Rustic Nesting Crate Display

 I have a pretty good stock of pallet wood now, and I was brainstorming more projects I could make with it, when I remembered some old chicken nesting crates (at least that’s what I think they were) that I kept finding in antique stores a few years ago.  I loved all of them, and they all sold in my online shop quickly, so I knew they appealed to others as well.

chicken nesting crates with hardware cloth

I went back and looked at the photos of them, and decided I would try my hand at making one.

 To assmble mine, I cut 4 of the pallet pieces the same size – each about 12″ long.

pallet wood project

I was afraid that screws would split the wood, so I used my nail gun to attach them together into a frame shape.

pallet wood projects

 I had just finished painting my Farm Fresh Wall Hooks sign red, so I painted the frame at the same time.

chicken nesting crate

 I didn’t do a solid coat, so some of the wood would show through a bit.

crate tutorial

 Once it was dry, I flipped it over and attached a piece of metal hardware cloth, cut to size, to the back.  My pallet pieces are made of oak, and my stapler had a heck of a time going into the wood, so I had to use a hammer to pound them flat.  I also added a screw into one corner, where I just couldn’t get a staple to go in.

hardware cloth for rustic crate

It wasn’t until I had it finished, that I realized I assembled it incorrectly the top piece on the right side should have been attached above the right side piece), so it’s a bit wonky looking,  but I think it looks like like something a farmer would quickly put together for his chickens, not worrying about how straight and pretty it is.

That’s what I’m going to tell myself anyway, because I didn’t feel like taking it apart! 🙂

The hardware cloth is metal, so these make cute little combination magnet boards / display shelves, which can sit on a mantel, or hang on a wall.

rustic crate


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  1. Love that! Think I might have to make some of my own.

  2. Thank you! Theses are absolutely lovely!

  3. Oh my goodness, what a truly unique and completely amazing project this is! These are like little rustic shadow boxes, really…and I sooooooo love shadow boxes! I’m going to have to try this! And you know, if you hadn’t have mentioned that you made a whoopsies putting yours together, I never would’ve known…but even in knowing, I think it adds to the charm! And I am completely gaga over that red, too!

  4. Wonky looking and all … it is really cute. Love that you painted it red. Being able to use the magnets is a PLUS. I bought some from an estate sale once and was told they were seed sifters. They had several different size screens. Window screen would be used for tiny seed. They really make cute shadowboxes. I have one I made for sifting the big clods out of dirt and rocks that I was digging up. Fun and useful. Thanks for the inspiration. Need to get out in the shop and make some.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  5. Love these! Made a red shelf with hardware cloth… love the look! 🙂

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