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DIY: Rustic Wooden Crate Toy Box

DIY Toy Box

Kindergarten is about to start and I’ve been working to organize our house before we hit the “Autobahn” that our family calls life. My daughter and I just recently purged her toys, so I wanted to take advantage of having less stuff by finding a neater way of storing her things. I also wanted to create an opportunity for us to do a fun project together to complete the toy-purge process. Having just finished going through my stuff in the garage, I happened to come across a couple of crates that I saved. They are perfect for toy boxes! They are shallow enough to fit under the bed or coffee table, inexpensive, customizable, and I love the rustic look! Here’s what WE did:

You Will Need:

  • Wooden crates or boxes (If you don’t have the old ones, you can find wooden crates at the hardware store for around $10-15.)
  • 4 Casters per crate (hardware included, $8 for a set)
  • Sisal Rope for the Handles
  • Drill
  • Optional – additional wood if needed to secure casters (we used wooden floor spacers)
I used a couple of old crates that I saved just for this occasion.
I used a couple of old crates that I saved just for this occasion.
Buy four casters per box at any hardware store.
Buy four casters per box at any hardware store.

It’s such a simple project and is a perfect DIO (Do It Ourselves) for the kids to help! Build in the extra 30 minutes to involve them to make it an educational and fun family experience. Teach them safety while working with tools, show them how to use a measuring tape, and have them practice math. They will gain confidence in their ability to build and create things and will learn pride of ownership: I made that!

Always wear eye protection!

 

Secure casters to crate. We used left over flooring spacers to give us extra support.
Secure casters to crate. We used left over flooring spacers to give us extra support.

 

Measure and mark where you want your wheels to go on the crate before you drill. Get out the measuring tape and show your little one how you find the center, and measure equal distance for your wheels. Explain out loud what you are measuring, and write down any math that you would normally do in your head to show them the steps that you are taking. Let them help by marking your locations. Show them your measuring tape and how to find the “center” or mid-point. Ask them questions as you go along: What numbers do you see on the measuring tape? Can you help me count? Can you place a mark where you see the number 9? …and so on. Cater the experience to your child’s age and level of interest.

 

Voila! Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy! Now you can stop here or add handles, whatever you prefer.
Voila! Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy! Now you can stop here or add handles, whatever you prefer.

After securing the casters, all that’s left is the handles. Drill two holes where you would like the handles to go. I used some Sisal rope that I had on hand for the handles. It was free and I think it looks great with the wood. My daughter helped me count and measure out the rope to cut for the handles. She measured out 4 pieces (2 for each box) that were 18″ long. Then I took that finely measured rope and strung it through the holes. I finished by just tying a knot in the rope to secure it in place as a handle.

Life is filled with learning opportunities. Allow the kids to help where ever possible.

 

 

That’s it, you’re done! Don’t you just love how they turned out?! My cost was $8 per box (the cost of the casters) and they look like $48 boxes. My daughter is so proud of them and it hides her toys perfectly!

-Jennie

Jennie

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