The holiday season is always busy for us, and this year has been no exception. I’ve been working away on Christmas gifts, but haven’t had much time to blog about it. These two cuties were just too adorable to let slip on by, though. Not long ago, I shared a fun (and cheap) American Girl doll bed we made for a friend using an Ana White plan. When my sister-in-law asked me to make a couple of those beds for her girls, I happily took on the project. Because these beds were going to sisters, I wanted them each to be a little different and unique. I had some leftover plywood lying around from my trumeau mirror project, so I cut it to size and used it to replace the slatted 1×3 headboard and footboard panels in Ana’s plan.
The headboard panel was cut 6″ x 12.5″ and the footboard was 3″ x 12.5″. I pretty much followed the plans for the rest of the build. I did add a piece of 3/8″ thick board cut 1.5″ x 6″ to make two panels in the headboard. I also added some cove molding to the inside of the headboard and footboard panels and routed the top and bottom header boards with my ogee bit.
This gave everything a more finished look. Then I puttied all my nail holes and sanded everything down.
This was how the headboard looked when it was ready for paint. I gave everything a coat of primer and two coats of spray paint. The other bed I built exactly according to Ana’s plans. We wanted a more country feel for that one.
Here you can see the difference between the two headboards. I realize the black is hard to see, but it really does look quite sophisticated in person.
I made all the bedding myself. I didn’t really use a pattern, because I was sort of winging it. I will say, though, that I found this tutorial for making a fitted doll sheet at From an Igloo, and it was immensely helpful. She even has a tutorial for making pillows and pillowcases for your doll beds. It’s awesome!
I love modifying Ana’s plans. They are just so versatile, and you can always put your own twist on your builds to make them reflect your taste. I just love the way these beds represent my nieces’ personalities–completely different, but totally cute. They are sturdy enough that they will be around a long time, too. I can’t wait to see how they like them.
Did you build any of your own Christmas gifts this year? I’d love to see them!