DIY Busy Board


Okay, so crazy life update: my baby girl is no longer a baby! She’s a toddler! And she does more than just toddle – she walks, runs, climbs – the whole kit and caboodle. AND she loves getting into everything, and I mean EV-ERY-THING. So when I saw a picture on Facebook of a busy board a super creative dad made for his son, I knew I had to make a busy board for my daughter!

I’m super proud of this DIY busy board, because it really was DIY all the way! I literally went to Home Depot, bought the supplies, bought a drill, and made the whole darn thing all. by. myself. And I’m not going to lie, I may have Googled how to put a drill bit in a drill, but still, I DIY’d the heck out of that busy board. (And by the way, there was a video on how to put a drill bit in a drill, so obviously the need was out there.)


I got most of the supplies (including the actual board) from Home Depot, but I did find a few things at a thrift store, the dollar store, and also just lying around my house. My daughter absolutely loves the busy board, and I love it too because it keeps her from pulling every book/DVD/video/Blu-Ray I’ve ever bought off of the shelves (and bringing them to me, which is super cute, but also I can only put away “Mean Girls” so many times).

Tips for making your own DIY Busy Board:

  • If you need to buy a drill, make sure it is a drill/screwdriver and not just a screwdriver (seems like common sense, but you never know).
  • I used MDF board (medium density fiberboard) for the busy board, which was kind of a happy medium between really expensive, sturdy wood and cheap, flimsy plywood.
  • The more “stuff” you can put on the board, the better – especially if you can cater it to your child’s personal preferences. For instance, my daughter always goes straight for my laptop, so I knew putting a computer keyboard on the busy board was a MUST.
  • For items that couldn’t be screwed on, I used E6000 glue. I think I’ve said it before, but this is my absolute favorite glue – it glues anything to anything, and it keeps it on for good.
  • Choose items for the busy board that will grow with your child. My daughter’s not really old enough to figure out the door bolts yet, but she will be – and that means the busy board will keep her busy even longer!
  • See all the items I used below:


Questions? Let me know how I can help!

4 Comments on DIY Busy Board

  1. Katie Peninger
    at (2 years ago)

    Hello! I’ve stumbled upon your site and am so excited

  2. Vanessa
    at (1 year ago)

    Hello! Great job. Im so excited I found your page. Your Busy Board looks amazing! 2 questions; How thick is the MDF board and what size is it?
    Thank you!

    • Sarah
      at (1 year ago)

      Hi, Vanessa! The board is 4′ x 2′ and about 1/2″ thick. Thanks for visiting the site!

  3. Jackie
    at (6 months ago)

    This is so cool, totally awesome


Leave a Reply