Using a wooden crate is a super easy way to make a dog toy box for your pampered pet! You’ll be ready to start organizing your dog toys in just a few of hours!
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 dog toy box to store them in.
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How to Make a Personalized DIY Pet Toy Box
This wooden dog toy box is an incredibly easy DIY project that you can finish in less than a couple of hours!
1. Gather Your Supplies and Materials
- wood crate
- sand paper
- mouse sander (optional)
- wood filler
- spray paint
- drawer pulls (similar)
- vinyl letters or decals (if you don’t have a cutting machine)
- adhesive vinyl
- Silhouette Cameo or other vinyl cutting machine(If you have a Silhouette, you can download my design here.)
2. Sand All Sides of your Wooden Crate
The outside of the crate is fairly well sanded, but the inside is a little rough, so I went over it with my mouse sander so that toys won’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.
3. Paint the Wooden Crate
I vacuumed off all of the dust and gave the crate a couple of coats of white spray paint.
4. Cut Your Design Out Using Adhesive Vinyl
While the paint was drying, cut out your design with your 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.
Cut the design out of permanent adhesive vinyl and apply it to the crate once the paint dries. 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 I applied the vinyl, but when I stepped back to take a look at it, I felt like 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 is pre-made! All you have to do is 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!
Use Your Wooden Dog Toy Box To Organization All Your Pet Clutter
I’d love to hear about your pampered pooches. How do you contain all of their toys? If you’re looking for more pet organizational ideas, check out these great dog storage ideas to contain all their clutter.
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I gathered up 15 of my favorite DIY pet projects for both dogs and cats to share with you. There are so many great things that you can make for your furry friend! The great thing about DIYing your pet stuff is that you can make them exactly to your taste.
UPDATE: Unfortunately, less than 2 years after we adopted Roscoe he passed away from a mass on his spleen. He made a huge impact on our family in the relatively short time we had him, and he is missed very much.
Originally posted March 2017. Updated March 2019.