Easy One Hour Rustic Crate

Happy Friday!! Today we are sharing a quick project that I (amanda) built for The Crafting Chicks! Did you know that I am a contributor over there? I am! I  love those girls and it is so fun to work with them! The project I built for them is an an easy one hour rustic crate. This project is a great project if you are just learning to build and use tools.

Materials Needed:
1 1×4
1 1×10
Gorilla Glue
1” staples (or nails)
Paint/Stain
Handles

Tools Needed:
Miter Box
Staple Gun or Hammer
Tape Measure

Use your miter box and cut the 1×10 for your bottom and your ends. The length of the bottom is 16” and the ends are 9”. You can make them bigger or smaller if you would like to – the great thing about DIY is that you can make it how you want too!

Use your 1×4 and cut your sides to be the same length as your bottom piece – so I cut mine to be 16”. You will need four pieces for your sides.

Set up your ends to be about the same width apart as your bottom piece and add your gorilla wood glue to one end. Only apply the glue to one end so you don’t smear it on the other end.

Staple the glued end on.

Glue the other end and then staple it on as well. So you now have a “U” shape – like a bridge.

Now that the bottom and end pieces are glued and stapled you will lay the bottom and end pieces on their side and glue and staple the side pieces on. To do this – you need to apply glue to both ends of the bottom side piece.

You also want to glue the entire bottom side too – then line up the side with the bottom and staple it onto the end pieces.

Go up a couple inches and glue and staple the ends on the top side piece too.

Flip it over and glue and staple the side pieces to the other side as well. You can see that I left about an inch on the top and I love it like that but you can go to the top if you don’t. I like the character it adds.

Now we are into the project about 10 minutes! Sweet right? Now let’s paint it or stain it! I chose to paint this one!

DIY 1 hour rustic crate (12) copy

I used DecoArt Chalk Paint and gave it a coat of Yesteryear. I love this color – it is blueish gray and beautiful! I used my sander and scuffed it up a bit and then used a coat of clear wax to protect it.

I bought some 3” pulls from Home Depot and attached them and was done – Woot! Woot!

So easy and simple and perfect for so many storage reasons.

Like I said – this is a perfect project if you are just learning to use tools or if you only have a few minutes to build a project. If you don’t have a staple gun, use a hammer and nails – you will get the same rustic feel from the nails. Head out to Home Depot and pick up some supplies and whip up a couple of these – you will love them!

Have a great day and get building!

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Whimsical Wooden Pallet Flag

Happy Memorial Day!

Today is a special day to celebrate all our loved ones who have passed on before us – and to honor all our loved ones who fought so bravely for our Country. I am thankful for all the brave men and women who have fought so hard, with courage, for our freedom.

Today I have a fun little Americana project in honor of Memorial Day – a whimsical wooden pallet flag – made from 1×4’s.

Whimsical Wooden Pallet Flag (34) copy

The awesome thing about this project is that I had everything I needed to make this on hand. I have a bunch of scrap wood hanging around in my garage that needs to turn into projects and the first one I tackled was this wooden flag.

Supplies Needed:

2 1×4’s
1 1×2 or Paint Sticks
Staple Gun/Drill & Screws
Gorilla Wood Glue
Red, White, Blue Paint
Vinyl Stars

Whimsical Wooden Pallet Flag (1) copy

I used my miter box and cut my 1×4’s into different lengths. The longest being 36” and the shortest being 34”.  I cut four pieces and they measure 14” across. I cut my 1×2 to be 12” long.

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I kept the top straight and let the bottom vary. I used gorilla glue and glued the 1×2’s to the top and bottom of the 1×4’s in the middle –

and the stapled it together with my Ridgid Stapler. If you don’t have a stapler you could use a pin nailer, or a drill and screws.

I spray painted it with Rustoluem Heirloom White ….

… then taped it off and painted red stripes.

Using my Silhouette Cameo, I cut out 9 stars with vinyl and applied them. I taped off the stripes…

… and gave it a messy layer of blue paint. Then I peeled off the vinyl stars.

I wanted it rustic looking (hence the messy blue paint) so I scuffed it up with a sanding sponge.

I used Minwax Clear Express to apply a protection clear coat since it will be hanging outside and was done!

Simple right! It take about 10 minutes to cut the wood and put it together and then you just have to wait for your paint to dry!

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Simple and fun – and super quick to make! Run to Home Depot and pick up your wood and get to work on one today! Have a great Memorial Day and while you our BBQing remember those that made it possible!

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