Make Hanging Rustic Storage Crate
The farmers have been out getting their fields ready for planting in my neck of the woods, and the other day I was thinking about a talk I had with my dad just a few days before he passed away.
He was becoming increasingly confused, but one morning he was fairly alert, and I wanted to engage him as much as I could while it lasted.
I recruited my niece and nephew to assist me, and gave them a little family history assignment that would help my dad focus in order to answer the questions. As I asked him questions, the kids wrote down his answers.
My mom was sitting right next to him, so she helped jog his memory if he couldn’t answer one of my questions.
I asked him where he was born, the names and birth order of all the kids in his family (he was one of nine kids), and I asked him to help me remember old farmers sayings that he’d told me as a child, like “knee high in July”, referring to how high a good crop of corn should be by July.
I love this photo of my dad as a young boy.
My grandfather was a farmer, but he never owned his own farm.
Instead, he raised crops and cows for other farmers, and his family lived in the houses on the a property he farmed.
My dad was never a big talker, so I really enjoyed this question and answer talk we had.
I was thinking about that talk the other day, and decided I wanted the next stencil design in my line to be in honor my farming roots, with a DIY hanging wall crate project to go along with it!
Farmers Feed and Seed stencil
My favorite signs are “working” signs, so I came up with a pallet wood storage crate that’s easy to make and can either hang on the wall or stand on a counter.
How to Make a Rustic Hanging Pallet Crate
This is an easy project for beginners.
I forgot to take a photo of the pallet being cut, but you are cutting away just one corner of a pallet.
it’s almost the exact same steps as I used to make the Pallet Wood Storage Coat Rack. Pallets always have “studs” on each side and a few more across them for supports, so you want to cut two of those studs, along with the front and back boards that are connected to them.
This will make a bottomless box. It will be similar to the photo below, except you won’t have the top and the side studs won’t stick up above the bottom board. I hope that makes sense!
Cut one more piece of pallet wood to fit inside the bottom of the box, and screw it in place. It will look like this when you’re done.
Add D-ring hangers on the back side if you plan to hang your crate.
Just stencil whatever sign you want on the front of the crate, and it’s done. This project takes about 20 minutes and only requires a saw to cut the pallet, a few screws, and the D-ring hangers, now I’m thinking I should make a set of three of them to use as organizers in my kitchen!
I had an extra pallet board cut, so I also made a sign.
If you’ve got 5 minutes, you can whip one up in a jiffy!
Vaya con Dios,
I’m sharing this at the Weekend Retreat party
Here’s something else I think you’ll love!
Burt’s Bees Hand Salve(affiliate link)