I present my son's first gift! I made this Fantastic First Birthday Pallet Toybox from 100% recycled pallets and some paint. It took quite a long time to build the frame. I believe I spent around 50 hours just sanding the piece because the pallets were pretty rough. I used about 20 pallets and a hundred or so different screws and wood glue, but I'm really happy with the finished project.
Fantastic First Birthday Pallet Toybox:
First, I built the box frame. It is painted black in one of the pictures below. Make it any dimensions you want, but I wanted it to shallow enough so that my little one could fetch toys out of it without falling in. Next, trim deck boards to fit for the floor and secure with screws. Then, I clad the sides of the box with more deck boards, installing them from the inside to create a recessed look. I sanded...and sanded... and finally got this smooth enough to be safe around my child.
Fantastic First Birthday Pallet Toybox - Paint, Lid & Trim:
Time to paint! I decided to make it cheery and fun for my son. So, I painted it with several bright colors in a rainbow pattern that encircled the box. Next, I painted the trim black for a nice contrast. I created another frame and clad it like the sides of the lid and painted it white after sanding. In the meantime, I trimmed out the top of the box with more deck boards, mitering the corners for a finished look. I made sure the pieces fit well to prevent pinched fingers. Finally, I installed the lid.
Fantastic First Birthday Pallet Toybox - Finishing Touches:
To make it unique for my son, I carved his name out in wood, as well as carving out a few fun shapes for the other sides. I painted them all in contrasting colors and fastened them to the outside of the box. We're very happy with this Pallet Toybox and can't wait for our son to see it.
Editor's note: Here's a link to our Pallet Safety page for your reference. When making indoor furniture, particularly for little ones, always be sure of the source(s) of your pallets. ONLY use heat-treated (HT) wood. When in doubt; throw it out!