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Build your own toy box with rollers to make playtime and tidying up even more fun

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A wooden toy box with rollers can be seen on the floor of a playroom.
Make playtime and tidying up even more fun with your own practical toy box with rollers.
  • Difficulty
    medium
  • Costs
    < 50 €
  • Duration
    1-3 h

Introduction

Delight your little ones with this pull-along wagon for toys. All sorts of fun playthings can be stored in this toy box with rollers – plus, your little ones will be able to get creative with the blackboard panels and shape sorting puzzle. In eleven easy-to-follow steps, we’ll show you how to design a unique toy box to brighten up any child’s room or playroom.

Please note: In these instructions we’ll show you how to build a toy box with ‘the works’ – that is to say, we’ve built a shape sorting puzzle on the side, decorated the box with blackboard pieces, integrated a seat and attached a rope and rollers for transporting the box. Depending on what you want your box to look like, your DIY skills and the amount of time you have to spare, you can decide which elements you would like to incorporate and which you would like to leave out. If you don’t want to add certain features, you can simply skip those steps.

What you need

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Additional items
  • Optional: Self-adhesive hook and loop fastener (for seat cover)
  • Optional: Foam paint roller (for blackboard pieces)
  • Wood glue
  • Protective gloves
  • Pencil
  • Ear protection
  • Protective goggles
  • Mask
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Material list
  • Scrap wood (for drilling)
  • 1 wooden box with lid from the local DIY store (H: 23 cm; W: 40 cm; D: 30 cm)
  • 1 plywood panel to reinforce the base (10 mm)
  • Squared timbers
  • 4 wheels
  • Screws
  • Optional:
  • Shape sorting puzzle: Any wood of your choice for the pieces
  • Blackboard pieces: Thin plywood panels, Blackboard paint
  • Seat cover: 1 plywood panel, Foam material, Upholstery material
  • Pull string: Rope, Wooden bead
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter

Let's start - step by step

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Reinforce the base of the box

What you need: laser measure, optional: pocket rule, Wood glue, plywood panel (10 mm)

Measure the underside of the box with a laser measure or a pocket rule. Jot down the measurements and have a plywood panel cut to size at your local DIY store. Alternatively, you can also cut it to size yourself. However, make sure that you have the right tools for this task and take the necessary safety precautions! Once you have sawn your panel, you can stick it to the base of the box using wood glue. This will reinforce the floor of the box.

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Shape sorting puzzle – saw the holes for the pieces

Close-up of a woman measuring a wooden box using a laser measure.
Close-up of a woman drilling a hole in a wooden box using a drill. The box is secured using G-clamps.
A woman drills a round hole in a box using a cordless drill and a hole saw.

The shape sorting puzzle in our example is fairly straightforward. The individual pieces are the outlines of simple geometric shapes, like a circle, a triangle and a square. If you like, you can choose your own shapes and decide how big they are, as well as how they are arranged. We’ll show you how we went about it below.

Measure the centre point of the box and mark it using a pencil. This will form the centre of the first puzzle piece. You can decide how to arrange the pieces, how they will look and at what height they will be positioned. Now, drill a circle where you have made the marking. Use a 44 mm diameter hole saw to do so. Secure the parts using G-clamps before drilling and make sure to wear protective goggles and ear plugs. Tip: You can prevent the wood from being drilled out of shape in two ways. Option 1: Place a piece of scrap wood under it while drilling. Option 2: Drill the box from the inside first, before drilling through from the outside.

Once you have drilled the circle, you can continue on with the square and the triangle. Place scrap wood under the places you will be drilling and secure everything using G-clamps. Then, predrill a hole using your 8 mm wood drill bit. From there, you can saw out both shapes using a jigsaw and a jigsaw blade for curves.

If you are happy with your shapes, you can perfect them by sanding them down with a sanding sponge. You can use this to touch up the edges of the holes in the box, too. Then, give the surfaces a once-over with the multi-sander. We recommend wearing a mask and protective goggles when sanding. Remember to use goggles, gloves and ear plugs when sawing.

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Shape sorting puzzle – cut the pieces to size

Close-up of a woman drawing the shape of a triangle on a piece of wood with a pencil, using a sawn-out triangular shape in a box as a template.
Cut the pieces for your shape sorting puzzle to size.

What you need: cordless jigsaw, curve-cutting saw blade T 101A0, Cordless multi-sander, Sanding sheet for multi-sander G120, Sanding sheet for multi-sander G80, G-clamps, Protective goggles, Protective gloves, Ear protection, Mask, wood of your choice

You can use any type of wood you like for the puzzle pieces.

Use the sawn-out shapes in the box as a template for the puzzle pieces. Place the piece of wood underneath and use a pencil to trace the outlines of the shapes. These are the markings you will use to saw out the pieces later on. Before you do so, make sure to protect yourself by wearing protective goggles, gloves and ear plugs.

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Tip

The wood you choose should be thick enough to be able to get a good grasp on the pieces. If you don’t have any particular preferences, you can also use a piece of scrap wood.

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Blackboard pieces – saw out triangles

Close-up of a woman using a cordless jigsaw to saw triangles out from a piece of wood that is secured to a table with G-clamps.
Saw out triangles to decorate the toy box.

What you need: Cordless jigsaw, curve-cutting saw blade T 101A0, Cordless multi-sander, Sanding sheet for multi-sander G120, Sanding sheet for multi-sander G80, Pencil, G-clamps, Protective goggles, Protective gloves, Ear protection, Mask, plywood boards

Secure a plywood panel using G-clamps. Then, trace the triangles for decorating the toy box, saw them out and sand them down. You can choose how big they are and how many triangles you would like to use to decorate the box.

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Blackboard pieces – paint the triangles

Close-up of a woman painting the edges of a triangle black using a foam paint roller.
Close-up of a woman wearing protective gloves and painting cut-out wooden triangles using a foam paint roller.
Paint the cut-out triangles using blackboard paint.

What you need: foam paint roller, Disposable gloves, Blackboard paint

Paint the cut-out triangles with blackboard paint using a foam paint roller and allow the paint to dry well. You will be able to write and draw on the boards in chalk later on.

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Blackboard pieces – attach the triangles to the box

A woman holds a bottle of wood glue in her hand and attaches painted triangles to a box.
Close-up of a woman lining up one of the painted wooden triangles, which she is about to glue to the box.
You can attach the triangles to the box after the paint has dried.

What you need: Wood glue

You can attach the triangles to your box using wood glue after the paint has dried.

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Seat cover – tack the upholstery material for your box

A plywood panel, a piece of foam material and a piece of upholstery material lie on top of each other on a table. A cordless tacker lies on top of them. A bottle of spray adhesive stands beside them.
Close-up of a woman tacking a piece of foam material to a plywood panel using a cordless tacker.
Tack the upholstery material for your seat

What you need: Cordless jigsaw, curve-cutting saw blade T 101A0, Cordless multi-sander, Sanding sheet for multi-sander G120, Sanding sheet for multi-sander G80, cordless tacker, Pocket rule, Protective gloves, Ear protection, Protective goggles, Mask, plywood panel, foam material, upholstery material

Measure the lid of your box. Transfer the measurements to the plywood panel and cut it to size. Alternatively, you can also have it cut to size at your local DIY store. Then, sand down the edges – this won’t just make it look nicer later on, but will also make tacking easier.

Then, place a piece of foam material in the same size on the panel before placing a piece of upholstery material of your choice on top of it. This should be about 5 cm bigger than the panel and the foam material on each side. This will allow you to have enough material to fold the upholstery material around the foam material and the panel and tack it securely along all of the sides and edges. You can glue the layers before tacking to ensure that they are extra secure. Remember to cut into the corners of the upholstery material to prevent the material from overlapping.

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Seat cover – attach it to the lid of your box

A plywood panel to which a piece of foam material and an upholstery cover have been tacked lies on a wooden box. A frame made from hook-and-loop fastener material has been attached to the panel and the box.
Attach the seat cover to the lid of the box.

What you need: cordless tacker, Hook-and-loop fastener material

Now you can attach the seat cover you made to the lid of the box. Use hook-and-loop fastener material so that you can change the material if you don’t like it anymore in the future or it gets worn out. Get some self-adhesive hoop-and-loop fastener material that you can attach to the lid of the box and your seat cover. You can tack the material if you like to secure it in place.

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Rollers – build axles for the wheels

A wood drill bit is used to drill a hole in a squared timber.
A woman attaches a roller to a squared timber.
Close-up of a cordless drill being used to attach a wooden wheel to an axle.

What you need: Cordless jigsaw, jigsaw blade T 308 BOF, Cordless drill/driver with matching bit, wood drill bit 3mm, drill bit, G-clamps, Protective gloves, Protective goggles, Ear protection, squared timber from your local DIY store, screws

Now, build the axles for the wheels. Use two squared timbers from your local DIY store and saw them to the right measurements. Please make sure that you take the appropriate safety precautions. Leave 1 cm jutting out from the box on each side. This should leave enough space for the wheels. Use a pencil to mark the points at the ends of the squared timbers where you would like to attach the rollers. Then, drill a hole at each of these points and screw the wheels to the squared timbers using the matching screws and drill bit. The screws you use will depend on the material and size of the wheels.

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Attach the axles to the box

Close-up of a woman drilling a hole in a wooden box using a wood drill bit.
Screw the axles to the box.

What you need: Cordless drill/driver with matching bit, wood drill bit 3mm, drill bit, Pocket rule, Pencil, Protective goggles, Ear protection, screws

Your axles are now ready to be attached to your box.

First, turn the box upside down. Place both axles straight on its underside and mark the position and width of the squared timbers using a pencil. Measure the distance between the marking and the top and bottom edge of the box.

Then, turn the wooden box the right way around again and transfer the measurements to the inside of the box. Remember to factor in the width of the front and back panels.

Now, place both of the axles under the box again. The marking will tell you exactly where the axle lies and you will be able to predrill the holes for the screws. Make sure that the axles don’t shift. This will require a bit of skill.

After you have predrilled all four holes (two for each axle), you can attach the axles using screws.

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Pull string – drill holes for the rope

A wooden box has been placed on a wooden table. It has four wheels and the lid has been flipped open.
A woman stands at a table. A wooden box with rollers has been placed on it. A woman threads a rope through its side.
Drill the hole for the pull string.

What you need: Cordless drill/driver with matching bit, wood drill bit 3mm, Protective goggles, Protective gloves, Ear protection, rope, wooden bead

Make sure to take the right safety precautions. Then, drill two holes in the box using your drill. Thread the rope or cord that you would like to use as a pull string through both holes. Tie both ends of the rope with a wooden bead. This will give you a good grip on the rope.

Your toy box is now ready to go! Your little ones are sure to be amazed by all its cool features.


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