Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Jackson’s DIY Yellow Toy Wagon


As I’ve mentioned before, I’m trying to incorporate more color in Jackon’s room and I’m trying to do it with unique, inexpensive ways.  This super easy little wagon is great for holding pretty much anything that “lands” on his dresser like little books, toys, baseballs etc and with its bright cheery yellow color I accomplish my task of adding more color!

I picked up the original crate for a few dollars at Michael's.  The base of it had a wide open gap so using just a piece of poplar wood from Lowe’s that cost under $1 I cut it to size and used finishing nails to nail it in place.


Then I grabbed my trusty can of spray paint and got to it outside.  Between the sunny weather, and the type of wood it was it soaked up the paint and was dry within minutes, so I did a couple of coats really quickly.

Once it was completely dry I wanted to add an industrial aspect to it so I picked up two sets of caster wheels from Lowe’s.  Each package was about $2.50 for a set of them.  I was a bit particular about what types of screws I used because I knew that lining the wheels up (like in the image) three of the screws wood go directly into the exterior wood.  But the 4th screw (the one with the arrow pointing to it) was going to either go up into the open part of the wagon, or if I came down through it it’d be poking through on the bottom.  I ended choosing the screws you can see in the picture and they are have a flat end to the rather than the traditional tip.  I didn’t want the sharp tip knowing that I was giving this as a toy for my son so was better off safe than sorry.  You will have to pre-drill since they don’t have the point to drive through the wood, but with the soft wood of the crate it’s best to pre-drill anyways.

{Hard at work while J is telling me to hurry up so he can play with his new wagon} Smile


I attached a nut on the end of it to hold it in place better.  Now all the screws were secured with no sharp points to hurt the little one.


Next I just grabbed a foot of rope (20 cents from Lowe’s) and predrilled two holes to knot the rope through and the finishing touches were complete!


Jackson LOVED his new wagon, however I can’t say the same for his Monkey, I think he got a bit dizzy Smile






  1. So cute! Great idea for a wagon!

    @ Creatively Living

  2. Toy cart is a good project to spend time with. After doing this you can make sure that your child will learn to organize their toys and put it in the right place. It would be possible to do with just using of old woods and heavy duty castors.

  3. Wonderful!
    Love your project, and the color!

  4. This is awesome!!!! Perfect for your little guy :) I really love the color too!

  5. I love his smile! He LOVES that wagon- so so cute Pam!! And yes I have to add to everyone's comments- the color is Perfect!

  6. Hey there! Just wanted to let you know we featured you in our Favorite Find Fridays post over at Whimsically Homemade. We used one of your pictures. If that's a problem let us know and we'll remove it immediately. Thanks for your great inspiration!


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