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Can you believe Easter is almost here!? I am so unprepared, like 100% have no Easter Decor up, no basket ready, no goodies for in the basket planned…NOTHING. So I was at my craft store, American Clutter and realized it was time to get to making some fun Easter crafts!!
As I stared into the black hole of “
junk” treasures we have from thrift shops, yard sales, and flea markets, my mind went spinning out of control and in 5 minutes I had 6 projects screaming at me to make them. I saw this little crate that I got thrifting a while back and had originally intended to use it to house jars full of succulents..but I knew I wanted to make some moss Easter eggs and this would be the perfect little crate to sit them in! But in order to use it for that I wanted to give it a basket look.
I started by cutting out two pieces of T1 11 with the miter saw. I cut them 1 inch wide and 5 inches long, but depending on the size of crate you have those measurements might not work for you.
I use this board for all kinds of projects. Its thin and easy to work with! After you cut it you have to sand it because it splinters really bad, but it sands so quick and easy. Seriously love working with it. You can use it to create your own crate if you don’t have one laying around like I did!!
On one side of the handle pieces you want to drill a hole that is the same size as the wire you will using for the handle. Then spray paint the crate and wood white.
After its dry its time to put it together. It’s time to BRIWAX! If you go to shop for this, just know that we have only been able to find it at Ace Hard Ware..Walmart, Home Depot, and Lowes don’t carry it. So I would call to make sure they have it before you make a trip or just get it from Amazon like we do often when we don’t have time to make the trip to the store because its about 30 mins away from us…booo!
If you have read any of the DIY projects on my blog you would know that I have a deep love for this stuff! It is perfect for aging a project or just giving it an awesome look. It comes in different shades but we always use the dark brown because it makes everything look primitive and fun!
For Briwax application you steel wool and some rubber gloves. It gets messy!
Take a piece of steel wool and dip it into the wax. Then I do a dry brush stroke with my hand to make it look like it was not on purpose. It really gives it an aged look. It’s ok if you have thick spots. After you put it on leave it sit about a minute and then buff it in with a clean piece of steel wool. It gets a bit lighter when you buff it, so if you need to do more than one application that is completely ok. The longer you leave it sit the darker it will be, so just keep that in mind. If you have any questions about BriWax feel free to leave it in the comments. I love chatting with you!
After you do your buffing its time to put it all together!
I grabbed my heavy duty staple gun to attach the sides. This gun can hold staples 1/2 inch long..its an amazing tool to have around!
All of the wood was thin and will easily stay in place with a large staple..but if you are using thicker wood then I would use a nail gun (this is the one we have, I love having the options to use different kinds of nails and staples with it!).
If you have neither of the above, then you could glue it on using E6000 or something durable, just don’t plan on using it as an Easter Egg hunt basket or anything.
You can see I just put one staple on it. Its just for decor, but it is sturdy enough that its not going to fall apart either.
Next grab some rusty wire, or whatever you have laying around. I cut a long piece. To do what I am about to do to it you need to have extra in the center and about 2-3 inches on the ends to secure it. (PS..isn’t my work bench table lovely lol..so colorful after years of destruction!)
Take a paint brush or pencil and wrap the wire around it in the center. It gives it an old spring look and just adds some fun texture to the basket.
Do the same things to the ends to secure the wire on the basket. I also added a dab of hot glue in the hole so that the wire would stay up in the center and not be flip floppy.
Then your done! I am loving how this turned out! What do you think? I think I am going to make some crates and do a few bigger baskets.
Since I needed some quick Easter decor I added some eggs and Spanish moss in it. Then when Easter is over I think I will turn it into a succulent holder until the season changes again.
CLICK HERE to find the tutorial on how you can cover plastic eggs in moss the super simple easy way!
I could just look at it all day! What do you think?