After a trip to the grocery store, my friend Holly (blogger and extraordinaire behind Coconut Head’s Survival Guide) was inspired by her purchase of clementines to challenge a couple of her blogging friends to a crate-off. The challenge was simple, transform the clementine crate into an object of your choice using whatever materials and skills you possess.
I knew from the outset that the odds were stacked against me. Although I occasionally manage to craft something successfully (check out my fleece wreaths that turned out pretty good by my standards), arts and crafts are not my strong suit. But hey, I’m a Wondermom Wannabe and the only way to get promoted to Wondermom is to put forth some effort so I enthusiastically agreed to the clementine crate makeover challenge.
Since I didn’t have a lot of confidence in my abilities, I didn’t want to spend any money on this project so I committed to working with items I already had on hand.
Easy Clementine Crate Makeover for DIY Storage
- Clementine crate
- Empty toilet paper rolls
- Disposable containers (mine were from the deli turkey slices we buy)
- Duct tape
- Scissors (for cutting the duct tape)
The process was pretty simple. I pretty much covered everything with duct tape. I covered all the surfaces of the crate along with the toilet paper rolls and the rims of the disposable containers. Then, I arranged the toilet paper rolls along the edge of the crate and placed the containers in the center. Finally, I placed all of my daughter’s “office” supplies in the clementine crate/desk organizer. Here’s what it looked like when I was all done:
She was so tickled about having all of her supplies so neatly organized and easy to access, that I converted another crate into a matching “inbox” for her desk too.
If you like this project, you’ll love what the other bloggers created. Check out this clementine crate converted into a comic book holder from Susan at Organized 31.
And Holly from Coconut Head’s Survival Guide blew us both away with this “clutter catcher” she created to match the a trunk she has in her home.
I hope we’ve inspired you to do something innovative with your next clementine crate rather than tossing it in the recycle bin. Be on the lookout for future craft-offs. I have a feeling this was just the beginning.