Upcycle your old window blinds and turn them into pretty, decorative wooden crates for your pots, with this easy, step by step tutorial.
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1 x 1 square stick (for the corner edges)
Scrap piece of plywood (if you want to add a base)
Saw OR utility knife (to cut the blind blades to size)
Nails, hammer and/or a good heavy duty stapler
Make two opposing sides first. Either the short or the long ones. You will see why as you read further down.
Use shims (or scrap wood, or a few slats together, or a screw, or…you get the idea: anything can work) to create even gaps between the window slats.
Nail or staple the slats on the sticks. I chose staplers for the roughed out and natural look and in all honesty, I really like using my stapler – it’s so easy!
Attach the sides to the base. There are two ways to go about that, depending on how strong you want your crates:
- Make a rectangle for the base and nail/staple the plywood on it (sturdy)
- Attach the plywood only at the corners (not very sturdy)
I glued and nailed the “sticks” to the plywood, making sure the bottom slats would overlap ever so slightly (and hide) the plywood.
Make the other two opposing sides by simply stapling the window blinds to the existing frame.
Paint – or simply distress – the window slats. Seal with exterior grade sealant if you plan on propping your crate outside.
=> You can also proceed by making the frame first, then stapling the slates on for all sides.
Both ways work so use the way that makes more sense to you.
And, you know, once you have the frame, you can even simply glue the slates on (using wood glue).
PIN if you liked it!
Just a few decor ideas (I am sure you can think of even more!):
- Add planted herbs and put on your window sill
- Add toys and tuck them in the nursery
- Add flower pots and make a vignette with different sizes of crates
- Add milk bottles with a flower in each for a farmhouse-style feel
I love this upcycled crate. Well…to be honest, I love all upcycled crafts (as long as they are safe). And I don’t know about you but I am extra fond of crafts that have zero cost. 😀
Should I paint my crate simple white and distress it a bit or should I paint them in a color that pops?
What would you do?
ps. Want more crafts with wood slats? Check out this colorful DIY tray. Have an old dresser you’d rather work on? Check this dresser makeover and the no cost trick we used to make the drawer hardware stunning (really, you’ll love it).
And a DIY to make the little ones happy (with a few good tips for novice woodworkers).