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24 Free DIY Wooden Box Plans You Can Build Today (With Pictures)

wood decorative centerpiece with plants

wood decorative centerpiece with plants

If you like to work with wood and need a few boxes, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve highlighted some great plans you can use to build wooden boxes of shapes and sizes that will work for just about any room in your home.

Whether you need a new toy box for the kid’s room or a centerpiece for a formal dining room table, we have tons of options for you to check out!

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The 24 DIY Wooden Box Plans

1. Wood Box Centerpiece

diy wood box centerpiece
Image Credit: Love Grows Wild
Materials: (3) 1″ x 6″ x 25″, (2) 1″ x 6″ x 7″ 1.25″ Kreg jig screws, paint/stain, and (2) drawer pulls
Tools: Miter saw/circular saw, Kreg jig, tape measure, drill, and palm sander
Difficulty Level: Moderate

If you’re looking for a cute centerpiece idea, this wood box centerpiece might be precisely what you’re looking for. Compared to many other wood projects, it’s pretty easy to build, and you can change the paint or stain options to customize it to what you want.

Once you have the supplies and tools in hand, it doesn’t take long to assemble. Finally, don’t be afraid to change the dimensions a bit to match the table or counter you want to put it on.

2. Wood Toy Box

diy toy box
Image Credit: Angela Marie Made
Materials: (4) 1″ x 2″ x 8′, 4′ x 8′ x ½”, (2) 3″ x 3″ x 3′, 2″ x 2″ x 8′, ¼” scrap wood or wood shims, surface mount hinges, soft close hinge, wood glue, 1″ Kreg screws, 1 ¼” wood screws, and paint/primer
Tools: Kreg jig, miter saw, drill, circular saw/table saw, clamps, and tape measure
Difficulty Level: Moderate

This DIY wooden toy box is on the larger side of things, making it perfect for stuffed animals and larger toys. With a splash of paint or vinyl, you can customize it for your kid, too. And when they don’t need it anymore, it’s a durable piece that’s easy to sell.

It’s a slightly more challenging project, but if you have all the tools you need, we’re confident you’ll be able to figure it out with a bit of patience.

3. Deck Box Plans

diy outdoor storage bench
Image Credit: Ana White
Materials: (15) 1″ x 4″ x 8′ boards, (6) 1″ x 3″ x 8″ boards, (2) 1″ x 2″ x 8′ boards, (2) door hinges, 1.25 screws, 2″ screws, 1.25″ pocket hole screws, wood glue, wood filler, sandpaper, primer, and paint
Tools: Paintbrush, tape measure, speed square, hammer, safety glasses, ear protection, Kreg jig, drill, circular saw, and a sander
Difficulty Level: Challenging

This DIY deck box isn’t quite as easy to make as many of the wood box projects on our list, but it’s the way to go if you need some outside storage. Even better, it looks phenomenal once you complete it. Just take your time and follow the step-by-step guide and you’ll have a great deck box in no time!

4. Oak Jewelry Box

diy keepsake box
Image Credit: Woodshop Diaries
Materials: ½” x 4″ x 36″ oak, 1″ x 8″ x 12″ oak, ¼” x 4″ x 48″ oak, 1/8″ hardboard, felt liner, 1″ brass hinges, and wood glue
Tools: Table saw, stacked dado blade set, box joint jig, block plane, electric drill, ¾” chisel, and small Phillips head screwdriver
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Not every wood box needs a large or complicated design to look great. This oak jewelry box is proof of that. It’s pretty easy to make and doesn’t require a ton of advanced or expensive tools either. Whether you’re a new woodworker or an experienced pro, this is a great way to knock out a simple yet beautiful project.

5. Wooden Toy Bin

diy wooden toy bins
Image Credit: The Merry Thought
Materials: 1″ x 12″ pine, wood glue, nails, and sandpaper
Tools: Sliding miter box saw, table saw, and mending plates
Difficulty Level: Easy

This DIY wooden toy bin might look like a complicated project, but we promise once you dive into it you’ll see just how simple it is. One of the things we love about this toy box design is how little floor space it takes up.

You get three separate storage bins, but since they stack on top of each other, you still have plenty of floor space throughout the rest of the room.

6. Simple Wooden Jewelry Box

diy wooden jewelry box
Image Credit: Fix This Build That
Materials: 3’ x 3.5” x 3/8” maple, 28” x 2” x 3/16” walnut, and 20” x 4.5” x ¼” walnut
Tools: Drum sander, table saw, miter saw, random orbital sander, web clamp, f-clamps, and spring clamps
Difficulty Level: Moderate

While plenty of complicated jewelry boxes are on our list, this simple wooden jewelry box isn’t that. But while it’s a pretty simple design, don’t let that fool you about the construction. There are a lot of fine cuts, and it can be pretty easy to mess up. Stay patient and you’ll master this simple-looking jewelry box in no time.

7. Vegetable Storage Bin

diy vegetable storage bin with dividers
Image Credit: Anika’s DIY Life
Materials: Lumber, 1 ¼” pocket hole screws, 1 ¼” finish nails, wood glue, and vinyl chalkboard labels (optional)
Tools: Kreg jig, jigsaw, hammer, and a power drill
Difficulty Level: Easy

If you want to spruce up and add more storage to your kitchen, this wooden vegetable storage bin is a great choice. Even better, you can tweak the dimensions and add more dividers to match exactly what you’re looking for. It’s also one of the easier wooden box plans to follow.

8. Wood Toolbox

diy wooden tool box
Image Credit: The DIY Plan
Materials: 18″ x 26″ x ½” plywood, dowel rod, and finishing nails
Tools: Table saw and a hammer
Difficulty Level: Easy

Who doesn’t need another way to easily transport their tools? Sure, you can purchase a similar-looking wooden toolbox from a store, but this way, you’ll get a much better quality and you can customize the dimensions for exactly what you want.

These wood toolbox plans will walk you through everything you need to know to complete the project, and it’s one of the easier projects to complete.

9. Garden Planter Box

diy garden planter box
Image Credit: Tatertots and Jello
Materials: Lumber (lengths vary), wood screws, and a weed barrier
Tools: Saw and a power drill
Difficulty Level: Easy

If you’re considering starting a garden, there’s no better way to do it than with a raised garden bed. And with these wood garden planter box plans, you can make a garden that not only provides fresh food but looks beautiful as well. They walk you through multiple options for different landscapes and allow you to customize the dimensions of each box to perfectly fit what you need.

10. Blanket Box

diy rolling blanket storage box
Image Credit: The Handyman’s Daughter
Materials: Two bifold doors, corner brackets, angle brackets, casters, ¾” plywood, wood glue, 1 1 ¼” pocket hole screws, and spray paint (optional)
Tools: Pocket hole jig, circular saw, and 24″ clamps
Difficulty Level: Moderate

If you’re like us, you have way too many blankets floating around your home. With this wooden blanket box, you can have the perfect place to store them all! It makes use of old bifold doors, and if you don’t already have them, you can pick them up from just about any thrift store.

It’s a great way to repurpose some old wood into an extremely functional piece of furniture that will open up some space in your home.

11. Wood Book Bin

diy book bin
Image Credit: Helen Milan
Materials: 36″ x 16″ bottom piece, (2) 36″ x 9″ side pieces, (4) 14.5″ x 9″ insert pieces, (4) table legs, furniture leg attachment plates, wood glue, wood screws, wallpaper, and paint
Tools: Drill
Difficulty Level: Easy

Do you find that you have a personal library that’s spilling out all over the place? Whether it’s your books or books for the kids, we understand the struggle. With this wooden book bin, you can start to put some of those struggles behind you.

It’s pretty easy to make and holds quite a few books, freeing up your valuable shelf space for other things!

12. Wood Crate

diy wooden crate
Image Credit: Life Storage
Materials: Pallet, (2) 8′ x 1″ x 2″ boards, wood glue, 1″ brad nails, 2″ brad nails, wood stain, and paint
Tools: Sander and a nail gun
Difficulty Level: Easy

When deliveries come you get wooden pallets, and the last thing you want to do is throw those away. With this relatively easy step-by-step guide, you can turn those wooden pallets into an extremely functional wood crate. You can use that crate for blankets, pillows, or just about anything else you can think of.

13. Secret Compartment Jewelry Case

diy secret compartment jewelry case
Image Credit: Sawdust 2 Stitches
Materials: 1″ x 6″ x 6′, (2) 1″ x 3″ x 8′, 1″ x 8″ x 6′, 1″ x 2″ x 8′, ½” x 3.5″ board, 2′ x 4′ x ¼” paneling, (10) cup hooks, 20″ x 15.75″ mirror, 16″ full extension ball bearing drawer glides, (3) 2″ drawer pulls, (3) coat hooks, and wood glue
Tools: Kreg pocket hole jig, table saw, and a finish nailer
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Alright, this isn’t the simplest jewelry case to make, but it might be the coolest! This secret compartment jewelry case features a hidden compartment for all your jewelry and doubles as a mirror so you can check yourself out after you put it on! It will take a bit more work to make, but take your time and follow the guide and you should be good to go.

14. Simple Jewelry Box

diy jewelry box
Image Credit: Ana White
Materials: 1″ x 2″ x 6″, 1″ x 8″ x 6″, ¼” x 2′ x 2′ plywood, (2) mini drawer knobs, four felt pieces, finishing nails, wood glue, wood filler, sandpaper, primer, wood conditioner, and paint/stain
Tools: Paintbrush, miter saw tape measure, speed square, pencil, hammer, safety glasses, ear protection, circular saw, brad nailer, sander, and a level
Difficulty Level: Easy

Not every jewelry box needs secret compartments or takes up a ton of space, and this simple jewelry box proves that. It’s a simple design, but it still looks great. And compared to many of the other wood box projects on our list, it’s pretty easy to make.

15. Fancy Jewelry Box

diy fancy jewelry box
Image Credit: Ana White
Materials: 1″ x 8″ x 8″, 1″ x 3″ x 6″, (2) 1″ x 2″ x 6″, ½” x 1.5″ x 2′ craft board, ½” x 2.5″ x 2′ craft board, ¼” x 2′ x 2′ plywood, 1.25 wire nails, (8) 1″ knobs, (2) flat hinge sets, 1.25″ finish nails, 1″ finish nails, wood glue, wood filler, sandpaper, and stain/paint
Tools: Tape measure, speed square, pencil, hammer, safety glasses, ear protection, drill, circular saw, miter saw, brad nailer, and a sander
Difficulty Level: Challenging

This jewelry box isn’t simple and will test your woodworking skills. But if you can pull this fancy jewelry box off, there’s no denying just how cool it is. It has places for drawers and to hang jewelry, and it’s still a pretty compact design. Finally, you can paint or stain it however you’d like to customize it, putting you in complete control of the project.

16. Very Simple Wood Box

diy wooden box
Image Credit: My Creative Days
Materials: Masonite boards
Tools: Table saw, miter saw, nail gun, tape measure, orbital sander, and a crown stapler
Difficulty Level: Easy

This is the simplest wood box you can make, and while it won’t work for a ton of different applications, there are a few different ways you can incorporate this wood box into your home. Even better, these plans make it easier than ever to store your personal belongings.

17. Wooden Pie Boxes

diy wooden pie boxes
Image Credit: Addicted 2 DIY
Materials: ¼” Plywood, wood glue, and paint/stain
Tools: X-Carve jigsaw
Difficulty Level: Easy

If you have an X-carve jig saw these wooden pie boxes are incredibly easy to make. If you don’t, it’s the most challenging project on our list. We’re not saying to get an X-carve jig saw specifically for this project, but if you already have one, you should make these pie boxes!

18. Reclaimed Wooden Box

diy reclaimed wood storage box
Image Credit: Man Made DIY
Materials: Woodblock, 2 hinges, and liner
Tools: Table saw/hand saw, bandsaw, sander, and chisel/Dremel
Difficulty Level: Easy

Finding a way to reuse wood is the epitome of woodworking. And making something out of nothing but reclaimed wood is a great all-around feeling. With these DIY plans, making a reclaimed wooden box couldn’t be easier.

19. Unique Wooden Keepsake Box

diy keepsake box
Image Credit: Family Handyman
Materials: 1/16” x 1” x 12” key stock, ½” x 4” x 6’ lumber, ¼” x 1/8” rare earth magnet, ¼” x 4” x 16” lumber, and 16d nails
Tools: Drill press, hammer, handsaw, table saw, and a vise
Difficulty Level: Moderate

If you have a special piece of jewelry, a prized photo, or something similar, you can build this unique wooden keepsake box to store it in. If you take the time to build it right it holds up very well, but it’s not the easiest to build. Take your time and follow the plans and you should be able to do it, even if you don’t have a ton of woodworking tools.

20. Wood Card Box

diy card box
Image Credit: Build-Basic
Materials: 1″ x 10″ x 6′ board, 2″ butt hinges, lock clasp, 1.25″ finish nails, and wood glue
Tools: Miter saw, circular saw, pneumatic nail gun, screwdriver, and a square
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Whether it’s for a wedding or something else entirely, this wooden card box is far better than the generic options you can pick up from the store. Not only is it great as is, but you can also customize it to get the exact colors, shapes, and designs you want on it.

21. Wooden Toy Box

diy wooden toy boxes
Image Credit: Woodworking Corner
Materials: 1″ x 6″ x 30″ pine, 1″ x 10″ x 24″ pine, 1″ x 1″ x 24″ red cedar, 1.5″ wood screws, (2) 90-degree stop hinges, (16) 3/8″ wood plugs, sandpaper, wood filler, wood glue, polyurethane, and a hasp
Tools: Table saw, belt sander, tape measure, pencil, miter saw, power drill, router with a round-over bit, screw gun, two clamps, and a hammer
Difficulty Level: Easy

Your kids need places to put their toys, and this is another wooden toy box design that gives you just that. Compared to most of the other options on our list, this one is pretty easy to make, although you might want to change the dimensions a bit to match your kids’ toys.

22. Wooden Crate

diy wooden crate
Image Credit: Clean and Scentsible
Materials: (6) 30″ pine tongue and groove boards, (6) 16.25″ pine tongue and groove boards, sheet plywood, (4) 2″ x 2″ x 14.25″ boards, wood glue, screws, finishing nails, stain, (8) metal L brackets, spray paint, and a drawer pull
Tools: Sander, clamps, drill, and a hammer
Difficulty Level: Easy

If you’re looking for a simple wooden storage box, these plans for a DIY wooden crate are a great option. It doesn’t come with a lid, but it does provide a ton of storage for various items. It works great for books, blankets, pillows, and just about anything else you can think of.

23. Alternate Wood Box Centerpiece

diy wooden box
Image Credit: The Idea Room
Materials: (2) 31.5″ x 1″ x 4″ poplar wood boards, 30″ x 1″ x 6″ pine, nails, wood glue, wood putty, stain/paint, and polyurethane
Tools: Hammer and clamps
Difficulty Level: Easy

This wooden box centerpiece is similar but not identical to the other one on our list. Pick your favorite and go with it, and don’t be afraid to make small adjustments here and there to match your needs. If you like this one the plans are pretty easy to follow, so check it out for yourself!

24. Decorative Wood Box

diy decorative wood box
Image Credit: Bruce A Ulrich
Materials: Painters tape, walnut oil, wood glue, and lumber (various sizes)
Tools: Table saw, drum sander, planer, bandsaw, random orbital sander, and a jointer
Difficulty Level: Challenging

What’s great about this wood box design is that you can make a ton of different-sized wooden boxes from it. It’s not the easiest one to work from, but once you master this plan, the sky’s the limit as to what you can build. So, if you’re up for a challenge and want a bit more flexibility about what you can build, check it out.

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Final Thoughts

With so many great wooden box designs out there, all that’s left is for you to pick out a few of your favorites and start gathering supplies for your next project. While it might be a bit of work now, when you’re standing over your next creation, it’ll all be worth it!

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