I hope you guys all had a relaxing and happy holiday weekend! I know a lot of you are getting back into the swing of things with school and work. It’s crazy to think Spring Break is already coming to an end. It was really nice to have a few days off and slow down a bit. Right?
So, every year, I’m racking my brain to think of an Easter gift my Mom will love. She’s such a great lady, a ridiculously hard worker and gives selflessly to others on a daily basis. She still puts together an Easter basket for all of us including the dogs. I can’t even imagine what her buggy in Target must look like. When I ask her what she wants as a gift, her answer is almost always the same…I want you girls to be close, to stay together, to enjoy each other and be happy…is that a total mom answer or what?
We’ve been talking about her childhood a lot lately as she spends her time between Bliss Barracks and Loblolly Manor caring for her aging parents. Some of my favorite stories recount her time living in Germany and her travels to the tulip fields in Holland. I’ve heard most of these stories before but there was something about this time that made me realize I could make her a Dutch tulip crate for Easter! Here’s a look at how you can make a DIY Dutch Tulip Crate too…
You can use reclaimed, salvaged wood or new wood for this project. This DIY Tulip Crate is 27 inches long and 16 ½ inches wide so if you want to make this size, you’ll need…
• 2 boards – 27 inches long by 2 ½ inches wide for the front
• 2 boards – 15 inches long by 2 ½ inches wide for the sides
• 3 boards –16 ½ inches long by 2 ½ inches wide for the base
• 4 pieces – 4 inches long by 1 ½ inches wide for the inside of the crate
• 1 piece – 26 ½ inches – 27 inches long by 16 ½ inches wide of hardware cloth (*I chose not to go all the way to the edge of each board so I’m leaving a little bit of margin in case you decide you want to)
• staples and nails to secure in place
• desired stain color
• stencils, chalk, black craft paint and detail craft brush for application
• 220 or 320 grit sandpaper
• clear paste wax or polyurethane and lint free cloth for application
Use a saw to cut all the wood pieces you need first. It will be so much easier to assemble. It would have also been easier to stain each piece of wood at this point too but as you’ll see I waited until the end.
Since you’re building a rectangle it’s helpful to lay out the shape/pieces on a flat work surface. 27 inch pieces as the front and back, 15 inch pieces as the sides and 16 ½ inch pieces as the base.
You’ll also need 4 pieces that are 4 inches long by 1 ½ inches wide to go inside the frame.
Secure all pieces in place with nails. We use a pneumatic nail gun but if you don’t have one seriously don’t sweat it. Old school hammer and nails will work just fine.
Next take your piece of cut hardware cloth and secure it to the bottom with staples. Be sure to use caution, care and common sense as the edges of the wire cloth will be sharp.
Once you have the hardware cloth secured and in place, you need to secure the pieces of the base to the rectangular frame. Make sure the 3 base pieces are equal distance apart and then nail each base piece in place.
At this point, if you’re using reclaimed or salvage wood you’re good to go and can start lettering the sides if you choose. However, if you’re using new wood, you’ll need to stain it to give it that vintage inspired look. But I’m hoping you’ll take my advice at step one and stain before you start the assembling process ☺ This stain color is a custom mix of pecan, mahogany, steel wool/vinegar, rain water and sunshine.
After the stain has dried, you can start stenciling or free handing the letters on the front of the crate. You can find these stencils at your local home improvement or craft supply store. Outlining your letters with a piece of chalk is easier to erase if you have any oops moments.
Then fill in each letter with black (or whatever color you choose) craft paint.
Once the paint is dry, lightly sand with 220 or 320 grit sandpaper.
Finally, seal with paste wax or polyurethane. I think she’ll probably use this inside as a decorative piece, which is why I chose the wax. If you plan to use something like this outside, you’ll need to choose a sealant that is waterproof.
I can’t wait to give this DIY Dutch Tulip Crate to my mom when she gets home this week. I think she’s going to be super excited!
See you guys back here tomorrow. I’m sharing tips on growing indoor herb gardens.