It’s that time of the month again! We are completing our second month of the Home Depot Gift Challenge. This month, it was my turn to choose ONE product and ONE recipient. I chose to have everyone use wooden dowels in a gift for a child. My husband and I were already planning this project for our friends’ daughter. I’m so glad I could make our Baby Doll’s Crib fit into the challenge perfectly this month!
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I promise that I will not always complete projects that are this difficult! I would NOT have been able to do this on my own. But if you have intermediate woodworking skills (or access to someone like me!!), Then you definitely can do it!
Everything You Need to Make This DIY Doll Cradle:
1 4’x4′ 1/4″ thick plywood
3 7/18″ dowels x 48″ long
1 1/2″ dowel x 48″ long
1 3/4″ thick – 12″x96″ pine shelf board
8 1 1/4″ screws
Plus the tools you see below!
If you would like to try this project out for yourself, download the doll cradle plans here:
The crib plans pretty much tell the story, but I wanted to include pictures of the process to, so here are a few collages to give a step-by-step photo guide.
Start by making the headboard and footboard.
Next, we cut the wood slats for the crib rails.
Then we did the drilling and sanding for the crib rails.
This next step is optional. We used the router to cut a grove into the wood, that would exactly fit our piece of trim. This was ALL my husband’s idea and he was right, because it looks amazing on the final product!
Here’s where those amazing dowels came into play! We cut the dowels to fit perfectly into the drilled holes and glued them in place between the side rails.
You could easily just nail or screw the floor into the bottom of the crib frame, but we routered out slots to side the floor into :)
One last spot for those wonderful wooden dowels to shine! We used them to plug the holes from drilling the rails into the headboard and footboard.
Then, you can use all of the templates in the Doll Cradle Plans (downloadable above) to cut and mark the wood pieces to add the rockers to the bottom.
Add the rockers on, glue them in place, and wait for it to set!
This was our final product before we stained it. Soooo happy with the final product!
Since this was a gift… might as well wrap it the way a child would like! We formed a house shape out of some huge cardboard pieces that were lying around the garage, then we covered that with kraft paper and used sharpies to decorate our wrapped up house :)
The final crib!
We cut this heart shape out of the footboard, which I LOVE!
She may be a bit young for it now, but I’m sure our friends’ daughter will have a lot of fun with her baby doll’s crib over the years :) There is something so special about building DIY baby doll furniture for kids!
We also made this beautiful DIY Craft Station for our girls an they LOVE it!
I’m not the only one that had fun with wooden dowels this month. Check out these other AMAZING projects! I’m SO blown away by the creativity in this group!
Click the pictures below to find out how they made each project!
Check out this Copper Wine Rack that I made for our last DIY challenge!
And follow the links for more great projects :)