Recently our little girl really started to love taking care of her “baby”. She feeds her bottles, reads to her, and puts her “night night”. So in typical last minute style, 2 days before Christmas we knew we had to build her a cradle for her baby doll. Needless to say, she LOVES it and we love that with we made it for only $20! We made this one a simple build with the free printable template.
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How to build an American Girl Doll Cradle
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Step 1: Cut Wood
Once you have printed out the cut list and template, cut the project panel using a table saw.
Step 2: Apply Stencil
Cut out stencil around the dotted lines to lay on top of the 14″ x 14″ wood squares. I used a spray adhesive to apply my stencil. Another option it o cut around the stencil and trace pattern. The spray adhesive just makes things easier.
Step 3: Cut Out Template
One option on the template it to use a 1″ drill bit to cut the along the curved edges. I have included the cross hairs on the template to show you where drill these holes.
Using a jig saw, cut along the template outline.
Once template it cut, sand a smooth any of the uneven edges and make smooth.
Step 4: Assemble Cradle
To assemble the cradle start by applying wood glue and to the sides and nailing them to the ends using 1-1/4″ brad nails.
The top of the side should be even with the tangent of the top radius. This doesn’t have to be exact just get it close.
Next, set the bottom in place so that it is even and level. Again, this doesn’t have to be exact just get it close.
Now apply glue to the supports and nail them in place using 3/4″ brad nails.
Finally, glue and nail the bottom in place using 1-1/4″ brad nails.
For the finish on this project, I used some of the extra paint I had left over from Madison’s room. This little cradle turned out pretty stinkin cute and was the perfect Christmas gift for our little girl.
As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment below and especially don’t forget to post pictures of your finished products in the comments! ENJOY!