Cradle For Baby Doll

Today you will use scrap wood to build a cradle for your baby doll. You will need scrap wood, some screws and either a hand saw or bandsaw. First cut a piece of wood to make the base of the cradle. Then cut two pieces of wood to be the sides. Next you will use a large screw to hold the sides to the base. Screw the sides into place. Now cut two pieces of wood for the ends of the cradle. Screw the ends into place on top of the sides. Your baby doll cradle is done! Put your baby doll in and rock her gently

today you will use scrap wood to build a cradle for your baby doll.

  • You will need scrap wood, screws and a hand saw or bandsaw to complete this project.
  • Cut the pieces of wood with your saw into the following dimensions: 2 pieces at 3″ wide by 4″ long; 1 piece at 4″ wide by 6″ long; 1 piece at 2″ wide by 5″ long; 1 piece at 3/4″ wide by 5/8″ tall.

You will need scrap wood, some screws and either a hand saw or bandsaw.

You will need scrap wood, some screws and either a hand saw or bandsaw. You can easily find scrap wood at home in your garage or basement. Screws are available at any hardware store and will be used for attaching the cradle to the base. If you don’t have a hand saw, a bandsaw may be used instead.

First cut a piece of wood to make the base of the cradle.

The first step is to cut a piece of wood to make the base of the cradle.

You want it to be a rectangle, long enough to hold your baby doll, wide enough to hold your baby doll and thin enough that it fits in your doll’s crib.

Then cut two pieces of wood to be the sides.

Then cut two pieces of wood to be the sides. Make sure they are the same length, thickness and width.

Next you will use a large screw to hold the sides to the base.

Next you will use a large screw to hold the sides to the base. Make sure that you have a screwdriver that fits well in your hand, as this can be tricky. You also want to make sure that your baby doll cradle is level so it does not tip over when your baby doll sits in it later.

At this point, we recommend checking all of these things:

  • The sides are level with each other and with the base
  • The sides are straight (but not too straight)
  • They don’t curve or twist at any point

Screw the sides into place.

Next, screw the sides together with a large wood screw. Don’t use too long of a screw or it will split your wood. Also, don’t over-tighten it or the wood will split and you’ll have an ugly gap where the screws meet.

Now cut two pieces of wood for the ends of the cradle.

Now cut two pieces of wood for the ends of the cradle. The ends should be the same size as the sides and attached to them at a 90 degree angle, in a way that makes it easy to rock your baby doll when he or she is in his/her new bed.

Screw the ends into place on top of the sides.

  • Use a screwdriver to secure the ends into place on top of the sides.
  • Make sure they are flush with each side and level. If they are not level, you will have to take them off and start over again.
  • Make sure that both ends are straight and perpendicular to each side (straight up).

Your baby doll cradle is done! Put your baby doll in and rock her gently.

Now that you’ve built your baby doll cradle, it’s time to put her in. Use a screwdriver to secure the sides and base together with screws. Next, use another screw or nails to attach the ends of the sides to the base (you can use a hand saw or bandsaw for this step). And now that you’re done building your cradle, it’s time for some rocking! Put your baby doll into her new home and gently rock her side-to-side until she falls asleep peacefully so that she can dream about sweet things like rainbows and butterflies flying around while rainbows fly past butterflies who are strolling down yellow brick roads sprinkled with glittery dust as they sing “La la la la” over and over again…

This works out much better and means that these are in the 10 – 20 dollar range to build! I hope if you build this your little one gets as much enjoyment out of it as my daughter has. This can also be a hand-me-down or heirloom for years to come!

What you’ll need:

1 – 3/4″ x 12″ x 6 foot boards

Circular Saw and Table Saw (Can make the whole thing with just Circular saw angles would be harder)

Drill and drill bits

1 5/8″ drywall screws

Jigsaw

Bandsaw (Optional)

Sander

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Step 1: Create a Template for the Sides

Create a Template for the Sides

To make both of the sides even I made a template. I just drew out my design on a folded piece of card-stock and made sure that it would fit inside of a 12 inch wide board. Folding the paper in half and then unfolding helps to keep the symmetry.

I traced out the template onto the wood so i have a clear reference.Add TipAsk QuestionCommentDownload

Step 2: Cut to Rough Size

Cut to Rough Size

Next I cut the boards to rough size just past the width of the template so that I can take a much more manageable piece over to the band saw. If you are going to use a Jig Saw for this part you can probably skip this so you have a larger piece to clamp down.Add TipAsk QuestionCommentDownload

Step 3: Cut Out the Shape of the Sides (bandsaw or Jigsaw)

Cut Out the Shape of the Sides (bandsaw or Jigsaw)

So this part you can either do with a bandsaw or a jig saw

All I did here was cut out the shape of the sides staying on the outside of the line knowing that I was going to come back and give the edges a good sanding!Add TipAsk QuestionCommentDownload

Step 4: Sand the Edges

Sand the Edges
Sand the Edges

Next I sanded the edges of the sides getting it down to the line. Just take your time here and be patient you don’t want to blow past the line and have a strange shape.

4″ x 36″ Belt 6″ Disc Sander Belt/Disc

Once you have the piece down to a good shape you can take a router with a round over bit and round over all the edges.

MLCS 8384 Round Over-Beading Router Bit 4-Piece Boxed Set

If you don’t have these you can EASILY round over the edges by just hand sanding or even using a sander.Add TipAsk QuestionCommentDownload

Step 5: Cut Out the Heart Shape (Optional)

Cut Out the Heart Shape (Optional)
Cut Out the Heart Shape (Optional)

So if you want the crib to look like this one I cut out the shape of a heart from the side.

To do this I drilled a hole inside of the hear to accept the jigsaw blade and then I just chipped away at each edge of the heart and then finalized the shape. I couldn’t get the heart perfect so I got as close as I could and used a mix of

  1. A Dremel with a sanding head Dremel 7300-N/8 MiniMite 4.8-Volt Cordless Two-Speed Rotary Tool
  2. Hand sanding
  3. Using files and rasps Fatmingo 5x180mm Mini Assorted Wood Rasp File Set Metal Needle Rasps Files with Rubber Handle 6 Shapes Bastard files for Wood and Soft Stuffs Carving

and in about 20 minutes I had some nicely shaped hearts cut out.Add TipAsk QuestionCommentDownload

Step 6: Cut Down the Sides and the Bottom

Cut Down the Sides and the Bottom
Cut Down the Sides and the Bottom

Next I took the rest of the board I had and added a 7 degree angle to both sides. For the bottom this means that both sides will sit up against the bottom and be angled out.

So if you put this 7 degree angle on both sides of the bottom and you sit the board down flat the top will be wider than the bottom.

And the sides will sit up against the bottom and be angled to be flat against the table.Add TipAsk QuestionCommentDownload

Step 7: Clamp Together the Sides and Bottom and Screw Together

Clamp Together the Sides and Bottom and Screw Together
Clamp Together the Sides and Bottom and Screw Together

Then I took the sides and clamped them to the bottom so I could drill some pilot holes and screw it all together. I added three screws on either side and I am just using some rough thread 1 5/8″ drywall screws. These work perfectly and it has held together for a long time now.Add TipAsk QuestionCommentDownload

Step 8: Screw All Together

Screw All Together
Screw All Together

So next I took one of the faces and set it on the table. I put the sides and bottom on top of the face so that I could measure and center them. I just get a consistent measure on all sides to see how I want it all to fit together and when I’m ready I mark where its all going to go.

I then use hot glue to hold the bottom and sides to the face while I flip it over and drill and screw it all together. Once again I am using the 1 5/8″ rough thread drywall screws here.Add TipAsk QuestionCommentDownload

Step 9: Fill in Screw Holes and Sand and Prep

Fill in Screw Holes and Sand and Prep
Fill in Screw Holes and Sand and Prep

Next I used some wood filler to cover up the screw holes ( I love this plastic wood from DAP Products because it stays purple while it is wet and turns wood colored when it’s dry and ready to be sanded.

Then I sanded it all down working my way up to 320 grit.

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Step 10: Stain or Paint Depending on Preference

Stain or Paint Depending on Preference
Stain or Paint Depending on Preference
Stain or Paint Depending on Preference

So this is where you can get as creative as you want.

I stained one of these and painted the other. I thought the white was the best here but I can totally see other people using all different colors and adding stenciling and names and getting very creative with it. And I want to see any variations of this you do!

Also for added protection here I put a coat of wipe on polyurethane on it to finish it all off!Add TipAsk QuestionCommentDownload

Step 11: Add Baby Doll!!!

Add Baby Doll!!!
Add Baby Doll!!!

Hopefully you’re baby doll enjoys his or her new cradle and your little one gets years of enjoyment out of it as my daughter has. THANKYOU!

The cradle won’t rock, but it can be used as a bed for your baby doll.

The cradle won’t rock, but it can be used as a bed for your baby doll. If you’re going to use the cradle as a bed, keep it away from small children and pets. It should also be kept away from fire.

Conclusion

The cradle won’t rock, but it can be used as a bed for your baby doll. You can also decorate it with pillows or blankets if you want.

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