So I have a little boy. He plays in dirt and scrapes his knees and LOVES LOVES LOVES Cars and Trucks and Things that Go. His 2nd birthday was all about trains, and now my house is overcome with very tiny modes of transportation that need to be wrangled.
Here is how we WERE storing the cars and things, in a "Cars and Guys" bin.
I wanted something like this:
Some other DIY found on the internets:
So here are some of the things I have lying around the house:
(these are such sturdy boxes, I hate to throw them out)
(There are from the dog food shipments)
Now, what I don't want is saggy shelves like these, which is what you get when you just use tape (as I found with my cardboard play kitchen).
But I had this great idea! Poke holes and use shish-kabob skewers as reinforcement.
Note: Watch out for those sharp pointy ends! I accidentally left this unfinished on the floor, and little boy decided he needed to walk between it and the couch and wound up with some nasty scratches on his legs :(
Cut ends of skewers and tape to box, then tape bottom of shelves to skewers.
Now, Parking Garages need ramps of course. I cut off the box flaps and fashioned a few crude "outdoor" ramps -- I don't think the child is "gentle" enough for inside ramps.
I cut some car-sized holes in the sides and attached a ramp to each level (tape to inside of box).
To finish, park Cars (and planes, trains, boats, etc.)!
I'd like to paint it or cover with a fun-colored tape or something, but we'll see how it holds up first.
** Update. 6/30/13 **
The shelves fell down a few times, so I reinforced with duct tape around the edges. Then I covered the entire thing with duct tape. It's pretty sturdy now.