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Make Your Own Wood Crate

For a decorative touch on a shelf or to hang on the wall for light weight items, make your own crate from paint sticks. 35, 12" paint sticks, hemp and glue.
Difficulty: Medium
Saw 4 of the paint sticks in half to make 8, 6" sticks. Use these 6" sticks for the corners of your crate. Glue two 12" sticks to the corner pieces, one at the top and one at the bottom. Make sure everything is square.
Once the glue is dry, glue two more sticks in the empty space. Lay them all out side by side so you can be sure your pieces will match.
When the glue has thoroughly dried stand the pieces up and glue corners together making sure it's all square. Place tape around the outside to help keep it together while we build the bottom into it.
Lay three support slats 12" long along the inside edge of the bottom tier stick. These will only fit one way. Secure with glue.
Add more glue to the top of these three pieces and begin laying in the bottom of the crate. This will help square it up. Be sure to fit the pieces in the corner snug. These won't lay on the bottom tier of your sides, they lay on the supports.
This needs to dry completely, so make sure everything is square before leaving it to dry. After it's dry use the hemp and begin wrapping the corners. This is decorative but also necessary for added stability. Tie knots and add glue to the ends.
Paint and decorate your crate any way you like. For myself, I used a very watered down acrylic craft paint and continued until I attained the coverage I wanted. Hang them on the wall in the bathroom for towels or bath cloths, in the kitchen for spices, or just use them to hold items on a shelf. They are great for organizing.
For other ideas and more in depth instructions please visit my blog. Thanks and enjoy! Get your paint sticks here... http://astore.amazon.com/southernskycrafts-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=9

To see more: http://southernskycraftstudio.blogspot.com/2014/02/diy-easy-and-inexpensive-crate.html

Ask the creator about this project

  • Z
    on Sep 8, 2015

    These are so neat, but where do you get so many paint sticks? Do you just save the ones given you when buying paint and use the plastic stir sticks? I prefer the plastic as one can peel the dried paint off and reuse, but it's never around and I wind up using the wooden sticks instead.

    • Z
      on Sep 8, 2015

      @Southern Sky Studio I figured there had to be some place to buy them with all the crafts being made with them. I've seen light fixtures too. Thanks so much for filling me in. When I was saving this post to my board here, I realized I have some slates from a louvered door that I could use, but not near enough for as many of these I want to make for my She-ed (pronounced with a southern drawl) to store sewing and art supplies in. I'll be making some of the screen ones too. Those are just too cute!

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Sep 8, 2015

    So cool! Thanks for sharing!

  • Sandra Crosbie
    Sandra Crosbie Ireland
    on Sep 10, 2015

    I never cease to be amazed by the creative nature of some people.

    • Charlotte Daugherty
      Charlotte Daugherty Lawrenceburg, IN
      on Sep 10, 2015

      I agree Sandra. I always say when God was passing out this craftiness to people, I must have been behind the door. I can do crafts but I don't have the ideas.

  • Bettye Johnson
    Bettye Johnson Frankfort, KY
    on Sep 10, 2015

    Great idea!!!!!!!!

  • Karla
    Karla Polk City, FL
    on Sep 10, 2015

    awesome idea, I used some paint sticks to make a fence around the bottom of my hall walls and then put in different artificial flowers in them for whatever season it is

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