A friend from high school, whom I haven’t seen in 20+ years, contacted me through Facebook the other week.  Seems she has been following my blog (Thank you Steph!) and had deck boards that she was looking to unload.

Cedar deck boards.

Lots of cedar deck boards.

I drove over to her place so fast that I think I broke the sound barrier.  Un-showered, hair standing up, scruffy paint clothes on – exactly how you DON’T want to be seen 20+ years later – but she forgave me and my excitement and let me have her stash.

I loved my crate from this post and decided that this new wood would make perfect “rustic” crates.  The wood already had a gorgeous aged patina from being weathered for years, and it was almost an inch thick – so it called for a larger-size crate – something that you’d use as a statement piece or to hold heavier items.

I got to work and turned out 6 crates in a couple of afternoons.

DIY Rustic crates - measurements and decor ideas. (Great for Christmas deliveries!)

If you want to make your own, the cuts you need are:

from 1 x 6 boards

  • 6 pieces at 20″ long and
  • four pieces at 14″ long.

This will make your finished crate 11″ high 14″ wide and 21″ long.

The rest of the tutorial can be found here – the only change I made was to use my Kreg Jig to screw the sides together to form one larger piece.  You don’t have to do this, I wanted to for solidity.

Cedar crates  - 2

These beasts are heavy.

I did sand them down a bit so no one gets slivers etc, but I did want the aged patina to remain – so I didn’t go all-out smooth.

Remember the last crate post where I said I’d love to have one for Christmas?  Something that looks like a shipping crate from the North Pole?

Yup – had to try it out:
Cedar crates 2 - 1


One side reads “North Pole Airmail” with a North Pole postage mark (from Silhouette)

Cedar crates 2 - 4 Cedar crates 2 - 5

The other side of the crate has Santa’s “official” seal and reads “Special Delivery” across the side.

Cedar crates 2 - 6

Cedar crates 2 - 9

I love it like this, but I think a red version with white lettering would be pretty spectacular as well.

Steph, I can’t thank you enough for thinking of me – these were so much fun to build!

Cedar Crates P


This will definitely be housing gifts come the Holidays and it can be used for storage the rest of the year!


Have a great one!


This one’s for all you Mom’s – you’re going to kill yourself laughing!


Linked to:

Between Naps on the Porch