8 Useful and Unique Baby & Toddler DIY Projects

Frugal Baby and Toddler Do It Yourself Projects

When it comes to parenting on a budget, you are forced to get creative with toys, educational supplies and organizing. Below is a list of 8 DIY's that I have put together to give you some creative and frugal ideas for your baby or toddler!

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1. Baby's First Words

This binder is my favourite! I took a day during nap time and put together this binder, all supplies coming from the dollar store. I chose items mostly from clip art that I wanted my son to learn and covered each page with a page protector. Once he hit his first year we went through this binder everyday. Included in it is action words, numbers (see photo below) familiar photos of family and friends as well as colours, shapes, animals and objects. Because of this binder, my son was able to memorize his numbers, letters, colours and count to 10 much earlier than his peers at playgroup!

Baby's first words

2. Toddler Car Garage

Second on my list is my sons car garage. I needed a cheap and simple way to organize his larger cars and also tempt him to want to 'park' his cars and put them away at clean up time. I bought a shoe organizer at the dollar store and we practiced parking his cars in the garage before bed.

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3. Chalk Table

A chalk table is a must have DIY. The chalk easels at Walmart can run around $70 here in Canada! This table and chair set I purchased at a garage sale for $5. It used to have a pink princess design on it until I spray painted it with some leftover spray paint from my sons dresser. Then I purchased chalk paint at my local hardware store and threw on a few coats. There you have it - a $10 chalk table that my son loves!

DIY Chalk Table

4. Locks and Latch Board

I love Melissa and Doug toys - don't get me wrong! But they aren't exactly wallet friendly...one day I was poking around my husbands man cave while looking for the forever elusive scotch tape, and found a bunch of old hardware pieces, a clip flashlight and some old keys. Feeling creative that day. I went out to grab a wood plaque from the dollar store and make my own latch and lock board! It was easier than I thought!