Here’s how I went about making a bed for our Kruseling dolls, using lollipop sticks and a glue gun. Once I had worked out how to make it, it took me about an hour to cut and glue the pieces together. Initially there was more thinking than doing but after I had drawn the template the assembly was quite straightforward.
It’s not true 1/6th scale but it’s size was dependent on these 3 factors;
- Long enough for a 9 inch Kruseling doll
- Fit within the doll’s house room and still look realistic
- Shallow enough to fit inside a 12 inch carry case.
Once I had decided on the size of bed I started the preparation;
- Glue gun
- Glue sticks
- Measuring tools
- 11.5 cm long lollipop sticks (I used 41 sticks but allowed more for error)
Mark out the paper template
This is a rectangle measuring 11½ cm by 24½ cm (I used my quilter’s ruler to get the angles correct and I drew the rectangle).
Using a lollipop stick, draw around them to mark out their placements within the rectangle.
Cutting the lollipop sticks
There are 6 cuts in total using 4 lollipop sticks. Measure at the 8cm mark and cut 4 sticks to the 8cm length. Using 2 of the remaining 3.5cm pieces, measure 1cm from the cut end and cut to shorten the stick to 2.5cm. You will have 4 bed corner posts and 2 centre-bracing bed frame posts.
Assemble the Bed Frame
The template was used to line up the lollipop sticks and I used my sewing weights to stop the sticks from moving while I glued them together.
Start with the long sides and place a lollipop stick at each corner. Use another stick to overlap at the centre.
Using the weights to keep in place on the template, add the 2 ends to form a rectangle. Turn over and add 3 more vertical sticks (left, centre and right) for rigidity.
Using the paper template a a guide, continue adding vertical lollipop sticks to form the slats along the base. Also add 4 sticks horizontally at the sides.
Assemble the Bed Posts
Using the template, set the 8 cm long sticks at the correct distance apart and with weights in place, glue the horizontal sticks across.
The spacing is up to you, but the lowest stick needs to be situated so that the base is set at the correct height. Draw a line at 2.5 cm from the floor-edge.
Attach the Bed Frame to the Bed Posts
Place the bed post flat on the table and glue the bed frame to it above the 2½ cm line, ensuring it sits at right angles. Add more glue to the underside edge of the bed so that it’s not seen. Do the same for the 2nd bed post. Check that it all sits level.
Attach the Bracing Bar
With the bed turned upside down, glue one 2½ cm stick vertically to both sides at the midway point. Use a 3rd stick to form a bracing bar to help hold them in place.
At this stage I could see the bed was in its final stages and Sophia #Kruseling got to try it out.
There were glue strands that needed picking off and I tried as best I could to lightly sand any parts that required smoothing down. Then it was ready for painting! It got two coats of Liquitex Gesso and I left it with the matt finish.
After I had made the mattress, pillow and duvet I secretly wished I were that size, small enough to snuggle down in the bed next to Sophia.
With the prices of 1/6th scale beds these days, I was absolutely delighted to have been able to make my own. My 11½ cm lollipop sticks cost £1 for 100 and I used 3 or 4 glue sticks.
Three beds have been made so far, two are for Xmas presents (that fit in a little carry case with a Kruseling doll) and I get to keep one. I hope you feel inspired to have a go!