From Toys to Tea: An Upcycling Project

Over at View From the Fridge, Katie loves getting the wooden toys made by the Melissa and Doug toy company…but hates the fact that none of the wooden packaging for these toys comes with lids!  “Bins without lids hold toys for maybe 3 minutes before my two little boys dump the entire contents out onto the floor,” she laments.


So, when another lid-less wood toy box made its way into her home, Katie was on her way with it to the recycling bin when inspiration struck.  She realized it was a similar size and shape to the serving trays she’d seen.  After drilling holes in the side for rope handles, Katie painted the wood a pretty spring green.  She decoupaged some fancy paper onto the bottom of the tray, and sealed the tray from potential spills using polyacrylic.  Isn’t it lovely?


Visit View From the Fridge to get all the details on this upcycling project.


  1. Great upcycle! I love the color.

  2. Good idea! I reuse all my M & D wood containers for drawer organization. I love the wooden packaging, but it would be so much more awesome if they could be used to actually contain the toys that came in it.

  3. What a great idea! It’s really cute, too…Great for summer fun!

  4. Nikki F. says:

    Awesome idea! I just bought a stamp set from them and couldn’t bare to throw away the wood packaging. Now we know what to do with it.

  5. Thanks for featuring this tray, Beckie! Hope you’re having a great week!

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