With Mumbai’s hot weather, we normally have ice cream in the freezer, all year round. This means we have a lot of popsicle sticks left over that usually got thrown away. This weekend, we tried to make something useful with them. Which lead to these mini crates.
They’re super cheap to make and don’t take a lot of time either. Bonus, you can use these mini crates in so many ways: use them as mini centerpieces for meals, store your jewelry & tiny stuff or even make them into candle holders. Quite useful and you can have them in any colour.
Time: Paint and assembly time is 20 minutes each
- Popsicle Sticks
- Glue (the good kind, that dries fast)
- Water in a container
- Paints (any kind works)
- Soak the popsicle sticks in water for a few minutes. This makes them easy to cut.
- Cut them into 12 pieces, 8 big and 4 small. Paint the 12 pieces of wood & 4 toothpicks.
- Stick 2 shot sticks to 2 long sticks and add a toothpick before that. Make 2 sets. Make sure to leave a slight gap between the two parallel sticks.
- Stick the 2 sets made together to form a rectangle/square. Cut the toothpicks to the edge of the rectangle.
- Stick the 4 remaining pieces together to form a base for the crate. If it isn’t very stable, you can try sticking 2 small sticks to the bottom of the crate. This will hold the base firmly in place.
- Paste the base to the rectangle made earlier. And Done!
Things to keep in mind:
- Let the sticks dry before you try to stick them together. Damp wood does not stick well.
- Get fast drying glue that dries up quickly when you’re sticking the edges. Otherwise they edge will move, making the crate wonky.
What do you think of these mini crates DIY? If you have any questions about the tutorial let us know in the comments below. Don’t forget to share your work with us, we would love to see!