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Toy Chest Storage

It's difficult to build a train track when you can find only four rails. A compartmentalized toy chest can help keep toys tiddy. DIY stencils on the front of each drawer indicate what's inside to help kids find toys quickly.


  • Drawers

  • Kraft paper

  • Utility knife

  • Straightedge

  • Drafting tape

  • Acrylic tape

  • Paintbrushes


  1. Prime and paint drawers. To make train stencil or other toy shapes, draw freehand or trace an image from a coloring book.

  2. Transfer silhouette shapes to kraft paper. Using a utility knife and straightedge where necessary, cut out shapes.

  3. Place drafting tape, folded into loops and sticky side out, on wrong side of paper stencil, near cut edges of shapes. Lay stencil, tape side down, on drawer; smooth in place.

  4. Using acrylic paint, fill in shapes, brushing from outside stencil inward to center of shape. Let stand a bit for paint to set, then remove stencil carefully; let paint dry completely.

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