Random Ramblings: { OLD TO NEW BABY CRADLE }

Thursday, May 24, 2012


Today I wanted to share this baby cradle. 
A few months ago I was out in the shed looking for something and I came across an old bag and inside was this old cradle.  I had completely forgotten all about it. 
So I dusted it off and brought it in the house.  It loose in one spot but otherwise in great condition. 
Instantly I knew that I wanted to do something with it and give it to Chloe.  She is our only girl and I always wanted to be able to give her all of my old dolls and Barbies. 

You can see a little on the left top it was a little cracked, but it was just where the head part had come undone. 
So I took it outside and glued it in those spots and it was good as new again. 
I went to Joanns and found some bright fabrics to make her a cushion for it.  As soon as I saw these bright fabrics I knew it was exactly what I wanted.

I first took the cradle out front and spray painted it white. 
Then I used some foam and made a cushion to fit perfect in the cradle bottom.  I had just enough of the orange fabric left so I made a little pillow for her dolls too. 
She LOVES the cradle and some of her baby dolls sleep in it everynight. 

In the picture below you can see some of the cracks, but I think that is part of the charm of this cradle.  Knowing it was mine almost 30 years .  ( I think I got this when I was 2 but not positive)  Now I love the fact that I gave it a good bath and some TLC and Chloe loves it just as much as I did.  I often wonder now if it is something she will one day give to her daughter. 

Another great thing about this project is that it barely cost anything.  The fabric was fat quarters at Joanns and on sale that day for .99each.  The foam was maybe $2.00 .  The spray paint was ours and the cradle.  So I made this for Chloe for around $3.00.. You can't buy a cradle for that amount, and you can't put a price on the story behind it.  What a wonderful gift for her.  I am so glad my mom kept it so I could do this for her.  

Have you given your kids anything that was yours as a child? 

~N I C O L E

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