DIY Wooden Toy Box Build Plans

DIY Wooden Toy Box Build Plans

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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.

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The lattice board and wood buttons look like straps on a vintage chest

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 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. πŸ™‚

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2-Minute Toy Storage Build Overview Video

Watch this to get a good look at how quick and easy this build is. πŸ™‚

Tools Needed

Materials Needed

  • 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! πŸ™‚


DIY Toy Box Woodworking Plans – Steps to Build

Step One

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.
I clamped a board to my 1×12 to use as a straight edge cutting guide. It’s the only way I can make straight cuts. πŸ˜‰
Step Two

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.

Building the box sides with my Kreg Jig Pocket Holes. I love that pocket hole clamp, it’s my third hand.
Step Three

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.

Step Four

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.

Attaching the box sides to the bottom with Kreg Pocket Holes and Glue.
Attaching the box sides to the bottom with Kreg Pocket Holes and Glue. The pocket holes for the bottom are on the bottom of the toy box, so I don’t have to look at those. πŸ™‚
Step Five

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.

Clamps help holding moulding in place when I use my brad nailer.
Step Six

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.

Adding chunky feet to make this DIY Wooden Toy Box look more like a vintage trunk/chest.
Step Seven

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.

Step Eight

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.

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That painted top is actually a paint pour that I forgot to film. You can see how I do a DIY Canvas Paint Pour here, it’s the same process on wood. You just need to apply a coat of primer on the wood first.

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.

Beginner level woodworking plans and tutorial for a DIY Toy Box using Kreg Jig Pocket Holes - Printable Build Plans available - How-to video to help you get it done :) #AbbottsAtHome #DIY #DIYFurniture #WdworkingProjects #WoodworkingPlans
Layered paint and distressing for a chippy vintage paint look.

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). πŸ˜‰ 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.

Beginner level woodworking plans and tutorial for a DIY Toy Box using Kreg Jig Pocket Holes - Printable Build Plans available - How-to video to help you get it done :) #AbbottsAtHome #DIY #DIYFurniture #WdworkingProjects #WoodworkingPlans
What do you think? Did I pull off the Vintage Trunk/Chest look I was going for?

You can see the video about how I did that Shabby Paint Look here.

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That shabby distressed paint job really adds to that vintage trunk look on this DIY Wooden Toy Box. πŸ™‚

That’s it! You’ve finished this DIY Wooden Toy Box build. Step back and admire your amazing talent and beautiful new toy box. πŸ˜‰


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Or this beautiful, large L-Shaped Bench for your backyard.

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Feeling inspired? Get out there and build your own with these DIY Wooden Toy Box. Follow the links above to get the things you’ll need. Have fun and let me know if you have questions. Or post pictures of your work and tag Abbotts At Home on FB, I’d love to see it!

2 thoughts on “DIY Wooden Toy Box Build Plans”

  1. Love the distressed blue, it would go perfectly with my decor! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us at the Creative Muster. Looking forward to seeing what you’ll be sharing next week. Pinning!
    Robin😊

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