Upcycled Shadow Box Shelf

If you're like me, you may have gone crazy with the clementines this winter. I ended up with five leftover clementine crates, and I don't like tossing them out. Usually I keep them as extra storage bins for my crafts - at least, I keep the sturdier ones made out of wood. Then, it occurred to me that those crates could make really cute, free shadow box shelves on walls! With just a little paint or fabric, they could be dressed up and almost unrecognizable as they showcase photos, plants, art, sculpture, etc. They're perfect for eclectic decor


- clementine crate(s)

- decorative elements such as fabric, patterned paper, paint, etc.

- tools such as hot glue, paint brush, scissors, etc.

I decided to cover the bottom of my crate with tangerine fabric. The same idea would work with solid or patterned paper. Alternatively, you could paint the crate with bright colors, or spray paint the whole thing one solid color.

To add a fabric base like I did:

1. measure and cut fabric to fit into base

2. one side at a time, apply hot glue along bottom edge of crate, pressing edge of fabric down before glue hardens

3. tuck fabric corners into corner holes (if they're open like mine)

4. apple a dot of glue on each corner, pressing fabric corners into it to secure fabric

The great part about the wooden crates is that they usually have holes on the bottoms already - perfect for hanging the crate onto wall with nails or screws! Before decorating, just hold your crate up against the wall where it will hang, choose two holes for hanging, and mark their location on the wall with a pencil. Put the crate down, insert nails or screws into the wall at the markings, and hang finished crate on the wall. Perfect!

What are some things you have done with fruit crates?

ashley paul indie pretty projectOut to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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