How To Make These Berry Crates

Today,  we are going to speak about how to make these berry crates.  Summer is also around the corner and so are warmer months.  Because warmer months are coming, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries will also be available soon in NJ.

As a result of berry season, now is a great time how to make these berry crates.  First off, I found these HERE on Amazon.

Before I get into how to makes these berry crates, I think I will share a few ideas of how to use these.  Besides berries, how about lining these with a pretty napkin and filling it with your favorite snack poolside?   Also, line with a napkin and fill with with a slider and fries.  How about adding a small container and filling with your favorite dipping sauce for the fries.

Another example, it filling these crates with an assortment of cheeses, fruit and crackers on a wooden tray or woven basket.

Also, of you like creating easy pieces, you may want to take a look this flower pot craft for another idea to make for your home décor.

How To Make These Berry Crates

After receiving these crates, I began coming up with an idea of how I was going to age these.  How to make these berry crates look old and loved became the plan.  Now came planning to age these. I didn’t want to deal with stain.  Besides these are balsa wood and I think stain would have been too heavy.

So, how to make these berry crates look old?  I brewed some hot tea using our Keurig machine.  After it cooled, using a chip brush I began adding the tea to stain the natural way.

Next, I began adding dried clove.  Here, I took the plastic top off and poured a decent amount of the clove.  Because I wanted a bit of texture, adding clove to how to make these crates is a great option.  Also, it made this project smell amazing while making these. Cinnamon will also work for this step.

During this step the crates were drying so I kept the tea nearby so I was able to keep my brush a bit damp to move the clove around.  I began to blend using a rag and let them dry.  These dried overnight.

Above, you will notice the different texture beginning to take shape.

Adding More Texture and Age Using Paint

Next, how to make these berry crates, using a small brush and medium grey craft paint.  I begin adding a bit of paint and rug it smooth into the crates.  Fruit crates tend to get that blackish/charcoal color on seams and corners.  Doing this step didn’t take long and added extra age.

Lastly, adding these to my summer hutch brings a touch of whimsy for summer.  They also add a rustic natural look that I love mixed with elegant pieces. 

I hope you enjoyed how to make these berry crates.  I’d love to hear what you think in the comments.  Also, please be sure to sign up for my newsletter at the top of my blog.

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Hello, my name is Cindy and welcome to Cloches & Lavender. I enjoy making our house a home with antiques and thrifted finds. Antiques are used as my staples in my dcor to remain on a budget. I will often upcycle pieces with paint to make them new again. I enjoy DIYs

49 thoughts on “How To Make These Berry Crates

  1. I can almost smell the cloves through the computer screen. I thought you were going to show us how to make the actual berry crate based on your post title. The way you stained the wood resulted in a beautiful color. Enjoy using these for summer decor!

  2. I love this! They look like they were found in a European market!

  3. They turned out so great! Your photography is so good, I had to pin this!

  4. These look lovely and aged. Vintage inspired…I’ve done this with new grape crates. I used diluted paint. I love your layered technique.

  5. Soooo helpful! Love them. Definitely on my list for Summer and even Fall decor

  6. This is such a great craft!!! Thanks so much for sharing how you transform these little berry baskets… How cute!!!!

  7. Pinning these right now, Cindy, they are so fantastic! I love the way you used the cloves to add texture and tea for the stain. You are so creative and always coming up with ideas I would have never thought of in a million years. I’m super excited to try these! Hugs, CoCo

  8. These are so cool Cindy! I have some berry baskets and I can’t wait to try this technique on them! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Farmhouse Friday – we’re featuring you at tomorrow’s party!

  9. Popping over from Farmhouse Friday. Wow, they look just like authentic timeworn berry baskets. So cool! I’ve used the tea technique for aging but never cloves and gray paint. I’m definitely trying that next time.

  10. Love the aged patina you created! Look for your post to be featured this week at our Tuesday Turn About Link Party! Hope to see you there!

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