How to Make a Toy Box


Nothing compares to a handmade toy box to hold your child's toys. Making your child a toy box is a treasure that they can pass down for generations, and will be cherished their whole lives. One nice aspect of building your own toy box is that you can stain it or paint it however you like, and you can even carve designs or decorate the sides to match your child's bedroom decor.

Step 1

Sand the wood. Start by sanding all of the edges of your wood boards. You will want to make sure there are no rough spots or splintery edges that could snag on anything. Rough places on wood can cause children to get a splinter if they are not sanded properly. Take your sandpaper and rub it along the edges and surfaces until you can feel that the wood is totally smooth. There are different weights of sandpaper, so buy a rough-weight, medium-weight and fine-weight sandpaper. First use the rough weight to even out the wood and grind down any large pieces of splintering. Then, progress to the medium weight and fine weight sandpaper to smooth the wood out.

Step 2

Nail the wood boards together. Line up the boards so that the two longer pieces are parallel and the two smaller pieces are parallel. Next, nail together the long side to the short side, one at a time, using your thin 1-inch nails and your hammer. Once you have all of the side nailed together, squeeze a line of wood glue down each of the edges and swipe the excess glue off with your finger. The wood glue will ensure a tight seal on the edges and corners. Let dry.

Step 3

Nail on the bottom. Once the wood glue has dried completely, lay the bottom piece of wood onto the box you have created and nail it to the box along the edges using your 1-inch nails. As before, squeeze a strip of glue along the edges and swipe off the excess. Let your box bottom dry completely. Once it is dry, clean up the box by sanding the edges and surface again, making sure that you did not miss any areas the first time. You can now paint or stain your box any way you like and present it to your child.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 wood boards, 3 ft. by 2 ft, 1/2 inch thick
  • 2 wood boards, 2 ft. by 2 ft, 1/2 inch thick
  • Thin 1-inch long nails
  • Wood glue
  • Sand paper
  • Hammer
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Kelly Sundstrom has been writing children's literature, cookbooks and self-help books professionally since 1997. She has been a professional artist since 1994, specializing in painting, drawing, ceramics and crafting. Kelly is also experienced in researching alternative remedies, herbal medicine, medical ailments, skincare, recipes, education and haircare. Sundstrom earned a Bachelor of Arts in studio art and graphic design from Kennesaw State University.

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