Doll Bed From Cardboard




Introduction: Doll Bed From Cardboard

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You will need the following things to get started.

Box (I used a Postal one, but a Cereal Box or Cracker box could also work)
Scrap Cardboard
Utility knife or Craft Knife
Tape, Masking or Gaff
Material (for mattress cover)
Scrap Soft Cell Foam (Mine is leftover from a mattress topper)

Step 1: Prepare Box

Prepare your box by removing any shiny tape.  Then cover with a layer of tape to reinforce it.

Step 2: Design and Cut Out Headboard

Make a headboard design.  Draw it onto some paper and cut out the template.  Then trace the template onto your cardboard.  Make sure to leave enough room at the bottom to allow for the mattress.

Cut out the cardboard headboard and footboard.

Step 3: Make Mattress

Cut your Soft Cell Foam to the size of your box.  I had to split mine with scissors because it was too thick.  This is easy to do by just cutting it in half with scissors all the way across.  I had to glue my two pieces together with fabric glue.  I am sure foam glue would work too.

If you don't have foam you can stuff the mattress cover with something like Poly-fill also.

Step 4: Attach Headboard and Footboard

Attach the Headboard and Footboard to the box ends with tape.  I used gaff tape because I happen to have a lot of it, but it is a tad expensive usually.  You can just use masking tape.  I would not use duct tape, because it won't take paint well, unless you plan to spray paint it.

I also taped all around my corners on the Headboard to cover the holes.  Then I taped across the whole thing, to add some strength.

Step 5: Paint the Bed

At this point I painted my base coat.  Then it could dry while I made the mattress cover.  I put several coats of paint on before I finished.

The finished paint job is shown.  I used two colors.

Step 6: Make Mattress Cover

To make your mattress cover simply lay your foam on the material and measure.  You will want double the width and 1/2 inch extra on the edges.

Then fold the material in half and turn material print side in.  Sew down the side of the mattress cover.  I did this with the foam piece inside so I could make sure it was snug.  Do not sew to the foam.  Then I removed the foam and sewed down the top edge.  Now turn the material right side out and place the foam piece back inside.   Trim edges as needed, leaving about 1/4 inch.  Sew the cover closed.  I pulled the material down and sewed on the bottom edge so it would not show the final stitch on the top side of the mattress.

Step 7: Put It All Together

Put on your finishing touches.  You could add designs to the headboard or keep it simple.  Put on the mattress and maybe a blanket or sheet to match.  You might even make a pillow.

Your child will be so happy to have a new bed for her doll.

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    1 year ago on Step 7

    I love this, thanks. I laughed at "Your child will be so happy to have a new bed for her doll.". Me too, 63 and still play with dolls. lol #adultdollcollector #DaeLiteCityRide #wootwoot xox


    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks! I am glad you liked it! Lol, your never to old to play with dolls! ❤️


    Question 3 years ago

    Any suggestions for 1/3 size dolls?


    Answer 3 years ago

    You can make it any size you want. Just measure your doll length. You can make a box from a piece of cardboard. I have made all kinds of furniture from cardboard, and it holds up for years. This little bed is still holding up.


    3 years ago

    Very useful


    5 years ago

    I take that back that is pretty cool!!!


    Reply 5 years ago

    Not really fantastic because some people don't have what it needs. :(


    8 years ago

    What kind of brand is ur doll


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    It's a Pullip Dal. She is from Pullip Style.