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Decorative Herb Crate

Spice up your decor with a wooden tabletop crate that holds three pots of your favorite herbs.

Wooden crate with pots of herb plants

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Miter box and saw (optional)
  • Drill and 3/16" bit
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Measuring tape
  • 120-grit and 180-grit sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Paintbrush
  • White chalk


  • 2 nickel cup pulls, #227349
  • 2 1/2"x3/4"x8' pine mouldings, #3487
  • 1"x6"x4' select pine board, #1156
  • #16 1-1/4" common nails
  • Rust-Oleum stain, Sunbleached #127990

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Step 1

Use a miter saw or have a Lowe's associate cut two 5"-long crate sides (A) and one 16"-long crate bottom (B). Cut the 1/2"x3/4" moulding into ten 17-1/2" slats (C).

Step 2

Sand all the parts with 120-grit sandpaper followed by 180-grit sandpaper, and then wipe the boards clean.

Good to Know

Take special care to sand the ends of the boards as smooth as possible. Rough surfaces absorb more stain than smooth ones, making some spots darker than others.

Step 3

Stain the sides and bottom (A, B) and slats (C). (We used Rustoleum Sunbleached.) After the stain dries, rub white chalk into the wood surfaces and lightly wipe if off for a weathered look.

Step 4

Start two nails 3/8" from the bottom end of both ends (A). Apply glue to one end of the bottom (C) and nail the end to the bottom where shown (Herb Crate Project Diagram). Repeat for the other end and let dry.

Step 5

Beginning at the bottom of the crate (A/B), glue and nail slats (C) to the ends (A) spaced 5/16" apart. Repeat for the other side and let the glue dry.

Step 6

Measure between the mounting holes on a cup pull and mark the screw locations to center the pull on one end (A) of the crate 1" from the top. Drill 3/16" mounting screw holes and fasten the pull in place with the screws provided. Repeat on the other end.