Make a beautiful moon crib or bed
What infant or toddler wouldn't love to sleep in this fairytale moon crib or bed? Designed by Creme Anglaise, the moon crib retails at around R11,000 - a bit pricey for us South Africans, but you could make your own moon crib or bed.
Using reclaimed timber or tongue & groove panels, the moon bed or crib would work out very affordably as a DIY project. The basic design is fastened or slotted together and built onto a frame. Once assembled, a jigsaw can be used to cut out the star details that form part of the moon crib or bed.
For me, the trickiest part of this project is putting together the frame, which is curved to form the shape. I have tried wood bending and haven't been very successful to date.
If anyone has any ideas or suggestions for making the curved frame without bending wood, please drop me a line, as I would love to share this with our readers.
Tuesday, October 09, 2012 2:35 PM
Hi there Janice,
That moon crib is gorgeous! The bent frame is also the first thing I wondered about.
I think maybe you can use cardboard to cut out the template, place that onto a sheet of supawood and then use a jigsaw to cut a curve from the supawood. It would not be the most economical use of a sheet of supawood, but if you DIY regularly, it will be used up very soon. Or a piece of plywood or whatever you have about would work.
Another way is to get one of those huge cable reels and make your crib from that. They come in different sizes and in South Africa, contractors don’t recycle those, it gets thrown away or used for site braai wood. That way you get two timber circles and you cut the crescent out of it without needing the curved timber framing element.
I would love to see someone post pictures of a finished one made here in South Africa.