Toy-let Box

Don’t toss out that old toilet seat, turn it into a toy box! With a few simple supplies, you’ll have a nearly new toy box that the kids will love! This project can be made with any box you have around the house and it’s also great to take on those long road trips when you can’t find a rest stop.


  • toilet seat
  • toys
  • box
  • industrial strength glue
  • chainsaw

Step 1: Using the chainsaw, carefully remove the toilet seat from its base.

Step 2: Clean the toilet seat with a mixture of formaldehyde and iodine spread evenly onto a catcher’s mitt. Allow the mixture to set for a few moments, then gently lick it off.

Step 3: Glue the seat to a box and let the kids stuff with their favorite toys!

Note: This is an April Fool’s Day joke. My daughters came home from school today and the younger one cried because she thought I had made a real toy box, despite the fact that I said it was for April Fool’s Day. Then my older daughter sat right down on it, laughed and said “It’s a toy-let box”. Why didn’t I think of that? She’s a clever girl.

32 Replies to “Toy-let Box”

  1. Darn, I don’t have a catcher’s mitt! I may have an old slipper laying around I could use instead 😉
    Love it!

  2. I totally read this thinking how gross it was, and whether you’d actually need a chainsaw. Then I realized what day it is. Awesome! Although I bet kids would be way more excited to pick up their toys if their toybox had some sort of theme, like “flushing” the toys away, or a basketball hoop or something.

    Anyway, great post!

  3. I so nearly fell for that! With the influx of toilet paper “crafts” and so on, I actually believed it for a minute!! It is 4:20pm in the UK though so April fools is technically over for me!

  4. good idea except our old toilet seats are completely pee-stained and crusty. i wonder if they’d have better aim at a toy box such as you have described above…

  5. I love that one of your daughter’s cried – mine would have cried too!
    and yes very clever girl indeed!

  6. You got me! Even though the instructions required that you smear formaldehyde on and then *lick* it off! (to be fair, I was wondering if ‘catcher’s mitt’ was another obscure American cleaning product…)
    I bet you can find something like this on Regretsy.
    Very well done, though! The best I could do was retroactively thinking that I should have texted my mother to tell her I was going to join a commune! She totally would have believed it, too…

  7. Ptew ptew ptew. *sound of spitting*

    I was totally taken in until I finally read the text a few days late. Man, that is a tacky, wonderful idea for April Fool’s day. Creativity comes out in strange ways.

  8. Thank God! Too funny! Yes I was thinking “OK that’s kind of gross”. Laughed out loud when I got to the bottom of your post! Hahaha!

  9. oh hahaha i was just kinda scanning thru it and thought, ew, gross!! but the next day, i came back again and read it- WHAT a relief!!=)

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