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DIY: Organize Kids Toys Using Scrap Wood

Updated on July 26, 2014

Wall Organizer Plus Clip Board.

Play areas, whether it's their room or in the living room. Kids seem to have a clutter of toys collected over time. Why not organize those little toys with a few planks of wood, some screws, and Buckets/Bags.

We had some extra wood from some bed frames that I previously took apart. And, my sister wanted to do something for her kids corner in the living room. A few cuts, sanding, painting, and screwing later we got what you see in the picture an excellent organizer that keeps the kids from getting every single toy out at the same time. And, a decent Art Hanger.

Sorry the Pics are not that great it was a little dark in the room. I'll also try to take more pics during a project instead of after like I did with this one. (Also a before and after) Just a quick DIY lens let me know what you think in the comments.

Measurements and Tools

Measurements of Wood Planks:

3 different lengths of 1"x3" Planks

Two planks 2'1"

Two planks 1'2"

One plank 2'2" (Clip Board)



Miter Saw

Sanding tools

Staple Gun (Clip Board)

(optional) Leveler

Other Parts:

Screws one 2 1/2 and the other 1 1/4 inches long (Used From a Sandbox Project Previously Done)

Paint your choice.

(Instead of the 1 1/4 inch screws you can use Hooks.)

2 white and beige totes were $3 each

Buckets from the 99cents only store

Jumbo clothes pins from the 99 cents only store

Tools You Might Need, Here On Amazon

Black & Decker DR260B 5.2-Amp 3/8-Inch Drill/Driver
Black & Decker DR260B 5.2-Amp 3/8-Inch Drill/Driver

I prefer wired Drill sets. Only 13 bucks no need to charge.


Easy Steps

You can Cut the wood what ever length you want really. I honestly just cut a board relatively the right size without measuring it and lining it up to cut one the exact same size. I later measured the boards to let you know if you want to do the exact same thing. So after you cut your boards to the desired size sand the cut edges and briefly the face of the board. Then paint each board leaving the spaces which will not be seen untouched. (No need to waste paint.)

Now you need to decide where to place the boards on the wall. Using a level tool might help keep it, well level. Or just use the wall lining the board perpendicular against the wall. We placed the Middle column first and the top column is about 18" above. The bottom column being the clip board you can really place this where ever you like but ours is about 15" below the middle column. When drilling them in it is your preference if you want to try to find the studs in the wall. To get at least one screw in the stud. You can use a stud finder or just knock on the wall finding the spot that doesn't make a hollow sound. You want to use the 2 1/2 inch screws to put in the boards so its strong enough to support a little weight. Two screws will do the trick.

Next the buckets, (finally something to do with the Image) well all you have to do is use the 1 1/2 inch screws. Screw one in a quarter the way in. Place the bucket and use the other screw to make a small hole where it needs to be to make that hanging effect. Then screw that one in and voila there you have it.

The Bags can be just as easy as the buckets or you can use some self screwing hooks which is not hard at all. Just twist a couple on and you'll have it ready for the bags.

Hooks and Pins

VANVENE 6 Jumbo Wood Clothespins - Set of 6 Big Clothes Pins (Set of 6)
VANVENE 6 Jumbo Wood Clothespins - Set of 6 Big Clothes Pins (Set of 6)

We got colored versions of this but you could always paint these yourself.


Staple the Clothes Pins

I used a rather easy way to put the clothes pin on. Using a staple gun in the front of the back clip holds it there very sturdy. Do this before you screw the board in, you may have to bend the nails down unless you use the proper nail. (I didn't)

Finished Product - Plus Extra: Lego Station

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Works for Boys too.Super Glue some 2x4 legos on top of the boards for a lego figurine station.
Works for Boys too.
Works for Boys too.
Super Glue some 2x4 legos on top of the boards for a lego figurine station.
Super Glue some 2x4 legos on top of the boards for a lego figurine station.


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