Here’s how to make a miniature doll cradle from a recycled cardboard salt container. Because the container is round, you can even rock the cradle for your little doll baby!
by Jane Lake
What You Will Need:
- one empty, round, cardboard salt container box
- serrated knife
- scrap of colored felt for a pillow
- scrap of colored felt for a blanket
- craft glue
- small doll to fit in the cradle
- small amount of pregathered lace
- optional: one spring-type clothes peg
1. Have an adult cut the container for you with a serrated knife, as shown in the photo.
2. Next, paint your container inside and out and let it dry. You can add more decorations if you like; although you can’t see it in our picture, we stamped on a lady bug with chunky stamps.
3. Glue a length of lace around the cut areas of the salt box.
4. Take a piece of felt that is large enough for you to fold it in half and stuff with two or three cotton balls. Glue the three ends together to make a pillow for your cradle.
5. Cut another rectangular piece of felt to make a blanket that is big enough to fit around the baby and tuck in at the sides.
6. Your baby cradle is now complete. If you wish, you can take the spring out of a clothes peg and paint it to match the cradle. Glue the peg pieces to the bottom of the salt box, with one piece facing one way and the other facing the opposite way. This will make a stand for your cradle, but you won’t be able to rock it back and forth. Now put your baby to sleep in her brand new salt box cradle and sing her a lullabye!