Time to Make the Bed(s)

Two Bed Designs for Your Miniature Dollhouse

On this page I describe two variations of a dollhouse bed, perfectly sized for the Miniature Dollhouse shown in another blog page. The first bed, which also includes an accompanying lamp, is a woodcraft project. It’s a very simple project, and because of that it makes a great kid craft. It makes significant use of woodcraft shapes that you can find online at Crafting Supplies or likely at a local crafting store. First, I’ll show the directions for the woodcraft version of the miniature dollhouse bed.

Miniature Bed and Lamp Supplies

Using the inexpensive craft materials shown in the above image, you can make an endearing dollhouse miniature bed and miniature lamp like that shown in the inset, and add it to your collection of dollhouse furniture. Notice that a lot of wood shapes from wood shape assortments are used in the project to make it simpler.

This is an easy child craft project, but a number of steps are involved in making the bed. Older children could make it without help, but you might need to help the younger kids, especially when using a craft knife for cutting some project materials.

The parts shown consist of:

  • A doll pin (optional).
  • A 2″ wide wooden heart.
  • A 1 3/4″ wide wooden heart.
  • A 1 3/4″ by 2 1/2″ piece of 1/8″ balsa wood (optional).
  • Three wooden ovals or craft stick pieces 1 1/2″ long.
  • A half-dozen 2 1/2″ long craft sticks.
  • A 1/8″ wooden dowel.
  • A 5/8″ wooden candle cup.
  • A 5/8″ wooden flower pot.

Doll pins, balsa wood, wood craft shapes, craft adhesives and other construction materials are all available craft material stores or online at Crafting Supplies. For wooden ovals, look for wood shapes:

This little bed goes perfectly with the Doll House project.

You may also want to consider the compatible sized miniature furniture, wishing well, and miniature gazebo featured in my book: Judy’s Easy Craft Projects.

Making the Bed, Step One

It takes a number of steps to construct the miniature dollhouse bed, though the steps are simple.

Start by cutting off about 1/4″ of the points of the wood shape hearts, as shown in the above image. The resulting flat portion of the heart shapes will become the feet of the head and foot of the bed.

Cut two 1″ lengths of 1/8 inch wooden dowel, and glue across the width of the hearts as shown, about 1/2″ from the flat ends of the trimmed hearts. Try to place the dowels the same on the two heart pieces. The dowels will provide a resting place for the base of the bed.

Glue the wood craft ovals across the back of four aligned craft sticks. This will form the base of the bed. Cut off the excess length of the ovals if they extend past the craft sticks.

Making the Bed, Step Two

Glue the craft stick assembly between the hearts (head boards), resting on the lengths of wooden dowel. The cutoff portion of the hearts are to be the feet or bottom of the bed.

Note that the ovals used for holding the craft sticks together are on the bottom side of the bed,.

Glue a craft stick on each side of the miniature dollhouse bed to make side boards. Only one is shown here along the downward side of the bed.

Be sure the sideboards don’t extend above the top of the bed base.

Finishing the Bed and Lamp

The image above shows the constructed furniture pieces made from the wood shapes, a nice miniature bed and simple miniature lamp.

The lamp is just a 1 1/2″ length of wooden dowel glued to an inverted candle cup (the base) and the wooden craft flower pot (the lamp shade).

A 1/8″ layer of balsa wood cut to the size of the bed base can be glued on top of the bed base as an option to give more of a mattress look.

As another option, one leg of the doll pin can be cut off to the width of the bed and glued on to make a pillow shape as shown in the above image.

Now you have a completed set of furniture miniatures perfect for any small doll house.

Decorating the Bed and Lamp

All that’s left to do is decorate the bed and lamp as you desire.

In this example I used paint for the basic decoration, and a bit of gold fringe to fancy up the pillow, the base of the bed, and the lamp base.

The Foam Board Dollhouse Bed

Here’s a completely different take on a miniature dollhouse bed. Instead of using wood, it is made almost entirely of foam board, using only a few wood shapes as decorations. Foam board construction makes it easier to tailor the bed to a specific shape. It is, like the woodcraft bed, a simple craft. You made need to help with cutting of the foam board, but the rest of the project is great for kid crafters.

Miniature Foam Board Bed Supplies

Using the inexpensive craft foam board, wood craft, and other crafting parts shown in the image, you can make a perfect miniature bed as shown in the inset. The dollhouse bed is just the right size for the Little Girl Doll.

This is a very simple craft, and the craft foam board is extremely easy to work with. It can be easily cut with only a craft knife.

This is a great child craft project, but be sure to help with cutting the craft board and balsa wood strips.

The parts shown consist of:

  • Some 3/16 inch thick craft foam board.
  • A piece of 1/4 inch square balsa wood strip.
  • Some decorative cloth.
  • Some decorative lace.
  • A few thin wood shape pieces.
  • Some thin foam shapes (optional).

A convenient place to find the supplies for this project is Crafting Supplies.

Consider using this miniature foam-board bed with the Girl Doll. The bed fits perfectly in the Doll House also featured on this blog.

You may also want to consider the miniature furniture, wishing well, and gazebo described in my book: Judy’s Easy Craft Projects.

Making the Bed Frame

The basic frame of the miniature dollhouse bed is made from the craft foam board. The crafting board can be cut with a sharp hobby knife.

The foot of the dollhouse bed is a piece of foam board cut to 2 inches by 1 1/2 inches.

The head of the bed is cut to 2 inches wide to match with the base of the bed, and about 3 inches high. If you wish, you can cut the top to be decorative, as the left end of the bed frame illustrates.

Cut two pieces of foam board to 2 inches wide by 5/8 inches high, and glue to what will be the inside bottom edge of both the head and foot of the dollhouse bed. These will support the base of the bed.

Cut a piece of craft foam board 2 inches wide by 4 inches long. This rectangular piece will be the base of the bed. Glue this between the head and foot of the bed, resting on the 5/8 inch strips.

Finishing the Foam Board Bed

Cut four pieces of the 1/4 inch square balsa wood strip for bed corner posts.

The two pieces for the foot of the furniture miniature should be about 2 inches long. The two pieces for the head of the dollhouse bed should be about 3 inches long.

Glue on the balsa wood corner posts and let dry.

Next, cut a piece of fabric the size of the dollhouse bed bottom, and glue on for a bed cover.

If you like, cut some lace and glue along each side of the furniture miniature.

Finally, paint some wood shapes and use as decorative pillows for the bed.

In this example, I used a thin foam letter J shape to glue to the head of the bed. You can pick any letter or letters from a foam shape assortment, and personalize the bed for your little girl.

The Finished Bed with a Wood Craft Girl Doll

At left you see the finished miniature dollhouse bed with the wood craft girl doll sitting on it.

As you can see, the bed is just right for the doll, as is most of the other miniature furniture on pages of this blog.

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