Sunday, April 2, 2017

The Wooden Toy Box Keepsake

Toy cover

 As I have grown older there are a few things I have come to appreciate more and more; craftsmanship and keepsakes. As a child I remember watching my grandfather fell a tree, so that he could mill the wood, and then use it to craft every piece of furniture you could think of. Today, my house is filled with those tokens of his love and hard work, everything from rocking chairs to shelves, tables, even a lap and candlestick. It's not just the beauty and the quality that I appreciate, but it's the knowing that though there will come a day when he is no longer on the earth with me, I will always have reminders of times with him, memories sealed in the furniture that he made, that I will one day pass to my own kids. There are many things in our home that will come and go but I try to invest as much as I can in products that will not only last a lifetime but will carry significance long after I'm gone. My youngest son, Levi was very much in desperate need of a toy box and when I found the Wooden Toy Box I instantly fell in love with what I saw. Wooden Toy Box sent me the personalized toy box, pictured above, at no cost to facilitate this review. If you have a child that could use a toy box, a hope chest, or even a gorgeous box to keep their pillows and blankets in, the Wooden Toy Box is the perfect way to house your child's special belongings and give them a special keepsake to treasure for years to come.

Un-Boxing Our Wooden Toy Box

Toy collage A
To say that Levi was waiting with anticipation for his Wooden Toy Box to arrive would be an understatement. Every day, without fail, he would watch for our FedEx truck to come and go until the day came where his toy box arrived. Boy was he excited! Immediately, and as expected, the first thing I noticed about this toy box is that it is 100% made of wood - no particle board here! Handcrafted wood furniture is not so easy found these days but it is one of the features I always look for in furniture. The second thing I noticed was the delicious smell of cedar! My Mom had a cedar chest growing up that she kept extra blankets in that immediately that smell and the memories of my favorite blankets came rushing back. Thirdly, the boards were dated, as you can see in the picture above, making this keepsake truly special. It will be fun for Levi years in the future to be able to look back and see exactly when his box was created.

Putting The Toy Box Together

Toy Box Collage B
Levi didn't want to wait for his dad to get home, so he and I set off to put his toy box together ourselves, which turned out to be a fairly simple job! I had just finished an entire weekend of putting together furniture that I had ordered off Amazon and so I was fully prepared to buckle down and get it done. I found that along with the quality of the craftsmanship, the people at Wooden Toy Box had already done some of the building work for me! This toy box is still the easiest piece of furniture I have ever put together. We started by reading the instructions (which were easy to understand and came complete with pictures of each step) front to back and then put the cams. Wooden Toy Box had already put the cam screws in place in the frame and in a snap, we had three sides put together.
  Toy Chest collage 2

Wooden Toy Box lets you choose what kind of base you would like for your toy box and because I have a fondness of the cedar smell, and because I know cedar is a sturdy wood, I chose that feature for Levi's toy box. Putting in the base was a snap (literally) as the board planks were already pre-cut to snap perfectly in place. After securing the 4th side and making sure all of the cam screws were locked in place, it was time to attach the lid. I started in on the hinges but quickly realized this portion was a job that needed a little more muscle power that I had on my own. Levi and I relented and waiting for Ben to get home. Ben make quick work of getting the hinges attached to the lid and securing it to the toy box. We used the suggestion of the instructions by putting the toy box on it's side and elevating the lid with a couple sturdy books. The secondary hinges on this toy box (the ones you see in the middle) are a mothers dream as they keep fingers from being pinched. The lid stays in place when opening or closing no matter how high or low your child may lift it. These hinges are a must when putting the toy box together and one of my favorite features of the Wooden Toy Box

  Toy Collage 3

Before & After

Levi wasn't just excited about finally having his very own toy box. You see, his job, every day is to make sure all of the toys in his room are picked up and put away. We live in one of those houses where toys just multiply and appear out of thin air for no particular reason. This of course makes for keeping his room clean an issue at times. In the past I tired to put together a little organization station for his toys but the sorting took hours and never stayed that way for more than a couple days. I finally relented and decided how much easier it would be for both Levi and my own sanity to give him one big toy box where he could keep all of this toys. I used a few gallon size Ziplock bags to keep some of his smaller toy accessories in, but I can't tell you how much easier having this toy box has made my life. I'm learning as a Mom how important it is to give kids cleaning goals they can stick to, rather that ones they could never live up to.  Sure, all of the toys might not be sorted to perfection, but they are put away. And in the end, that's the battle we were both trying to win. Toy final collage 1

Quality, Classic Keepsake

Toy Levi 2
Along with my grandfather, who instilled in me an admiration for quality craftsmanship, and wooden furniture, my husband owns his own flooring company and so the trades have become a part of my livelihood. My husband knows wood and knows quality. Ben gave his stamp of approval on this toy box without hesitation! The ability to personalize any of the Wooden Toy Boxes makes this one extra special for Levi. Being one of four kids, he's pretty excited to have something with his name on it. As the years move forward, this toy box will be a valuable heirloom whenever he wants to hand it down to one of his kids or grandchildren even. I know how much I would adore anything with my grandfather's name on it and I'm excited for Levi, that one day he will get to share this with generations still to come.

  Here are some other things to know about Wooden Toy Boxes:

  • 100% all Wood Construction
  • Personalized Toy Box
  • Choose from several different fonts
  • Laser Engraved
  • Custom All Wood Toy Box
  • Unlimited Toy Chest Designs
  • Safety Lid Supports
  • Cedar Base Option
  • Heirloom Quality
  • FREE Shipping

Customers can choose from several different wood types and colors including, Oak, Cherry, Espresso, & Bamboo. You can also find cedar chests and blanket chests available as well.

 Often times I have a picture in my head of what I think something I'm ordering online will look like, and when it shows up, I find I was way off the mark. Wooden Toy Boxes has created a way for you to design your own toy box using their online tool so that you can see just what your toy box will look like before you order.

 But gets even better!

  From now until April 30th, Wooden Toy Boxes is offering our readers a special 10% off code! Just type TOYS in your shopping card for the discount. There's no better time to start designing!

Click HERE to visit the Wooden Toy Box website and check out so many other amazing wood box products available! Follow Wooden Toy Boxes on social media!

But wait...there's more!! WIN IT!

  Toy giveaway

 One lucky person is going to win their own personalized Wooden Toy Box!  To enter, just use the Giveaway Tools form below. Giveaway open to United States, ages 18 and up. Ends 4/16/17 at 11:59PM EST.  

Disclosure: I received the item pictured above in exchange for facilitating this post. Our Southern Style and Thrifty Nifty Mommy are not responsible for prize fulfillment. One winner will be randomly selected using the Giveaway Tools random selector and notified via email. Once notified, the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Google. Void where prohibited.


  1. I designed the box with oak and our last name in Shadow Bold. I love the color and that you can choose between a name or monogram. I would put our last name on it because we have 2 girls and it could be a good family keepsake for a long time!

  2. I love the numerous font styles!! I also love the choices of either a name or a monogram!!

  3. I would use ours as a storage for our entry hallway!! So pretty!!

  4. I love how many options there are to personalize!

  5. I like that this is all wood construction with safety lid supports so that it can be safely used by younger children.

  6. I love that it's your own personal touch.

  7. I love that these are a beautiful piece of furniture. I love how solid these are and the safety features for the little ones. Thank you so much for sharing

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  9. I picked the cherry color because it will match the other furniture in his room. I also picked the Shadow bold font in gold which really makes his name pop and will be great for him to learn the spelling of his name. Barbara Parker

  10. I like that you can customize the font for the name.

  11. I really like that you can choose the type of wood look that you want.

  12. I love that you can personalize this box

  13. I designed a wooden toy box in oak with the name in the thematic font. I love it has all the little icons with the letters so adorable. This is a beautiful toy box any child or family would love.

  14. I designed a toy box for my New Great Granddaughter. I chose the Cherry wood. I had her name engraved in Gold (Lilianna) I used the same script style they did. The gold engraving on the Cherry wood looks so Beautiful.Its these 2 colors together that I really love..

  15. I like the change font option !

  16. This is the coolest Toy Box EVER! I love the Bamboo finish with my son's name, Eric Andrew, in the Shadow Box Font. It turned out beautifully in the preview!

  17. What pretty toy boxes! I loved being able to choose the espresso wood to match my daughter's existing furniture. I also like that there are font options to suit our modern, simple style!

  18. I like the bamboo look option and the fonts aren't bad.

  19. I really love the look of the Oak wood color! I also love that I can customize it with any name, and with cursive font! :) I really like the look of this toy box, it is definitely something that they can have forever!