Make This Handy DIY Wood Crate Snack Box With Scrap Wood!

5 Materials
3 Hours

Raise your hand if you're a snacker!

Yeah well, we all need at least one vice, yes? And since I love to nibble on something crunchy when watching a little TV, I decided to put healthy nuts on my grocery list.

But dealing with open nut bags all over the house, I decided to create one place that would hold different varieties, that was easy to use and beautiful to look at!

Grabbing some scrap wood and a few metal planter containers, here's what transpired!

Isn't it the cutest?!

I decided to make this snack box out of reclaimed wood.

After deciding how large to make the DIY crate, boards were cut to length for 2 sides, front and back, 2 for the bottom and 2 for the lid.

The sides with front and back were assembled first, using screws.

Then the bottom was attached with screws.

A lid was created by bracing two boards together with two thin planks.

The full tutorial in greater detail is in my original blog post link at the bottom of this post.

But I wanted the crate to be nut-themed since that's what this little wood crate would hold! So I stenciled up the lid using a stencil to create the image desired.

This Chestnuts stencil (from HERE) was used for the design.

The Chestnuts image was stenciled in various paint colors using a small stencil brush.

How to stencil:

  1. position stencil with masking tape
  2. load paint on stencil brush
  3. remove most paint from brush with a rag until it feels dry
  4. tap or swirl paint through stencil for desired effect

Isn't it the cutest?! Love the rustic vibe!

Containers were next!

I had these cute galvanized planters that came with twine glued to the rims. Some of the thin twine was coming loose, so I replaced it by hot gluing on a heavier rope, as I really loved this rustic detail!

Various nuts (and somehow pretzels... imagine!) filled the containers, with one cup empty for the nutcracker and empty shells.

Two door pull handles were attached to the sides with screws so it's easy to carry.

And here's the beautiful and unique end result!

This Chestnuts-themed snack box is sure handy to use! And equally pretty to look at!

So fabulous, I painted a beat up old bench to become the perfect companion! The crate brings the table up to the perfect coffee table height!

Here's another way the crate can be used as well! Remove the lid, and it becomes a large coaster to protect a coffee table!

Don't they look pretty together?

I just LOVE this little snack box which is so handy to use at home, and would equally make such a great gift idea, don't you think?

All that's left to do now is turn on Netflix and take your pick...

Visit the FULL BUILD HERE which also includes full details of the bench makeover!

Fun project, right?! What would you fill your snack box with?

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  • Susan Susan on Jan 24, 2022

    I love this box!! Do you have a How to on that adorable coffee table?

  • Sue52036140 Sue52036140 on Jan 27, 2022

    Are the galvanized planters safe for food

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  • Carole White Carole White on Jan 24, 2022

    So cute and yes, great gift idea too but I'd have to make one for myself as well! Thanks for sharing

  • Mary Njus Mary Njus on Jan 25, 2022

    I’ll take a gift like that any day! My problem is the nuts and pretzels wouldn’t last long enough. 😆 But this box is so cute and could be used so many ways just change the stencil or leave it natural. Btw, I’m a sucker these pails with twine! Can’t leave the dollar store without buying one or two or three.

    • Haha! Well, I had some doubts about this being a little too handy, but since mine is generally filled with healthy nuts, I'm deeming it safe. LOL