Thursday, January 3, 2013

{DIY} Doll Crib

Scott and I gave Ada and Ellie each one "big" gift for Christmas this year.  Ada's gift was a bike - which, incidentally, she insists she needs to be five years old to ride and hasn't gone near since Christmas morning - and Ellie's was this wooden crib I made for her dolls.

She's recently started on a big baby doll kick and so I thought this would be great for her to keep in her room so she can put her babies to bed.  And it doubles as baby doll storage, so an extra little bonus when we're tidying up at the end of the day!

I essentially followed this plan by Ana White, but omitted the finials and used 1x2's for the side bars instead of dowels.  If you want to replicate this version, you can follow Ana's plan but omit the dowels from your shopping list and add an additional 6-foot long 1x2 to your shopping list.  I cut the side bars 7" just like the dowels in her plan.

I used a Kreg jig for all the joints, which I just bought, and am honestly not sure how I ever did any woodworking without it!  It is really, really easy to use and makes super strong joints.

For the mattress, I cut a piece of 3"thick high density foam to 12" x 18 1/2" to fit the inside of the crib.  I used a spare envelope closure pillowcase for the "sheet," flipping it inside out and sewing straight seams to make a 15" x 21 1/2" square (the extra 3" are to account for the width of the foam.  I trimmed the extra fabric from the edges, flipped it right side out, and inserted the foam.

I painted the crib white and stenciled a Fleur-de-lys on each end in navy blue.  I also marked off a horizontal stripe with Frog tape and painted that navy as well.

Once Ellie realized the crib was for her and not for Ada on Christmas morning, she squealed and ran right over to it.  There was some initial confusion over who was meant to go in the "cribby," though...

Good to know it's sturdy enough to hold a 25 lb. two year old!  

Since returning home Ellie's dolls have been on rotation through the crib and she really seems to love it.  Which makes me feel good, obviously :)


  1. adorable! you did a beautiful job and i love the garland, too! :) of course. :)

  2. The doll crib is beautiful. And, sure to become an heirloom piece to be passed down. My grandfather was very handy with wood, so my dolls always had the best!!

  3. This is so adorable! Lyla would love this! Definitely something that will be in your family for many years to come.

  4. Oh my goodness how sweet is that crib and how sweet is that little gal! Awhhh!!! Perfect gift! Thank you so much for sharing!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

  5. That is so cool that you MADE the crib. She will cherish it even more in the years to come. She is adorable!

  6. This is the cutest little crib. Im planning on making one for my daughter - she will be 3 next month.. Thanx for sharing


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