A red wagon is a wonderful thing. Do you remember yours? You probably do. There was a time growing up when they were a common children’s toy in many households.
Kids spent hours outside playing in the sunshine toting their siblings and friends around the yard and down the street, or begging adults to pull them somewhere. Anywhere.
For many, the little red wagon conjures up a feeling of nostalgia; that is to say, a time when life was playful, innocent, and simple.
So when kids of the red wagon age grow up and have kids of their own, it’s common that they too splurge on a shiny new wagon for their kids.
The red wagon is a practical tool, not simply a child’s toy. They can be used to haul many awkward and heavy things from groceries to gardening materials.
This wagon is versatile and sturdy as it is traditionally made of a thick and durable metal or quality wood. No wonder it survived all those crashes from the down hill wagon races!
Despite the usefulness of the red wagon as a helpful hauling tool and as a kid’s toy, it often ends up stored and forgotten in the garage or shed, tagged for the next garage sale, or trotted off to the local thrift shop.
And this is good news if you want to repurpose one of these wagons, but don’t have one at your disposal. By doing a minimal amount of legwork, you can easily find a second-hand wagon today to have for your very own.
Not to worry if you can’t find an old wagon though. These wagons are still manufactured and sold today. You can pick one up brand new HERE.
So….let’s get started and explore some of the creative ways you can recycle old wagons and use them around the home and garden.
Attached Wall Shelves
To make these attached wall shelves, cut the long side of a red wagon in half. Use metal brackets to secure each half to the wall.
Make this versatile red wagon table by adding some wooden legs and support. Use the table as drink cart, as an end table, a night stand, or as outdoor furniture. You’ve got a lot of options with this beautiful table inspired by Becky over at One Picket Fence.
Vertical Display Shelf
Remove the undercarriage of a metal red wagon, add a couple of wood shelves, and then secure it to a wall in your home. Display photos and cherished trinkets with this unique vertical shelf inspired by CHedrick over at Project Nursery.
Remove the undercarriage of a metal wagon and attach handles to each short side. Use this red wagon tray to serve food or as a unique table centerpiece.
Mudroom Shoe Storage
Create quick and easy shoe storage for rain galoshes, garden shoes, and dirty work boots by placing a wagon at the door of your mudroom or entranceway.
Use a wagon as book storage in your kid’s room so she can display and have easy access to all her favorite books.
Red Wagon Desk
Inspired by Vintage Lemon Blog, repurpose a wagon into a brand new desk for your home. Just add a wooden top and legs, then stain or paint to match.
Build your own conversation piece coffee table by removing the undercarriage and adding table legs stained to match. Or, if you have kids who love legos, place it in their room so they can use it as a foundation for their next lego build.
Kid’s Craft Organizer
Turn a wagon into a kid craft organizer for a special backyard-fun-day for your kids. Add their favorite craft supplies or design a theme for the day.
Christmas Tree Stand
Use a wagon as a statement piece to display a small Christmas tree just like Linda has done and shares about on her blog. It gives the tree a little more height and lets you easily arrange gifts around and beneath it.
Red Wagon Fairy Garden
Create a nice size whimsical fairy garden that is portable in a rustic red wagon.
Red wagons are ideal for succulent container gardens. To make a succulent planter, you will need a quality soil and fertilizer, rocks, and your choice of succulent plants like Aloe, Paddle plant, Donkey’s Tail, Hens-and-Chicks, and Firesticks.
Portable Garden Containers
Wagons are perfect as portable display garden containers for all kinds of plants. They are an inexpensive way to add some pizazz to your backyard garden.
Chicken Coop Dining Table
Chickens love fresh grass! So what’s better than a chicken coop dining table!? Pull a wagon of nutritious wheatgrass, fruit and veggie scraps, or other treats out to your flock. They will love it! When your chickens have gobbled up every last morsel, you can easily remove the wagon and rinse it off for next time.
These wagons make for excellent ice coolers. All you need to do is add some ice and your favorite beverages. Just pull the wagon to where you need it. Easy peasy.
Garden Potting Stand
Love this idea! Build a functional garden potting stand and use the metal wagon piece as the workstation top.
These red wagons are a wonderful way to add a design element to your front porch. You can change them out each season and style for your favorite holidays.
Create a festive Fall porch display with a red wagon and lots of pumpkins.
Use a red wagon to decorate your porch for the Christmas holiday season.
Use a red wagon to create a funky-and-fun country look to welcome your guests.
Garden Harvest Transport
Don’t forget to use your red wagon to help haul your garden bounty of fresh fruit and veggies.
This bar cart idea from Lauren over at Country Living is brilliant! To build this cart, you will need three wagons of the same size (with undercarriages removed), some wood or pipe to assemble the sides, and wheels for the bottom. Use the cart indoors or outdoors as you need it.
Kid’s Halloween Costumes Prop
Remember, you can use the red wagon as a design element or as a transport device for a kid’s Halloween costume. This is helpful, especially with small kids, who easily get tired of walking around the neighborhood.
Use a red wagon as the foundation for a pirate ship Halloween costume.
How about making a mouse trap Halloween costume using a red wagon as the base?
Or, you can build a portable rocket ship Halloween costume with a red wagon.
Red wagons are a fun and colorful way to stage child, family, and pet photos. Use your imagination to create your own home photos, or hire a professional.
We love how the photographer over at A Fresh Take uses the red wagon to showcase the natural innocence and beauty of this precious baby.
And, we love how Heather from Swanner Photography captures the smiles of these two siblings.
And….who can resist baby piggies in a little red wagon?! Just think of how your chickens, ducks, pups, goats, and kitties will photograph this way!
Have fun with all the creative ways you can use and repurpose your own red wagons around the home and garden.