I love this latest project that I’m sharing with you. I made a small DIY wooden crate using shutter slats and scrap wood, which are plentiful around here.
Easy DIY Wooden Crate Made With Slats
These slats happened to be white. I believe they were removed from this white magazine rack.
Assemble DIY Wooden Crate
I started by cutting a scrap 1x10 in half then cutting the slats to 13". I used my nail gun to make a frame to hold everything together.
The finished project ended up being 7.5" tall, 9.5" deep, and 13" wide
Continue to Nail Slats on
Then I continued attaching all of my slats.
Thrift Store Belt as Handles
I used a thrifted belt to make some handles for my small wooden crates.
I just sort of folded the belt in fourths.
Attach Belt Handles with Screws
I used my small combination speed square to make sure all the handles were installed the same.
I used regular drywall screws to attach the leather belt handles. Seriously, who knew that leather belts could be used so easily for handles? I learned about the from my friend Becky at Beyond The Picket Fence.
They’re perfect for the Headboard Kitchen Cabinet Bench.
Do you love the DIY Wooden Crate? I mean you could buy a small wooden crate from the craft store for about $12—but if you need several, why not gather the supplies and make them yourself?
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I've been interested in a nail gun of some type. I noticed you used one for building this crate. Do you have suggestions? I do not have an air compressor and do not know what I really need. I would only be using it for repurposing and maybe for airing up things. I'd love you have your ideas about what I might need.
Oh i love these little crates Gail. And extra storage is always nice. Hope you're having a good day.
Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
I just saw some crazy expensive crates in a catalog. These are so much better and thrifty too!
I love this! My mom just gave me some of these thinking that I could use them in my garden. But this is soooo much better. I am going right now to start on this. I love your blog.
LOVE these Gail- I just bought some crates at Walmart and am trying to customize them with paint- but I really prefer the solid look of yours. Thanks for the tutorial!!
I love this idea because I can get my husband to custom size them! Thanks!
This idea is brilliant! Thanks for sharing!
I come across these all the time in my dumpster dives. I am so sad to say that I pass them by!! Never again. This is genius! Pinning and sharing on my FB. This is the best use of things that get thrown away all the time.
What a great use of materials---love it!
And it gives me an idea.......!
Oh my goodness. How cute! Great way to use up scraps.
I love these!! They are perfect with the bench too! Great job Gail, and I think I need a combination square, how easy it was for you to place your awesome leather belt handles! I was just thinking yesterday that I need to make some crates....now I NEED too!! Oh how I love crates!
Julie @ follow your heart woodworking
Look wonderful and practical and easy to make. I've made some smaller ones and can't sell them, most likely because, as you say the stores have them now.
So stinkin' cute and such a great idea! They go perfectly with that bench...love it!!
Surprisingly enough, I even worked out in my garage a little yesterday. It has been forever since I have gotten my hands dirty. I am refinishing a sofa table for my daughter and plan to FINALLY finish my old wood tool box!
Great re-purpose! I like making crates, such an easy project. But I love the use of the belt as the handles. Great job.
Love this idea! Thank you for sharing