Here’s a fun (and easy) IKEA hack – Turn a wood crate into an adorable stable for toy horses!

A couple weeks ago we went to IKEA in search of toy organization and furniture for our game room.  I didn’t buy any furniture (yet!) but while I was there I picked up a few organization items including these Knagglig wooden boxes.  These are pine crates that come in two sizes – a large one for $9.99 and a small one for $4.99.  You have to assemble them, of course, but they are sturdy and they stack together, and they just have lots of potential!

We assembled our crates (one large and one small), and they had been sitting out on the table waiting for just the right inspiration.  Then Janie (21 months) found a toy “horsey” that she wanted at Walmart last weekend, and we were all talking about how we could make her a stable when suddenly inspiration struck – the IKEA crates!

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We used the small crate to make this horse stable complete with a craft stick fence.  I put the finishing touches on the fence and had it waiting for her when she woke up from her nap.

IKEA Crate Horse Stable

We used Legos (of course!) to build a feeding trough for the horses, and we put in some of our guinea pigs’ real hay.

IKEA Crate Horse Stable

But the grass was greener on the other side of the fence, of course.  (This photo cracks me up!)

IKEA Crate Horse Stable

To make the horse stable, you will need:

Here are the horses pictured:  Schleich Tennessee Walker Mare, Schleich Tennessee Walker Yearling, and Schleich Clydesdale Foal

This is what the assembled box looks like:

IKEA Crate Horse Stable

I painted the outside of the box red, as well as the sides on the inside.  I left the bottom of the box unpainted, as well as the top, bottom, and back of the box on the inside.  The box has rectangular wood pieces in each corner to hold it together, so I painted those yellow to look like bales of hay.

Then my husband cut the craft wood to the right length with a saw.

IKEA Crate Horse Stable

I glued the craft wood in place with some wood glue and let it dry.  Then I sprayed the box with Krylon brand matte finish spray. Acrylic paint is sort of sticky when it dries, and the spray makes it much more durable.

IKEA Crate Horse Stable for Toy Horses

For the fence sections, I used craft sticks, wood cubes (3/4 inch square), and hot glue.  I cut the craft sticks down to a better length with scissors.

IKEA Crate Horse Stable

The completed stable is perfect for imaginative play!  Add other farm animals, etc.  Lots of possibilities!

IKEA Crate Horse Stable for Toy Horses

Everything fits inside the box for easy storage.

IKEA Crate Horse Stable for Toy Horses

This would make a great gift, and it was inexpensive to put together!  I already had the paint, the craft sticks, and the wooden cubes, so all we bought was the box, the craft wood, and the horses.  I also bought the clear coat spray, but that is something that we use often anyway (Awana boats and Grand Prix cars!).

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  1. S Palmer Apr 20, 2018

    Very good idea!

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    1. Gina Oct 4, 2018

      I just made this for my daughter and she loves it. Thank you for sharing your idea!

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