So yesterday, as part of our 12 days of Christmas blog hop, I share the pattern to the cutest ballerina doll… Okay, I think it is the cutest. Anyway I thought it would be fun to follow that up with a simple doll bed and nightstand that can all be made with just one piece of wood, a jig saw, and hammer and nails. SIMPLE, SIMPLE project. Great for Christmas on a budget or just making a big purchase more exciting…
Take it away Amy!
Hi, it’s Amy from Hertoolbelt! Your little girls will love this simple yet elegant bed for their favorite dollies. It will easily fit 18″ dolls, or have plenty of room for smaller baby dolls. The bed is designed to be simply made from 1 board and with the extra wood make a cute doll nightstand or stool.
How to Build a Doll Bed and Nightstand or Stool
- 1″ x 12″ x 6′ board (actual 3/4″ x 11 1/4″ x 6′)
- wood glue
- 2″ nails (brad or regular)
- 1 1/4″ nails (brad or regular)
- wood filler
- sand paper
- 4 knobs, optional
- Jig saw, scroll saw or bandsaw
- hammer or pneumatic brad nailer
- measuring tape
- sander, optional
Overall Doll Bed dimensions
From one end of the board, measure and mark 19″. Cut the board 19″ long x 11 1/4″ wide. Print out the headboard and foot board pattern, make sure the print settings are on 100% not ‘fit to page’. Doll Bed Head and Foot board pattern1, Doll Bed Head and Foot board pattern2, Doll Bed Head and Foot board pattern3, Doll Bed Head and Foot board pattern4. Line up the patterns, the head and foot board are 11 1/4″ wide and there is a large overlap between papers, tape together and cut out.
Glue and nail (1 1/4″ nails) the 3/4″ x 3/4″ x 19″ pieces to the bottom of the 11 1/4″ x 19″ bed platform.
Measure up 3″ from the bottom of the head and foot board. The top of the bed platform will line up with the 3″ mark. Glue and nail (1 1/2″-2″ nails) the bed platform to the headboard and foot board.
Step 3 – Nightstand or stool
Cut 1 piece that is 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ for the top. Cut a piece that is 4″ x 5 1/2″ for the shelf. Print and cut out the side pattern nightstand or stool side pattern, make sure the print settings are on 100% not ‘fit to page’. Trace 2 side patterns onto wood. Cut out the side pieces. Sand as needed.
From the top of the sides, measure and mark 2″ down. Glue and nail (1 1/2″ -2″ nails) the shelf between the sides. Glue and nail (1 1/2″ -2″ nails) the top onto the side tops.
Here’s a view the unfinished doll bed and nightstand/stool, ready for decorating!
Remove any excess glue, apply wood filler to nail holes, cracks and blemishes and allow to dry. Sand the wood filler, bed and nightstand until smooth finishing with 120-150 grit sand paper. Paint or stain the doll bed and nightstand and allow to dry. I painted the bed and nightstand base with Americana Decor Whisper chalky finish. I stained to top of the nightstand Minwax polyshades mahogany bombay.
I decided to dress mine up with a painted monogram letter in the center. I printed out a circle with monogram letter, then used an easy technique to create my own stencil. Cover the area with painters tape, then tape the monogram in place. Use an X-acto knife to trace the paper pattern through the tape and remove the unwanted tape.
I spray painted the letter with Rustoleum Pink Glitter Spray paint, then removed the tape. For a little added bling, I decided to add Pink Glass knobs to the outer corners, each set in place with a grabber screw.
Your kids and dolls will love it!