Last week I was churning out one DIY project after another as part of a 7-day gratitude challenge. My goal was to make 7 easy, innovative projects using only what I had in my garage.
On Day 3 I was stocking up on groceries when this little gift tray/vase (?) caught my eye:
I think this project took me MAYBE two hours. Tops. And cost me $0.
Ready to make one yourself! Let’s do it!
How to Make a Vintage Vase from an Old Wine Crate
- one wine crate
- a reciprocating saw or jigsaw for deconstructing your crate
- stain/paint of choice, depending on the look you’re going for. I left mine unfinished.
- nail gun (I use an 18v Ryobi)
- 1 1/4″ brad nails
- miter saw or table saw
- regular small nails + hammer
- Titebond wood glue
- tracing paper
- polycrylic protective finish (optional)
- Start by deconstructing a wine crate. A reciprocating saw works best, but a hand saw or jig saw will also work in a pinch. Side note: don’t make my mistake of using a coping saw — it’s too flimsy and you’ll just end up breaking the blade.
2. To get the cool angled look of the front and back pieces, you’ll use a protractor to draw a 10-degree line ( it doesn’t have to be exactly 10 degrees, but somewhere around there) from the top corner of your tracing paper to the bottom of your tracing paper, like this:
3. Cut out your template and position it on the front piece of wood you’ll be cutting. I positioned mine on my wood so that I would see the full word “Vintage.” Trace it.
Now flip your cutout over and position it onto the other side of your piece. Cut out your pieces with a jigsaw.
4. To make your back piece, simply trace your front piece. This way, both pieces will be the exact same size and shape. Cut out with a jigsaw.
5. Next, figure out the depth you want your vase to be (mine is 6″) and cut out a piece of wood with your miter saw to form these dimensions. No special angles or templates this time — just straight cuts.
6. Once you’ve cut out your side piece, secure it to your front and back pieces with your wood glue and brad nails. Repeat this process for your other side piece.
7. Lastly, take any remaining strips of wood and secure them to the bottom of your base with small nails and a hammer. If you’re planning to use this outdoors, you’ll definitely want to give the vase a nice protective coat of polycrylic (Minwax is my go-to).
8. Once your stain and poly is dried, you’re done!
Now pour yourself a glass of wine for the full effect.
For more wine crate projects like this one, here’s a roundup of all the items made during my challenge:
Day 1: An Oily Shelf (get the full scoop here)
Day 2: A Farmhouse Tool Caddy (tutorial available here)
Day 3: A Decorative Vase
Day 4: A Herringbone Tray
Day 5: A Lantern
Day 6: A Drop Leaf Table for my son’s play kitchen
Here’s a sneak peak of tomorrow’s tutorial…this gorgeous Herringbone Tray: