Build this pretty DIY Wooden Toy Box to store all those kids toys. Easy enough build for beginner woodworkers too!
Who always needs more toy storage and never has enough? This girl! That’s why I built this large and beautiful DIY Wooden Toy Box. And, it holds SO MANY TOYS. I’m so glad I built this.
And, I’m very excited about how the extra details gave this Toy Box a vintage trunk look. Lattice with wood button plugs looks like straps on the front and back. The handles on the sides and the little drawer pull that looks like a keyhole adds even more cool vintage trunk style.
The 1/2″ x 3/4″ pine moulding adds a chunkier, more polished look to this DIY Wooden Toy Box. But, this is such a simple build, even with the extra details. Beginner woodworkers can get this build done in a weekend. Yay! If your kids aren’t ready for a wooden toy box. I always loved these extra big rope baskets for toy storage too. You can use them as blanket and pillow storage when the kiddos out grow them.
If you’re looking for more DIY Woodworking builds your kids will love, check out my DIY Kids Desk Plans, DIY Nerf Gun Target, and the DIY Wood Kids Kitchen my kids play with all the time!. Don’t forget to follow my channel on YouTube to see my latest DIY woodworking, home decor, and home maintenance projects. You can always ask questions there, if you need extra help. 🙂
2-Minute Toy Storage Build Overview Video
Watch this to get a good look at how quick and easy this build is. 🙂
- Kreg Jig & Screws
- Miter Saw or Circular Saw
- Ryobi Brad Nailer and Nails
- Sander and 120-grit and 180-grit sandpaper
- 17’ of 1×12 dimensional lumber (DL), like Select Pine
- 17′ of 1/2″ x 3/4″ Pine Moulding
- 2’ x 4’ of 3/4″ Plywood
- 2′ of 2×4″ Construction Grade Pine (Not Pressure Treated)
- 2 – Hinges
- Wood Filler, Wood Glue, and Good Paint Brushes
- Optional Detail: 4 – 9 3/4″ long primed lattice boards, 12 wood buttons, 2 handles and 1 keyhole
- Optional Hardware: Add Lid Support/Shocks to keep the lid open and close it safely around little fingers
Hello, DIY friends! You can download the DIY Wooden Toy Box plans here. These plans are currently free to email subscribers and for personal use only. They cannot be shared or sold without my permission. Please let me know if you have any questions and enjoy your build! 🙂
Click on the link below to download the Printable PDF plans. 🙂
DIY Toy Box Woodworking Plans – Steps to Build
Make these cuts with your Miter Saw or Circular Saw.
- Cut the 1×12 dimensional lumber to these lengths: 2 – 38 1/2″ pieces, 2 – 19 1/2″ pieces, and 2 – 40″ pieces.
- Cut the 2×4 into 4 – 6″ lengths for feet. Cut a 45-degree angle on 1 side of each foot. Optional: Use a table saw to saw (resaw) the rounded edges off each side of the 2×4 for a squared look (like I did).
- Cut the 1/2″ x 3/4″ Pine Moulding to these lenghs: 4 – 39 1/2″ pieces and 4 – 21″ pieces.
Let’s start by assembling the box sides of this DIY Wooden Toy Box. Put 1 Kreg Jig pocket hole about 3″ from each end of the 11 1/4″ end of the 2 – 19 1/2″ boards. So, that’s 4 pocket holes on each board, 8 total pocket holes. Then glue and screw the sides to the front and back boards. Make sure everything is straight and square using clamps and a Speed Square.
Make the bottom of the box by gluing and screwing the 2 – 40″ long boards together. Do this with 5 pocket holes across the length of the board.
Attach the frame to the bottom with 2 pocket holes on the short sides and 3 pocket holes on the long sides. Use glue and screws here too. Be sure to center the frame on the bottom.
Now, let’s add that 1/2″ x 3/4″ moulding to give the toy box some pretty, chunky style. Start with the short sides. Glue and Brad Nail the pine moulding to the top and bottom of each short side. Then glue and brad nail the moulding to the top and bottom of each long side.
Add the feet to the DIY Wooden Toy Box with Glue and Brad nails too. I lined up the feet so that the outside edge lined up with the outside edges of the 1×12 D.L. That kept the line of the foot even with the box for a more polished look.
Apply wood filler to the pocket holes and anywhere else that needs it. Let the wood filler dry. Then sand everything with 120-grit sandpaper. Once smooth, you might want to sand again with 180-grit if you plan to stain your toy box. The finer grit helps give you a nicer finish, when staining.
Now to add the top to this wood toy box. I used a 22 1/4″ x 40″ plywood top. Plywood is better for the top with hinges because it won’t bow as easily at the little extra height from the hinges. Apply edge banding with an iron to give the plywood edges a finished look. Sand this with 120 (and maybe 180-grit) too.
Huge side note: I think this toy box would make a great coffee table with storage too. In fact, if I ever get around to remodeling the play room with built in storage, I’m going to switch the top on this DIY Wood Toy Box to a 2x Stained Pine Top and move this sweet table to my Modern Farmhouse Living Room. It would be great blanket and family game storage in there.
Finishing this DIY Wooden Toy Box
If you watched the build overview video above, you’ll see how I added extra detail with lattice and button top wood plugs. 2 on each long side adds a bit of a vintage trunk look that I am loving on this. But, it’s totally optional. Attach the lattice with glue and brad nails after drilling holes for the plugs. A little glue and a rubber mallet will put those in place.
Adding old handles to the sides and front also amped up that vintage trunk style. I just happened to have these handles from a 70’s style dresser that I cut in half to make a vanity and toy storage (yep, we have too many toys). 😉 Good news though, Amazon has some very cool and pretty keyhole style cabinet pulls that would look great on this toy box.
I originally tried just a stained look on this Toy Box. I almost always use Watco Danish Oil when staining because it is easy to apply, dries fast, and slightly hardens the wood as it dries. But, this time I thought that was a bit too boring. So, I added a fun DIY Vintage Distressed Paint Finish.
You can see the video about how I did that Shabby Paint Look here.
That’s it! You’ve finished this DIY Wooden Toy Box build. Step back and admire your amazing talent and beautiful new toy box. 😉
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