Old wooden crates are the most versatile things to decorate with, I just love them!  You can put things in them, on them, stack them, use them as a backdrop, or do whatever else your imagination can come up with.  They’re one of my favorite things to have on hand when I want a touch of rustic!

Weathered wooden crates sell at vintage stores for about $40.  It took me about 45 minutes to put mine together from start to finish, and it only cost me a few bucks!

Here are a few different ways I’ve used the exact same crate to decorate…

Crates come in all shapes and sizes and you can just about make them any size to fit your needs.  Here are the dimensions of my crate:


  • Chop saw
  • Finishing nail gun or hammer


(I used old 1×4 pallet boards but if you don’t have any old boards, you can use new 1x4s)

  • Eight 1x4s at 1ft 4 1/2in long
  • Four 1x4s at 1ft 5/8in long
  • Four 1x4s at 6 1/2in long (braces)
  • Finishing nails at least 1  1/4in long
  • My DIY wood stain and a paint brush (if you use new wood and want to make it look old)

Make a box by nailing together two of the 1ft 4 1/2in 1x4s and two of the 1ft 5/8in 1x4s

On the top of the box, nail on four more 1ft 4 1/2in 1x4s

If you’re wanting a shallow crate, you are officially done…WOOT!

If you want a deeper crate, place another 1ft 4 1/2in 1×4 down as shown…

Then attach it by nailing on two of the 6  1/2in braces

Flip it all over and do the same on the other side

Now nail on the last two side pieces and you’re done! (If you used new wood then it’s time to slap on a coat of my DIY wood stain to make the wood look old)

Time to find that perfect place for the new crate!

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