Creative Ways to Reuse Your Child’s Toy Box

As parents, we naturally want the best for our children. We purchase top of the line toys, comb through high quality clothes, and research safety standards for cribs, however, as time slips by, we also realize most of these items over time either are of no interest to our child, or, they simply get put into the garage sale pile to be resold. A child’s toy box is no exception. Though a toy box is an exceptional way to teach organization to a child, even the finest of heirloom quality boxes can collect dust and find a permanent home in the attic. So what is a parent to do with an old toy box that no longer gets used for their child’s toys?

For plastic or wooden boxes, the sky is the limit on uses. One just has to sit back and use some creative imagination. The easiest idea for reusing a one would be to simply switch what is stored inside. Place your pet’s toys inside, use it as a dirty clothes hamper, or place it in the back of your car or trunk for jumper cables, tools, or groceries. Get your children involved to make a time capsule storing their favorite toys and mementos for them to look on in the years to come. Do not be afraid to take it outside, either! It can be used for gardening equipment, pool toys, or lawn gear. To really get the green effect on its reuse, turn it into a compost bin or recycle bin!

Storage isn’t the only option either. Attach casters to the bottom and decorate it as the next Indy 500 go cart! Sew a canopy and attach it to the top for a covered wagon. Place pillows or a cushion on the closed lid for an entryway bench. Does Fido need a place to sleep? Place a blanket and pillow inside for a pet bed. You can even decorate it like a coffin at Halloween!

Plastic toy boxes are so versatile; they can even be used to house baby chickens! It’s the perfect size with a few added ventilation holes, hardware cloth, and some handy work; you will be raising chickens in no time! It could also be made into an incubator for bird eggs. How about taking some of your plants and giving them a new home inside? Heading off to the big game? Pack it with ice and TOUCHDOWN! to an instant cooler!

For durable wooden boxes, think outside the “box” as you turn it vertical for DVD, CD, or book storage. If you add shelves inside, now you have a possible wine rack! Turn it completely over for a kid sized table. And the most economical use for a wooden toy box… break apart for kindling at your next campfire!

A child’s toy box creates memories that forever stay stored inside. Open the lid for a world of new memories to be made!