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Make Your Own Flower Box From A Wood Crate And A Rusty Sign

Who would think that you could make a decorative item out of an aged wooden crate and a rusty old sign?  I had sat staring at that wooden crate for quite some time, wondering what I was going to do with it.  I knew I wanted to make it into something decorative and fun, especially with the craft challenge I have going.  But, it wasn’t until I also had the rusted sign that the idea came to me.

I love  having containers for flowers.  Whether they hang on the wall or just sit on a table, a place for flowers brightens a room.  I especially like putting flowers in something rustic since the contrast highlights the beauty of the flowers.

Instructions To Make Your Own:

STEP ONE: Depending on the condition of your crate, prepare it for use.  If I would have had a nice crate with good graphics, I definitely would not paint over it.  There are some really nice antique crates that should be left as is if you have one.  For those, I would just clean them up a little if they need it with a damp cloth.  I might even use an antique wood cleaner on it to remove any grime.  The crate I had was in pretty bad condition and it was for cod fish fillets.  I didn’t especially want to leave the full graphics.  Instead I cleaned up the box by lightly sanding and then going over it with a damp paper towel.

STEP TWO: Even though I didn’t care for the graphics on my crate, I didn’t want to paint over it with a solid paint color.  Instead, I used a white wash paint and applied it with a wet brush.  This way you can see the tint of the wood color showing through plus just a hint of some of the lines from the graphics.

STEP THREE: The sign that I wanted to use to enclose my flower box was just a tad too short to meet the sides of the crate.  There are a couple of things I could have done.  First of all, I could have cut a thin board to fit across my crate, nailed it to the sides of the crate, and then nailed or glued the sign to the board.  I also could have just nailed a couple of thick branches across the crate and then nailed or glued the sign to the branches.  Since I was off by such a small amount, I opted to just attach a birch branch to each side of the sign by connecting through a hole on each side of the sign and twisting it in place with a thick wire.  When I went to insert the sign, there was a little give as I was pushing it in place and then it acted like a tension rod.  There was no moving it!

STEP FOUR: Insert foam blocks into the center of the box with tacky glue and then insert your flower picks.  If you are going to hang this on a wall, simply attach a picture hanger on the back.