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DIY: Cute and Easy Chest to Store Your Toddler's Stuffed Animals

Updated on March 28, 2016


Various supplies needed for this project.
Various supplies needed for this project. | Source

DIY Toy Chest


  1. Large Scissors
  2. Small, Single Hole Puncher
  3. Kitchen Knife
  4. Tape/ Glue
  5. Empty Box (I used an empty diaper box)
  6. Wrapping Paper/ Material (I used wrapping paper)
  7. Stapler (if you are using material, this may be needed)
  8. Ribbon/ String (optional)
  9. Ornaments/ Other Decorations (optional)

Step 1

Step 1: Cut flaps off your box
Step 1: Cut flaps off your box | Source

Step 2

Step 2: Wrap your box, tucking the sides over and securing with tape.
Step 2: Wrap your box, tucking the sides over and securing with tape. | Source
Step 2: Wrap your box, just like a present, and secure with tape.
Step 2: Wrap your box, just like a present, and secure with tape. | Source
Step 2: All wrapped up!
Step 2: All wrapped up! | Source

Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. If your box has flaps (like mine did) use scissors and/or kitchen knife to remove them. Try to cut as close to the main part of the box as possible, especially if you are using wrapping paper. If you have stray edges, you might end up tearing your paper.
  2. Unroll plenty of wrapping paper (or material) to cover your box. Wrap the box as if you were wrapping a present. Fold edges into the inside of the box and secure with tape. (Optional: My original box had holes for easy handling and carrying. I chose to keep them. To do this, take your kitchen knife, and using the hole as a guide, slowly cut a hole in the paper. Fold in any stray edges and secure with tape.)

You now have a functional toy chest for your odds and ends, stuffed animals, toys, or even dirty clothes. What I love most is that it's completely and easily changeable. Wrapping paper is so inexpensive you can change your toy chest whenever you want!

Read on for details on optional embellishments.

Optional Decorations

There are plenty of embellishments, stickers, and other decorations you can use to personalize your new Toy Chest. I used ribbon to attach a small woodworking item that says "Friends" since I knew I would be using it for stuffed animals. I purchased the "Friends" decoration from Michael's Craft Store years ago for about a dollar. Ribbon is also relatively inexpensive. Here's how I completed my look.

Step 1 (Optional)

Small hole punches are great for any craft.
Small hole punches are great for any craft. | Source

Step 2 (Optional)

Prepare your decoration to be hung.
Prepare your decoration to be hung. | Source

Step 3 (Optional)

Put your ribbon through the holes you made in Step 1, going from the outside in. Then make a knot.
Put your ribbon through the holes you made in Step 1, going from the outside in. Then make a knot. | Source

Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. Use your hole punch to create two small holes big enough for your ribbon to fit through. I made the two holes a few inches apart, but it really depends on what you are attaching.
  2. To be sure that my decoration will hang evenly, I used two pieces of ribbon instead of one. I used tape to hold the ribbon where I wanted it. I used tape first because it is much easier to take it off and move it around until you find the right spot. Then I fastened the ribbon to the decoration with a heavy-duty stapler.
  3. You will now need to slip the ribbon through the holes you made in Step 1. Put it through from the outside (decorated side). Be sure to check and make sure your decoration is hanging the way you want it to. Then create a knot at the end big enough that it doesn't slip through the hole. Keep knotting until it catches, I knotted mine twice. Do this on both sides.

Completely Finished For Your Friends

DIY Toy Chest
DIY Toy Chest | Source

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    • MrsBkay profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Southern California Desert

      Thanks! :)

    • ComfortB profile image

      Comfort Babatola 

      8 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Very nice! What a great way to reuse old boxes in the home. Love how you personalized it with the hanging name tag. Voted up and useful.


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