7.27.2011

Rustic herb crates knock off

You’ve seen them everywhere, most notably at The Lettered Cottage. They are not that expensive to purchase, but when you factor in the shipping costs to Canada, they make it a big splurge.

So what’s a poor girl to do? Make them. This project didn’t cost me anything, as I had all of the supplies at home.

Here’s mine

DIY rustic herb crates at www.junkinjunky.blogspot.com

I only had enough wood to make three and since my wood was already cut for sign making, I used it.
The total outside measurements are 12” width x 6” height x 7 depth.  I’ve never made a box before in my life, so it was a bit of trial and error, and since I have no clamps, they are not square, but who’s looking that close?

Here’s the steps I took for the lettering.

After making the boxes, I stained them with American walnut, the only stain I have.

I cut out the letters in vinyl and reverse weeded them.

Rustic herb crates DIY at JunkinJunky.blogspot.com

Using transfer tape, I covered the vinyl completely, then removed the vinyl from the paper backing.

Rustic herb crates DIY at JunkinJunky.blogspot.com

Rub the vinyl on to the wood really well, then remove the transfer tape.

Paint over the areas where the letters are

Rustic herb crates DIY at JunkinJunky.blogspot.com

Remove the vinyl while your paint is still slightly damp, it makes it easier to remove.

Now I have to come up with some way to get the hooks. I’ll ask around at work tomorrow for some ideas,
and if you have any to share, I’d love to hear them.

Rustic herb crates DIY at JunkinJunky.blogspot.com

Here are the original crates that inspired me.
kratjeskruiden3 Sharing at
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63 comments:

  1. Okay. It's official...you are just too stinkin creative. This is my favorite project you've EVER done! They look amazing. You go girl.

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  2. Those are great! Love them! I also love your new pics at the top, looks like I have missed a lot and you have been busy :) Guess I better get caught up on my blog reading.

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  3. I really, really like how yours turned out. They look just as good, if not better than the originals.

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  4. These look amazing!! Love all your stencils! If you get a chance, I would love it if you could link up to my first link party, The Creative Spark. Have a great night!
    Jenn :)
    http://www.cleanandscentsible.blogspot.com

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  5. OMG these turned out AMAZING!! I have those greats and yours look better!:) I would love for you to stop by Treasure Hunt Thursday and share sometime!:)

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  6. This looks better than the originals!

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  7. So GREAT and very CLEVER! Thanks for the idea, it is WONDERFUL!! xoxo ;)

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  8. Wow! I love your little crates! I like them better than the originals! You're so smart to make them yourself. I don't know if I could do this! Now, you must show us where you'll put them and what you'll put in them.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  9. I have those same crates from TJ Maxx. You did an awesome job - you could sell those :)

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  10. What about using old wire coat hangers? You could use needle nose pliers to straighten them to the length you want and the make the hook part the shape you want. Then you could spray paint them.

    These are uh.maze.ing. I'm making them and will link back to you. Please share how you did the lettering.

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  11. Those are great! For some reason I never thought of just making wooden crates myself, even though I love them. Great job!

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  12. Completely and utterly magnificent! You rocked my socks off with this being your first time making boxes - and then your stenciling was superb! Great job! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  13. Amazing! These look so incredible - and how clever of you to just make your own! I absolutely want to try this now! Thanks for sharing! (Saw you at The Shabby Creek Cottage)

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  14. great job--these look just like the originals. I would love it if you would share this at my linky party this week.

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  15. those are so cute! i just love how you jump in and try so many new things....i have learned a lot from your courage!

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  16. I Love these!! I bought the original three boxes but had to return them because the large one didn't fit my wall space. Now I can make them any size I want. Would you mind sharing the svg's with me?
    Thanks,
    Sherry

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  17. Fantastic and so creative!! Thanks for sharing the lettering! Visiting from Thrifty Thursday!!

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  18. These are lovely. I haven't found anything like this in Australia, so maybe I'll have to follow in your footsteps and attempt to make them. Thanks for showing me how.
    Cheers
    Kylie

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  19. Thank you so much for being a part of Tales from Bloggeritaville’s Thrifty Thursday! I just LOVED your project and am featuring it in my Friday Flashback!
    I sincerely appreciate you linking up. It’s not a party without guest! Thank you!
    I hope you will accept and display the Tales from Bloggeritaville feature button on your blog. YOu can find it on the Friday Flashback Post. It’s my way of saying “Thank YOU!”

    Live*Love*Laugh,
    Leigh
    Tales from Bloggeritaville
    www.lbratina.blogspot.com

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  20. Wow, I am sooo impressed that you made these! I have seen them all over blogland, and would have sworn you bought yours where everyone else did. You are very talented. Great job!!!! I am your latest follower.

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  21. I just love how when you see something you want you just whip it out! These are amazing and they look great to me!

    So I'm having my 40th B-Day party in August, let me pick your creative brain for some fun outdoor decorations. Any ideas?

    Megan

    http://1funkywoman.blogspot.com

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  22. This has been on my "want to do" list for a long time now! Way to go for running with the idea! Your boxes look great.

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  23. The boxes are really wonderful. I would love to have the svg's. I'm fairly new to all this..so, I'm thinking the svg's are the stencils, right? E-mail address: aztoylady@gmail.com
    thanks so much...Candy

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  24. Those hooks are identical to the ones in my vintage wooden hangers. Good luck finding something that will work! Look great!

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  25. Your herb boxes are awesome! I like them more than any I find in the stores. Well done! I would love for you to come to my Savvy HomeMade blog party and link up this post! http://www.homesavvyatoz.com/2011/07/28/savvy-homemade-monday-party-1/

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  26. Very nicely done! I have made several old boxes and this would be a great way to embellish them! Thanks for sharing.

    Pam

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  27. i would be very grateful for the sgv's, i am sure getting those arches right would drive me right over the edge.....you did a wonderful job on these, you should be very proud to display them. jackie
    moonbeam@frontier.com

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  28. Nicely done! They really do look like the originals! I'd love to know what kind of vinyl cutting setup you're running... I often get asked what my own is but it isn't priced for the novice user. Looking to recommend something that is! :)

    Donna

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  29. Meant to tell you, I've shared this on FJI Facebook for SNS 92. :)

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150321772126141&set=a.192514281140.164586.175378011140&type=1&theater

    Donna

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  30. You won't believe this but I bought 2 sets of those crates at a TJ Maxx in on the gulf coast 2 summers ago for $4.99 each set...I couldn't believe it either and I was afraid they'd ring up $4.99 each but no, they were $4.99 per set! I will have to post them with the price tag still on before anyone believes me!

    Judy

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  31. Just wanted to let you know that I will be featuring these over at Clean and Scentsible tonight. I really LOVE them and can't wait to try making some myself. Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Spark. I hope to see you back next week!
    Jenn :)

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  32. I saw these at Clean&Scentsible too, love them!! I'm your newest follower, cheers!

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  33. Those are so gorgeous!
    Am a new follower, found this page through Savvy HomeMade Monday!

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  34. OMYGOSH girl...if the company that makes the other boxes sees yours, they will want YOU to come to work for them. You did a fantastic job..I am sooo impressed with your talents.
    My entry for Amaze Me is so talentless that I can't stand it...the nerve I must have had to even post it. :)
    xo bj

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  35. Totally amazing! These are great and you did an awesome job. Congrats! ~ Marie

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  36. Awesome job! I received these as a gift (not the beautiful DIY ones) and love them and yours are GORGEOUS! Great job! ;)

    Roeshel

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  37. Your crates are BEAUTIFUL!!! I'd love to have the files!!

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  38. These are wonderful! Just what I was looking for. If you would be so kind as to share the svg's with me, it would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks
    Laura
    laurafaye@telus.net
    www.bakemydaybakeshop.blogspot.com

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  39. Your herb crates were one of the most "liked" links at Savvy HomeMade Monday last week and are a feature this week! Thanks again for linking up and feel free to grab a feature button!

    http://www.homesavvyatoz.com/2011/08/07/bog-party-2/

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  40. Gorgeous, love them - I have a wood box, old, worn, that I want to do something with. I'm going to follow your stencil-creating method. Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs,
    Mary

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  41. i adore these. so talented you are!

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  42. I love your idea! It is simplistically obvious and so cute! You are such a clever woman! ~Elizabeth

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  43. Yours are so much nicer than the 0riginal- I would buy six of them.
    Are you making some to sell.

    gaby@elmwoodroad.com

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  44. Just last week I saw crates at Michael's and wondered "what would I do with those?" now, thanx to your inspiration, I may have to go back and get, at least, one!

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  45. Please let me know where to get the stencils. You did a great job!
    mkfcox@casscomm.com

    Thanks!!

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  46. Amazingly gorgeous!!!!!
    Awesome job!
    *hugs*deb

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  47. Great post... and it is unanimous, you need to pass out a copy of the stencil you used!
    Susan

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  48. I just found this post....love the crates! Would you mind sharing the cut file?

    sweetie926(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  49. Love your crates, Mel! You did such a great job!

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  50. Just found your blog and love the crates. Would you please email me the file for the stencils? Thanks!

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  51. Wow you did an awesome job on the crates...I think they look even better than the orig. Would love if you would share the svgs Thank you so much for sharing!!! Laurianne

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  52. I have the original ones and your knock offs are fabulous.

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  53. Hi, I love the boxes you have made. Would you be happy to email me the file for the stencils? hepburnfamily@maxnet.co.nz
    Thank you!!

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  54. Those are amazing! I live in Canada too {Vancouver} and said the same thing to myself when I saw them on Lettered Cottage. Shipping costs just too much. Where and how do you get those vinyl lettering? I'm sorry, I don't know much about them and I keep seeing them around the blogosphere. Have a great week!
    Jamie

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  55. Thanks so much for sharing your talent. I, too, would love to have the svgs. Thanks bunches.

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  56. Your photo was stolen.

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/118476177/4x6-photography-photo-print-shabby-herb

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  57. Wow, these are amazing! I'd love to hear more about how you do that stenciling. So creative Mel!!

    Crystal

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