Craft projects with wood crates are some of the easiest ways to create rustic furniture for your home. A painted crate alone can be a great storage unit or an accent piece for home decor vignettes. So making something more out of it is a great improvement. There are tons of creative ways to use wooden crates to decorate your home and we’d like to show you several of them.

Here are 15 of our favorite craft projects that you can make with wooden crates and they are truly brilliant. From small coffee tables to entire DIY bookshelves made of crates will easily become the focal point or the main accent piece of your home decor. And most important of all, you’ll have a lot of fun making them.

DIY Wood Crate

15 Brilliant DIY Crafts You Can Make with Wood Crates - Check out how to build an easy DIY rustic wooden crate


First things first, you can buy your crates anywhere where containers are sold but you can make them yourself too. If you need a very specific crate to use as a storage unit at home in rustic style, here’s how you can build one from wood.

Ironing Station

A simple wooden crate can make a great ironing station that looks visually attractive. It doesn’t take much to build it and you can quickly install it at home. Just follow the tutorial to make it.

Crate Bookcase

Building a bookcase from crates is like building it from modules. You can have it as big as you want and you can choose the shape you need. It provides a lot of room for storage and gives you an attractive rustic decor accent piece at home. Follow the tutorial to build it.

Side Table

A small side table can be placed next to a sofa as an extra surface for a table lamp, small things or even to create home decor vignettes. Making a simple side table from crates allows you to add another rustic accent piece to your home decor in a functional way.

Rolling Cart

This rolling wood crate cart is a lovely piece of simple but functional design. By adding wheels to wooden crates you get a small piece of furniture that you can move around the house and create wonderful displays. Or use it for some extra storage – it’s up to you. See the tutorial for simple instructions on building it.

Towel Rack Shelves

Wooden crates make great shelves that you can hang on the walls in your bathroom for the perfect towel rack. Not only it’s useful, the unit gives your decor a rustic accent with a lot of character. Follow the tutorial to build it at home.

Rustic Bookshelf

Doesn’t this DIY bookshelf remind you of IKEA Billy bookshelves? They’ve become the go-to solution for a simple storage unit but you can get them even cheaper. More so, building a bookshelf from wood crates gives you an instant rustic accent in your home decor.

Wood Crate Bookcase

15 Brilliant DIY Crafts You Can Make with Wood Crates - Check out how to build an easy DIY bookcase from wood crates


Here’s another bookcase that you can easily build form wood crates. It gives you a lot of flexibility as far as the measurements go, so you’ll be able to fit it in any corner of the house. You get a lot of decor bonus points as well. The tutorial will show you how to do it the easy way.

Crate and Pipe Industrial Style Table

If you take a wooden crate and some pipe you can build something uniquely adorable – an industrial style table. It’s too small to be much of a storage unit but it packs so much decor interest. Plus you get some extra points for repurposing. Check out the tutorial to see how it’s done.

Wine Crate Cabinet

Yes, you can actually build a closed cabinet from wine crates. It’s pretty simple but there’s so much rustic charm in this small unit. Such a cabinet is the perfect accent for the bathroom and it will make it stand out. The crystal knob is just the icing on the cake.

Wine Rack

This wood crate DIY wine rack is a fun weekend project. It’s pretty straightforward and you can have it at home as a unique accent, as well as use it for its purpose. Check out the tutorial to learn how to do it.

Planter Stand

Turn a wood crate into a planter stand for flowers. It’s a great solution to grow houseplants while giving your home decor a small face lift. The tutorial will show you how to make one.

Wood Crate Desk

You can build the entire desk with drawers from wood crates if you’re up for the challenge. It’s a relatively cheap option for a good desk and an even better home decor accent. Follow the tutorial for the instructions.

Crate Lockers

You can build these adorable rustic lockers at home from simple wood crates. Small lockers are great for storing small things, they work like small cabinets. Not to mention they make great rustic accents without taking up much space.

Bedside Table

Turn regular wood crates into an adorable small rustic bedside table. The project is simple but you’ll love the result. Just follow the tutorial to see how it’s done.