You know how it is when you shop for baby doll stuff: you get in the car, go to the bank, withdraw a large chunk of money, then head off to the store. Little girls love doll things and the manufacturers of doll things know that! Although most people can’t make some doll furnishings, outfits and accessories there are a few things that are so easy to make it would be a shame to go and buy them. Such is the case for a small baby cradle. If your family eats oatmeal you’ve already got a doll cradle!
You can use any size oatmeal canister to make a baby doll cradle, but the larger the canister, of course, the larger the cradle. To make sure a particular doll will fit in the finished cradle stand her up next to the oatmeal canister to make sure it is taller and wider than she is. Take the empty oatmeal canister and wipe it out with a damp cloth to start the project.
Glue the lid of the oatmeal container on and allow the glue to dry completely. It’s important that the glue be applied all the way around the inside of the lid. After the adhesive has dried, lay the canister down on its side, and begin cutting it to make the cradle. It can be helpful to lay the canister on a wadded towel to keep it from rolling as you cut.
Set the canister so that it is horizontal on the towel. Set it so that the lid is facing to your left. A sharp knife is a must to get a good, clean cut. Begin cutting from the right side to the left side but don’t cut all the way across. Stop when you get about two-thirds of the way across the center of the can. Now, go to the area above where you stopped and cut straight down to meet the original cut. Remove the section you’ve cut away. The oatmeal canister should now have the shape of a baby cradle.
Before cutting the canister you can decide how you want the cradle to look. Paint it, cover it with scrapbook paper or glue on selected fabric. When the cuts have been made you can then embellish it how you want. It’s necessary, though, to glue on lace, ruffles or even roping to cover the cut edges of the oatmeal can. A cute look is to glue roping around the edges but ruffled lace around the bonnet of the cradle.
Cut a piece of foam and cover it with fabric to make the mattress. Or, place stuffing in the bottom then glue fabric over it to conceal. Make a smaller version for a little baby doll by using a salt canister instead. These easy cradles are simply adorable!