Create a Rustic Crate

Create a rustic crate using an inexpensive unfinished wooden media box. Ideal for many uses in home decor and easy to make too.

I found an unfinished wooden media box at Michael’s the other day and thought it would make a nice addition to our living room decor. These boxes come in two sizes and are fairly inexpensive. Especially if you have a 50% off coupon. That brought it down to $2.50.

With a little paint and twine I was able to turn this box…

Here is how I did it!
With the help of some little helpers, we painted the entire box in a cream colored acrylic paint. When the first coat was dry, we applied a coat of crackle glaze.  The second color was applied to the dry crackle layer and instantly gave the whole box a rustic crackled effect. I have had the glaze for quite some time, but the kids hadn’t ever seen it before and thought it was pretty fun to watch.Since it was a crate with wide gaps in between the slats, I added a piece of cardboard to the bottom to fill it in. Then I added twine wiring along the sides in case I wanted to maybe display Easter eggs, or party favors, etc. in the crate later on. Otherwise they would just fall out through the slats.

To create the twine wiring I used my staple gun and created a zig zag pattern across the entire width on both sides. When I reached the end of one of the sides, I turned right around and went the other way crossing the twine and creating “x”s.
I filled it with 2 artificial plants from IKEA and was pretty happy with the new addition to my home decor.
Total cost (box, paint and plants)… under $12.


  1. Love this!!

  2. Very nice!~

  3. The twine wiring enhances it so much! Love it!

  4. Cool planter box. I love the rustic element. I would love it if you would share this over at my link party.

  5. I really like how you’ve added the twine – very nice! I’ve got this linked to my crates post too today, for DIY projects using crates!

  6. Love how your centerpiece turned out, Brandy! Would love for you to share at the party! xo Bridgett

  7. Very cute! Will have to keep my eye out for a crate like that:)
    Krista @thehappyhousie

  8. I picked up a few of these at Michael’s today and had no idea what to do with these babies. I love the transformation and how you turned these simple boxes into a pretty spectacular centerpiece! Thanks for the inspiration!

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