Lately, I have been obsessed with recycling glass jars and bottles. Recently I stopped at the Dollar Store and found the sweetest little milk bottles. I had to buy one… no make it three. I decided to figure out how to make a crate for mini milk bottles.
While I was thinking about how I wanted to make the crate, I painted the bottles. Now I am not one to waste paint. This time I used the cream from the dresser. It took 2 coats and a touch up here and there.
Rummaging through my pile of wood I found the perfect size. It is 2 and 1/2” wide and ½” thick. I cut it to 9” long. It was from a pallet. Those pallets are the greatest resource. And the 9” allows for space between the bottles.
Now what to do with the sides of the crate? I looked around and my eyes spied stir sticks! Perfect for the sides. I pulled out the miter saw and got to work cutting the pieces. The sides are cut and glued to the small sides of the 1 x 2.
After the sides are dried, glue the long boards to the crate. I wanted the sides that showed the lettering. Now to make sure the sides didn’t slip as the glue dried use clamps.
The next step is to hand sand the crate. This includes the letters. I wanted the words to look like they were worn by time. Wipe the sawdust off and stain. Any stain will do. I used the rust stain I made when I worked on the handcrafted table.
A coat of dark wax and the crate has the aged look I was going for.
Now back to the milk bottles. There are a couple of things to do to finish them off. Sand back the bottles to accentuate the texture on the bottles. And give them a coat of clear wax.
Dab on hot glue under the little lip and wrap a piece of twine around the top. It gives it a nice finish.
I love these so much that I went back and bought 3 more bottles. I am putting one set in the booth. And one will be for me. Do you think this is something you will try?
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Materials and Supplies
3 Small Milk Bottles (similar) Cream Paint
Dark Wax 1/2 x 2 1/2″ Piece of Wood
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