. Then I covered the smooth wood frames and areas of cardboard over the fluted cardboard with white glue and faux wood scrapbook paper. This step is optional. Some of you may prefer to paint the same areas brown or gray instead.
  7. Then paint silver or pewter cardboard to give your mini washboards a galvanized metallic look.

Alicia explains how the pioneers did the laundry…

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