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10 DIY Dog Toy Boxes You Can Make Today (with Pictures)

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By Chelsea Mortensen

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Dogs go through a lot of toys, and you likely have tons hanging around the house. But if you’ve got them stored in an old cardboard box or an ugly plastic bin, you don’t need to spend a ton of money to make your space look a little classier.

These 10 tutorials give you a range of options for dog toy boxes that you can make yourself, ranging from an easy afternoon DIY to major woodworking plans so that you can choose a project that matches your skills and vision.

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The Top 10 DIY Dog Toy Boxes You Can Make Today

1. Upcycled Wooden Crate to Dog Box

Materials: Wooden crate, wooden letters or embellishments, wood glue, acrylic paint
Tools: Paint brushes, sandpaper
Difficulty: Easy

A wooden crate can make a simple and attractive storage container, and this DIY tutorial helps you make the crate stand out. Bright paint and wooden letters turn the crate from something ordinary to something fun and beautiful. This DIY is super easy as well—no need to deal with woodworking tools or complex painting techniques, just a few simple materials and a sturdy crate to get you started.

2. Simple Rope Storage Bin from Cardboard Box

Materials: Cardboard box, rope, hot glue, spray paint, peel-and-stick paper (optional)
Tools: Hot glue gun, scissors
Difficulty: Easy

If a rope basket is more your style, what could be cheaper and easier than turning a cardboard box into this beautiful storage bin? Cardboard boxes are easy to find in all shapes and sizes, so if you have a tight space to fit your toys into this tutorial might be for you. The secret to making this bin is to find a sturdy box that will stand the test of time. From there, it’s easy to transform your box with paint, rope, and peel-and-stick paper into something that looks chic and expensive.

3. Personalized Wooden Crate Dog Box

Materials: Wood crate, wood filler, spray paint, drawer pulls, vinyl decals or Cricut vinyl
Tools: Sandpaper, Cricut cutter (optional)
Difficulty: Easy

For a classy take on the wooden crate box, this DIY helps you transform a simple crate into a stylish personalized box. A neutral coat of paint and a pair of shiny metal handles make the box stand out. The tutorial is finished off with vinyl decals that let you personalize the crate and make it your own. If you own a Cricut or Silhouette cutter, you can download cutting files for free when you sign up for A Home to Grow Old In’s mailing list, making it even easier to make this beautiful crate. Otherwise, store-bought vinyl lettering can give a similar effect without the hassle.

4. Hanging Dog Toy Storage Basket

Materials: Wire basket, nails or wall brackets, sign (optional)
Tools: Hammer
Difficulty: Easy

You can’t get much easier than this beautiful hanging dog toy basket. If your dog loves to drag toy boxes all over your nice floors or dump them out, sticking the basket on your wall might be a good solution. This gives your basket a nice floating look. Here, the tutorial author put the basket just a few inches above the ground for easy access and added a cute “beware of dog” sign to make sure everyone knows who the basket belongs to. You could also mount the basket higher up if you want to control access to the dog toys and don’t have a shelf or other space out of your dog’s reach.

5. Stenciled Burlap Dog Basket

Materials: Burlap basket, acrylic paint, printer, stencil vinyl (or stencil)
Tools: Cricut cutter or similar, paintbrush
Difficulty: Easy

Burlap is somehow both rustic and chic, making it a perfect choice for many different home styles. If you want to make your plain burlap basket into something a little more exciting, this tutorial gives you a great idea of how you can use a stencil and paint to set it apart. You can use a Cricut or similar vinyl cutter to cut out your stencil, but if you don’t have one available, there are also many pre-cut stencils available online that you can use.

6. Custom Pet Toy Metal Bin

Materials: Metal bin, sharpie, pencil, spray paint, printed design
Tools: None
Difficulty: Easy

Metal bins make a great style choice, especially when you go the extra mile with customization. A tacky Christmas-print bin like this one might not seem like it would have much potential, but with a few coats of spray paint and an innovative sharpie-transfer system that lets you trace a custom design onto your bin, you’ll end up with a beautiful, finished product.

7. Wine Crate Toy Box

Materials: Wine crate, wood rounds, wood glue, four screws, wood stain
Tools: Jigsaw, sandpaper, screwdriver, paintbrush
Difficulty: Moderate

If you want a toy box that’s classy and gives your dog easy access to the toys, try making a wine crate toy box. Recycled wine crates can often be found free by asking at restaurants or liquor stores or else bought cheaply. They make a great candidate for a toy box because they are sturdy and generally high-quality. This tutorial shows you how to cut a rounded opening on one side of the crate so it can corral your dog’s toys but still make it easy for your dog to pick out the perfect choice. It’s raised slightly off the floor by feet made from small wood rounds. It does require a jigsaw and some elementary woodworking, but if you’re willing to put in a little work, it will make a beautiful piece.

8. Dog Bone Basket

Materials: Dowels, glue, wooden beads, twine, yarn, sisal rope, MDF scrap, door pulls, permanent marker, acrylic paint
Tools: Drill, paintbrushes, jigsaw
Difficulty: Moderate

This super cute basket is way easier than it looks. The bottom of the basket is made from a scrap of MDF, although you could easily substitute it for something similar instead. Aside from a little bit of woodworking when making the bone-shaped base, the rest of the basket comes together super easily by weaving a mixture of twine and yarn to make the basket walls. If a dog bone isn’t your style, you could also switch up the shape and have a totally different look.

9. Fancy Dog Toy Box from Nightstand Drawer

Materials: Old drawer, pencil, corbels (optional), wood glue, paint, stencils (optional)
Tools: Jigsaw, sandpaper, staple gun, paintbrushes
Difficulty: Moderate

If you’ve got beat-up old furniture hanging around, why not give it a refresh? This tutorial shows how to take a nightstand drawer or something similar to make a dog toy box. Some fancy corbels and beautiful stenciling transforms this box from basic to beautiful, making it the perfect project for your little princess to store her treasures. It’s hard to be cheaper than a drawer from an old piece of furniture, but the results definitely scream glam!

10. Rustic Dog Box DIY From Scratch

Materials: 3/4″ birch plywood panel, 96″ 1×4 whiteboard, 5 pieces of poplar trim, 2 handles, wood stain, and glue
Tools: Drill, circular saw, planar
Difficulty: Advanced

Do you want the perfect piece and have some woodworking skills under your belt? This YouTube video can walk you through the process of making a custom wooden box for your dog’s toys. All steps, including dimensions for cutting the wood. The finished box has an open top and two sturdy handles for easy stowing. It would be beautiful in a rustic home or a farmhouse-style living area.

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These DIY projects will not only be fun and engaging, but they will also help you save a few bucks in the process. Plus, dog toy boxes will help keep the clutter out from under your feet. Even though your dog cannot speak in a human language, they would probably thank you for making one of these DIY toy boxes.

Featured Image Credit: Kevin Toney, Shutterstock

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