DIY Children's Bookcase

A few years back I decided I needed to organize my son's children's books.  As he has TONS!!  So I came up with this simple but very useful forward facing children's bookcase.  It is still in use today.  It has moved rooms and is now full of even more books.  (See how I rotate books in THIS post.)  But it is in great condition and now the baby girl loves to pull books off and look at them.  Thought I'd share so you can get organized too!

DIY Children's Bookcase by GYCT
Now I've always loved forward facing children's fabric bookcases.  I love that the kids can see the books and pick easily.

Source: Amazon
And I have a quite the collection of children's books and want to make sure we read them all.  So let's get started...
Materials Needed:
Large Box
Fabric
2-3, 1" wooden Dowels - (amazon affiliate)
Mod Podge (amazon)
Foam Paintbrush (amazon)
Children's Books

DIY Children's Bookcase by GYCT
I started with this great printer box. You'll want a box that is very thick so it will last longer then a few weeks.

DIY Children's Bookcase by GYCT
I took a knife and cut the shape I wanted.
DIY Children's Bookcase by GYCT
Then I took fabric and Mod Podged it to the box. You could do the inside also, but I didn't have enough fabric. (I just used some scrap fabric.)
DIY Children's Bookcase by GYCT
Take some dowels and cut them the length that you need. I used for so that I would have 3 shelves. You could use 5 or 6 for more shelves.
DIY Children's Bookcase by GYCT
Punch holes in the side of your box and make sure your dowels hang out slightly. You don't want the books to snap your dowels.
DIY Children's Bookcase by GYCT
Now pick your shelf fabric.
DIY Children's Bookcase by GYCT
Drape it over your dowels so you know where you need to make you dowel slots. Then sew across your slots. I doubled my fabric so it would be stronger and I'd have the pattern on the outside and inside.
DIY Children's Bookcase by GYCT
Slide your dowels through.
DIY Children's Bookcase by GYCT
And your done!! Now add books.
DIY Children's Bookcase by GYCT
Isn't it cute!
DIY Children's Bookcase by GYCT
I love to see all the books from the front. And it is the perfect size for my little man.
DIY Children's Bookcase by GYCT
He came right in and picked his favorite book off!

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11 comments

  1. I love what you did with this idea! What a fun mom you are!

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  2. You are in COM'S SSTS today, YAY! winks, jen

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  3. Yay .. thinkin craft room organization. And I love love anything I can recycle AND save $$$ on. ea your a good Mom to have lil man first and scrappin next.

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  4. Great idea! Might have to do this with one of our moving boxes!

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  5. I want 2 of these for my kids' rooms! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

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  6. BRILLIANT! I'll never look at a cardboard box the same! I might make one of these for each room! Much better than the baskets I'm currently using since the kids can't see which books are there!

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  7. Super cute idea..and looks so good for so cheap!

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  8. Thanks for sharing, I just made one for my little girl :)

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