Project: Upcycle a fruit crate
Has your family been eating cute little tangerines, clementines or other fruits by the cratefull over the winter and spring? We have.
These little wooden fruit crates are the right size for storing so many things around the home. For a rustic or kitschy look, they are fine as is. But you could also paint them or cover them with paper. Here’s how I covered our wooden fruit crates with paper for a recent upcycling project.
These fruit crates are stackable, so you can keep different kinds of items in each one like a bin. They make nice containers for gifts like a gift basket. And you can even turn them upside down to make a stand for a vase, frame, base for a table centerpiece or a small collection.
First, get the surface of the crates free of extra mesh and labels that they come with.
Choose some adhesive paper or wallpaper. You could probably use burlap, canvas or other strong fabrics.
Trace your crate the way you would a gift box to wrap. Be sure to include a little extra on the side to cover the edges.
Use a hot-glue gun to make the paper stick to the crate. Even though Contact paper is adhesive, it won’t stick to the crate well enough on its own.
Use your hands to smooth the paper across the crate.
Snip the paper near the corners so you can fold the paper down over the edge.
And cover the edge if possible.
Fold the paper at the short ends like a gift. I should have thought of a better way to do this so my edges would be covered at this end, too.
Now the outside of the crate is covered with paper.
For the inside, measure the paper and cut enough to cover the bottom of the inside of the crate.
There should be enough to go up the sides a little bit.
Then, cut four rectangles of paper to cover the four inside “walls” of the crate.
That’s it! It’s a great way to upcycle something for basically the cost of some paper and glue sticks.
Now I want more crates to cover!