Toy Train Track

6 Materials
1 Day

This post was sponsored by Dremel.

All opinions are my own.

As I was decorating the house for the holidays this year, there seemed to be so many Christmas decorations that my kiddos weren’t allowed to touch.

I could tell they were feeling a whole lot of "well, this isn't fun" feelings and honestly, it just didn’t seem fair.

I decided it was high time to create an entire tree, from top to bottom, for my kids to decorate and play with. And this DIY Toy Train Track for under the tree is just the final touch their Holiday décor needed! Plus, the track is incredibly easy to move around and store! Oh, and plus plus, it's crazy inexpensive to create!

Starting with 2 pieces of 1"x3"x8" wood pieces, we used a saw to cut (4) 18" and (4) 7" pieces. If you don't have a saw, make sure to have your pieces cut at the store before you leave!

We chose to cut the 8 pieces at 22 degree angles at the ends to create an octagon shape in the track.

You will also need (3) 18" pieces and (2) 7" pieces cut to match the inside angles of the track for the back. These will provide a surface to hold your homes and trees.

I spray painted the track a metallic gray and the back pieces white.

Set the wood aside to fully dry.

Next, we painted our wood squares and rectangles - which will be the houses - colorful and bright shades with acrylic craft paint.

For the roof pieces, we painted our triangle shapes black.

Using white puffy paint, we created a snowy shingle look in layers across each of the triangles.

A bit of craft snow glitter added the perfect sparkle to our snowy rooftops!

Using the hot glue gun, we attached the roofs to the houses.

I prefer to "man" the glue gun during our family crafting time. I know first-hand how painful burns from the glue gun can be on your tender digits!

Once the spray painted wood was dry, it was time to connect the gray track pieces to the white back pieces. Matching the sizes together (18" track pieces with 18" back pieces, 7" track pieces with 7" back pieces), I screwed them together from the outside of the back piece to the bottom of the back of the track piece.

The Dremel Cordless Screwdriver made connecting the track pieces so easy and quick - which was perfect considering I had little ones antsy for me to finish so we could move on to the next step! It was powerful enough to drill the 1 1/4" screws into the wood tracks with complete ease and control.


Hot glue the finished houses and tree shapes to the interior of the back piece and continue filling in with the shapes along the front and sides of the track.

We wanted our houses and trees to be touching so that we could fit as many as possible on our track.

To help hold the track together when in use, narrow strips of velcro did the job!

Plus, the velcro makes it crazy simple to move the track around and store away.

We found some plain wood cars and trains at the craft store and added a bit of paint to them as well to play with on our track.

But, the track is wide enough for most toy cars, really.

For more fun, family-oriented projects, crafts and DIY's - follow me on IG: @perfectlydestressed and FB: @PerfectlyDeStressed

It's totally perfect and totally hands-on for the kiddos!

Resources for this project:
See all materials
Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.More info
Kristin Gambaccini
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
Frequently asked questions
Have a question about this project?
  3 questions
  • Jd Nniw Jd Nniw on Dec 09, 2020

    How did you store it in a big bucket? And dose the back boards come off or are they tacked in?

  • Char Char on Dec 24, 2020

    Loved it! Is that a "lamp shade" around the bottom of the tree?

  • Karen Hyde Karen Hyde on Jan 03, 2021

    How simple but hours of fun! And those pom pom trees! Are they glued on styrofoam?

Join the conversation
2 of 8 comments