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This last Christmas, Camden has received more gifts from relatives and friends than I could have imagined. If you haven’t already, you can view that post here. Although this leaves a very happy, entertained baby, it left mom with a problem. I no longer had room to fit any of his toys! I had been meaning to purchase a toy box for him while we were buying furniture for his nursery, but like so many things never got around to it. Alden and I were searching the internet one day, in search of a beautiful box to do such a simple task, hold toys.
I was impressed with what I was finding, but I wasn’t so impressed with the price. EUREKA! I will just make my own!
Below I have put together somewhat half-hazard directions on how to build your own toy box for your child’s nursery. I went with a nautical theme to match Camden’s room.
- A sturdy box (I recommend a diaper box since we’ve all got so many of those lying around anyway)
- Fabric (I went with navy and white stripes)
- An unfinished wooden shape (such as an anchor)
- Trim or ribbon
- Glue gun
- Loctite spray adhesive
- Paint + paintbrush
After locating a box, measure the height, length, and width. For the box that I used with the dimensions 18 in wide, 16 in long, + 14 in tall, I needed about 2 yards of fabric to cover the whole box. (Note: I did end up with a little left over, math has never really been my thing so I trimmed off the excess. I also had to wrap the box in fabric twice, due to the box showing through the white of the fabric I picked. If you choose a dark enough fabric, this may not be an issue for you.)
Take your box outside and lay down a garbage bag that’s been cut in half. Set the box on the garbage bag, and start spraying it with the spray adhesive. I used the Loctite Spray Adhesive . Carefully line up the edges of the fabric with the edges of the box, careful not to wrinkle the fabric onto the spray adhesive. Smooth the fabric over the box onto the adhesive, until it sticks. Repeat on each side. Once I got to the end of my fabric I neatly folded it and hot glued it to the fabric attached to the box, creating a nice and neat line at the corner of the box.
Flip the box upside down, with the bottom sticking up. Carefully spray adhesive onto the bottom of the box, and tuck the excess fabric onto the box, kind of like you are wrapping a present. This just tidies up the excess fabric and makes it look a little nicer. I accidentally screwed up folding one side of the box, but since it is the bottom of the toy box I was not too worried about it.
The top of the box gave me a few problems since there was quite a bit of excess fabric left over. I just trimmed the excess fabric off, folded it over like the picture above, and hot glued it to the box.
Next, you will want to wrap ribbon or twine around the box and hot glue it. I wrapped the box in Offray Twine, it was giving me some serious sailor vibes so I just had to use it for this project. It was a little tricky trying to get this specific twine glued to the box and required some finesse. I burned my fingers a lot, so I wouldn’t recommend using twine that is as thin as the one I used. But it looked super sailor like once I was all done with it.
After hot gluing your ribbon or twine to the box, next it is time to paint! Take your wooden anchor (or whatever shape you choose) and paint it up! I painted mine red to go with the navy blue pinstripe fabric. After it is done drying, hot glue it to your toy box! I glued the anchor right in the middle.
After I got my toy box all made up, I took a pair of kitchen scissors and poked holes on either side of the box, right next to where the handles are. Then I strung through some rope, and hot glued it to the inside of my box. This made cute little handles!
I wanted to clean up the inside of the box a little bit, so I painted the cardboard with white paint. This is totally optional and not at all necessary, I just like the crisper look to the box.
Well, I hope you guys liked my tutorial on how to DIY your own super fun toy box! There is so much freedom with this project, and you can really make it your own to fit in with your home. I would love to see your recreations!