Friday, April 5, 2013

Reclaimed Fence Wood Crates

"I. can't. help. myself."  (If you can name the movie that quote is from I will be impressed, it's one of my faves!)

I am obsessed with crates, or any fun container made from wood, I just can't get enough of them!!!
So when I had my nail gun and air compressor out last week I decided to make some.

I have a stash of old fence wood and had been wanting to use the top end pieces of the fence so that is what  I designed them around.
MyLove2Create, Reclaimed fence wood crates
AND I LOVE THEM!!!

MyLove2Create, Reclaimed fence wood crates
I started by getting a bottom and cutting two sides the same length (left). Then I took my end pieces and glued and nailed them to the bottom (right).
MyLove2Create, Reclaimed fence wood crates
Next I glued and nailed on the sides.
MyLove2Create, Reclaimed fence wood crates
For the longer crate I had this really cool rounded log fence wood from my in-laws.  I first made the three crates without the top bar, but I didn't like them so much.  And of course I had already drained my air compressor....ugh.  So I did things the old fashioned way (top right photo) and used glue and good old hammer and nails to add some top rails.

These would actually be cute and so easy to make with just using glue and a hammer and nails, hmmm a good project for the kids...

In the bottom right picture you can see me drilling holes for the rope handles, and yes I did it in my kitchen =), gotta love sawdust all over the floor...
MyLove2Create, Reclaimed fence wood crates
They were so fun and quick to make, I promptly gave the two small ones away as gifts to special people, and I still have the longer one.
MyLove2Create, Reclaimed fence wood crates
It makes me happy.
MyLove2Create, Reclaimed fence wood crates
I know you have seen me use those cream soda bottles before Here.  These crates also fit the small size mason jars, or you could use tin cans (you know, like from green beans, or any beans for that matter).
MyLove2Create, Reclaimed fence wood crates
And maybe some of you recognize the cute blossoms from Posed Perfection.  Some friends and I made a bunch for an activity I was in charge of, they made beautiful center pieces.  After the event we all took some home and I have been really enjoying them!
MyLove2Create, Reclaimed fence wood crates
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So if you get the craving for a cute easy crate, keep your eyes peeled for old fence wood!  I get mine from the free section of Craig's list, for you Utah people check the free section on KSL.  They are popping up all the time!
MyLove2Create, Reclaimed fence wood crates
They make great gifts....Ahhhh!  That just made me think.....oooohhh I am totally going to do these crates for teacher gifts this year!  Wow, you just witnessed some inspiration!  Sa-weet!  They can hold anything which is what is so fun about crates....ah...I am in love!

I hope your days are filled with springy warm weather and singing birds!  It is SO nice to finally have that in Colorado!

Hugs,
Mindi

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41 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, I LOVE this! Pinning it :)

    Dropping by from Diana Rambles.

    Angela @ A Typical English Home

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  2. Love these! They turned out wonderful! I agree, these will make GREAT teachers gifts! Glad I was able to witness some inspiration...real time. lol I wish I had some wood planks. Mine are all MDF. ;)

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  3. I think you are becoming the queen of reclaimed wood, and that's a good thing. Love the project so much! Pinned it of course!

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  4. oh...and I don't know what movie that sentence is from. You're gonna have to tell us, because I am not gonna be able to sleep until I know.

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    1. Ok, I will tell you. It is from "You've Got Mail" You should watch it!

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  6. perfect...for you and as gifts! ...makes me wish I was still a teacher...

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  7. They are fantastic!!! I really like them with the bottles!!! Just so super cool!!! Another score!!!!

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  8. I can understand your obsession, Mindi! They are fairly easy to make, kind of free and the end result is totally cute! I love the blossoms too!

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  9. Adorable! Thanks for sharing your tutorial. Pinned!
    Krista @thehappyhousie

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  10. What a great tutorial, and it looks fantastic!!!

    I just wanted to invite you our new link party >> Circle of Faith, it is held every Sunday and today is the first link party! We have no rules and you can link up as many and whatever you want from your blog :)
    http://www.heatherlyloves.com/2013/04/welcome-circle-of-faith-link-party-1.html
    Hope to see you there!
    xoxo
    Heather

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  11. These are fantastic!! Thank you for sharing the tutorial, these are way cooler than any I've seen in the store

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  12. I just love these crates, you did such a great job! Thank you so much for sharing at the circle of faith link party! I hope you are having a great Monday!,

    -Kayla :)

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  13. What a beautiful project! You are so creative! I have a new weekly link party which is live now and I would love if you stop by and link up this wonderful post! Hope to see you there! http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com/ Hugs, Maria

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  14. I love the crates! Thanks for the tutorial. If you get a chance, please share this on my linky party: http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2013/04/sunday-linky-party-2.html

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  15. great idea. very sweet.

    blessings
    barb

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  16. Lucky special friends and teachers! Very creative use of the rounded fence posts. Love how you styled them.

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  17. Visiting from suburbs mama. I'm obsessed with any kind od reclaimed wood right now. Love these crates, so rustic and cool.

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  18. PINNED! I have to admit these are very, very cute! I promptly emailed your link to my daughter, sister, nephew, and, well, everyone I thought would want to make this with me. I have some slats, too. It's gonna be fun! Thanks for the info. Linda

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  19. Love your crates! Visiting from Maria's link party.

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  20. Brilliant! I came over from 36th Ave and just LOVE your crates!!!!
    xo
    Robin
    All Things Heart and HOme

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  21. Fantastic use of old wood! I hope you will share at our party! http://www.thevintagefarmhouse.com/2013/04/creative-things-thursday-link-party.html

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  22. I love these, the stain brings out the grain. What movie from the quote? I don't think I saw it?

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  23. I love how they hold those soda bottles with the flowers. A happy bit of spring!

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  24. What a great job, I love the crates. You are so talented and I like how the bottles hold the pretty flowers.
    Thanks for sharing. I am a new follower.
    Mary

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  25. Great idea!! I would love for you to share at my Tasty Thursdays linky party and GIVEAWAY. Going on until Sunday. Hope to see you there!! Thanks, Nichi - The Mandatory Mooch
    http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2013/04/tasty-thursdays-36-giveaway.html

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  26. Love what you did with the crates! You're quite talented:)
    Heather from Friendship, Life and Style

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  27. So creative! I love the weathered wood! Visiting from My Garden Diaries. I'm a new follower. <3 xx

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  28. Great ideas, we have tons of extra wood laying around; Can't wait to show my husband for inspiration! You are a Featured Favorite this week on Cheerios and Lattes! We love having you join us and can't wait to see what you've been up to this week!
    Have a great weekend,
    Mackenzie :)

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  29. I just wanted to stop by & let you know that I will be featuring you today at the circle of faith link party! > http://www.kaylascreationsblog.com/ It will open at 6 pm. tonight & you can grab a featured button from "my link party buttons" page. Hope your having a great Saturday! :),

    -Kayla :)

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  30. Your crates are so cute! Great way to recycle the fence posts! Thank you for sharing it at to What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely week!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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  31. Mindi,
    These are so darn cute...so I just had to feature them at my party today.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  32. Congratulations on the Feature at Linda's Coastal Charm Nifty Thrifty Tue linky party :)
    Smiles, visiting from her party,
    ~Suz @ MaytagnMom
    NW Illinois

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  33. I love them! Great use for the old fence panels! Pinning!

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  34. you know I love crates, and old fence! These are so cute... I have never sold a single one. and I think it's cause I don't "stage" them so cute! :( I hope to take some to my upcoming show... need to stage them for brides. thoughts?

    great job mindi!

    gail

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  35. Ah a girl after me heart, love crates of any kind. What there is about them I don't know but they're so darned cute and handy. Yours are so great, I had to print your tutorial out, great one by the way. I saw a couple more crates on the You might also like" so I'll go into those also.
    Subscribing to your blog, love it. Will look forward to seeing what you do. Happy days

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  36. This is very good information.i think it's useful advice. really nice blog. keep it up!!!

    - fencing materials

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