Friday, July 1, 2011

DIY Flower Crate

I love my zinnias in the summer, and I love any creative and beautiful way I can think to display them.  The latest way is in a summer "flower crate."



A few days ago, Lucy at Craftberry Bush created a beautiful Faux French Vegetable Crate, and I fell in love immediately. 

I set out a few days ago to make my own crate of sorts.  This is the first time I've ever "built" anything, and there are definitely a few flaws in the design and final product, but overall, it came out beautifully, even better than I'd hoped!

I started with small poplar planks from Lowe's.  They were only $.94 each.  I cut them to the sizes I needed with a handsaw, and then I sanded and painted each with Valspar's "Luxurious Linen."  After they had dried, I added swipes and smears of Valspar's antiquing glaze to add the distressed look I love.


I then constructed the bottom and "walls" with small black tacs (just a dollor or so at Lowe's).


(I also cheated and used some Gorilla Glue here and there, wink wink!)


Once assembled and filled with flowers in bottles and jars, my crate made me feel like a master carpenter.









It looks like it was simple made for holding zinnias....




....and really, it was!



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26 comments:

  1. You did a great job on your crate. Isn't it wonderful how you can be inspired by another blogger? I've seen some great ideas but mostly I'm filing them away in my head.

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  2. I love that project, the crate looks like an old french crate, thank you for the tutorial.
    Have a happy 4th of July!
    XXX Ido

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  3. Howdy Kelly! :) Glad you got signed up for the giveaway..good luck!
    Your crate looks fabulous and your distressing job is spot on! Your zinnias are so pretty too...just a cheery little pick me up!
    hope you have a wonderful weekend girlfriend!
    Missy

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  4. The flowers are nice and vibrant and I love the shabby chic effect the crate has going on!

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  5. Smart, creative, and this is oh so adorable!!! LOVE the vibrant colors of the zinnia. Thanks for showing the how-to and linking up with VIF! xo Debra

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  6. Kelly you did a great job, It screams SUMMER

    Pattie

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  7. Great job Kelly, I like the white. I posted about Craftberry's crate the other day and made my own..(http://www.homeroad.net/2011/06/french-vegetable-crate.html) Then I made about 4 more different kinds... check out my post :) I like the planks, I used shims.
    Susan

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  8. Kelly, I absolutely love this project! Simply adorable! :D I think the white crate with the colorful flowers is *perfect*.

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  9. Your crate is adorable. i love it. it looks absolutely beautiful with your flowers in it. great job, Kelly.

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  10. Wow, this is really a cute project! I may have to make one for my table. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Beautiful Kelly...I love it in white..maybe mine will get a makeover soon...;) have a great weekend..! xo

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  12. That is so beautiful! I love the color combination of the flowers!!

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  13. Kelly -
    that is really cute! Love it! Make a beautiful centerpiece and such beautiful colors!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  14. Love this crate - & the toutorial! Might even just try this....Coming over from Common Ground's link party..xoxo, tracie

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  15. I've always loved the look of bright, cheerful summer flowers in bottles and vases - zinnias are one of my favorites! Can't believe you made that crate - you are so crafty and talented!

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  16. ok i'm adding zinnia growing to my list for next year! i would LOVE to have that in my house!!!

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  17. Beautiful job on the crate. The distressed white looks amazing with the colorful flowers. I would love for you to share this project on my Inspiration Board.
    http://carolynshomework.blogspot.com/2011/07/inspiration-board-link-party.html

    carolyn | homework

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  18. o this is so beautiful! i love everything about it:) again beautiful.
    http://jaysonandashley.blogspot.com/

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  19. Adorable! What a great way to display your zinnias. I love zinnias, too. It's very hot here today - 104 - but the zinnias are happy!

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  20. Holy moly, excellent! You are so inspiring, thank you for sharing!
    -Jessica & Holly
    Etsy.com/shop/chezjolly
    <3

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  21. What a great job! The black tacks are perfect.

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  22. Oh, this turned out so cute! Wonderful job Kelly! I love the whole look and your flowers are beautiful!

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  23. I love this, it looks so great! This is now on my to do list! Thanks for linking up to Fantastic Friday.

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  24. Your flowers are beautiful, and I just love how they look in the crate! Great job!

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  25. Thank you so much for linking up this week! You are featured on this weeks Glitter Spotlight! http://runwithglitter.blogspot.com/2011/07/glitter-spotlight-7-8_08.html

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  26. The crate is gorgeous, you did such a fantastic job!

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