How to Make a Utensil Crate for the Summer

I'm making another crate today, this one is a tote to carry utensils and napkins for outdoor dining.

wooden scrap wood box

I began by using old fence wood from the garage.

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I cut the wood to the size I wanted with my sawand assembled the box.

building a crate

I painted the tote in a flat white.

handle through a hole in the box

I drilled holes for the handle and used a spindle from an old chair as the handle.

whitewashed utensil holder

A skewer stick through the spindle keeps it in place.

spindle to hold handle in place

I printed out the word "EAT" on my computer and used carbon paper to transfer the design to the box

Then I painted in the letters with a black paint stick and sanded the image when it was dry.

EAT lettering on the crate

Transfer EAT on crate

I placed a sectioned piece from the inside of a dollar store utensil divider inside the box.

metal divider

inside view of crate

I added decorative napkins and a glass jar for a little color.

crate filled with silverware, mason jars and napkins

And a beautiful utensil crate was born!

Filled utensil crate

A great crate for inside or out!

I recently made another easy recycled utensil holder

Just a little note, this crate also works to hold school supplies.

crate filled with school supplies

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. I LOVE that!! Thanks for sharing the idea -especially for school supplies.

  2. This is awesome..what a great job you did on it...

  3. Love this! What an awesome idea! I love the extra touch of adding a word. How perfect to bring the utensils and napkins "out back" for a BBQ.


  4. Great job, it looks lovely!

  5. Oh my goodness! You are amazing! Awesome job. Have a great weekend.

  6. Susan ~
    That is so cool! I just love it!
    Thank you for sharing it with us!

  7. Cute! What a clever idea for the divider.

  8. I really LOVE this! Awesome job! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Very nice! I love that it can be used in different ways. Lesa

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  11. That looks great! I envy your woodworking skills!

  12. This is wonderful, great uses! Thanks for sharing

  13. That is awesome! I LOVE the old fence wood, so cool!!


  14. What a great idea! I need to get handy with a saw again!

  15. You are the queen of creating crates! Adding the piece from the dollar store was genius and makes it so useful! Love it!

  16. Thanks for the great tutorial. That's just the message I want my utensils to convey.

  17. This is great -- I love it!



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