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Wooden Doll Cradle Made Farmhouse Style

Do you ever wonder what you should have your eye out for while garage sailing or in thrift stores? In my typical jaunts a must for me is to spy anything wooden. When it’s made from wood, it can be altered to your heart’s content and can be transformed with some DIY fun. Check out this wooden doll cradle I found on one of my latest adventures.

Thrifted Wooden Cradle Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

It’s handmade from pine and looks sturdy enough from the pictures, but I had to tell my kids to leave it be until I worked on it. It was wobbly and not very safe for a small child. But…if you look at it, you’ll see it’s in the the raw. Perfect for a little mama & daughter project, wouldn’t you say?

Working with my kids is what keeps my mama heart happy. So you can bet I invited my littlest to join me in this wooden doll cradle makeover. To say she eagerly jumped at the opportunity is an understatement. tee hee!

DIY TIME

The very first thing we did was take it all part. It was held together with nails on the ends, while the dowel floated in the rails. Simple enough.

Disassembled Wooden Doll Cradle Made from Pine | prodigalpieces.com

In order to make this more kid-friendly and sturdy, I decided to use my drill to counter-sink some screws into those nail holes instead. You can use a counter-sink bit, or just use the size bit the same size as the screw head. Just make sure you either tape your bit to mark for depth or be very careful not to go too deep.

Drilling Wooden Doll Cradle for Counter-sunk Screw Assembly | prodigalpieces.com

This is where little girl comes in to help. She was eagerly waiting! Once I had the screws started, she helped me finish them into each hole.

Assembling Wooden Doll Cradle with Toddler Help | prodigalpieces.com

NEXT STEPS

After the screws were in, she hammered in flat head plugs to fill the holes and make a nice, clean surface. She’s a pro, I tell ya!

Adding Wood Plugs to Doll Cradle | prodigalpieces.com

My turn was to add some wood filler to make everything gel together. Just wipe on with a putty knife, let cure, and sand.

Filling Holes with Dap Wood Filler | prodigalpieces.com

Key is to fill the holes slightly higher than the surface because the filler will shrink a bit when curing. This Corner Cat sander makes my job way too fun.

Sanding Wooden Doll Cradle After Repairs with Ryobi Corner Cat | prodigalpieces.com

Last, but not least is the decorative part. Since little girl and I decided to give the wooden doll cradle our favorite farmhouse style, we picked a stain as our finish. One of my favorites is Provincial as you can see it used in my home in these posts.

Staining Wood Cradle with Provincial Stain by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

THE REVEAL

Nice dark color to make it look old and full of character. Once the stain cured, I added a bit of hand-painting to the ends. Once it was all done, my helper knew it was time to stage. Do you think she is up for the task? You bet! Before I could even whip out my camera she was already sitting and ready to go.

Wooden Farmhouse Doll Cradle with Ticking Mattress by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

We had such fun working on this together. She even helped me sew a cute ticking mattress so that the baby would be comfy (in her words).

DIY Farmhouse Doll Cradle by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I wholeheartedly agreed with her and we had fun creating our accessory. Ticking is easily one of my favorite textiles.

Doll Cradle Ticking Mattress by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Handmade Baby Doll Cradle Mattress by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

TOO CUTE

For me, the icing on the cake was being able to add my own touch of a few Lily of the Valley flowers. You know I love to add my own personal touch to my pieces and these innocence of these flowers always tug at my heart.

Handmade Wooden Doll Cradle with Hand-Painted Lily of the Valley by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

So what you do you think…would you have grabbed it up if you spied it for sale? Either way, little girl sure is enjoying not only working with her mama, but is hoping to bring a smile to your face.

Little Girl with Doll Cradle with Farmhouse Style by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

You can find this cute cradle available in my online shop (SOLD)along with many other of our creations and finds. Sign up for my newsletter below to get an instant discount on your first purchase.

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I invite you to pin and share to encourage others to get their kids involved in some DIY fun. You just never know who needs inspired.

Looking for a fun way to get your kids involved in a DIY project? Head to the thrift store wood section. This wooden doll cradle got a Farmhouse Style makeover. Come see at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Up next, another wooden related makeover using everyone’s favorite cutting boards. What to do with them when they’re worn out…hmmm… See what they became OVER HERE.

Worn Out Cutting Board about to get new life | prodigalpieces.com

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Comments

  1. Michele Branham says

    Love the cradle makeover! The Lily of the Valley flowers are a beautiful addition. I especially love your cute little helper.

    • Larissa says

      We had such fun and happy to share our little adventures. Thanks, Michele!

  2. Judia Hyde says

    What a sweet project to share with your beautiful baby! I’m new to your blog, having just recently found you on Pinterest, and I am thoroughly enjoying it! All of your creations are so pretty and professionally done and it is delightful learning your techniques and getting acquainted with your precious, Godly family.

    • Larissa says

      Welcome to my family, Judia! So glad you have found me and my family and are enjoying our work shared with you. We love to share and inspire. Hugs!

  3. Claudine says

    The cradle is aaaaalmost as sweet as the cutie staging it. 🙂
    Beautiful work, ladies.

    • Larissa says

      I know, right?! haha. You know I have a favorite. tee hee! Thanks, Claudine.

  4. Debra Wise says

    The cradle makeover is so cute and your little helper is just beautiful! She did a wonderful job staging it. Love the hand painted Lily of the Valley.

    • Larissa says

      I couldn’t stop giggling at how excited she was to get to stage. It was all I could do to keep up! 😀

  5. Lori Sawyer says

    So cute! Projects are always better with little helpers

  6. Ann says

    I Love your blog’s involving your children , She is a cutie!!!! Love Ann

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Ann. They are my all in all and I could talk about them all the time. hee hee!

  7. Darlene says

    It turned out so beautiful, how wonderful that you are teaching your children such values that will remain with them forever. Congratulations Larissa.

    • Larissa says

      We are both delighted to hear it! Thank you so much, Darlene. 😉

  8. Debrashoppeno5 says

    You and Little Girl are a great team. The cradle is so precious. I would have bought the cradle even though I don’t have young children :).

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Debra. It totally appeals to the little girl inside of me. 😉

  9. Kristina says

    I love the skills you are teaching your children at such a young age. I think back to my dad and I working together all of the time and remember all his little tricks of the trade he tought me and still use! Precious memories. The lily of the valley painting is superb! One of my favorites!

    • Larissa says

      Thank you for your kind words, Kristina. Your dad is awesome to take the time to do that. I have similar memories with my folks and grandparents.

  10. Donna B Willey says

    This was so nice to see. I’m super excited to receive the cradle….a Christmas present for my little granddaughter. It means even more to me to see what Larissa and little girl put into it. The flower touch adds so much too…so dainty and sweet.

    • Larissa says

      Wonderful! My daughter and are tickled to see it go to a new home. We had such fun! 😀

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