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It’s been a while since we featured projects specifically for oenophiles, but if you’ve crafted with all of your corks and are still looking for more raw materials, look no further than the wooden wine crate. Like milk crates, these sturdy boxes are surprisingly simple to transform and have a certain rustic flair. (Not big on wine? Fruit or soda crates may work for many of these makeovers, or you can head to your local craft supply store for plain crates.) Drink in these clever ideas and when you find one you like, try the tutorial!

6 Crafty Ways to Update Wood Crates: Toy Box
Keep kid clutter to a minimum with these mobile wooden crate toy boxes from Brian Patrick Flynn. Names spelled out with stencils are a cute, personal touch.

6 Crafty Ways to Update Wood Crates: Decorative Storage

For some attractive storage, try Kim Wilson’s crate upgrade: sand it, stain it and add handles for carrying convenience. Love this look for a chic guest bathroom.

6 Crafty Ways to Update Wood Crates: Jewelry Boxes

Ornate trim, cabinet knobs and a coat or two of paint elevate these wine crates into jewelry boxes fit for your finest baubles. Get all the details from Jennifer & Kitty O’Neal’s helpful how-to.

6 Crafty Ways to Update Wood Crates: Wall Shelving
Mount wooden crates for practical shelving you can configure to suit the space. Ana White’s simple DIY is both pretty and practical when you have bare bathroom walls.

6 Crafty Ways to Update Wood Crates: Window Planter
Wine crate container gardens can brighten up the outside of your home without blowing your budget. You can grow edible herbs or pick plants that will attract bees and butterflies for nature-watching from your window.

6 Crafty Ways to Update Wood Crates: Dog Feeding Station
Your furry friends may not be able to imbibe, but they can still enjoy this stylish feeding station from Marian Parsons. A wooden wine crate may be just the right height for small pets.

Which of these wine crate crafts did you think was the grapest greatest? And do you have any ideas for future Designer MacGyver columns? Tell us in the comments below!

31 Responses

  1. georgene says:

    Bring back the craft shows, the way it was when HGTV first started. I think it was called "Home" with Rob Weller. Loved that show. I agree with the other comments too many real estate shows on. Lets get back to the original idea of HGTV.

  2. […] to good use on this toilet paper holder! It’s such a simple concept (a vintage plate screwed into a wooden crate), but it totally makes the whole room come […]

  3. […] to good use on this toilet paper holder! It’s such a simple concept (a vintage plate screwed into a wooden crate), but it totally makes the whole room come […]

  4. Cheryl says:

    I agree enough with house hunters.. I have a house need ideal to make ita home..

  5. blf says:

    I don't care for the house hunters or the otherones that are one these days..I miss the crafting, home repair/remodel, junk to treasure type programs. I used to watch all the time hardly every watch any more ..

  6. Sammi says:

    Are you people not listening. Bring back the real, original HGTV? Love it or list it reminds me of nails on a blackboard.

  7. Peggy May says:

    Some of your shows are so scripted that they are boring. Love or List It makes the remodeler a bit dense since she always comes across problems that she should have known about before she agreed on a budget. It makes her look stupid!
    And on Property Brothers it is always scripted that they take their clients to a home they know costs more than they can pay. The couple apparently love it and are seemingly disappointed they cannot afford it. In a true situation the brothers would not do that without letting them know it is above their price range. It happens every time and makes me not want to watch anymore.

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Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...

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