I’ve got some big news, my friends! We recently adopted a dog and are absolutely in love with him! He has completely taken over our life. Roscoe was turned into a shelter as a stray and spent 6 weeks there and then a little more time with a foster before he came to our home. We don’t know much about his history other than he’s about 2 years old, but we have made it our mission give this guy the life he should have had all along. Just like with kids, it’s crazy how quickly we accumulated toys for him. They were piling up in his bed, but the pile was getting too big! I needed to find a new place to keep them, so I came up with a cute toy box to store them in. This dog toy box is an incredibly easy DIY project that can be done in less than a couple of hours!
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Here’s what you’ll need:
- wood crate
- sand paper
- wood filler
- drawer pulls (similar)
- vinyl letters or decals (If you have a Silhouette, you can download my design here.)
The outside of the crate was fairly well sanded, but the inside was a little rough, so I went over it with my mouse sander so that toys didn’t get caught on it. I also filled in the staple holes with a little wood filler and sanded them smooth once the filler dried.
I vacuumed off all of the dust and gave the crate a couple of coats of white spray paint.
While the paint was drying I created and cut out a design with my Silhouette Cameo. In case you haven’t heard of Silhouette before, it’s an electronic cutting machine. It looks and works a lot like a printer, except instead of using ink to draw lines or letters it has a tiny knife that cuts them out in various mediums like vinyl or fabric. I have the Cameo, which is their larger version, but there is a smaller version called the Portrait that I think would work on almost all my projects. If you’ve been thinking about getting one of these machines, the Portrait may be a great alternative to the more expensive Cameo.
The design was cut out of permanent adhesive vinyl and applied to the crate once the paint dried. I used scissors to snip the lines that overlapped the crate boards and folded the excess over the slats.
I planned to be done once applied the vinyl, but when I stepped back to take a look at it, I felt it needed a little something more. Then, I remembered some cup pulls I had left over from another project and decided to add them to the sides after I sprayed them with my favorite gold spray paint. The crate already had openings on the sides of the crate to help you carry it, so the handles I added are purely ornamental, but they really help give it a more polished look.
I’m almost ashamed at how easy this toy box was to make! I love that the crate was premade, so all I had to do was give it a little paint and personalize it. It’s one of those projects that only took a little while to make but has already got a ton of use!
I’d love to hear about your pampered pooches. How do you contain all of their toys?