Toy box ideas

Cynthia - posted on 03/03/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I need to get my 6 month old daughter some sort of toy box, as the cardboard box I'm using now is overflowing, haha. Does anyone have any ideas for something inexpensive and practical? I thought about just getting one of those plastic totes, but that seems so boring... Maybe there's a way to decorate it and make it cute? I'm not very creative, so any ideas would be helpful.

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Hello Cynthia, I got pink boxes for my daugther and I made some picture from her toys. I put the laminated pictures on several boxes and now she knows what is in which box. Aswell we painted some colourful flowers and after they were dry, I cutted the flowers out, laminated all of them and my daugther stucked them on the boxes.

Laura - posted on 07/07/2010

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ebay is a great place to look, we also had a cardboard bax which was working fine till out 13 month old daughter sat in it and broke it! :) we bought a pine toy chest for £10, its worth a look, hope you find one!

LeeAnn - posted on 07/06/2010

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As far as decorating, if you have any scrapbooking friends or family members, you could call on them to help you out. You could get a plastic tote, and use stencils, paint, stickers, markers, whatever you want. If you are really brave, and your kids are old enough, you can let them help decorate it. For example, if you have one child who likes musical toys, and another who likes baby dolls (my kids) you could let them pick the color tote they want, and let them each decorate, or help decorate thier own. Then if you got SUPER brave, or have OCD tendencies like I do, you could get a color coordinating sticker to affix, or marker to mark all thier toys to go into that particular bin. So if they want to borrow sissy's music box, they know where to put it when they are done. It would also make clean up time easier, because whoever the toy belongs to would notice thier color, and put it away.

Jaymi - posted on 06/21/2010

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My sister got an old wooden chest and painted the wooden plankes pink purple and light blue and on the top of the lid said her name inside the lid said play time and on the bottm said clean up time she used stencils and it looked great

Heidi - posted on 06/16/2010

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Get one of those larger plastic bins and then decorate it with something girly. Put princesses, and fairies and flowers on it.

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i had our daughters in a box as well and it was too small. we just went and got a cheap laundry basket. that way now it serves as a toy box and when she gets older and a real toy box for kids then she will have a bigger laundry basket. so it has more than 1 use.

Natasha - posted on 04/05/2010

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Clear see through plastic boxes with a lid that can clamp shut! ( storage boxes....like on clean house) I like them as I can see what is inside with out tossing it all out!, and the closed lid sloves the problem of my girls tossing everything on the floor! If they want to play with a certain item they ask and I can open it for them...it gives you more controll on waht is happing on the play mat!

Rose - posted on 03/20/2010

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I use a big plastic tote for my daughters toys it works wonders and it was cheap!!

Shaena - posted on 03/10/2010

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Target had a shelf unit that I bought for my daughters room. It has nine squares and you can buy different colored fabric bins(they are almost like baskets) to put into the shelves. It works great for toys, shoes, etc. You can see it online. I think it is under organzing.

Bethany - posted on 03/09/2010

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shelves with baskets for toys are good. You can sort them out if you can be bothered, but otherwise, you can only play with a certain basket each day, and that way, she won't get bored because each day has different toys. Just chuck all the toys back into the basket at the end of each day, and the next day, grab out the next basket. If her toys are too big for that, maybe a stack of those bigger plastic boxes with lids.

Steph - posted on 03/04/2010

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ask ur husband/partner if he has any wood lying around the house
as most guys do and get him to make one and get paint and u and your daughter a\paint it together or u can just paint it ur self

Selia - posted on 03/03/2010

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JoAnn's craft stores have unfinished lightweight wood ones for decorating yourself, they aren't too expensive depending on size/wood type.

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