This mini wood crate is one of three projects we made at a stamp class at my home over the weekend.  

Everyone liked all the projects, but the little crates filled with assorted candies were a big hit. The finished crates left my house, and the candies were quickly consumed by children and grandchildren.  Fortunately the crates are sturdy enough that they can be filled and refilled. The assembled crate is 3 1/4″ long, 1 5/8″ deep and 1 5/8″ high. They can hold a variety of things – 3 x 3 cards, candy, jewelry, small toys, etc. They are cute gifts, they make great party favors and they also work well in table settings. The list of uses could go on and on,  but let’s review how to make them!

All of the product used is from the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog. The framelit dies for the crate and the stamp set for the rooster carried over from last year; the Itty Bitty Greetings are new. Here is a picture of the materials used. In spite of requiring what looks like a lot of supplies, the crates are quite simple to make. And, you could use fewer supplies, since the crate itself is the show stopper.

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The crate is made from Smoky Slate card stock cut with the Wood Crate Framelits. You will need two pieces of 4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ to cut the crate piece twice, by running the card stock and the dies through the Big Shot. After cutting, determine how the two pieces fit together to form the crate, then burnish the folds accordingly.


Then glue all sides and flaps, and allow several minutes for the crates to dry. I recommend gluing the bottom pieces first, then moving to the sides. While the glue dries, you will be tempted to look at the crates and smile because they are adorable. But, drying time means stamping time!

I stamped the rooster from Wood Words in Night of Navy on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock. I could have cropped it with the rooster framelit from the Wood Crate set, but I chose to cut it with the 1/4″ circle punch and frame it in a Night of Navy scalloped circle cut from the 1 3/8″ Scallop Circle punch. I glued the circles together and smiled at the cute rooster.  Note that the rooster is a distressed stamp, and the lines in the image are by design.

For a sentiment, I chose the Happy Day stamp from the Itty Bitty Greetings set. I stamped it in Night of Navy on a scrap of Whisper White card stock, then cut it with the Classic Label punch. I glued the rooster and the greeting onto the crate, put candy into a 3″ x 6″ Gusseted Cellophane Bag, then wrapped a piece of 1/2″ Night of Navy Gingham Ribbon around the bag and tied it in a bow.

We smiled a lot while making these, and although they look complicated, they are surprisingly simple to make.  Who wouldn’t love to make and/or receive one, or several of these?  

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