Have you ever gone plant shopping only to have your purchases crammed into a plastic bag?
That drives me crazy because I remember the days when nurseries had cardboard boxes available.
Please tell me I’m not the only one who remembers this…
To detour this little frustration, I decided to make a new garden crate for the car.
You can do the same because this is an easy project built from a cedar fence board.
The Beginning of a Garden Crate
Let’s pause for a moment because this crate was actually recycled from Robert’s hobby. You see, I’ve been helping him downsize his stuff and in the process all these wooden crates became available.
I remember him building these like it was yesterday.
It was actually a couple years ago and in about an hour he turned a few fence boards into a stack of storage boxes.
With all these fabulous crates available it seemed like a good idea to make something so earlier this week, I spent an afternoon in the workshop.
Now when I go plant shopping, I can place my selections in this crate and not be concerned with broken stems or leaves…
Cut and Build Tips
This project is a simple build using new pine or cedar fence boards. Make to your desired measurements and drill pilot holes before connecting.
Rope handles are optional by drilling two large holes at each end if you like this idea.
- Cut two walls at the same size.
- Cut two ends at the same size.
- Then connect the ends to the walls using finishing nails.
- Next up we add the bottom.
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Adding Crate Bottom Planks
These crates were unique originally, they had a tray for the bottom which means I had to do a little revamp to make this box garden friendly.
I took another fence board and closed in the bottom with planks cut to fit, connecting with finishing nails.
This made the crate sturdy and I was finally ready to paint.
If you’re not into building and like things premade or precut then check out the following crates online.
Each link offers a great option for a similar concept perfect for transporting plants.
Finishing Supplies – The Fun Stuff
- Garden themed Stencils from Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils
- Dixie Belle Paint Here – Colors, Driftwood and Midnight Sky
- Natural Rope
- Stencil Brush and scrap board for paint
- Paint Brush or you can also purchase brushes at Dixie Belle here
- Finished with Dixie Belle Clear Wax
When the supplies were gathered, I painted the inside and bottom of the crate with midnight sky.
Then I painted the exterior using driftwood, this is a calming color.
Stenciling the Crate
The Garden Shop and Herb stencil came from Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils, love these and the details were perfect.
This transfer was a lot of fun using the color, midnight sky and you can get my complete stencil tips here.
My best stencil advice is to always do a test on scrap wood before applying to your project and remember less paint on the brush is best…
As you can see, I stenciled a little different on each side making sure to use the word “garden” twice.
- Then I transferred, plants, bulbs and seeds on both ends.
- Added locally grown from the herb stencil above the handle.
- A flower was also added near the handle.
- When everything dred a little sanding was added to rough up the edges.
- I finished with a nice clear wax from Dixie Belle Paint.
The wax protects the paint and wood as it travels from one place to the next.
I have to admit, it felt pretty great to get back in the workshop and make something new, it’s been a long time coming…
Thanks for joining me and hope you have a great day.
Smiles and Sunshine, Carole West