Month: November 2011

DIY Wooden Crates

My husband Ted is a big beer lover. Huge! Last year, a friend got him hooked on brew-your-own beer and every few months he goes to our local brewery and bottles his favourite organic white beer.

Ted inherited some reusable plastic beer bottles from a friend and two ratty cardboard boxes to transport the beer from the brewery to beer fridge. The cardboard boxes have seen better days — like 10 years ago. It was time to replace them with solid, wooden crates. But, at $50 a pop retail (plus tax), we decided to forego forking over the cash and build the crates ourselves!

First, Ted did up a quick sketch of his crate design. Then, we headed to Home Depot to buy some wood. We opted for $3 a board spruce wood. Cheap and cheerful! When we got home, we locked ourselves away in our freezing cold garage and made our measurements and cuts.

Building the first crate was like putting a puzzle together. We definitely needed two sets of hands. While Ted held the wood together, I used to air nailer — my favourite tool! The final result was a super sturdy spruce wood crate that beat the pants off of that yucky, old cardboard box! I love Ted’s expressions in these photos!

Originally, we planned to only build two crates, but we were having such a ball that we ended up building four crates. After a few hours, we were done and here is a shot of the fruits of our labour — four beautifully built crates made by us!

And, here’s the crates holding 24 bottles of Ted’s freshly bottled beer. He added some simple handles to the sides of his crates for easy transport.

We had two crates left over, so I decided to dress one up with some vinyl lettering using my Silhouette Cameo. Just like my first project, vinyl lettering is a super easy (and inexpensive) way to dress up any piece. The crate now sits on our front porch and it is filled with mums to celebrate fall. When Christmas rolls around, I can easily change the vinyl lettering and swap the mums out for fresh, winter greenery. Oh, I can smell the pine needles now!

At $10 a crate, we couldn’t go wrong. In fact, we managed to build four crates for less than the price of one $50 crate. Plus, we had the satisfaction of designing and executing a project all in one evening and working together as a team. Not bad, not bad!

Linking up with…
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating 

Before & After: Jazzed Up Oil Bottles

A few weeks ago, I received my Silhouette Cameo in the mail and I was excited to work on a few projects using my new toy!

My first project was jazzing up some oil bottles in my kitchen. One contains olive oil and the other has canola oil. I thought it would be fun to use a snazzy cursive font and some vinyl to jazz up these rather boring looking bottles.

Here’s what the bottles looked like before the vinyl. I found mine at Home Sense.

And, here’s the after!


And, a close up!


I simply used a cursive font from my computer and made a Canola Oil and an Olive Oil vinyl decal using my Silhouette Cameo. Once printed out, I used some transfer paper and affixed them to the bottles. Easy-peasy!

I love the finished product, plus it makes it easier to know which oil is what.

One of many vinyl projects I’m sure! I’m loving my Silhouette machine!

Linking up with…
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating