The Perfect {Girly} Gift

One of the benefits of being crafty is that I always have a large stash of scrap wood in the garage.  When Bug told me she needed a gift for her bestest friend’s birthday, I knew just what to do.  My girls and all their friends are really into all things American Girl.  When Ana White posted her doll bed plans, I knew these beds would make perfect gifts.

I didn’t capture pictures of the build process, because we were in a hurry and forgot.  This bed is a quick and easy project, though.  It went together in an hour or so, and we gave it a coat of primer and two coats of Rustoleum brown spray paint, and it was good to go.

We added a scrap of trim to the headboard to make it a bit more “fancy.”  For the mattress, we picked up a 2″ thick foam chair pad at Hobby Lobby and cut it to fit the bed.  Then we used coordinating fat quarters to put together some bedding.

We also purchased a yard of coordinating minky (at 40% off) at Hobby Lobby to make a throw pillow and blanket for the foot of the bed.  I was very proud of Bug because she made the quilt topper and all the pillows.  This was one of her first big projects, and she did a fabulous job!

I love it when my kids give really meaningful gifts.  Bug’s friend loved the bed, and we were so excited to see her open it.  Now both my girls want doll beds to match their rooms.  :-)

129 thoughts on “The Perfect {Girly} Gift”

  1. Wow! I love this bed. I would actually like to crawl in myself! I had seen the plans for this on Ana White’s site and it’s so great to see one made from them. Love the bedding – great job Bug!! I am going to Pin this in hopes that I can make them for my girls.
    Terrific job!

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  2. The doll bed looks great. Now I need to try one for my granddaughters. Do you know what the approximate cost was from start to finish?

    1. You know, Kim, I always have extra lumber laying around the garage, and these beds are perfect for scraps. I am not sure of the exact cost, but I know that it was under $20. We made one for my niece for a gift exchange, and I had a $15 limit, and without spray paint, it was easily under the limit. It also depends on how fancy you want to make it. Trim can add up. Good luck, and have fun! :-)

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