My five year old is obsessed with stuffed animals.  If given the opportunity, she would start a foundation for under-played-with and neglected stuffed animals or her own stuffed animal rescue society.

diy stuffed animal storage

Taming the animals in a too-small house became one of my first missions, because tripping over a litter of stuffed kittens isn’t fun.  We needed a stuffed animal storage solution – something other than another toy storage bin that gets junked up.  I decided to create my own stuffed animal storage because *this* girl loves to play with powertools.

Here are some materials that you’ll need for this project:

  • 1 piece of plywood in your desired size
  • metal baskets from a garden center
  • paint {I used a sample jar of paint from Lowe’s}
  • paintbrush
  • short screws with a head large enough to secure the basket to your board {rummage around in your toolbox before you buy these}
  • Drill/Screwdriver

diy stuffed animal storage

  1. First, paint your board.
  2. When it’s dry, mark where you want to place your baskets.
  3. Pre-drill holes using a bit that is slightly smaller than your screws.
  4. Add screws & then place your baskets over the screws. {Note: if your screw head is larger than the opening, place your basket on first and then your screws.}
  5. Add stuffed animals.
  6. Walk freely through your house without stumbling on stuffed toys.

stuffed animal storage diy

We have used this system for a couple of months now and it works really well.  Ellie can still see her little buddies and with my help, we can take down whichever little guy she wants to snuggle with.

And better yet is the ownership that she’s taking in this by keeping her smallest little stuffed animals PICKED UP!

If you have any questions about this project, leave a comment below and I’ll reply right away.