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Green DIYs: Repurposed Wooden Crate Projects

When it comes to decorating a home, the smallest elements often make the biggest impact. From the throw tossed over a chair to a candle placed on a nightstand, little details add up to great design. If you’re looking for a new way to spruce up your home without making any major changes, a DIY is just the solution. And what’s better than a DIY that pulls double duty? A wooden crate offers the right balance between function and style. Use it as storage, an accent, or both- the greater the flexibility, the better!

Here are a few wooden crate DIYs to get you started —

Garden Crafts

Brittany of Pretty Handy Girl‘s wooden window box  is perfect for the design lover with a green thumb. The white-washed surface of the converted wine crate gives it an antique feel, while the ribbon handles make for convenient transport. Protect the wood with a plastic tarp and keep your plants in pots for easy watering.

White washed wooden crate  Green DIYs: Repurposed Wooden Crate Projects

Wooden crate flower box  Green DIYs: Repurposed Wooden Crate Projects

Handmade wooden crate flower box

Dress your greenery in style with this DIY from Chris and Allie of The Reason. This DIY is ideal for those that want a garden but don’t have a large yard to do so. Leave your crates unfinished for a rustic feel- it will compliment your plants flawlessly.

Wooden crate planter box

Fun Furniture Designs

This coffee table featured by Shelterness gives new life to a discarded window and two crates. The shabby chic appearance makes for a worn but well-loved addition to your home. When choosing a window for this project, look for thicker glass for added strength and support and seal the paint to prevent paint chips.

Window and crate coffee table

The little ones in your life will love this DIY. Audrey of This Little Street created child-friendly crate toy boxes that will keep up with the energy of playtime. The cushioned surface serves as a makeshift seat, and bright casters and wheels make moving from room to room a breeze.

Toy crate with wheels

Wooden toy crate with wheels

Vintage Variety

Featured on Design Sponge, this bottle crate turned magazine box was rescued from the garbage. An application of wood stain and glossy sealant are all you need to transform your own find into a reclaimed gem.

Rescued beer bottle crate

Jenna of Let’s Go Running created a fall-inspired crate that would be right at home at your local farmers market. Filled with mason jar bouquets and mini pumpkins, you’ll have a display that will work well into the crisp autumn months. Vary the contents of your crate to keep your decor fresh- pine cones make a lovely addition as well.

Harvest wooden crate

Take a brand new crate from plain to stylish in a few hours.  Kristi and Kelly of Lolly Jane used stain and a vinyl stencil to create these vintage-inspired beauties. Use these crates separately as decor or create a numbered storage system using a bookcase.

Vintage wooden crate with numbers

Vintage wooden crate

Vintage wooden crate shelf organizer

A Measure of Creativity

Suzanne of Meridian Road took a creative approach when creating a wooden crate- she used the actual crafting tools! Take some old yardsticks and incorporate them in your crate DIY. This project makes a great storage solution for an office, craft room or workshop.

Wooden crate made of rulers

Ruler crate with handles DIY

Wooden crates are a chic and polished storage solution that will work with any home decor. Whether a reclaimed rescue or a brand new score, there’s always some DIY potential. Have you ever made a DIY crate? Tell us about it in a comment below.


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