I have three boys and one thing is for sure… they are always busy. They love playing with locks, switches, door handles, and zippers. Today I wanted to share how I made a DIY busy board that keeps them entertained and also helps improve their fine motor skills.
The cool thing about this DIY busy board project is that you can personalize it and add in whatever types of locks, switches, and door handles that you think your kids would love. I will link to the ones that I used but really there is no right or wrong way. Just make sure that whatever you choose they are secured properly onto the board so as not to cause injury to your little one.
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- Common Board
- Furring Strips
- Nail Gun
- White Paint
- Oramask 813
- Black Paint
- Transfer Tape
- Cutting Machine (a Silhouette or Cricut will work)
- E6000 glue
- Light Switch
- Light Switch Cover
- Door Handle
- Chain Lock
- Slide Lock
- and any other accessories you would like to attach to the board
First you will need to assemble the base of the board. I love common board for this because it is strong and stable but also very affordable. Depending on how big you want the board you can use two smaller pieces of wood and attach them together or simply use one larger piece.
I also framed out my board to help make it look a little more finished and like a piece of decor. We have a full blog post on how to frame boards here.
The next step is painting on the title of the board. Here are some ideas of what you could put:
- Child’s Name
- Tool Shed
- Construction Zone
- You could even make the board striped to look like a construction zone
This step really is optional for the DIY busy board but I love how it gives the project a personalized feel. I was able to use my cutting machine to cut out the stencil. Stencil Vinyl is a little bit different than other types of vinyl. If you are making a sign it is a MUST HAVE! Check out the different types of vinyl here.
I did the same process with the numbers at the bottom. They are the code for the padlock just in case as my boys get older, they want to open it.
Now comes the fun part! It is time to attach all the little gadgets to the board. Lay them all out on the board first to get an idea of where you want them to go. This also helps with spacing and making sure things look balanced. From there mark dots on your board in pencil where to attach what. Remove everything and then start to attach.
I grabbed most of my items from Walmart. You can see them pictured below. Amazon also has lots of options to choose from too.
For items with screws it is pretty straight forward. I used the screws that came with each of the locks to attach them with a drill.
But with items like the padlock and the zippers there were a few options. The route I decided to go was to use the glue E6000. This was the simplest and most cost effective way to make sure they would stay attached for the long haul. That glue is crazy strong once you let it set for 24-72 hours. Those locks and levers aren’t going anywhere!
Time to play! At this point you can attach the DIY busy board to a wall (make sure it is secured properly so that it won’t fall on little ones) or you can leave it mobile so that you can pull it in and out of the closet. You can also lay it flat on the ground for them to play with (it doesn’t have to be propped up). There are so many options. I know you will find one that is best for you and your kids.
That tool font would be so cute on anything for Father’s Day as well and if you are looking for some Father’s Day inspiration, we have several funny Father’s Day free SVG files on the blog here. We would love it if you headed over and checked those out as well.
‘Til next time, happy crafting, cutting, and chaos!
Check out this quick tutorial video of how to put it all together here: