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

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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.

crate flower box

crate flower box

Instructions To Make Your Own Crate Flower Box

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.

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