Clementine Box Doll Bed

By Cleo Clark-Athans

This one is a simple trash hack by a 7 year old.

1) Take clementines out of wooden clementine box.

Clementine Boxes Have Huge Potential, Photo © Liesl Clark

2) Place small towels, rags, hand-knit blankets, anything soft inside the clementine box to make a “mattress.”

Inserting the "Mattress" Photo © Liesl Clark

3) Find a cute fabric scrap, a doll’s blanket, or a pretty place mat to use as your bedspread.

4) Add a small pillow (mine was hand sewn at sewing class).

Outer Bed Layers Need to Be Appealing. Pink Seems To Work for My Small Animals. Photo © Liesl Clark

5) Put your favorite little animals or dolls to bed!

No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, Photo © Liesl Clark

Fabric Scrap Doll Tutu

Easy Fabric Scrap Tutu For a Child to Make, Photo © Liesl Clark

Visiting grandma means we get to dive into her boxes of fabric scraps. For 40 years, no fabrics have been wasted in her house. Just last month, she passed on several boxes to a local quilt-making organization, but luckily we found a few more up in her attic.

Grandma's Fabric Scraps, Photo © Liesl Clark

We looked in the Trash Backwards app for some good fabric scrap reuse ideas for small hands and landed upon a fun tutu tutorial for a little girl. My daughter decided she wanted to make it for her stuffed panda. So, we took our lead from the tutorial at Home Sweet Home and made a mini version for a doll or stuffed animal.

Strips of Fabric Scraps, Photo © Liesl Clark

1) First, cut your fabrics into 1/2 inch to 1 inch wide strips. We made ours approximately 6-8 inches long.

2) Find an elastic waistband, about 8-12 inches-worth and sew 2 ends together so you have it in a loop.

Sew Your Waistband Into a Loop, Photo © Liesl Clark

3) Fold your strips in half length-wise and place them underneath the waistband with the loop sticking out of the top and thread the ends of the fabric scrap through your loop, tying half of a square knot. This is how you tie on your skirt scrap pieces.

Adding Fabric Scraps to The Waistband, Photo © Liesl Clark

4) Tie your scraps on one after the other and gather them together tightly.

Tying One On, Photo © Liesl Clark

5) We wanted to be sure that the waistband was sewn together well, so grandma reinforced it with some hand-sewing.

Reinforce Your Waistband Ends, Photo © Liesl Clark

You’re Done! Spread around your strips so they even-out your skirt and you can add on more strips of color wherever they’re needed.

A Tutu For a Doll or Stuffed Friend, Photo © Liesl Clark

Panda Loves Her Tutu, Photo © Liesl Clark

Dancing With Her Tutu, Photo © Liesl Clark


Fabric Scrap Tutu, Photo © Liesl Clark

Doll Ornaments

Most of our ornaments are handmade or free finds we’ve rescued from the landfill. That’s not to say our tree looks like it’s decorated with junk. Quite the contrary. Each little piece has a story to it: where was it ‘recovered’ or who created it.

We love to find small dolls the children are finished playing with and turn them into ornaments. This one’s so easy it takes all of 30 seconds to make…er…once your glue gun is heated up.

Doll Ornaments, Photo © Liesl Clark

Doll Ornaments Look Like Angels, Photo © Liesl Clark

All you’ll need is:

An assortment of dolls

A glue gun



All you need to make your dolly-ments, Photo © Liesl Clark

All you need to make your dolly-ments, Photo © Liesl Clark

Glue the ribbon together into a loop. Then glue the loop to the back of your doll. Ours have hats which make the gluing really easy. Now hang your dolly-ments onto the tree! Other toys lend themselves to ornamentdom if you’re so inclined. We’ve made lego ornaments, matchbox carnaments — you get the picture.