Friday, October 31, 2014

"D" is for Doll Pram

Build: diy doll pram

Happy Halloween friends!  Ana and I are back to share another handmade holiday gift build that any little person is sure to love - a doll pram.

Ana designed this little push pram perfectly.  The plans feature a fairly simple build that is sure to see lots of playtime.

Fill it with their favorite baby doll (above is a Bitty Baby but the 18" dolls fit too).
It's spacious and roomy without being cumbersome, a 2 year could handle this pram no problem.

I'm in love with the simple lines and boxy look.
 Bonus!  I built this pram out of wood scraps and only purchased the $1 wheels at the craft store.

The mattress is a piece of 1 1/2" foam wrapped in batting.  I made an envelope style fabric covering that can be removed for washing.

How to build a doll pram:

Step 1: Cut main body pieces and make pocket holes using your Kreg jig.

Step 2: Assemble body using pocket holes.

Step 3: Sketch and cut out side pieces.  Clamp 2 sides together and sand edges to be sure they are identical.

Step 4: Attach sides to main body using pocket holes.

Above view of underside.

Step 5: Add handle supports and handle.  Putty and sand smooth then paint as desired.

Cut  1 1/2" foam mattress to fit bottom.

Wrap mattress in batting and tack closed.  Then make envelope style fabric covering to fit.

Sand and paint wheels.

Wheel hardware:

Each wheel requires the above hardware in the order pictured.  Be sure to use the correct hex bolt that is smooth at the neck, this allows the wheel to spin freely.

Mark the center of each wheel and drill a hole to match the 3/8" bolt.

Mark the corners of the pram body and drill 3/8" holes.

Thank you to Ana as usual for designing these beautiful (and free!) plans.  You can build gifts for all your friends and family, check out the handmade holiday page for more diy gift ideas from this year and last year too.
I'm linking up to:

Sand and Sisal
The 36th Avenue

Creative Collection @ Lolly Jane
Nifty Thrity Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
Inspiration Exchange @ City Farmhouse
SAS @ Funky Junk
That DIY Party @ The DIY Showoff
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
SAS @ Just a Girl
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming


Riann said...

This is positively adorable!

Linda7 said...

Jamie, wonderful build for some precious little girl. Thank you for the tutorial, and to Ana White for the plans

cindy_fraher4 said...

I have 2 granddaughters who would love this. Where did you purchase the wheels?

senovia said...

That is adorable! I wish I lived closer to my nieces!

Emily said...

Wow! This is such a cute project! Any little one would love to have one of these. We would love for you to come and link up with us Your Designs This Time, Mondays 8:00 EST.
Hope to see you there!
Emily & Erin

Michael Shubeck said...

Thanks for the great plans! The plan didn't have measurements for the wheel holes; I used an inch and a 16th from the bottom and sides based on scaling up where the holes were in the drawing (I don't see a functional reason a different spacing wouldn't work). The pocket hole technique was interesting but the angled screw has a tendency to pull the piece up and my base was pulled slightly off level. The wheels can be cut from the same wood as the base using a band saw. An example is here: