DIY Irish Plaid Vintage Crate

       Here is how I gave a vintage crate a little Irish!

DIY Irish Plaid Vintage Crate. Homeroad.net
First I began with a vintage Breakstone's cream cheese box I had laying around. 
Not a bad thing since this crate was found in a dumpster, was damaged and I had to glue it back together. 
I wanted to decoupage this pretty green plaid fabric onto one side of the crate.

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I used Fusion Ultra Grip and painted on 2 coats to the side of the crate. 
A little bit of this product goes a long way!
I let each layer dry in between coats. 
Supplies Needed to Decoupage on Wood. Homeroad.net
When the Ultra Grip coats were dry I cut a piece of fabric the size I needed. 
Then using an iron with a piece of parchment paper over the fabric, I ironed the fabric to the box. 
Ultra Grip Decoupage Technique. Homeroad.net
If you haven't tried this decoupage technique, you should! 
The fabric, paper, tissue paper, or card stock sticks like crazy with no wrinkles or bubbles. 
You can see how I used it on this organizer project too. 
Once the fabric was attached I drilled 2 holes in each end of the crate and strung a thick jute twine through the holes for the handles. 
Decoupaged Vintage Crate Thrifted Fabric. Homeroad.net
The next step was to add feet to my crate. 
I used candle cups and attached them to the bottom of the crate with hot glue. Candle cups make great feet for all kinds of projects. 
How to add feet to a Decoupaged Vintage Crate Thrifted Fabric. Homeroad.net
I use them all the time and you can purchase them from my Amazon link, they have a great price. 
Candle cup feet for a decoupaged St. Patrick's Day crate. Homeroad.net
After the legs and handles were added I wanted to match the feet to the color of the crate. 
I used a product called Fusion Antiquing Tough Coat
I will be honest, they don't make it anymore but you can also use any kind of stain with a poly coat like this one
If anyone has a stash of this product in their shop, I'm interested!
Fusion Mineral Paint Antiquing Tough Coat. Homeroad.net
I painted the stain all the way around the crate except for the fabric side. 
Green Plaid Decoupaged Vintage Crate with Feet. Homeroad.net
You could also paint the fabric side and if you are wondering what that might look like... 
Here it is with the fabric painted with the Antiquing Tough Coat. 
Upcycled old cream cheese crate with stained green plaid fabric. Homeroad.net
The fabric is darker and almost looks like the plaid is painted onto the box. 
March mantel with green plaid upcycled vintage crate. Homeroad.net
Now in case you're wondering where I got the pretty plaid fabric... it used to be my husband's pajama pants! 
When they sprung a hole in the butt I couldn't throw them out because I knew the green plaid would be perfect for my March projects! 
And take a look at how pretty the rag wreath turned out with the rest of the pants! 
DIY Green Plaid Decoupaged Vintage Crate with Feet. Homeroad.net
Waste not, want not! 
DIY Green Plaid Decoupaged Crate with Feet. Homeroad.net
This pretty box has the perfect St. Patrick's Day look and and is perfect on my March mantel. 
St. Patrick's Day DIY plaid crate on a mantel display. Homeroad.net
When March is over you can easily flip the box around to the other side and use it again! 
Wooden Vintage Crate upcycled and decoupaged. Homeroad.net
Both sides are beautiful! 
Here are a few more projects for St. Patrick's Day:

Green Plaid Rag Wreath.

St. Patrick's Day Lucky Find.

Book Page Shamrock Banner.

 


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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife of 28 years, the mother of 4 daughters, and the grandmother of 4 grandsons. I am a DIY Blogger and a part time PreK teacher.

Comments

  1. Beautiful project, Susan! I love that you can turn it around and use it both ways! It will be pretty at Christmas, too!

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    1. Thanks so much Linda, and yes, didn't want it to be just for green days :)

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    1. Thanks so much Angie... it was so fun to make :)

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  3. This is just the best! I love how you left one side without fabric so you can still read the words. And pj pants? You are so thrifty!

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    1. Thanks Kim! Yep, I had my eye on those pants since he bought them! LOL

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  4. Susan this turned out really adorable. I love how you added the fabric on the side like that.

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  5. Such a fun and creative way to add "a touch of the green" for St Patty's Day!

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