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Attempting Aloha: DIY Canopy Doll Bed - It's Done!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

DIY Canopy Doll Bed - It's Done!

UPDATE:  The PDF is up! HERE is a link for the headboard/footboard printable!

Aloha!



Those of you who follow me on Facebook already know that I've been working on a doll canopy bed for my oldest daughter. I'm making each of them a doll bed and intended to use the plans for Ana White's farmhouse doll bed like this:


At first, I was just going to do three of the exact same bed (I have three girls), but my 2-year-old caught me looking at plans and saw this bed as well as Ana's doll crib, and she BEGGED for the crib. So then I was committed to doing a crib for her. THEN I fell in love with Ana's bunk bed plans and wanted to try that for the "middle child". But I knew if I did the bunk and the crib, then my oldest would feel like her bed was kinda plain. Don't get me wrong, the farmhouse bed is fab! But my girls are a little glam. They like frills and ruffles. 

So I scoured the online pages of PB Kids, and I found this:



Perfect! I used Ana's farmhouse plans as kind of a guideline.

Here's my lumber all ready to go (that pile also included lumber for the bunk bed and the crib).


Ana's plans are for American Girl dolls, but my kids really love stuffed animals. My daughter got this Hello Kitty from Build-a-Bear for her birthday, so she was my model here. Turns out she's about the same size as the American Dolls (18").

If you remember, we left our circular saw in Hawaii (and I have yet to fork out the cash for a miter saw), so I was left using the stupid jigsaw we got at the pawn shop when we arrived here. It works fine, but a jigsaw is NOT the tool you want to be using for straight, nice cuts. Blah. It was perfect for the headboard and footboard, though! Lucky for you, you can just have the Lowe's guy cut it all for you there at the store...I still wasn't sure of the sizes, so I left mine long and had to cut them myself.

Purchase list:
1x6 (1 at 8' long) - $5.50
2x2 furring strip (1 at 8' long) - $1.38
1x2 furring strip (1 at 8' long) - $.98
1x3 furring strip (1 at 8' long) - $1.58
Finials (optional) - $2.00 for 4 at Hobby Lobby
Decorative piece on headboard - $2.00 for 2 at Hobby Lobby
Screws, brad nails, Gorilla Glue

Total - about $13.50

That's to do one. You will have lots of left-over lumber, so you could easily do 2 with this amount of wood. You'd just need to purchase another $.98 1x2 and more finials.

Cut list:

2x2 - cut 4 pieces @ 18" each
1x6 - cut 2 pieces @ 9.5" each
1x3 - cut 2 pieces @ 18" each
1x2 - cut 2 pieces @ 9.5" each, 2 pieces at 18" each, and 2 or 3 (depending on how many slats you want on the bottom of the bed--I recommend 3) at 10" each



For the headboard and footboard, I just penciled in on the 1x6 (that you should have had cut to 9.5" each) how I wanted the design to look. You can change it up, of course, but this is a classic look. And this is where the jigsaw actually proved useful!

To make the headboard appear bigger than the footboard (without purchasing a 1x8 or 1x10), I simply placed it higher up on the legs than the footboard. The headboard should be up 5" from the bottom, and the footboard is up 3" from bottom. So this piece shown is the headboard. I should have taken a side-by-side comparison of the two, but oh well. You get it, right?


This was done at about 1:00 in the morning, so pics were the last thing on my mind. I wish I had taken one of the base (center that you attach the headboard and footboard to), but Ana's plans are excellent. Look at step 10 for reference. The sides on this one are the 1x3's cut at 18", and the head and foot (and center) are the 1x2's cut at 10".

Once the headboard, footboard, and base are all finished, put them together. I placed mine up 3" from bottom of the legs, so it's flush with the bottom of the footboard. You now have a four-poster bed!

To get the canopy look, take your last four 1x2's and put them across the front, back, and sides right at the top (flush with the top of the legs).  My furring strips split, so I ended up using Gorilla Glue to try to patch it back together. What a mess. Blah!



Every time I go to Lowes or HD, I always check the Oops! paint section to see if there's anything I like. I got lucky and found this awesome gray quart that was marked to $2.50! I wanted all white bedding and knew a gray bed would be the perfect match.


I'll share tutorials for the mattress and bedding later, but I had SO much fun making them. Anyone who's just starting to sew should really consider making doll bedding or doll clothes. They don't use much material (and you can use cheap stuff), and it gives you great practice!

Here's the headboard detail I Gorilla Glued on.


Here's a view of the headboard and footboard cut-outs. Can you tell the headboard is raised higher than the footboard?  That's the kids' Christmas tree in the background. They get their own tree in their room. We're that nuts.


You might also notice the round finials aren't in this pic. I'm still not 100% sold on them. I'm trying to find the perfect crystal doorknobs at the perfect price. I'd like to try those before settling on anything. So the finials have been painted but not attached.

Here's a pic with my 2-year-old, so you can see the size of it:



She's an independent two, people. She dresses herself.

Doesn't the little jelly roll pillow just melt you?


I had way too much fun making the bedding. The shams on the pillows are removable, as is the tulle on the jelly roll pillow.


And the best part? The jelly roll pillow and curtains are made from my wedding dress. Awwww. Remember when I ripped it up for pillows?  Yeah...tons left over still.

Ok, so I wasn't sure if people would actually be ready to build a bed like this, so I didn't bother making a PDF of the headboard and footboard. But let me know if you're interested! If enough people want it, I'll put it up. :)

UPDATE:  The PDF is up! HERE is a link for the headboard/footboard printable!

What do you think?

Aloha,
Charlie

I'm linking to Sarah's before and after party at Thrifty Decor Chick:

47 Comments:

At November 19, 2011 at 7:09 AM , Blogger Athena said...

Love this bed! I too was going to make the Anna White bunk beds but now I think this will be more fabulous so if you can throw a pdf together that would be great and I would appreciate it!

 
At November 19, 2011 at 7:13 AM , Blogger Vanessa said...

Hi, Charlie

What a sweet bed. It came out great.

Vanessa

 
At November 19, 2011 at 1:59 PM , Blogger Dama das Camélias said...

So pretty bed! The princess must loved, she´s so sweet.

 
At November 19, 2011 at 4:59 PM , Blogger Glenn and Natalie said...

Love it!!!!! I want to make one too!!!!

 
At November 19, 2011 at 6:16 PM , Blogger LDH said...

Such a sweet canopy bed! You did a splendid job making it extra pretty. A special gift for any little girl that will be cherished for a long time.
So nice stopping by to visit with you!

Kindly, Lorraine

 
At November 19, 2011 at 6:59 PM , Blogger Jane Jeffress Thomas said...

A pdf would be fantastic. I have two little great granddaughters and can use my husbands tools in his shop. You did a fantastic job on these. Love that farm bed too.

 
At November 20, 2011 at 1:10 AM , Blogger txkiki said...

es preciosa tu camita, espero que su propietaria disfrute tanto como tu al hacerla, saludos Gm

 
At November 20, 2011 at 1:29 AM , Blogger Dara Lynn said...

Would love the PDF for the headboard!! I have two nieces that would love a bed for their dolls and my husband loves projects like this!

 
At November 20, 2011 at 6:26 AM , Blogger Step-parent's Cove said...

A woman after my own heart! Great job! I might do this for a couple of my grand-daughter's.

 
At November 20, 2011 at 7:52 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! It turned out great! I was looking at tutorials last night about how to make bunk beds for 18 inch dolls. I guess we are thinking along the same lines...
(I came to visit via of the Sew Darn Crafty link-up)

 
At November 20, 2011 at 8:29 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is so great!! I would love the pdf. Great job, and love the twist using your wedding dress for the bedding!

 
At November 20, 2011 at 1:30 PM , Blogger Chessa @ Antsi-Pants said...

I LOVE it! I'm going to make my daughter one for Christmas. She has asked for a bed for her AG Doll Kit-but this one is way cuter and way cheaper! Can you send me the measurements for the bedding? Thanks. chessamoore@yahoo.com

 
At November 20, 2011 at 3:08 PM , Blogger Lisa Few said...

Putting this on my to do list for Christmas!!! Please post the PDF on the headboard. You're a doll!! Thanks for the great post!!!!

 
At November 20, 2011 at 5:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The doll bed and bedding turned out beautiful! I'm sure that your daughter will love it and it's fun that you used your wedding dress for the bedding.

 
At November 20, 2011 at 6:11 PM , Blogger Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Amazing! What a talent! Thanks for sharing this adorable idea.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

 
At November 20, 2011 at 6:11 PM , Blogger SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Hi, friend! I pinned this on Pinterest. Btw, I'm admiring all the creativity here. Can you please join me at my Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there :)

 
At November 20, 2011 at 8:25 PM , Blogger Katy @ Live Laugh Love Craft said...

This is AMAZING! My 3 and 4 year old are so into dolls right now, this is the perfect Christmas present for them!

 
At November 20, 2011 at 10:01 PM , Anonymous nitro rc trucks said...

I too was going to make the Anna White bunk beds but now I think this will be more fabulous so if you can send a pdf file that would be great and I would appreciate it!

 
At November 21, 2011 at 2:40 PM , Blogger black eyed susans kitchen said...

Excellent! The bed is just beautiful for a little princess.

 
At November 21, 2011 at 3:48 PM , Anonymous abeachcottage said...

You did a great job with the doll's bed. It looks really lovely!

 
At November 21, 2011 at 6:22 PM , Blogger Solidia said...

I would love a pdf! This is a great bed!!

 
At November 22, 2011 at 6:17 AM , Blogger Rachel said...

This is adorable! I love it.

 
At November 26, 2011 at 8:50 AM , Blogger Camille said...

Oh. MY. GOSH! This is beautiful! I saw that bed at PBK and couldn't bring myself to pay that, but you make it looks so do-able to make my own! Thanks for sharing this great tutorial and the measurements. We would love to have you stop by and share this at our link party:
http://sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com/2011/11/strut-your-stuff-saturday-week-21.html
Have a great weekend!
Camille @
SixSistersStuff.com

 
At November 26, 2011 at 10:33 AM , Blogger Carrie @ My Favorite Finds said...

I am pinning this for my husband to make for our daughter. Thank you so much for posting this. I saw it in PBK, but the price was a little much for me, too.

 
At November 26, 2011 at 11:42 PM , Blogger Danielle said...

such a perfect gift idea! Love this idea! I'd love for you to link up to my Homemade in December Link Carnival.

http://blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com/2011/11/homemade-in-december-link-carnival.html

 
At December 5, 2011 at 9:20 PM , Blogger Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living said...

Very cute, it is any little girls dream doll bed.

 
At December 6, 2011 at 8:03 AM , Blogger Debra from Bungalow said...

IT's beautiful! I love it! Your bedding is so pretty. I'm making a princess and the pea bed for my granddaughter for Christmas.

Happy Holidays!

 
At January 2, 2012 at 6:51 PM , Blogger Cindy said...

i actually made three of the ana white farmhouse doll beds for christmas this year. the one you made looks much easier. i would love the pdf for the headboard and footboard. i will keep a watch on your site to see if enough people request it.

your two year old is a doll!!!

xo, cindy

 
At January 9, 2012 at 6:19 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW what a beautiful bed, my husband is going to try and make it for our daughter.
Thanks for suring. Helen

 
At July 12, 2012 at 4:57 AM , Blogger Muhammad Atif said...

I wanted all white bedding and knew a gray bed would be the perfect match to, Send gifts to Pakistan from UK.

 
At August 2, 2012 at 12:00 PM , Blogger jelismom05 said...

I just found this on pinterest and wondered if you ever posted a pdf I would love to make this for my daughter for Christmas!!! :)

 
At October 21, 2012 at 7:44 AM , Blogger Stephanie said...

Hi. Great job on the bed. This would be a great Christmas present. Do you allow pictures from this blog to be pinned on Pinterest? shuttermom77@gmail.com

 
At October 23, 2012 at 7:09 PM , Blogger Attempting Aloha said...

You bet! Thanks for visiting and sharing the love. ;)

Aloha,
Charlie

 
At November 10, 2012 at 7:52 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my, I just came across this after googling diy doll bed. What a fabulous job! I want to learn how to use a jigsaw and make this! Thank you for sharing!

 
At November 15, 2012 at 6:53 PM , Blogger Regina Rauch said...

I would love a PDF of the headboard and footboard. I want my husband to make this for my girls for Christmas. And I work at Hobby Lobby so its an added bonus. Please post how you made the mattress and the measurements for the bedding. Thank you for an amazing idea for a family with a (very) tight budget!!

 
At November 24, 2012 at 9:51 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So adorably sweet



erika

 
At December 2, 2012 at 3:18 PM , Anonymous Lorraine said...

I love your site!
Could you please tell me how you made the curtains, length and attaching?
Thank you!

Lorraine

 
At December 27, 2012 at 12:17 PM , Anonymous nikki ray said...

We made the canopy using ana white's plans. Cute bed.

 
At January 11, 2013 at 12:24 PM , Blogger Deborah Mitchell said...

I think you did a wonderful job. I wish that the internet and Ana-White were around when my girls were little and playing with dolls. I have two granddaughters now who may be getting Cradles next year for their Bitty Baby.

 
At November 29, 2013 at 4:24 AM , Blogger Shir Smith said...

Where have you (and this post) been all my life (or at least the last 3 months of it)? My granddaughter wants the "Julie" bed so badly it's all she talks about, but there's no way I can (or want to) pay that kind of money for a doll bed. I've done so many internet searches for this and FINALLY today you popped up - thank you thank you thank you! I might even send you a photo if it comes out good enough lol.

 
At December 4, 2013 at 1:13 PM , Blogger Charlie Attemptingaloha said...

I'm so glad you like it! I'd love to see a pic if you do end up making it. :)

 
At February 24, 2014 at 10:55 AM , Blogger Linda Phillips said...

Thank you so much for the headboard/footboard template. I have the plans for the Ana White farmhouse bed and was all set to start construction. My granddaughter really wanted a canopy bed so I was trying to figure out how to modify it to make it into a canopy. Now I can use your plan and stop worrying about the outcome of my attempt to modify it!! Thank you, thank you!!

 
At February 24, 2014 at 10:56 AM , Blogger Linda Phillips said...

Thank you so much for the headboard/footboard template. I have the plans for the Ana White farmhouse bed and was all set to start construction. My granddaughter really wanted a canopy bed so I was trying to figure out how to modify it to make it into a canopy. Now I can use your plan and stop worrying about the outcome of my attempt to modify it!! Thank you, thank you!!

 
At February 25, 2014 at 2:47 PM , Blogger Linda Phillips said...

Me again, I'm curious about the fabric for the canopy, is it removable or did you put it on the wood before you secured the cross pieces to the posts?

 
At February 27, 2014 at 1:01 PM , Blogger skyfish said...

I would like to buy this. Can you please make me one? Message me at bsaini@gmail.com

 
At March 20, 2014 at 3:08 PM , Blogger Charlie Attemptingaloha said...

I'm sorry, but I am no good at recreating things for money. Ha! I love to make things once and then lose interest. I think the clinical term is Craft ADD. ;) It truly is a beginner project and very inexpensive. You can do it!

 
At March 20, 2014 at 3:08 PM , Blogger Charlie Attemptingaloha said...

Hi, Linda. I actually hand stitched it on after. Another idea would be to stitch ribbons along the top edge of the curtain and then tie them on. :)

 

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