DIY Multipurpose Boxes

Earlier this month I was in desperate need of a storage box for stencils sign so transporting them would be a breeze.  There was no time to purchase wood so the scrap wood pile had to work and that box worked like a charm.

After the box was complete I spent the weekend glancing at that stencil box imagining the possibilities.

I thought about using it in different sizes and the idea of adding finishing touches is where my mind ran wild.  I could hardly wait to get back home and start building more boxes.

So that’s what I did and I used up a lot of scrap wood in the process.

This box was finished with a dry brush technique using chalk paint; it compliments last week’s project natural outdoor wall decor.  

I brought back the copper stripping that was added using screws and the ribbon was attached with a staple gun. Everything else is pretty visual; I’m even thinking a huge pumpkin would look cute sitting on that pile of hay after that mum expires.

Supply List

Keep in mind the 2 x 4 ends are necessary because this is the strength of the box.  Other wood like fence boards can be changed out if necessary and everything can be purchase at any home improvement store.

  • Fence Boards
  • 2 x 4 pieces
  • Hammer + Nails
  •  Drill + Screws and Bit
  • Saw
  • Sandpaper

Let’s Cut Some Wood

This box we’re building here will be used at a later date so it’s a lot smaller than my first image. We’re using the same instructions and that’s what makes this DIY so great you can build this box to match your own measurements.  Simply go longer or tall and have fun with it.

  • Measure all the wood and cut everything using a table saw.
  • The 2 x 4’s are the ends and the fence boards are the walls and bottom.
  • Take one of these 2 x 4’s and cut it in half as that will be the second layer on the strong end of the box.
  • After the wood is cut sand each piece and begin to shape for assembly.

Shape the box

Get a visual for the box by shaping the pieces before we connect everything.  The first point of assembly will begin by adding the walls first and the bottom last.

Nails or Screws?

My first box was built with screws, this one I decided to use nails because I want the metal showing.

Make sure to drill pilot holes first regardless of what you decide to keep the wood from splitting.  A pilot hole is drilled with a bit that is smaller than the hardware.

The fence board pieces are connected to the 2 x 4 pieces from both sides using a total of 12 nails on the box walls.

Attaching the Bottom

The bottom piece of wood should fit perfectly and it does on my larger finished box.  With this example notice the wood is in strips because I was after a crate appearance.  I attached the bottom wood with finishing nails all around the base until it was secure.

This project can be built in a matter of minutes, it really is a simple build that offers a lot of room for customizing.


When you have a few building skills it’s endless what you can make with a little bit of scrap wood, drill and a saw. This box has worked perfect for fall and its works great with that gray bench.

Make your own multipurpose box and keep coming back because the projects are endless around here.

Easy to Build boxes for outdoor planting or indoor storage. Decorate with fun elements and jazz up everything around you#DIYBoxes, #PlanterBoxes, #StorageBoxes


  1. Pam List says:

    Such a neat DIY!

    1. This is a fun one Pam – Hope you enjoyed a nice weekend

  2. Wow such a neat project. A great tutorial. I might could make one! It’s very Fall and festive.
    I’d love for you to bring it over to The Fabulous Fall Party!
    Happy Fall!

  3. Lucy @ Patina Paradise says:

    You’ve given me the inspiration to make a few of my own.I love how you’ve styled it with the enamel and flowers! ;o)

    1. Awesome Lucy – Inspiration is a fantastic thing!

  4. Jane Peet says:

    perfect for any season! would look cute with a few pumpkins and I’m lovin that copper strip! You’ve inspired me to add it to something I make. thanks a bunch

    1. Yes I actually did include some smaller pumpkins but once that mum expires I do think a big pumpkin would be fun! Yes you can make this and go larger because this design makes an awesome crate concept. You could stencil them and sell in your shop..

  5. Susanne Leggett Stewart says:

    Carole this is so cute! Love the copper strip and ribbon 🙂 Your tutorial makes me think even I could do this, if my husband would let me at the power tools 😉 Thanks for sharing at TaDa Thursday!!!

    1. That copper is a favorite – thinking of doing copper at Christmas this year – I just Love it and yes you could build this -have him cut the wood and then you just hammer it all together.

  6. Patti Estep says:

    Great box Carole and I too love the little decorate strip you’ve attached. Can be used over and over and even might make the beginnings of a great centerpiece.

    1. Yes it would so I’ve made some smaller ones for later. The bigger ones are really neat – see you have to start building you would LOVE it!!

  7. The copper stripping is a great finishing touch. Thanks for joining Monday Social!

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  9. Debra Pashkowsky says:

    This is a wonderful idea. The possibilities are endless. What fun to create them

  10. Botanic Bleu says:

    I love boxes! Your photos showing how you made the box are great, and I also think a big pumpkin sitting in the straw would be perfect. Thanks for sharing at Monday Social. We love seeing your creativity.


  11. says:

    What a cute box…and it looks pretty simple. Oh I can think of many things to do with a box (or 2) like this!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday – Hope to see you again this week!! Have a great week!! Pinned!

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