Maybe you’d like to start a home for tiny foundlings. Or your mouse house needs a bed.
I’ve made you a diy just in case. When I started messing around with this I found the twisting and wrapping wire construction method pretty difficult so I experimented with other ways of fastening wire. I ended up with something that I think is way easier to do (tape) and I’m super happy with the result. So happy I made a bunch, I am currently even extra obsessed with making things cozy. And I like their wonky vibe, it’s a big part of their charm, perfection should not be a goal in this project.
I’ve sized this bed for very nice mice but there are notes for enlarging it a little for the tiny rag doll or mr. socks. It’s a good idea to have socks or the tiny doll nearby while you make it to double check your fit.
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Notes on wire: I used 19 gauge galvanized wire in the demo – it’s pretty stiff. The easiest wire to use is this soft annealed *19 gauge black wire. If you have something else on hand give it a try. As long as it bends easily and holds it’s shape it should work.
Notes on tape: Masking tape and *floral tape both work. I made the demo with masking tape since it’s likely you have some of that. The floral tape makes a more invisible join but after making a whole bunch I prefer the masking tape functionally and aesthetically.
Before we start putting the bed together let’s talk about finishing. Because I use tape as the fastener I painted the whole bed. Both the galvanized wire and the softer black wire took the paint (acrylic craft paint) well. I recommend using darker colors or black.
And of course you’ll need a mattress and pillow. It’s super easy and you can sew by hand or machine.
You’ll also need scraps of fabric a basic sewing kit and something to stuff with. Anything is fine – even toilet paper…
*If you opt to make a larger bed for the tiny rag doll add 2 and 1/2 inches to the length of the mattress template.
Cut out the mattress and pillow fabric and pin with the right sides of the fabric together.
Sew the seams leaving a small section open for turning.
Clip of the corners, turn the mattress and pillow right side out, stuff lightly and then stitch the openings closed.
The template includes a pillow case and you can find instructions for that right here.
make a wire doll bed
materials and tools:
needle nose pliers and wire cutters
19 gauge wire – this soft annealed is easy to work with
masking tape or *floral tape – see the notes above
craft paint and brushes
1. Cut all your wire pieces:
- 2- 18 inch
- 1- 10 inch
- 2- 6 inch
- 1- 10 and 1/2 inch
- 1- 8 and 1/2 inch
If you would like to make a larger bed for miss thistle make the long pieces 20 and 1/2 inches instead of 18. Also cut an extra 10 inch piece.
2. Bend the 10 and 1/2 inch and 8 and 1/2 inch pieces into U shapes.
3. Bend each of the 6 inch pieces as shown – 1 and 1/2 inch from each end.
4. Bend the 10 inch piece into a rectangle with the ends overlapping (for the larger tiny rag doll bed make 2 of these).
5. All your ready to assemble parts should look like this.