DIY Tool Tote Gift Idea | Pretty Handy Girl

DIY Tool Tote Gift

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Jaime here today from That’s My Letter dropping in to say hello to all you Pretty Handy Girl readers.  I’m sharing this DIY tool tote gift idea. It’s perfect for Father’s Day, a Honey-Do Shower, New Homeowners, or basically any occasion — because who doesn’t love tools?!!

You can use any scrap wood, I used a piece of 1×6 cedar and a 1″ dowel to built this tool tote.  Then simply fill with all the essential basics one might need or want:

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You could go crazy at the hardware store pulling together all your favorite tools and supplies.  I stuck to the basics with a hammer, screwdrivers, measuring tape, level, paint brushes, painter’s tape, super glue, spray insulation, chair felts and picture hanging hooks.

Of course you don’t have to fill the tote with tools, it’s perfect for any gift basket contents:

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Below are the step-by-step instructions to build this tool tote.

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Always follow all safety precautions when operating power tools.


  • 1 – 1″x6″x8′ cedar board
  • 1 – 1″ dowel
  • saw
  • measuring tape
  • pencil
  • drill and 1″ forstner bit
  • nailer and 1 ¼” finish nails
  • wood glue
  • sander
  • clear polyurethane

Cut List:

tool tote gift cuts

  • 2 – 1×6 @ 18″ (sides)
  • 2 – 1×6 @ 12″ (ends, dog ear the corners as pictured)
  • 1 – 1×6 @ 16 ½” (base)
  • 1 – 1″ dowel @ 17 ½” (handle)

Step 1: Using a 1″ forstner bit, drill a hole for the handle about 1/2″ deep into center top of each dog-earred end piece.

tool tote gift step 1

Step 2: Assemble the handle into the ends. Attach the ends to the base using wood glue and 1 ¼” finish nails.

tool tote gift step 2

Step 3: Attach the sides using wood glue and 1 ¼” finish nails.  Sand smooth.

Applying clear satin polyurethane will make the cedar wood grain pop. It not only looks beautiful, but will protect the wood from wear and tear.

tool tote gift step 3

Are you ready for Father’s Day?  Do you have a certain someone who could use a tool tote gift?

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I hope you enjoyed this DIY project idea.

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5 replies
  1. mary
    mary says:

    What a great idea for a gift. I made one at the last Home Depot ladies DIH Workshop, but I kept it for myself and use it for my gardening tools!


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