DIY Cardboard Bed

October 9, 2012

This cardboard bed I made for Dax has got to be one of my most favorite projects ever! All pieces interlock without tape or glue. I usually dislike sewing since I’m so slow and clumsy at it (being self-taught and using an aging beast of a machine has a lot to do with that) but the project that was supposed to be just a quilt ended up including a pillow. Then a cloud pillow. Then another pillow! Watch out, I may start making clothes for my kids…I wish!

Plans to make your own cardboard bed and more photos can be found at my post for Hellobee.

Pillow fabrics are IKEA and the quilt is made from a pouch that packaged Mara’s Virginia Johnson baby blanket.


  1. Comment by Allison Waken on October 9, 2012 11:54 pm

    You are ridiculous. I LOVE this. My 8 year old stuffed animal lover is going to make me make one

  2. Comment by kristine on October 10, 2012 10:57 am

    you are a cardboard Master!!! this is so cool. and that tiny little blanket and pillow. so perfect.

  3. Comment by Sara on October 10, 2012 2:26 pm

    This is so cute!

  4. Comment by Amber @ thecardboardcollective on October 10, 2012 4:26 pm

    You truly have caught the cardboard bug! Fantastic! I’m a big fan of glue free.

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    you never cease to amaze me. i. love. it. ♥

  8. Comment by Kamela on October 16, 2012 7:17 pm

    This is so fantastic! I love it!!

  9. Comment by Becky on October 19, 2012 8:18 pm

    this is great — may have to try this.

  10. Comment by Parenting Paths on October 22, 2012 7:13 pm

    Adorable! I will share this on my Facebook page :-) Thanks for the wonderful idea!

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  14. Comment by Jen on December 3, 2012 5:25 pm

    We found your bed pattern this afternoon while looking for dolly clothes patterns and just had to make it! Both my daughters love their little dolly beds and enjoyed decorating them with crayons and stickers. We even made little hanging mobiles from wire and beds. Thanks for posting and a fun afternoon!

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    Jen, I love it, thanks for sharing and so happy to hear that your girls enjoyed it! And the idea of a mini-mobile is so sweet. I bet my son would love that too!

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    Thanks to you, a beautiful bed of doll was made for my daughter. You can see it here:

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  19. Comment by Jenn on January 27, 2013 10:00 pm

    Mia, it looks wonderful! The decoupage treatment is such a great idea — it must make the construction stronger too! I hope you and your daughter enjoyed crafting it together and that she loves it for her dolls and “babies.” Thanks for sharing : )

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    Very cool!

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    You mentioned the old hank of a machine but sewing machines are tough old broads. Get her checked by a sewing machine repair person and you may find she works quite well after all. Mine just had the wrong bobbins. Silly me.

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    This is great. Took me 30 minutes to make two, and only that long because my 4yo “helped.”

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