5 DIY Projects With Wood Crates
Recycled décor is fashionable and fruit boxes or wood crates are often used in this look. These objects are usually made of wood or plastic, and can serve to create new furniture for your home. You can find them in large supermarkets or ask your regular grocery store clerk, they usually have large quantities in store. This OneHowTo.com article will give you some ideas for five DIY projects with wood crates and have a cosy and ecological home.
Making small furniture with wood crates
One idea for your DIY project with wood crates is to give a new look, paint and varnish them, and use them as small furniture for storage. For example, you can put it vertically and use it as a small cabinet to put the phone, modem, etc...
You can also put it in its normal position and use it as a small coffee table or a place to decorate and put photos. If you want, you can make this furniture more convenient by adding wheels at the bottom of the cabinet, and thus you can move it around the room and it can serve as a laptop desk or as an extra little table for a quick bite to eat.
Making big furniture with wood crates
If you liked the first option we suggested, you'll probably love the fact that wood crates can also be used for making larger furniture and for storage with more capacity.
To achieve this, all you need is to join different crates with the aid of nails and put them upright; the fun of this furniture is that you can manufacture whatever you want: whether you want it to be symmetrical or if you want to create original shapes out of them. You can also place them directly on the floor, put wheels or hang on the wall, you choose!
Wood crates for storage
You can also re-purpose old wood crates to use as storage objects: storage for the dishes, magazines, your children's toys, etc. So that you get a vintage result that is in keeping with the decor of your home, it is recommended that you give it a coat of paint and varnish to the box to remove dirt so that it fits perfectly with the furniture in your house.
Make lamps with wood crates
Another idea for decorating with wood crates is to re-purpose them as an original chandelier. This only works if the boxes are plastic and to make sure the result is contemporary it would be a good idea to use different coloured boxes, and give it an urban twist.
As we show in the picture, the trick to reuse these boxes is to hang them from the ceiling and put a bulb inside; the color and design of your boxes will give your home's lighting a unique touch.
Planters with wood crates
If you have a garden or terrace and like to fill it with plants and flowers, nothing beats taking old wood crates and giving them a new life as planter. Given the utility that you'll give it is recommended that you paint in bright colours and varnishes to give them a shiny and bright finishing touch. Then all you have to do is fill them with soil and plant the flowers you want; if you want them to be movable pots just have to equip them with rollers and you're done!
Reuse more items!
Besides fruit boxes, there are many items that can be reused to decorate your home with recycled materials. This applies to plastic or glass bottles, and even your old vinyl collection. On OneHowTo.com we offer different ideas so you can breathe new life into everyday objects and make sure your house is original and sustainable:
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- Whichever DIY project you decide to create, the first step will always be to sand down the wood properly to get rid of any thorns or loose pieces that the crate may have. It is also advisable to varnish the crates for a better finishing touch.