How To Build a Wagon: A Simple Step-by-Step Guide

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Toy wagons are the ultimate holiday gift, even in this age of digital toys. They don’t need batteries and can withstand nearly unlimited use. They’ll always be fashionable no matter what style comes next, and your little ones will love pushing around their new toy while you’re all enjoying making memories!

So, how do you build your child a wagon?

You’ll be pleased to learn that creating your wagon is a fun and easy project that you can complete in just a few short hours. You can even customize it to match your child’s personality and interests. So gather up some supplies and have some fun with your kiddos, we’re going to show you how!

Wagon with kids in it

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How To Build A Wagon

Building a wagon for your kids is an easy project that you can do with simple materials. It’s also a great way to teach your child some basic carpentry skills. It takes some boards, nails, or screws – depending on the size of the panel recommended by the manufacturer’s instructions – and paint.

We have to stress that it’s important to start the construction project with a plan; being prepared is key! Make sure you have a big enough area available to build the wagon in and shop around for materials to keep your costs under control.

Thing You Need


  • Wooden board
  • Tires
  • CPVC
  • PVC
  • ½-inch diameter solid steel all-thread
  • Wood
  • Wood glue
  • Screws


  • Drill with drill bits
  • Measuring tape
  • Circular saw
  • Clamps
  • Pipe cutter

Step 1

You first need to construct your wagon box.

Use wood, glue, 6d finish nails, and latex primer. Drill a ¼” hole for your steering bolt through one bottom panel.

Step 2

Make sure that both sides are even, and then mark where they meet at an angle, so there isn’t any wasted wood.

Use a jigsaw for cutting through two pieces – remember: 20 teeth per inch works best here because it has very little drag when going across small gaps! Next, paint or stain accordingly before letting dry thoroughly between coats.

Once everything’s sealed up tight (including any screw holes), attach each batten using 1-inch no. 6 wood screws and attach to the sturdy wagon frame. It will ensure you don’t over-tighten.

Step 3

Building a toy farm wagon is more than just putting together some pieces of plywood and then painting it. You also need to cut the wood into blocks that will form your wheels, glue them together (as well as use screws for maximum durability and longevity) and apply polyurethane exterior coatings on both sides.

Once you have the two rear wheel trucks attached, it is time to fasten them with glue. Ensure that ¾-inch screws are going through both pieces of wood before driving those finishing nails!

Step 4

Crosscut the wood for your steering yoke and cut an attractive curve on its front edge using a jigsaw. Sanding it smooth will ensure that you receive precisely what you want! Next, make one hole right where we want to attach our handle so that everything comes together quickly.

Glue and screw the front wheel trucks to your yoke similar to how you attached the rear ones. Once this is done, apply polyurethane spray on top for protection against corrosion from dirt or other elements! When completely dry-bolt it into place with all hardware necessary applied correctly before applying the final coat if desired.

Step 5

When making the handle, first crosscut your dowels to length, then place one in a vise with its short side against an edge so that you can bore holes through both at once. Next, apply polyurethane for protection and stability before gluing them together using screws or nails!

Step 6

When you’re connecting the handle of your wagon to another object, like another wheel or even just a space in between two things that are close together (like stairs), make sure there’s enough room for both parts. Bore a pilot hole at one end and use large eye screws on both sides; slip them through their respective gaps until they meet beneath where it needs to be.

Step 7

You almost have a wagon that is ready to go. Mount the axles, washers, and bolts on each end to fit your desired height or width- remember not to be too tight!

Special Tip

The type of finish you choose for your handcrafted wagon is a personal preference, though there are some considerations when making this decision.

Consider finding something your child likes and then painting it in their favorite color. Make an animal face on top of whatever design has been chosen (maybe even adding some antenna), or just get creative with abstract shapes.

Staining might be more appropriate if the wood used in its construction has been sourced from trees that reside far away (elevated) or cannot withstand high temperatures due to their natural traits. It will take longer than painting but can still look great without drying out too much overtime as other methods do.

Also, you must consider the age of your children when deciding what type and finish for your wagon. A surface that becomes slippery with water may not be appropriate for younger kids who might slip while they’re trying to pull themselves up.

Wrapping Up

Building your own kids’ wagon is a great way to encourage imaginative play and social interaction. Enjoy!

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Sara Taylor

Sara Taylor

Sara is a freelance writer from the Midwest. As a mom of 3 boys, she knows how much abuse a stroller can take.