For those of you who don’t know, I’m getting married next May at a vineyard here in town. Perks of living in wine-country: easily-accessible wine and tons of gorgeous wedding venues everywhere you look. Being the DIY-er that I am, I have a zillion projects lined up to make our wedding the best ever. The first of these projects was the centerpieces for the tables.
I wanted to tie in aspects of the winery to the decor in the wedding since the reception will actually be in a barrel room surrounding by hundreds of oak wine barrels. I did some searching for used wine crates that I could just salvage and repurpose, but it was too much work for me to search for something that I knew would be easier to make. I also saw a simple tutorial for transferring printed materials to wood that I had been wanting to try out, so I figured this was the perfect opportunity to try it out and make my own custom wine crates!
I put together some free plans for you guys so you could make your own wine crates! Just click on the photo below to download the printable PDF with cut list and assembly instructions. You’re welcome!
I always have the guys at the hardware store rip the plywood down for me so that I can manage it better and fit it in my car. Yes, they will make cuts for you! This time I had him cut it into two 4×4 halves.
Once I got it home, I ripped it down even further into strips. I cut it down into two different widths. The sides of the box are 4.5 inches high, so I cut several strips at this width. I then adjusted the guide on my table saw to 6 inches and ripped another couple boards at 6 inches wide for the bottoms of the box.
Once you rip down the plywood you are left with 4 ft strips that are 4.5 inches and 6 inches wide. I then made my measurements for the bottoms and the long sides and cut those to size with my miter saw. We had to make 9 of these boxes so I made quite a few cuts before we started putting the boxes together. Here’s what I was left with:
In order to make things go faster, I enlisted Alexa’s help to assemble the boxes while I kept making cuts. Since I don’t have a vice, she made a makeshift stand with clamps to make it easier to attach the first side. Note: we don’t recommend this strategy as it’s probably not the safest route, however, we made do with what we had at the time. She then nailed the side into the bottom with our Ryobi AirStrike Brad Nailer (probably our favorite tool of all time).
Once she got the first side attached, she added the second side.
Once the sides were attached, she added the ends in the same way.
Here are all 9 crates assembled! So awesome that we only spent $19 on this sheet of plywood and I got all 9 crates and still have a decent amount left for other projects!
Once all 9 crates were assembled, we sanded them all down to get rid of any imperfections and smooth out the wood. We then stained all of them with Minwax Early American Wood Stain.
After the stain, I wasn’t quite convinced that they looked like a wine crate, so I looked up this tutorial on Pinterest from Unexpected Elegance that shows you how to transfer ink from your inkjet printer to wood. It was as simple as running a sheet of wax paper through my printer to print a reverse image of the print, moistening the wood with a sponge and pressing the wax paper to the surface of the wood. BOOM! Custom wine crates with logos!
These turned out so amazing! I can’t wait to see how they look on the tables at the reception. Here’s some more pictures.
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