Thursday, April 16, 2009

Baby doll cradle

I love oatmeal. I would say "who doesn't?" but I know it's not my husbands favorite thing for breakfast. I, however, have it for breakfast just about every morning in the winter . . . and the spring . . . and I guess the fall too. The other morning as I was finishing off a carton of oatmeal I had a vague memory of my dad making a baby doll cradle out of an oatmeal canister when I was a little girl. So instead of tossing out my empty canister I held on to it for a rainy day activity.

Here's what you'll need to do to make one.

First you'll need to cut your canister in half. I found it's easier to cut the lid in half first and then use that as a gauge for cutting the canister.

When you're done you'll have something like this:

I was going to have my daughter decorate some paper to line the cradle with but then I decided to use fabric. I have tons of scraps, after all.

We smeared tacky glue all over the inside and then rubbed it smooth with our fingers.

I let my daughter pick the fabric she wanted. We cut it out and lined the cradle.

All done. Goodnight baby.



  1. What a super idea. You are so creative. I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog. I will be reading regularly. Thanks!!

  2. Too cute. I will have to remember this one when I have a girl. I don't think Tom will let Ben play with dolls :0)

  3. Oh my two year old will love helping me make one! I love this...thanks for sharing it!

  4. I remember Grandma Goff making a doll cradle from the oatmeal box when I was little. I loved it!

  5. My mom used to make these for me too. I can't wait to make them for my daughter. Until then, I'm making oatmeal box jetpacks for my boy!