Monday, December 5, 2011

Toy Chest Tutorial - Great Baby Shower Gift!

One great gift idea for a baby shower is a custom wood toy chest!  I decided to do one for my bf's baby shower. First thing you have to do is buy a wood toy chest.  I was surprised at the cost of them.  Unfortunately, they aren't cheap.  Depending on the size you get, real wood chests can be pricey. The one I purchased shown below is pine and its about 35 inches wide.  I got it on sale for $155 but you may be able to find one a little cheaper. I researched online and saw prices that ranged from $100 and up for the size I got but if you have to have it shipped, that could increase the cost a lot since its heavy OR if you are handy, you can build one. I would have LOVED to build one myself but clearly I'm no

Next you have to removed the hinges so you can take the lid off.  Then I primed the whole box and lid.  Dont skip this step, the primer helps your paint adhere better.  As you can see, I was working on a lot of things while working on the chest lol

 I painted the box white and chose to go with a striped design on the front of  chest. I had a few other ideas in my head initially but they didn't quite work out.  So this is how it came out after painting: 

Once everything dries, attach the lid back on the chest.

 Next its time make the cushion.  First you have to purchase foam from your local fabric store. I got 2 inch thick foam for my cushion. Its about $30 a yard and I needed a yard. Luckily I had a 40% off coupon at Joanns. Next I measured the size I needed for the cushion and used an electric knife to cut it. You CAN NOT cut this foam with a pair of scissors so don't bother trying.

 Since this was my first time making this type of cushion cover, I completely forgot to take pics of how I made the cover :(  But here is how it looked once I was done! It wasn't perfect but not bad for my first time. And the great part is it can be used with or without the cushion. I also got the material for the cover from Joann's. It was $26 a yd.  And the cushion cover is removable and washable.

Lastly, time to customize with the child's name.  I painted letters and attached with a hot glue gun.

Walah!! All done! :) It takes some time to complete this project but its worth it for the outcome! Don't you agree? :)

And remember when I did this one for another one of my friends? This chest is a lot smaller. Its from Micheal's and was only $50 but again its wayyy smaller. But you can use a Michaels coupon to buy this so that's a steal!


  1. I have a toy chest very similar in style and size getting made for only $40. It's a steal. I will be getting it stained and then I'll add a cushion like you did as well as my girls name. Seeing this makes me excited about finishing theirs!

  2. Wow yes thats DEF a steal!! Send a pic when you finish! :)

  3. I like the toy chest idea. Maybe one day I will try it. I made my first diaper cake for my girlfriend's baby shower and everyone loved it. I am not the most creative person so I surprised myself with the end result. Keep the ideas and the motivation coming.

  4. Really well done. Terrific idea and very impressive. I hadn't thought of the seat cushion. This chest will be useful well into the teen years.

  5. From Bumbo Seats to Pacifier Pods, the list of on the market today is endless. Real moms tell what products can make a new mom's life easier.


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