Crafts for Making a Small Rocking Chair

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Crafts for Making a Small Rocking Chair
Small rocking chairs are constructible from many household materials. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Small rocking chairs are displayed in a variety of household decorations including dollhouses, holiday ornaments and hanging shadow boxes that depict miniature room scales similar to those found in dollhouses. Rocking chairs are a staple in these decorations because the image symbolises warmth and comfort that is typical of most home living rooms.

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Traditional rocking chairs are made from wood so you have many options for creating a small scale rocking chair from the same material using toothpicks, Popsicle sticks, tree sticks or a combination of the three elements. Glue flat wood pieces, such as the toothpicks or Popsicle sticks, together to form a seat and backrest. Add armrests and legs to the chair foundation and use pliable tree branches to make the rocking chair runners; you can glue them to the legs in a convex shape.


Some modern rocking chairs have cushions on both the backrest and the seat, which is easily added to a purchased or constructed small rocking chair foundation. Glue cotton to the face of the seat and backrest, and cover those areas with fabric. Overlap the ends of the fabric under the seat and behind the backrest and glue the fabric ends in place. Create a more refined-looking padded rocking chair by crafting completed cushions with ties at the corners that attach to corresponding points of the rocking chair.

Food Packaging

Empty food packages are an eco-friendly choice for creating a small scale rocking chair. Build the chair portion with sturdy materials such as cardboard boxes or styrofoam meat trays. Use coloured materials that best represent the purpose of the final product. For instance, use red food boxes for a holiday ornament or hues that match existing dollhouse decor Create four legs and two armrests by cutting drinking straws into smaller sections and attaching them to the chair using a hot glue gun. Use one egg holder from an empty egg carton and cut away sections that have a half moon shape for the rocking chair runners.


Clay takes on any shape you apply and, once dry, the almost white shade makes it a suitable canvas for adding paint. Select oven-bake clay and mould it into a small rocking chair shape. Small clay pieces can break easily if dropped or mishandled, so make the chair out of one piece of clay instead of building the rocking chair from small sections of connected clay. Apply brown paint to make the rocking chair look like it has a wood finish, or create floral patterns to mimic rocking chair cushions.

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