Ideas for Using Toolboxes in Your Decor
Ideas for using toolboxes in your decor
Today I’m joining a team of vintage-loving bloggers for a blog hop hosted by
Cindy at County Road 407. We’re all sharing unique ways that we use toolboxes in our homes. All of
the ideas are at the bottom of the post, so be sure to visit all of them for
some creative ideas.
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1. As a planter
Wooden toolboxes are ideal as planters. For this one, I raided the back yard
and snipped various sizes of fern fronds for a fresh look.
My little vintage
metal plant atomizer
fits perfect next to the toolbox? FYI, I got that little cutie for $1 at an
estate sale. It doesn’t actually work, but for $1 it’s a fabulous little
decor accent. To see my best estate sale tips, read this post: How to Shop Estate Sales Like a Pro
I tucked the fern fronds into some of my
vintage glass bottles. I placed the largest ones in the center and the smaller ones at the edges
and in the front. (The wooden toolbox and a few other items seen here are
from my online shop and are available here if you’re interested: Wooden Toolbox,
Wood Bead Garland)
I did something similar a while ago with some colorful zinnias in my wooden
toolbox. It’s such a quick and easy way to create something pretty.
A few years ago I had this little arrangement of succulents on the front
porch. It’s actually an
old metal file box, but it looks like a lot of old toolboxes I’ve seen so I thought I’d share
it here as well.
Note – If you like succulents, you might like this post:
How to make a driftwood succulent planter.
2. As a centerpiece
Toolboxes also make great centerpieces. You can add produce, little
plants, greenery, or bottles like I did with the fern fronds.
A few weeks ago I used this wooden toolbox as a centerpiece for our Christmas
table. It was super simple to make and you can see all of the details
here: Cozy Christmas Table with Plaid and Natural Accents
Honestly, I think I spent about 20 minutes making this centerpiece. It really
was that easy.
3. Mantel Decor
Out on our deck, I used my wooden toolbox on the old mantel last spring. I
tucked in some dried lavender and a little boxwood wreath for a spring
I needed something with a shorter profile to complete the asymmetric look I
was going for and the toolbox fit the bill perfectly. You can see the details
of this spring mantel here Rustic Spring Mantel Decor with Flowers and Vintage Finds
On our living room mantel I tucked some of my faux white hydrangea stems in my
metal tool caddy for a simple summer look. Nothing fancy, but it turned out
really pretty, in my opinion.
4. Mail Organizer
Last year one of my favorite projects was taking an unused wooden toolbox and
making it a place to gather incoming mail. You can see the details
here DIY Wooden Toolbox Mail Organizer
We get so much junk mail and try to toss it into the recycle bin as soon as
possible, but it still gets piled up sometimes. The toolbox helps because I
can stash it in there until we can go through it all.
5. Organize Art Supplies
Once upon a time my craft room/studio was really organized and this is how
part of it looked. I used my metal tool caddy to store various items neatly
inside of my supply cabinet. You can see how my craft room looked after the
most recent makeover I gave it here Fresh and Inspiring $100 studio makeover
The pads of paper fit nicely in there. My goal is to work on this space and
get it organized (AGAIN) and I’m sure I’ll share an update when I get it
finished. I want to create more this year and I need an organized space to do
Other ways to use toolboxes
There are lots of great ways to use toolboxes in your home. Here are a few
that I can think of:
- bathroom supplies – washcloths, containers with cotton balls, etc..
craft supplies – use jars to corral paint brushes, markers, pencils,
buttons, and more
small pots of herbs – dress up a kitchen window with an arrangement of
What ways do you or would you use a toolbox in your home? Leave me a comment
below and let me know!
P.S. If you love ferns and botanical prints, grab my free set of 6
vintage fern botanicals here:
And now be sure to visit the rest of the ideas on the tour. Next up is
Michelle at The Painted Hinge and she always has the best ways to use vintage items. And she styles
everything so perfectly.
Here are all the posts!
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