Turn Any Basket Into an Adorable Toy Trolley for Kids With This Easy Tutorial

DIY wheeling toy basket
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Any parent knows that kids have a tendency to acquire all of the stuff ... toys, books, knickknacks, and so on. While baskets are a stylish solution for corralling their prized possessions, we've got a hack that can turn any basket into an adorable toy trolley. From house to yard, to beach and back, your little ones will love the mobility of this holder, and you'll love not having to lug all of their things. (You might even find yourself borrowing it on laundry day or when you visit the farmers market.) Oh, and did we mention the basket we hacked is from Target and costs less than $40? Wheels up — let's do this!

Things You'll Need

DIY basket on wheels for kids
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Make the Axle

Step 1

Drill a hole on each side of the basket, about 1 inch up from the bottom and 1 inch in from the back.

Drilling hole into basket
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Step 2

Insert the steel rod through the holes in the basket. You'll need to mark where to cut off the excess length. First, position the rod so that 3 inches are protruding from one side, and then mark where 3 inches ends on the other side.

Steel rod inserted through basket
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Step 3

Remove the rod from the basket, and use a hacksaw to cut the rod along the mark you made.

Steel rod cut with hacksaw
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Step 4

Insert the cut rod back through the holes in the basket. Place three washers on one side of the rod.

Three washers on rod
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Slide a wheel onto the rod, and then put a hubcap on top.

Wheel and hubcap placed on rod
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Hammer the hubcap firmly in place on the rod. (The hubcaps have little metal teeth inside that will clamp down onto the rod when hammered.) Repeat on the other side.

Hammering hubcap onto rod
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Make the Handle

Step 1

Place the wood dowel inside the basket and mark the desired height for your handle (based on your child's size).

Marking handle height on wood dowel
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Step 2

Cut the dowel along the mark you made.

Wood cut by hacksaw
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Step 3

Glue the cut dowel vertically inside the copper tee joint.

Using the excess you cut off the dowel, cut two pieces that are 2 inches each in length, and glue them horizontally in the copper tee to create a handle.

Gluing dowel to copper tee joint
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Step 4

Insert the handle upright in the back of the basket, and secure it in place at the top and bottom with zip ties. Cut off the excess length on the zip ties.

Securing handle to basket with zip ties
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Make the Kickstand

Step 1

You'll need to make a kickstand so the basket can stand upright when not in use. Stack two wood beads together, and insert a carriage bolt through the holes.

Carriage bolt inserted through two wood beads
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Step 2

Wiggle the bolt up from underneath the basket (make sure it's centered) until it slides through the wicker. Screw the nut onto the bolt to secure it inside the basket.

Bolt secured inside basket with nut
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Now your little ones are all set for a wheeling good time.

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Trisha Sprouse

Trisha Sprouse

Trisha is a writer, video producer + maker with a knack for creating modern DIY content. When her hands aren't covered in paint, she's most likely holding a camera or power drill or both.