Modern Play Table with Storage

Modern Kids Play Table Features

  • Large play surface
  • Two storage areas for supplies
  • Perfect for Legos, Arts and Crafts, Puzzles, and more
  • Slot for optional paper roll
  • Easy to build design
  • Perfect sized for preschool/elementary aged children
  • Legs can be easily removed and lengthened to increase height as children grow
  • About $50 to build

I build this play table for my daughter when she was six.  She loved it and used it as a coloring table for many years at our cabin.

It has held up well (apart from kids coloring on the top) and has been used as a fort frame, and there’s definitely been a kid or two standing and jumping off it.  In other words – it’s been well used and still going.

Reader Play Tables from this Plan

There has been quite a few amazing brags built from this plan!  Here are a few –

Lego Table with dividers and mat by KelseyT15 (above)

Art Play Table with paper roll – the stained top is really smart (white shows everything).

Work of Art Play Table by Handmade with Ashley

Video of Steps

Here’s a quick video of the steps to build this play table

Modern Kids Play Table Plans

Farmhouse Console Table

We’ve taken one of our most popular plans, the Rustic X Console, and made it beginner friendly!

How is the Farmhouse Console Table different than the Rustic X?

  • Faster and easier to build – just screw together.  No pocket holes required.
  • A little less expensive to build since no 1x12s are used
  • Very easy to modify the size
  • Slatted shelves
  • Will have exposed screw holes (Rustic X uses pocket holes so all screw holes are hidden)
  • Will be slightly heavier overall (both are solid wood so quite heavy)

Video of Matching Coffee Table Build

To see how this console table is put together, please watch our video on the matching Farmhouse Coffee Table.  The construction techniques are the same.  This video is especially helpful for cutting the X on the end.

The plans for the matching Farmhouse Coffee Table are here.

Farmhouse Console Table Plans

The plans for the farmhouse console table follow.  

Joy Holiday Sign – Christmas Wall Art

Here’s an amazing (and inexpensive) way to decorate for the Christmas – and you don’t have to be an artist to do it!

Let’s create a wall art out of scrap wood, paint a few letters on it, and add a store bought wreath!

This JOY sign is SO easy to make!

What Tools Do I Need?

You can use a couple of different methods to put this sign together.

You’ll need something to attach wood to wood – it can be screws (use self tapping screws in a length slightly less than your materials thicknesses added together) and a drill, a hammer and nails, or a brad nailer or stapler (like I’m using). DO NOT sweat this one, you won’t be sitting on this sign, it’s not a bed frame. 

If you have no tools, use a hammer and nails.  It will work JUST FINE.

A HOT GLUE gun would do the trick.

Do not overthink this.

You’ll also need some way to cut boards.  You can cut with a HANDSAW.  It is a fabulous arm workout.

If you have a power saw, use it.  A circular saw or jigsaw, and of course, a mitersaw, all will do the trick.

What Materials Do I Need?

I had some leftover strips of 1/2″ plywood that were 8″ wide and about 40″ long.  I simply glued and stapled to some 1x2s on the back.  

If you don’t have leftover plywood, here’s a few options

  • 2 – 72″ long cedar fence pickets (not dogeared if you can find it) and cut in half
  • Take apart pallet boards and use them (the overall sign size should be roughly 24″ x 36″, so you’ll need between 4 and 6 pallet boards, depending on their width
  • Cut a 10′ long 1×8 into three equal sized pieces (40″ long each)
  • A 1×2 furring strip for the back supports is needed for all options

How Do I Build It?

Cut the boards with a circular saw, mitersaw, handsaw or jigsaw.

Lay the boards out on a flat surface.

Figure how long to cut the 1×2 back supports and cut them.


Then attach the sign boards to the 1x2s with your choice of fastener (or hot glue).

How to Get the Weathered Look? How to Stain?

Now it’s time to paint or stain the wood back.  My boards were weathered so I applied nothing.  If you have new boards, here’s a few options:

  • Weathered Wood Accelerator by Varathane
  • Gray Stain 
  • Steel Wool and Vinegar Treatment
  • Leave it outside in the sun for a few months (maybe do that next summer)

Painting the JOY Letters

Place your store bought wreath in the center of the sign.  Now you can figure where the letters need to be.

I used a 1×2 to create my J and Y letters, leaving a 1x2s width around the outside, and then the letters themselves are 1×2 width wide.  The I just painted inside the letters with white paint.  

Then I just added a nail and hung a wreath on the nail (wreath is from Home Depot). My little niece helped out and was quite proud of the finished project too.

I love it, and hope you do too!

Perfect on Shelves or Ledges or Mantles!

We don’t have a mantle, but this floating white shelf we made a little while back is perfect.  

In a small space, wall decorating is your best option.  A few fun holiday pillow covers bounce the Holiday spirit around the room, and is just the right amount of Christmas decorating for our small space.

PS – Don’t forget to pin this wood Joy sign for next year!

Kids Wheelbarrow

This mini wood wheelbarrow is perfect for the gardener!  It’s made of solid wood – so fully biodegradable and non toxic.  We love that you can paint or accessorize to make it perfect and special for your little one!

More Photos and Build Post

This kids wheelbarrow project was built by Jaime Costiglio for Handbuilt Holiday – Our Christmas series where we share a new gift plan every Friday in the 12 weeks leading up to Christmas.

For lots more photos and build details, please visit Jaime here.  

Kids Wheelbarrow Plans

Kids Chair with Storage

Kids Chair with Storage Features

  • Lightweight and easy to move
  • About $15 in materials to build each chair
  • Easy to build plan designed for a novice woodworker
  • Uses basic tools
  • Classic style can is beautiful painted or stained
  • Storage compartment is big enough for notebooks and more
  • Works with standard children’s tables

DIY Kids Table Plans

We have lots of table plans to pair this chair with.  You can see all the plans here.

Updated Plans

This plan has been updated to be easier to build and lighter weight.  If you would like to access the old plan, they are available here.