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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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