Doll Bed on the Cheap

Materials: Scrap cardboard, popsicle sticks, scrap material



  1. Lay your cardboard on your cutting mat and measure your bed (either using a toy for scale and drawing a rectangle around it or measuring with a ruler).

    1. Single doll bed dimensions: 4 inches by 2.5 inches.
    2. Double doll bed dimensions: 4 inches by 5 inches.
  2. Carefully cut out the along the drawn lines on the cardboard. And set the cut out piece aside.
  3. Measure the baseboards and headboard for the bed. Draw the lines with a pencil, use either a ruler or other straight edge (such as a box).

    1. Headboard: 5 inches by 2.5 inches (single) or 5 inches by 5 inches (double).
  4. Cut out the baseboards and headboard. And set aside
  5. Label the cut out cardboard pieces.
  6. Measure for pillows. Draw the lines and cut out.

    1. Pillows: 1 inch by 1 inch.
  7. Set the main piece of cardboard to the side.
  8. Line up the baseboards with the popsicle sticks and mark where to cut.

    1. Measure in the middle of the popsicle sticks, because the ends of the sticks will be used to help support the bed over the baseboards.
  9. Cut the popsicle sticks by scoring and then snapping the wood.
  10. Glue the cut popsicle sticks to the baseboards.
  11. Assemble the bed. Take your hot glue gun (after it’s warmed up) and glue the baseboards to the bed; this should be on the bottom side of the bed at the base and at the head.

    1. If adding the supports to the baseboards (the short parts of the popsicle sticks) this is the time to do so. Put some glue at the ends of the short pieces of the popsicle sticks and attach to the baseboards. Allow these to dry.
  12. Allow to baseboards to dry. Then set aside.
  13. Take out your material. If using old clothes, cut along the seems so the material can lay flat.
  14. Measure the material for your bed. It should cover the baseboard to the head of the bed, and hang down a little on the sides of the bed. Cut the material and glue it to the bed. Be careful to start at the base of the bed so the material covers it correctly.
  15. Measure the material for the headboard by wrapping material around it, so the headboard is covered. Cut out the material and glue it to the headboard, starting at the side that is meant to be most visible.

    1. This is also the opportunity to be creative with the headboard. Add decorative nails, pins, jewels, ribbons, or whatever else is needed to make the headboard perfect.
  16. Once the headboard covered in material is dry, line it up with the head of the bed, being sure that it is also flat against the supporting baseboard. Use glue to hold the head of the to the bed and allow to dry.
  17. While the assembled bed is drying, take material and measure the pillows. Cover them in material, just as the headboard was measured, and cut out the material.
  18. Glue the material to the pillows.

    1. If you want the edges of the pillows to be covered cut a small amount of material to wrap around the otherwise exposed edges and glue that part down before covering the entire pillow in material.
  19. Measure out a blanket for the bed. Do this by either measuring with your ruler the preferred length and width of the bed, or by using the bed as a guide to the appropriate size.