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Friday
Dec142012

Small Gift Crate

With Christmas fast approaching I am busy finishing making my holiday gifts.  As a personal touch for some of the purchased items I decided to make little crates to hold the gifts. I used 1/4" poplar craft boards and made them in about half an hour. My dimensions are to fit these spices that I bought for gifts in the Caribbean when I was visiting my sister last month, but the design is so simple that you can easily modify it to fit whatever gift you are giving. 

Cut List:
1 - 1/4x4 @ 7-1/2" for bottom
2 - 1/4x4 @ 2-3/4" for ends 
4 - 1/4x1/2 @ 7-1/2" for side slats 
6 - 1/4x1/4 @ 7-1/2" for side slats  

To start use wood glue to attach a 1/4 x 1/4 slat to each edge of the bottom piece. Next, use more glue to add both ends to the crate. 

Attach a 1/4 x 1/2 slat on each side, aligning them with the top of the ends. Fill in bothe sides with the remaining slats, putting another 1/4 x 1/2 slat centered in the middle with two more 1/4 x 1/4 slats in between.

In addition to the wood glue I used my brad nailer to hold each of the slats and the ends together and make it a little sturdier. If you don't do that be sure to clamp the crate until the the glue has fully dried. 

To finish, I filled the holes with wood putty, sanded everything smooth and gave the crates a coat of navy blue spray paint.

I think the crates turned out great and can be used by the recipient for small storage later. Quick, easy and cute!

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Reader Comments (5)

You always make it look so easy ...... very nice crate. I wonder if a Christmas loaf or cake would fit in there?

December 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarke

So cute! I would have spent 3 days searching for something like that before i ever would have thought to make it myself. You certainly are crafty!

December 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

Marke- Thank you! You could easily adapt it to fit some baked goods - just use wider boards than the 1/4 x 4 and then make the cuts for the bottom and slats longer.

Sandy- Thank you! You are so sweet!

December 15, 2012 | Registered CommenterLisa

Lisa, I love this crate! My mind is swirling with different ways to use it especially with the holidays coming up!

October 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

Melanie- Thank you! I hope you can use it for your holiday gifts!

October 27, 2013 | Registered CommenterLisa

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