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Toy Box – A homemade gift DIY project

Hello and welcome back! It’s December 10th and that means it’s my turn to share my 13 Days of Woodworking project!!  The minute I decided to join in this little project, I immediately had the idea to build my nieces a toy box.  I called up my sister and she said “yes, please”!  I love the idea of making them something, especially since they live so far away and I don’t get to see them much.  I knew my nieces needed a bright, fun and crazy box to match their bright, fun and crazy personalities. Make sure to keep reading to find out how to enter our 13 Days of Woodworking prize pack! 

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When I was pregnant with my daughter, almost exactly 10 years ago, I found an old toy box at a children’s consignment sale.  I remember being so excited about her arrival and was nesting pretty hard and I painted the box for her pink and black room.

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It’s actually looking a little rough, but she still uses it as her sock drawer – she loves funky socks.  It’s got a corner that one of the pups chewed off and some of the paint is chipping off, but I love that she is still using it. Now that I have a little more experience building, I wanted to build this one myself.

I didn’t design this toy box myself though.  I was working through how I was going to build it and came across THIS one by my friend Jamie over at That’s My Letter. I thought it was perfect – sturdy, perfect size and adorable.  So, I decided I would build this one instead of designing my own.

That's My Letter: "S" is for Simple Toy Box with Lid

I’m going to send you over to Jamie for the full tutorial, but here’s a quick rundown.

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I only changed a couple of things.   I started by cutting the boards all up and assembling the side pieces.

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And got them all connected up.

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I decided I want to add some fun little feet to the bottom, so I cut the 2×2 pieces to end evenly with the bottom.  My friends over at Osborne Wood Products sent me THESE cute little ball feet, which I thought would go perfectly with the polka dots.

Osborne Wood Products, Inc.

I used the Dremel to sand all the tight little corners.

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Once I got it all built and sanded down, it was time to get to painting.  I used my new Paint Wiz paint sprayer to prime the box and it worked great!

It was super easy to put together and the paint went on really evenly.  I so impressed by how fast and easy it was.

 

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Wanna know how you can win one?  Over on Instagram repin this toybox image from my feed and use the hashtag #13daysofwoodworking so we can find you!  And, if you want an extra entry, add the hashtag #christmasbox .  The prize pack also includes RYOBI’s new brushless driver.  I don’t’ have one yet, but I hear it’s amazing!

After I had it all primed, I designed the names on my Silhouette machine and cut it out in vinyl.

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The Silhouette machine was also great at cutting out a bunch of circles and using those vinyl circles to paint the box.

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I used painters tape to stripe the underside of the top. I basically just layered the paint, adding the vinyl cut outs after each layer of paint. Once I had layered it all, I pulled off all the vinyl, revealing the paint underneath.

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Then, after doing some touching up, I added a few coats of Polycrylic and hinges.  I used the hinges that Jamie recommended for hers.  They were a bit pricey, but are great for keeping that lid from slamming little fingers.

Build your own toy box - get all the details on how I did it on the blog - UncookieCutter.com

Build your own toy box - get all the details on how I did it on the blog - UncookieCutter.com

And that’s it!  A fun, bold and totally girly toy box fit for two little divas!

Build your own toy box - get all the details on how I did it on the blog - UncookieCutter.com

Build your own toy box - get all the details on how I did it on the blog - UncookieCutter.com

Build your own toy box - get all the details on how I did it on the blog - UncookieCutter.com

Let me know if you have any questions!  Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

April

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