Over the summer I gave my dark, unfinished basement a DIY makeover and turned it into a bright, fun-filled playroom for my girls. In the process, I gave away a lot of items and re-purposed others. For instance, I had some old baby toys and a 55 inch TV box sitting in the basement collecting dust. Rather than simply getting rid of the old and buying new, I decided to turn these unused items into a brand new busy board for my girls.
- Full fitted sheet, any color
- Toys of your choosing. I used…
- Toy wheel
- Toy phone
- Marble Run
- Caterpillar ball toy
- Bottom half of shape sort or some other type of bucket
- Pin wheel from Dollar Tree
- Spinning mirror and rattle toy from old activity chair
- Bead roller coaster maze from Good Will
- Hack Saw
- Zip ties
- TV Box
- Liquid nails or hot glue gun
- I used a hacksaw to cut off three sections of the bead roller coaster toy to use for my busy board
- Next, I covered the box with a lime green (full size) fitted sheet. (I used the flat sheet to make curtains).
- I laid out my old, unwanted toys on the box and arranged them how I wanted them.
- I used a scissors to cut holes through the box on each side of the toys to mark where to use my zip ties.
- Starting from inside the box, I pushed zip tie out through the holes, around the toy and back through the other side. I got back inside the box to secure the zip ties on the back side (or inside) the cardboard box. I repeated this step until each toy was secure.
- For the bead roller coaster, I poked holes into the box and pushed the ends through and then used a glue gun to secure it on the back side. I’m shocked that these haven’t ripped out yet even though my girls pull on them so it must have worked, but I probably should have used my liquid nails instead.
The busy board was a great success. Each of these toys get so much more use out in the open on this board than they ever did from a bin or box, especially the marble run, which the girls absolutely love. Previously it didn’t get much use because it took a long time to set up and not much time to fall down. Not only do they now play with old toys that they didn’t previously, but it was a cheap and simple way to brighten a dreary basement and cover an ugly wall, providing a decorative effect as well. I hope you enjoyed this project and are inspired to give your old toys a new purpose!