Love the look of market crates but not the price on them? Transform basic craft store wooden crates into gorgeous farmer’s market crates in minutes!
I’m a sucker for wooden crates. Big ones, small ones, old ones, new ones…. I have farrrr too many in my house, but still never enough at the same time. I own two that I splurged on, but the rest are cheap, cheap versions that I found at yard sales, flea markets & even on the side of the road. But the vintage ones are getting harder and harder to find.
Even though they’re getting tougher to find, I think that makes me love them even more. I mean… you can do SO much with them! Decorate, store things, I’ve even used them to make a rolling cart before.
But other than a rare roadside find, the cheapest way to buy wooden crates is definitely the plain ones you find at the craft store. And… those have the most potential because it’s basically a blank canvas you can transform into anything – like I did with these Farmer’s Market Crates.
How to Make Farmer’s Market Crates
Find most of the supplies for this project in my shop:
- Sweeter Than Honey Transfer
- Storm Chalkology Paste
- Small Squeegee
- Chalkology Wax (or any clear paste wax)
You’ll also need:
- a wooden crate
- a small wooden sign (painted)
- 4 screws + screw driver
- wood stain & a cloth
Directions for the Farmer’s Market Crates:
- Using a cloth, stain the wooden crate in the color of your choice and set aside to dry.
- Paint the small wooden sign & let dry (or use a pre-painted piece). Apply a layer of clear wax, then buff off with a clean cloth.
- Cut transfer apart with scissors, peel off the backing paper, then place on sign and smooth out any air bubbles.
- Put a light layer of Chalkology Paste all over the design of the transfer, then use the squeegee to scrape off any excess and put it back into the pot to use for next time.
- Peel the transfer off and let dry (typically about 5 minutes or blow dry for 30 seconds.)
- Clean your transfer with a cleaning wipe on both sides, then air dry sticky side up before replacing backing paper for storage.
- Use the screws to attach the sign to the crate and your farmhouse style market crate is ready to go!
Want to see it in action? Watch below to see how I made my market crate: