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DIY Wooden Crate using Flooring Planks

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Today I am showing you how to make a DIY wooden crate using flooring planks! It’s the cutest wood crate ever and we used left over flooring planks from our basement makeover.  Jim got a taste of blogger life a couple weekends ago when I asked him if he wanted to help me make a Christmas crate in partnership with Arrow Fastener. 

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Easy Wood Crate Project

Gray Christmas Crate made with wood planks, red pillow, red flocked Christmas tree

Our DIY wooden crate is filled will Christmas goodies near our tree but would also be perfect year round as a plant holder. 

red and white flocked christmas tree, black leather ottoman, gray Christmas crate with gifts

We used gray flooring planks to make the wood crate and I think it looks adorable!

Arrow Fastener glue gun and stapler

DIY Wood Crate Supplies

  1. Arrow Fastener GT300 Professional High Temp Glue Gun and glue. You can purchase this glue gun on Amazon (it’s on sale! It would make a pretty cool Christmas gift too)
  2. Wood for your crate (I used prefinished wood flooring that I bought at my local hardware store)
  3. Skill saw (to cut your wood)
  4. Speed square (you can buy a speed square here on Amazon – another great gift idea!)
  5. Arrow T50AC electric staple gun

How to build a wood crate 

The first step is to cut your wood planks to the desired size. We made our Christmas crate 18″ x 13″.

gray flooring planks

We removed our gray wooden floor planks from the box and cut them to size.

cutting wood plank 13

Using the edge of a speed square, we drew a straight line and used a skill saw to cut the plank flooring.

speed square to draw a straight line on wood plank

cutting wood plank 13" with skill saw

Once we had all of our pieces of gray flooring planks cut to size, we used the Arrow GT300 Glue Gun to fasten the sides together.

Arrow glue gun glueing wood floor planks together

The glue sticks almost immediately and is very strong!

Arrow glue gun glueing wood floor planks together

We made two sets of square boxes and then stacked them on top of each other to make the box.

christmas crate pieces glueing together to make a box

We used the Arrow GT300 Glue Gun to adhere all sides of the wood planks and reinforced with glue inside the box in the creases.

christmas crate pieces glueing together to make a box

Be sure to use your speed square as you are glueing the wood box together to ensure the box is straight and square.

speed square to ensure the box is square

Once we glued the first part of the box together, we glued the wooden floor pieces to the bottom to enclose the bottom portion of the box.

We left a space in between each piece on the bottom as seen below.

DIY Christmas crate glueing wood plank floor as the bottom

Once wood pieces were glued together, we reinforced with the Arrow T50AC electric staple gun and nailer using 9/16″ inch staples.

DIY Christmas crate Arrow staple gun fastening wood together

The Arrow T50AC electric staple gun and nailer was so easy to use and required little effort on my part.

I can remember using my grandfather’s staple gun a few years back (it was not an electric staple gun) however, I think it was as old as he was.

My grandfather would have loved this Arrow electric staple gun.

DIY Christmas crate Arrow staple gun fastening wood together

Wooden crate box

Our DIY wooden crate using flooring planks was a fun project and Jim giggled when we finished saying, “ok, now what are you going to do with this wooden crate?”

“Make it pretty,” was my response!

DIY gray wooden Christmas crate filled with red snowflake pillow, presents, red striped ribbon, red vintage boom box

You could also add handles to the sides or create a fun saying on the front with a calligraphy marker. Another fun option would be to add wheels to your wooden crate too. 

Additionally, decorating a wooden Christmas crate for Christmas Eve would be fun too.

flocked tree, DIY gray wooden Christmas crate filled with red snowflake pillow, presents, red striped ribbon, red vintage boom box

Purchase this look by clicking these links –> Flocked Christmas Tree (I have this tree too if you like more flock on your tree) | Red Ribbon | Red Berry Picks | Burlap Satchel Bags (make your own like I did here) | buffalo check ribbon

If you have a small dog or cat, just add a comfy throw pillow inside and you have an instant pet bed.

Be sure to check out my DIY Christmas advent calendar garland post from this past weekend. I made the burlap satchels in 30 minutes (from start to finish and that included hanging them on the tree!) and I love how they look.

Thank you to Arrow Fastener for sponsoring this post! 

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