Animal Zoo: DIY Storage for Stuffed Animals!

21 Jul

My daughter LOVES her stuffed animals. She usually has 10+ of them in her bed and then of course plenty more in the playroom. They are all over the place and it drives me NUTS. A while back, I came across storage on Pinterest that would be cute and perfect for my problem. I put the project on the back burner and sort of forgot about it until I was picking up the playroom this weekend and decided I had enough with stuffed animals all over the place. Later that morning, we were at Lowes buying wood, rope and paint.

I think you could make this project as complex as you want but I wanted to keep it SUPER simple and cheap… this was after all going in her closet and at the end of the day….was just holding her stuffed animals. I have seen a lot of these 6 feet tall, however, I wanted to keep hers under 4 ft on purpose. If we get to the point that we have over 4 ft of stuffed animals…. I can tell you some of them are going to hit the road.

We picked up some pine 1x4s and after a few cuts and screws… we had our frame.

Again, I wanted to keep this project cheap and easy so I bought 2 cans of Valspar Spray Paint and Primer (in the color Nautical)

I bought the wooden letters and animals from the kid craft section at Michaels and already had acrylic paint at home.

We bought rope but I have seen where people use wooden dowels. Chris taped the rope where it needed to be cut (helps with fraying) and then burnt the ends. Since we bought thicker rope, he used his air nail gun to hold them in place.

After that, we loaded it up and it is already working perfectly!

It’s that simple people. She can easily get an animal out if she wants to and I don’t have to see these things laying all over the floor in the playroom. I call that a win win 🙂

Have questions? Feel free to ask! I highly recommend this project and it’s a great starter project too! Super simple and and easy way to easy into DIY furniture 🙂

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8 Responses to “Animal Zoo: DIY Storage for Stuffed Animals!”

  1. Stacey August 13, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    Did you use nails for everything? Is it sturdy?

    • ThisGreyHouse August 28, 2016 at 8:32 pm #

      We did and I think some wood glue as well. Yes, it is very sturdy!!!

  2. Ryan Stratton November 29, 2016 at 7:45 pm #

    How deep and how wide did you make this

    • ThisGreyHouse December 11, 2016 at 8:07 pm #

      We built it to fit inside her closet, I think it’s a 2.5′ x 3′

  3. Shawn Weathers February 26, 2017 at 9:28 pm #

    How did you attach to ropes to the top and bottom…I know you said air mail gun..but an image would be great. I’m going to try to do this over the weekend. Thanks

    • ThisGreyHouse April 16, 2017 at 8:21 pm #

      Sorry this went to my spam for some reason but we literally just used a staple gun to the back side of the wood!

  4. Brenda Arnold March 3, 2017 at 10:22 am #

    I was just curious as to whether you put a bottom in it or just left it open to the floor.

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