Best of DIY – Spindle Crate

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I’ve very excited, today is the Best of the DIY party with 25 of the Best of DIY bloggers.

Did you hear that I think I squealed…just a bit?

So, if you’re a do it yourself kind of decorator, this is the place for creative ideas and inspiring photos to pin.

Best of DIY projects

You can easily find our Best of DIY projects on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram by searching “#BestofDIY.”

Here’s a snapshot of all the Best of the Best of DIY projects to share with you today.  On the bottom of this post, you will find clickable photos to browse all the Best!

When planning what to make as my best of DIY, I was stumped.  What am I best at?  Where do I fit in?  What is unique that I do?  What type of projects do I like to make?

It should be something with wood.  I make several things with spindles.  I design many projects around spindles.  I’ve loved spindles from my childhood and playing around my grandparent’s spindle bed.  Something with spindles and easy to make.

My best of DIY Spindle Crate!

Crates are easy to make.  I want to share how to easy it is to break apart an old chair and spilt a spindle in two.

So let’s do the best of DIY!

and break apart an old chair!

I use a rubber mallet to take apart an old chair.

Now that the chair has been banged apart…let’s split a spindle in half.

Working With Spindles from Jeanette



I gathered leftover boards.  Two for the ends and one for the bottom.  I little wood glue and small nails will hold the boards together.


The spindles are cut to fit across the crate for the sides.  I used two old spindles…split.  A spindle from a brown chair on one side and one from a white painted chair on the other side.

Aging the wood and spindles


Plus a small spindle for a handle.  I aged the boards with tea and ironed vinegar.  You can read more about the aging wood technique here.


You can see it works quickly.


I then dry brushed over the wood with chalky paint.

A DIY crate made from old spindles. Perfect for flowers or mason jars. PLUS how to spilt a spindle. Country Design Style

Then filled the crate with Bells of Ireland and Waxflower stems in mason jars.

This is the other side.  Sorta two crates in one! 🙂


Then the flowers are gone…

the crate, filled with my mason jar for tea and one with ironed vinegar.


Here’s the Best of the best of DIYer’s below.  Have fun and get creative.


Click the photo and remember to pin and enjoy!

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  1. I don’t know how I haven’t seen this bit of loveliness until now! Jeanette, you are amazingly creative with so much style. I love your useage of spindles and your CUTE crate. Pinned and shared.

  2. Hi Jeanette, this cute little spindle crate is so adorable!! How creative you are!!! Bravo, Lisa at Concord Cottage

  3. Jeanette, What a fabulous litte crate! LOVE the videos. You are a very think-outside-the-box girl to break apart a chair for the spindles! YOU GO GIRL!!!!

    1. Thank you Yvonne! I’m getting afraid I will end up being the crazy lady with 1000’s of spindles in the front yard! Thanks for visiting. Jeanette

  4. chris aka monkey says:

    well i was on homeroad and was scrolling her tiny pics and saw this and opened it up and low and behold it was you lol love it and pinned xx

    1. Chris, thanks for the pin! You just never know where we will show up! We are a small, supportive, and genuine DIY group! Susan has been blowing me away with all her creativity for years. I was stalking, make that following her when my website was called Homa Style! Hugs, Jeanette

    1. Thank you so much Kelly. It’s was fun and easy to make. Thank you for visiting my little website! Jeanette

    1. Ack!!! Susan thank you. You always make such creative things with junk, your comment is special! Jeanette

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