Friday, October 31, 2014

DIY Doll Pram

Build a diy doll pram.

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.

handbuilt holdiay gift plans

diy doll pram empty

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

doll pram with baby doll

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.

doll pram interior

diy doll pram with bedding

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.

diy doll pram wheels

diy doll pram handel

diy doll pram mattress

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.

doll pram interior side

doll pram wheel detail

How to build a doll pram:

Kreg pocket hole jig

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

doll pram assembly

Step 2: Assemble body using pocket holes.

sides together to sand

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

doll pram assembled

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

side longer than base

Above view of underside.

doll pram natural wood

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

doll pram foam mattress

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

foam mattress with batting

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

doll pram painted wheels

Sand and paint wheels.

hardware to attach wheel

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.

predrill hole in wheel

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

predrill holes in pram sides

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

diy doll pram free plans

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.
handbuilt holiday collage


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

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

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

  4. 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

  5. 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:

  6. Help! I'm making this project for Christmas and can't find anywhere to purchase the wheels!

    1. I found these wheels at Michaels in the precut wood parts area.

  7. Where did you find the wheels?

    1. I found these wheels at Michaels in the precut wood parts area.