DIY Wood Crate Toy Box

DIY Industrial Wood Crate Toy Box | Addicted 2 DIY

Hi everyone!  I’m Katie and I blog over at Addicted 2 DIY.  I’m so happy to be here today sharing with you this DIY wood crate toy box that I made for my oldest son’s bedroom.

My oldest son had been needing a new toy box for a while and I always love to take on the challenge of build rather than buy.  He’s really into sports and his room takes after that.  I thought it would be perfect to make him a toy box with an industrial look but also tie it in with the sports look he wanted in his room, so I decided to stencil stars on the outside of it.  When I told him my idea, he was excited about the new toy box, but said “what do stars have to do with a sports room?”  I tried to explain how stars work in an all-star room.  He still didn’t get it, so I took a leap of faith and hoped that he’d like it when it was all done.

The crate itself was really easy to make.  I bought 1 – 1″x8″x6′ board, 4 – 1″x4″x6′ boards, 4 – 2″ casters, 8 corner straps, and 2 – 3 1/2″ storage chest handles.

Cut list:

4 – 1×8 @ 15″ long (end pieces)

8 – 1×4 @ 22″ long (side pieces)

4 – 1×4 @ 20 1/2″ long (bottom pieces)

DIY Industrial Wood Crate Toy BoxI started by making the sides of the crate.  I used my Kreg Jig (affiliate link) to join together the 1×8 boards to make them 14 1/2″ wide.

DIY Industrial Wood Crate Toy Box

I sanded all of my pieces of wood and started assembling the pieces.DIY Industrial Wood Crate Toy Box

I spaced the side pieces approx 3/8″ apart and used 1 1/4″ brad nails and wood glue to attach them to the ends.

DIY Industrial Wood Crate Toy BoxI nailed the bottom pieces the same way, spacing them approx 1/8″ apart.

DIY Industrial Wood Crate Toy BoxI finished the crate with Minwax Stain in Special Walnut.

DIY Industrial Wood Crate Toy BoxOnce the stain was dry, I attached the casters and stenciled the stars.  The stencil is the Polka Star stencil from Royal Design Studio Stencils.  This stencil was really easy to use.  I wanted the stars to be white, so I chose the Royal Design Pearl Oyster Stencil Creme.  For some reason, it didn’t click in my head that it would also have a pearl finish to it, but it actually worked well with this project.

DIY Industrial Wood Crate Toy BoxTo stencil the design, I used a 1 1/2″ stencil brush and lightly dipped it into the stencil cream.  I dabbed it into a paper towel to remove any excess cream and then in a small swirling motion applied the paint to the crate.  You can see that the stencil did not cover the entire crate, so when I was done stenciling all of the stars, I lined the stencil up again and finished off the crate.  Once it was dry, I flipped the crate over and stenciled the other side.  It was easy enough that my son was able to help!

DIY Industrial Wood Crate Toy BoxRemember when I said my son didn’t get it when I told him I was putting stars on his toy box?  He thought it looked pretty awesome when we were done stenciling:)

DIY Industrial Wood Crate Toy Box

I sanded the entire crate to distress it a bit and then added the corner straps.  I wanted to use nails and found these 1/2″ cut tacks at Lowes.  They look great, but they are aluminum, which meant I had a bunch that bent at the tip because the metal is so soft.

DIY Industrial Wood Crate Toy BoxI attached the handles and the crate was done!

DIY Industrial Wood Crate Toy Box


DIY Industrial Wood Crate Toy BoxI love how the crate turned out and so does my son.  He was so excited to be able to put all of his sports balls in it.  I’ve got a lot more plans for his room and I will be sharing those projects on my blog.  My most recent project for his room was this DIY #1 Shelf inspired by PB Teen.  I love the ability to make things for my boys that they love and I get to save money at the same time!

If you want to see more projects that I’ve done for my boys, check out these Star Wars themed projects I did for my 6 year old son’s room.

Star Wars Wall Art

Star Wars Stenciled Storage Boxes

Star Wars Upcycled Toy Box

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