Hey guys!  I built a super fun and functional vintage-looking soda crate this week.  I got my inspiration from Ana’s!  I modified mine quite a bit and I just LOVE it!

mason jar craft ideasHere’s how I made it for $12!

mason jar centerpieceI purchased 1 1×6 @ 8ft. and cut it down.  You can use a hand saw for this!

4 @ 11″

3 @ 9.5″

2 @ 4.25″ (cut these after you build the crate for a snug fit)

finishing nailsI joined one 9.5″ piece, with the two 9.5″ pieces, together with Gorilla Glue Wood Glue and my battery nailer.  If you do not have a battery nailer, a hammer and finishing nails will be awesome!

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Then, I added two 11″ pieces on each end and followed with glue and nails.

wood crateI flipped it over and attached the last two 11″ pieces to form the bottom of the crate.


After measuring for the dividers, I pushed them down inside to form 4 cubbies.  These will need to be snug so measure before you cut!

hobby lobbyFor a fun handle, I purchased a bag of little candle sticks and a glass knob from Hobby Lobby (knobs are always 1/2 off now ~ WHOOP!)

unfinished woodI then drilled a hole in the center of the candlestick (just large enough to squeeze the knob screw in)

Epoxy on candle stick

attaching the knob to candle stickA little Gorilla Glue epoxy on both ends, I attached the knob at the open end of the candle stick and attached the base of the candle stick to the center of the crate.

I filled the cubbies with 32 oz. wide mouth mason jars and had a little fun:)

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What a fun way to shanty up silver ware for a cook-out!

mason jar craft ideasOr a fun centerpiece full of fresh flowers!

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mason jar craftWant to know how I finished it?  Check out my tutorial on how to weather wood!

Thanks so much!


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  1. Hey Ashley, I LOVE your projects and I’m making one of these silverware crates this week. I’m also making the casserole dish holder at some point. I’ve already cut all my wood for both projects. I was wondering if I can feature you on my blog with links back to your posts and pics of your project. I’m going to show my finished product and then steer my readers your way for instructions. Here’s the web address of my blog: http://www.doodlesandstitches.com/ Thanks for all the inspiration and great project ideas! Let me know if that’s okay with you and I’ll let you know when the post goes live.

  2. I just started this project today and of course the bottom pieces of wood were a little crooked but it still turned out great for my first one. I have the first coat of stain on it. I can’t wait to finish it. I am going to put a rustic handle that I bought from hobby lobby on the top instead of the knob. I love your site and your tutorials. Yall are just wonderful. Now my hubby has to share his workshop with me!!!!LOL!!!!!

  3. I love this project. I did it today but I had a problem. I followed your directions and cuts but for the life of me could not get the dimensions to work out. I ended up having to cut down one of the 11″ pices to 9.5″ in order for it to make the box. In the end it all worked out and looks awesome! I did mine in a turquoise-ish blue! Thanks for all the great projects! can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

  4. I was wondering if you finished this the same way as the Mothers Day planter boxes? I’ve been searching and haven’t been able to find the follow up for that one….any key words I can use? Thanks, and this is beautiful!!!

  5. Such a cute idea, love the use of jars. Have you ever tried Save-On-Crafts they have a lot of fun items for DYI and display. There prices are close to if not at wholesale, I use them all the time, I have no affiliation, just a really happy customer 🙂 It is an online store and they ship really fast. I like going on just too look and get ideas.

    Love your project, I am still trying to figure out something to do with mason jars <3

  6. Love it! What is a battery nailer, is that the type of nailer you use on all these types of projects? I’m not sure what to invest in??

  7. Oh that is adorable & perfect for my retro-kitchen redo that I am in the process of doing. I know it will look perfect sitting on the counter holding my silverware 🙂