Time for some real talk, friends. My house is a hot mess, and one of the reasons for that is that there are always toys covering every square inch of floor space in sight. (We need to purge a lot of them, but for the time being, they’re here.) I temporarily remedied the situation by sticking a hideous Rubbermaid tote in the family room to corral stray toys that make their way downstairs from the playroom, but we needed a better (i.e. less ugly) solution. I decided to build a rolling wooden toy bin and the boys helped me make it over with some new cool products from Martha Stewart.
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- Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint in a color of your choice (available at Michaels)
- Martha Stewart Adhesive Silkscreen
- Martha Stewart Bottle Topper
- 1×6 and 2×2 boards cut to dimensions of your choice (see my dimensions in the tutorial below)
- 1 project panel (you can find these at the hardware store, or you can glue up your own) cut to desired dimensions (length and width you want the box to be)
- Wood Glue
- Nail gun (Or screws and a drill)
- 4 Casters
DIY Wooden Rolling Toy Bin
Cut your wood to your desired dimensions. My bin is about 18″ wide by 26″ long and 13.5″ tall (including the casters).
Place two of your shorter boards parallel to each other, and attach a 2×2 to either side of the pair of boards using wood glue and a nail gun. These will become the sides of your toy bin.
Attach the sides to the project panel (which is the bottom of your box) using wood glue and a nailer.
Attach your longer boards to the front and back by gluing and nailing them to the 2×2 boards.
Measure, mark, and drill holes for your rope handles. I put mine in the center of the top board on the sides. If you decide to paint the sides, I would wait to add the rope until the end.
Flip your box over and attach the casters to the bottom.
Now the fun part! I like a more modern look, and I like the look of raw wood. However, if you’d prefer to paint it a solid color first, then do that and let it dry. Next, it’s time for the silkscreen! I taped off a diagonal on one side, and I silkscreened the entire other side. I couldn’t decide which one I liked best so I did both.
For this project, I used Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint, which is the perfect paint for all kinds of family craft projects.
There are over 80 colors available, you can use it on any surface (including wood, terra cotta, ceramic, glass, and tin), and it’s ideal for use with stencils and tools. It also comes in six finishes: satin, glitter, pearl, metallic, neon, and glow-in-the-dark. I used one of the new Martha Stewart bottle toppers to apply the paint, and a fun patterned silkscreen.
Aiden helped me out, and we just used the bottle topper to “pounce” the paint onto the silkscreen. I taped it in place and then shifted it over as we went along. I also blotted the bottle topper on a paper towel occasionally if there was too much paint on it. I peeled the tape off when I was done.
Next, I attached the rope handles. The rope I used was tricky to insert into the holes I had drilled, so I found that putting a little bit of tape around the tip helped me push it through.
Now we have a much better toy solution than the old plastic tote.
Aside from the paint, you can find 168 new additions to the Martha Stewart line, including silkscreens like the one I used. You can find Martha Stewart products exclusively at Michaels.
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