Nothing screams Autumn quite so much as a vintage apple crate, right? As luck would have it, finding old crates that are in good shape and reasonably priced is virtually impossible. You can’t fault antique lovers for wanting to grab up all the pretty apple crates but no worries, here’s a super easy DIY fall craft tutorial to make one of your own! Made with only a few basic craft supplies and a great looking wood box from Consumer Crafts, this vintage apple crate tutorial also includes a free file to print out on burlap.
- Wood Crate with Handles
- Natural Burlap Fabric Piece
- Vinyl Transfer Tape
- Free “Fresh Apples” File
- Mod Podge Matte
Step 1. Apply transfer tape to the back of the burlap panel to give it some stability. Trim to the size of an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper.
Step 2. Run the “burlap sheet” through your printer to print the Free “Fresh Apples” File. Make sure you place the burlap according to your printer instructions so that the image prints on the fabric side and not the transfer sheet side. Allow the ink to dry for a few seconds before touching. Don’t want to smear the image!
Step 3. When the ink is completely dry (It really only takes a few seconds), use a sharp pair of scissors to trim around the outside edge of the image. Watch those fingers!
Step 4. Peel off the transfer paper from the back and use your fingers to slightly fray the edges of the burlap image. You don’t want to take away too many strands or the image will be difficult to see. We’re just trying to give the burlap apple more of a vintage look.
Step 5. Place the burlap apple on the front of the wood crate and trace just slightly under the outer edge.
Step 6. Apply a generous amount of Mod Podge inside the outlined border.
Step 7. Press the burlap cutout in place over the Mod Podge. It’s ok if a little bit of the glue seeps up through the burlap (like in the image below.) Mod Podge dries clear so you’ll never be able to tell with the finished product.
Once the glue is completely dry, your vintage apple crate is ready for the upcoming season!
I’m planning on placing mine next to our front door to act as a catch all for small blankets and random outdoor treasures that seem to always find a way indoors during Autumn. Hope you have a wonderful season!
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Vanessa is a self proclaimed sleep deprived mother of two adorable boys and when she has a little time to spare, she makes things and posts about them on her craft blog, Tried & True. If she’s not cooking, sewing, gluing or making, she would probably go crazy. Join her on her crafty adventure at Tried & True.