A DIY rolling storage toy bin you can make in 5-minutes…
Need DIY storage ideas? Don’t we all.
Today we’re making a rolling DIY storage basket from a wire bin. It’s gonna take about 5 minutes, and it doesn’t require any tools, to speak of.
Video: How to make your rolling DIY storage basket
As for what we’ll need to get this rolling DIY storage project done, here’s the scoop:
Rolling DIY storage basket supplies:
- Wire basket (You can find these all over. Ours is from Target, but here are options from Amazon, as well)
- Cable Ties
But before we get into all nuts and bolts, or in this case, zip ties and scissors,
I know what you’re thinking. And you’re right. Willy bears a strong family resemblance to his great uncle…
Great Uncle Wilson, of Castaway fame. Pretty famous relative, but Willy doesn’t talk about his Uncle much…apparently, the poor guy met with a pretty tragic end.
Anyways, Willy lives at our place. And he has a VERY large family.
This is Eunice. Willy’s girl.
And their lovely children.
Oh, that guy? He’s one of the neighbor kids…always hangin’ around here, asking for snacks.
We enjoy having Willy and his family (and the neighbor kid) here, but what hasn’t been so fun is the lack of a real place “of their own” in our home.
I’m a hopeless optimist, and even though I realize it is completely insane with three small children to attempt to live by the mantra of “a place for everything and everything in its’ place,” I’m no quitter.
And I knew that if these guys didn’t find an appropriate place to bunk down at night, I was gonna call my buddy Jeff Probst, and have someone kicked off this island.
That’s when I found these…
Lovely, extra-large wire baskets.
While these storage baskets are great, we have hardwood floors in our home, and if the kids dragged these around as is, we would end up with very banged-up floors.
Luckily, there is a 5-minute, very inexpensive DIY storage solution to this little dilemma.
And the process starts with…nylon cable ties. Otherwise known as zip ties. Cheap, strong, and VERY useful for all kinds of projects!!
We bought a big tub of them which we bought it years ago and still have plenty left despite using these things for all kinds of projects.
The only other item you’ll need is casters. I recommend the type that can swivel, which will make rolling these around a lot easier.
We used three casters per basket. Four would make it a bit more stable, but we were being as thrifty as possible. All that needs to be done now is to zip tie the casters onto the bottom of your wire basket.
Use two zip ties per caster, and make sure when you tighten the zip tie down that it’s not going to interfere with the movement of the swiveling wheel. Once you pull these things tightly, those casters won’t be going anywhere.
Use scissors to clip off the excess zip tie material, and…
You’re done! Literally one minute per caster!
I added some chalkboard labels to the DIY storage toy bins, again using a cable tie.
Below you can see how the chalkboard label is attached to the inside of the basket.
And now, with the DIY storage toy bin labeled, order is restored! You and I can re-consider that urge to “jump ship” or escape on that enticing “three-hour tour”.
Isn’t organization lovely?
And of course, the best part of this story is that Willie, Eunice, and the gang…they now have their own berth aboard this ship. A cozy little place for the whole family to hang out together in wonderfully organized harmony.
Look how happy they are!
Even that kinda pesky little neighbor kid.
So go ahead and “Caster Away”! And help that S.O.S. mess go from “shipwreck” to “ship-shape” in about five shakes of a scallywag’s tail.
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wow – i would never have thought of zip ties like this. I have toys in plastic crates and will be putting wheels on them with zip ties. THANKS