DIY a vintage crate with Mod Podge and a wooden thrift store crate or storage box. Add a vintage label for extra flair!
Let’s do something with a little farmhouse flair today. Let’s make a “vintage” crate. Y’all know how much I like to fake vintage items. You can give your home a vintage touch with some farmhouse flair and spend just a few dollars.
The inspiration for this project came from Pretty Handy Girl and her wine crate with rope handles. I put my own spin on this project with the “vintage” label. The project is super easy overall. You will need some sort of crate to make vintage. I found this one for $1 at a thrift store. It is a pine storage box. I have seen tons of these at the Goodwill and thrift stores.
How to Make a Vintage Crate
Supplies needed to make a vintage farmhouse crate:
- Wooden crate (I found mine at a thrift store)
- Wood stain in the color of your choice
First step is to stain that box cause that wood is too light to be vintage. I grabbed some stain I had on hand and applied it to all surfaces.
While that dried, I found printable vintage fruit crate labels and hit the jackpot over at Vintage Holiday Crafts! I sized the labels to fit my crate and printed them out.
I have learned tons about the proper way to use Mod Podge over the years, so that knowledge came in handy for this project.
Cut your labels out and apply a layer of Mod Podge to the BACK of your labels and let dry. That is right — don’t apply them yet.
After that coat dries, then apply a coat of Mod Podge to your crate and apply the label. This makes sure your application is as smooth as possible. I was always getting wrinkles in my Podge projects…not anymore! After my labels dried, I broke out my Ryobi Lithium Ion Drill.
The RYOBI 18V ONE+ Lithium Ion Compact Drill Kit won in my book hands down. There are so many advantages with the Lithium Ion: the battery life, holding a charge four times longer, and the battery compatibility with other Ryobi Lithium Ion tools. There are all of those advantages!
What won me over completely? THE WEIGHT!! It is soooo much lighter than any other drill I have used. Girls….buy it for Father’s Day or birthdays or whatever but USE IT for YOU! Every girl needs a drill to love….don’t y’all think…
Okay enough drill love, back to the project at hand. I created a template for where I wanted my holes to go and marked my box.
I then drilled large enough holes on both sides for my rope to run through. I did this using my beloved Ryobi Lithium Ion Drill.
Be sure to cut your rope VERY long. I made the mistake of not cutting enough to make my knots the first time and I had to cut another piece. Run your rope handles through both holes and tie it off. Then just trim any excess rope.
I used a stain I had on hand and it is an oak color. You can use a darker stain or maybe another technique to darken the wood even more.
I am in love with that vintage-looking label! I did not add a coat of Mod Podge or any sealer on the top of my label. I think if the label gets beat up and worn over time, it will just make it look more authentically vintage.
I filled my crate with a collection of vintage books. I love old books with worn and/or missing covers.
My DIY Vintage Crate is ready for display. Would you be fooled if you saw this in my home?
And if you are shopping be sure to get your own RYOBI 18V ONE+ Lithium Ion Compact Drill Kit. It is available at The Home Depot or online at homedepot.com/ryobi. Tell hubby you bought it for him…I won’t tell…
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- Wooden crate I found mine at a thrift store
- Wood stain in the color of your choice
- Vintage Label
- Start by staining all surfaces of the box, if desired. Allow to dry completely.
- Print and trim the labels according to the size of your crate. I found printable vintage fruit crate labels and hit the jackpot over at Vintage Holiday Crafts!
- Cut your labels out and apply a layer of Mod Podge to the BACK of your labels and let dry. Don’t apply them yet.
- After that coat dries, then apply a coat of Mod Podge to your crate and apply the label.
- Next, mark where you want the holes for the rope handles on your box.
- Drill large enough holes on both sides for the rope to run through.
- Run your rope handles through both holes and tie it off. Trim any excess rope.
- Fill your crate and display!