Magnolia Garden Crate Tray

9 Materials
2 Hours

This crate is beautiful, but I just was not willing to pay that price. I decided to just go ahead and make my own for a fraction of that price.I used wood I already had on hand, and used cloth wire mesh as the bottom- all set! Let me know what you think- the one for sale for $64 or my DIY one? Here's how I made it.

First, you need to cut the wood to size.

4 2x2” cut at 4 1/2 ins

2 1x3” cut at 24”

3 1x3” cut 16 1/4”

You'll also need some cloth wire mesh - 24”x16”

Once you have cut all your wood you’ll need a nail gun to assemble it.

Nail together with the 24” being your front and add 16” to the side. Place it behind and nail it in. You want to make sure you do not see the side boards from the front.

Next place your 2x2” in all four corners and the center and apply the center support. Use a clamp and to pull both sides in tight and nail together.

Once all the pieces are attached, apply a stain.

And then let it dry.

Last step- turn it upside down and using your stapler (I used Robi hand held one) to attach the wire cloth mesh

And it looks great!

I added a final touch by making a vinyl stencil with my Cricut.

In total it only cost me around $10-$12! Not bad!

Magnolias And mine! So if you don’t have $64 and are looking for a very close look I think this project nails it! What are your thoughts?

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5 questions
  • Jeanne M Simpson
    on Feb 5, 2019

    Wouldn't it be a good idea to put felt or something around the edges to keep the hardware cloth from scratching the table? Other alternative would be to recess the hardware cloth either by routering out the edge to make a place to attach it, or add a smaller piece of wood around the edge to raise it up.

  • John Biermacher
    on Feb 5, 2019

    Is there a practical reason that the corner blocks extend above the box? At first, I thought (incorrectly) they might be feet and the tray was upside done.

    • Melissa
      on Feb 5, 2019

      I was wondering the same thing.

    • Shelly L Nemeth
      on Feb 5, 2019

      It’s can be used both ways but really I just did it because I was making it look just like original

    • Shelly L Nemeth
      on Feb 5, 2019

      It holds the side together and makes it strong and when you flip it you have legs also 😊

    • John Biermacher
      on Feb 6, 2019

      Missed the photo of the original- assumed it was your project. Therefore- mission accomplished!

    • Fran
      on Feb 12, 2019

      Also makes for easy, stable stacking, i.e. seedlings.

    • Susan Lundquist
      on Feb 12, 2019

      Good idea for starting seeds, or repair patches for the lawn.

  • Paula Ball
    on Feb 5, 2019

    What is the purpose of this crate? Is it functional or decorative?

    • Fran2
      on Feb 5, 2019

      I have the same question. What is it’s purpose?

    • Jamie Marie Buckner
      on Feb 5, 2019

      Purely decorative

    • Jane
      on Feb 6, 2019

      It can be either. As a decorative tray, I can see it holding (outside) small pots of succulents or other plants. As a functional element, it would make a great cutting/seedling tray. Watering would be a snap, allowing drainage. Just a couple of quick thoughts.

      I love it.

    • Shelly L Nemeth
      on Feb 6, 2019

      Can be used to water plants

    • Joanie
      on Feb 7, 2019

      Long legs and it would be sturdy and strong enough, with that wire.....for a summer table or indoor table. The wire is strong....if it can hold watered down plants, it is strong. I've seen the wire and it is table strength. Oh by the way......I LOVE it!!

    • Derenda
      on Feb 12, 2019

      I do three stacked up with legs down. It makes a great little extra coffee table, I sort mail, stack magazines. When needed I turn one over for a sturdy carrying tray. If I don't want them in the house, I take them out to the potting shed for bulbs, difting potting soil mix. Mine are made with hardware cloth, though, not chicken wire. And I love using them.

    • Diane
      on Feb 12, 2019

      Love it

    • Lesa D
      on Feb 13, 2019

      Nice😊 I love the idea of stacking a couple. So many useful ideas for these!

    • Socorro Martinez
      on Nov 8, 2019

      Yours is almost identical! Great job, came out beautiful!

  • Rosy
    on Feb 6, 2019

    Isn't this made from a rabbit type wire and not chicken wire.

    • Shelly L Nemeth
      on Feb 6, 2019

      It’s in same dept. there is a different names

    • Denise Davenport
      on Feb 12, 2019

      That is called hardware cloth! Chicken wire (poultry netting) is hexagon shaped, much more open, and less sturdy! I dont know why they always mix them up on this site.

    • Rosy
      on Feb 12, 2019

      Never heard it called hardware cloth. We used this on our rabbit hutches. Definately not what we call chicken wire.

    • Donna Lee Scott Thomas
      on Feb 16, 2019

      Denise, do you think a frame like this, made with hardware cloth, would be strong enough to be mounted horizontally, as a display for wine bottle wind chimes and other hanging yard art?

    • Shelley Taylor
      on Feb 19, 2019

      Yes it’s Hardware Cloth and you can get it in 1/2 inch or 1/4 inch which is nice for different projects.

    • DebraLW
      on Nov 1, 2019

      I think most of the younger generations think any small type wire is chicken wire!

    • Dale
      on Nov 7, 2019

      Some might think "any small type wire is chicken wire," and that is why articles like this can (should) educate readers. The wire used by the author is a type of wire that is called hardware cloth. It is, as other respondent's have stated, different than chicken wire.

  • Donna
    on Feb 13, 2019

    What is it? I don’t get it-

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