How to build a DIY step stool for kids. These are great for giving kids a boost while they use the potty, wash their hands, or brush their teeth. They are also easy to build with 2x4s.
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Am I picking boring gift ideas or what!? I know kids love toys. But the parents yo…. it’s pretty likely the kids have enough toys and that the parents are already overwhelmed with cleaning it all up. And for the 1st or 2nd birthday party, sometimes practical gifts just make more sense. A DIY step stool is a practical gifts for a young child and it will come in so useful. You can decorate the stepping stool however you want for that child… paint it fun colors, add stencils or decals, mod podge fabric or scrapbook paper on it. Get creative.
I’m not sure receiving a step stool at age 1 will end up in the memory banks for the kids, but they’ll use that stool to brush their teeth, wash their hands, and to help them reach the counter to help their mom or dad make cookies. And maybe someday they’ll look back fondly on it.
Supplies for a DIY Step Stool
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- 1 1/4″ screws (8)
- 2 1/2″ screws (4)
- (1) 4 x 11 3/4″
- (2) 4 x 13 1/2″
- (2) 4 x 6 5/8″
- 3/4″ thick wood, cut to:
- (1) 15 x 6 7/8″
- (1) 15 x 6 5/8″
DIY Step Stool Tutorial
Check out this video tutorial or scroll down below for the photo tutorial.
Next you’ll take your wood and work out how to put them together. We laid out extra pieces of wood to keep everything flush- the back piece, the front piece, and the 2×4 under the white cross piece are all just to hold things in place while we put it together.
Make sure you’re working on a flat surface.
We screwed in the side pieces to the middle support. That should form the base, then you can screw the tops of your steps on.
One suggestion is to use a countersink. These bits drill a little hole in the wood prior to placing the screw. It allows a small indention for the head of the screw so it won’t leave a bump. You could fill in over the screw head with wood filler then sand/paint over it. Or you can just leave as-is.
Test the stool. The adults all hopped up and down on it first.
Paint or stain. Depending on your paint, you may want to follow up with something to seal these, such as polyurethane.
Add your vinyl. Use permanent vinyl (651) or else it will peel off. I love being able to customize these with quotes. Probably should’ve put something like ‘Shoot for the toilet’ on the light green one though! Ha.
I had to do some research for this post. This post was inspired by the following blog posts: Super Simple 2×4 Wooden Step Stool.
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