Thanks so much for your sweet comments on this Christmas Crate that I shared with you the other day. I always appreciate hearing from you. As promised, I am sharing with you HOW I made this DIY Crate so that you can learn how to build a crate too.
Like I mentioned in a previous post, if you are not inclined to using power tools and building your own crate, you can buy a crate at Michael’s. They are unfinished so you could paint it a color of your choice or stain it. OR…you can make one!
If you make one you will need some wood. I found this wood in an old pasture and the owner gave it to me for FREE! I LOVE the color of aged wood so I personally did not do anything special with the wood. If you don’t have old wood, you can always use new lumbar and then paint or stain it, or you can google how to age new wood. I have never done it…but have heard you can do it with good results.
You will need the following to build your own crate:
a 24 x 14 inch piece of base material (we used left over MDF board)
Six 1×4 boards 24 inches in length (this was the size of the boards we used)
Six 1×4 boards about 15 inches in length
Six 1×2 boards 9.5 inches tall which is about 1 inch shorter than the height of the crate (we cut 1×4’s in half)
nail gun (or hammer and nails)
1. Attach the front and back bottom boards to the base with some wood glue and nails.
2. Attach the vertical support board to both ends of the bottom board and then in the middle with wood glue and nails.
3. Attach the side bottom boards in the same manner.
4. Attach the middle boards in the same manner.
5. Take your top side boards and cut out some handles using a jigsaw. We cut them into an oval shape. This is totally optional though.
6. Now attach your front, back, and side boards.
That. Is. It! Viola!! Your very own crate! Now you can make it your own and add a fun stencil to make it look like a vintage shipping crate…in this case, add a North Pole Freight Co. Stamp for some fun Christmas Décor.
To make my stencil, I simply designed it in my Silhouette program and then cut it out in some vinyl. I then pulled the lettering out of the stencil and created my own stencil so I could paint it onto my crate with some black paint.
Simply attach the vinyl to the crate and then take a brush and stencil right onto the crate. When the paint has dried simply peel away the vinyl.
Since the paint looked to “new” to look aged, I simply took a lightweight piece of sandpaper and gently scuffed up the lettering to give it an aged feel and look.
Fill the crate with some pine boughs, Christmas lights and some wrapped presents…in this case some empty boxes. I simply wrapped them with some brown paper and some linen grain sack gift bags. I actually made the linen grain sack bags and will be sharing that tutorial with you here soon as well!
And, because I like to share…I have provided the stencil for you to use as well. I have it as a svg Silhouette file or a pdf for you to download based on what will work best for you.
You can download the free printable here:
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Looking for a slightly different style of “vintage” crate? Check out this crate I made last year which is now perched in my family room!