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.
6. Place the 6 inch support pieces inside the U shapes. Cut several small pieces of masking tape.
7. Match the ends of the wire and tape one side tightly at the corner. Notice the masking tape is at the edge of the wire with no overhang. After you wrap burnish the tape with your finger to firmly stick down the edge.
8. Repeat for the other side and the other U shape. These are your head and foot boards.
9. Curl the ends up with you pliers.
10. Measure one of your long (18 inch) pieces 8 inches from one end.
11. Tape it to the larger U shape – the headboard – at the corner as shown.
12. Curve the end – you can either trim the extra and attach at the corner with tape or make a curl in the next step.
13. I opted for the curl – attaching with tape just above it.
14. Repeat steps 10- 13 on the other side with the other 18 inch wire.
15. Bend the long ends forward – these are the sides of your bed.
16. Measure 4 inches out from the headboard on each and bend at a right angle.
If you’re are making a bed for the tiny rag doll or mr. socks measure 6 and 1/2 from the headboard instead of 4.
17. Attach one of the corners to one side of the footboard and tape. Attach and curl the end – just like you did for the headboard.
18. Repeat for the other side of the footboard – bend and attach the wire to the footboard.
19. And curl the end.
20. Tape the overlapping ends of the rectangle.
21. Tape it to each side at the center of the bed. (Tape in two for the tiny rag doll.)
Finished! Jump to the top of the post for notes on painting and making the mattress.
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