Kids Wheelbarrow

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 11/15/2019 - 11:10
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Build your own kids wheelbarrow from pine boards with our free step by step plans.

Built and photographed by Jaime Costiglio for Handbuilt Holiday.

kids wheelbarrow plans

This mini wood wheelbarrow is perfect for the gardener!  It's made of solid wood - so fully biodegradable and non toxic.  We love that you can paint or accessorize to make it perfect and special for your little one!

More Photos and Build Post

This kids wheelbarrow project was built by Jaime Costiglio for Handbuilt Holiday - Our Christmas series where we share a new gift plan every Friday in the 12 weeks leading up to Christmas.

For lots more photos and build details, please visit Jaime here.  

Kids Wheelbarrow Plans

Kids Wheelbarrow Dimensions
Kids Wheelbarrow Dimensions


Shopping List
  • 3 feet of 1x6 board (for bucket)
  • 9-1/2" x 10-1/2" - 1/4" plywood 
  • 1 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
  • 4" wood wheel
  • 1 - 1/4” x 60mm connecting bolt & nut
  • 1-1/4" self tapping screws
  • 3/4" brad nails
  • wood glue
Cut List
  • 2 - 1x6 @ 12-1/4” - long point to long point, both ends 10 degree miter not parallel (long sides)
  • 2 - 1x6 @ 8”
  • 1 - 1/4” plywood 9 1/2” x 10-1/2" (base)
  • 2 - 1x2 @ 21 1/2” (handles)
  • 2 - 1x2 @ 5” - longest point measurement, one end 10 degree miter (legs)
  • 1 - 1x2 @ 5” - long point to long point, both ends 10 degree miter not parallel (long support)
  • 1 - 1x2 @ 3” - long point to long point, both ends 10 degree miter not parallel (short support)
  • 1 - 4” wheel (can cut from 1x material)
Cutting Instructions

Cut boards using a compound miter saw.

The 1/4" plywood depending on starting size will need to be cut with a circular saw.

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set


Step 1

Build the frame for the kids wheelbarrow.  I recommend 1-1/4" self tapping wood screws and glue, countersink slightly below surface of wood.

Step 2

Drill holes and add wheel with bolts.

Add legs with 1-1/4" self tapping screws and glue.

Step 3

Build the bucket with 1-1/4" brad nails (or you can use screws).

Attach 1/4" plywood to the bottom with 3/4" brad nails and glue.

Step 4

Attach bucket to frame with 1-1/4" screws into the wheelbarrow handle 1x2s.

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Fri, 05/22/2020 - 05:22

Kids who plays with these are too young to be matured. How I wish I am like them. I am too old when I appreciate those, one day when I already have a daughter or a son, I will do the same thing. Even let them have bestdissertations that can be found online. So they would not have a hard time doing it.