Make an easy DIY pallet crate for decor

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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…

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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:

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Tools:

  • Chop saw
  • Finishing nail gun or hammer

Supplies:

(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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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)

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Time to find that perfect place for a vintage, rustic accent!

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