Friday, February 27, 2015

"C" is for Caddy Gift

diy wood gift caddy

Make this easy caddy from scrap wood and you have a perfect last minute birthday gift!  And I have the free plans for you down below too.

diy wood caddy kids art supplies

It's so versatile.
I loaded this caddy with art supplies but wouldn't it be great for hair supplies or make up for the older girls?

wood caddy with compartments

diy personalized wood caddy

The best part is it's portable.  The handle hole makes carrying a cinch.

diy wood caddy with handle

diy caddy with hole handle cut out

diy art caddy with supplies

How to build a gift caddy:

I built this caddy to fit the plastic containers.  Measure your containers and build to fit adjusting the width accordingly.

diy gift caddy free plans

Lumber cuts:

2 - 1x3 @ 10" (long sides)
2 - 1x3 @ 8 1/4"(short sides)
1 - 1x8 @ 8 1/4"l
1 - 1/4" plywood @ 10" x 9 3/4"

diy gift caddy free plans

Step 1: Build the box frame using 1 1/4" finish nails and glue.

diy gift caddy free plans

Step 2: Arch the sides with a jigsaw and cut out the handle hole in 1x8 using a 1 1/2" spade bit.

diy gift caddy free plans

Step 3: Insert handle piece centering in box and finish nail in place.

diy gift caddy free plans

Step 4: Attach bottom 1/4" plywood using nails and glue.  Sand smooth.

how to add personalization on wood

Step 5: To add name print out letters (I used Abadi MT Condensed font at 175 point.) and center printout on side of caddy.  Using a ball point pen trace outline of letters with heavy pressure.

personalize on wood without stencil

The pressure of the pen leaves an indent in the wood.

handpainted personalization on wood

Step 6: Paint on and inside the indent.  Seal the entire caddy with polyurethane.

diy gift caddy free plans


  1. If only I could do the woodworking part! So cute

  2. Hi Jaime, so excited to see you drawing plans now! EEEEK!!!! This is a great little project too! Can't wait to see more from you! XO Ana