Now that the new year has begun, I’ve decided to work on achieving some of my long-term objectives (eating better and decluttering the kitchen). If you and I have similar objectives, then allow me to demonstrate how you may achieve both of them with the help of fruit boxes for the New Year.
The area on my kitchen counters is very substantial. Not so much with the storage for the pantry. The fruit baskets that I have grouped together seem like a complete mess. As a result, the majority of the space on my kitchen counter is taken up by items such as fruit, vegetables, tortillas, and bread.
This picture demonstrates my attempt to filter away all of the clutter! Busted!
I was super excited when Donna from Funky Junk released her Down on the Farm stencil. I built the fruit crates, particularly with their size in mind.
To begin, let me say some amazing things about the stencil. This stencil has a really large working area. You may choose to do it in sections as I did, or you could make giant signs for your kitchen and of course for your Farmers’ Market activities.
The fact that the stencil contains straight measurement markings, which made it very easy to align the stencil, is the nicest feature of the stencil.
You can see that I created two fruit boxes in this picture. I made a division in the stencil, placing the MARKET part on the bottom crate and the FARMERS section on the top crate. If you’d rather not do both, you may split the text across the front and the reverse of the card.
What is required in order to make two crates:
Tools required include a chop saw (or a skill saw, if you have a steady hand), measuring tape, tin shears, a heavy-duty stapler, drill and drill bits, and a heavy-duty stapler.
Wood (I used extras, so not sure at what cost) 4 – 1×4″ @ 17″ (Length of the MARKET stencil and perfect size for lots of fruit and veggies.)
4 – 1×2″ @ 7″
4 1×2″ decorative @ 7″
8 1×1″ square dowels were used for the legs; 4 @ 3 1/2 and 4 @ 7 (I cut down the 9″ legs because they were too tall.)
Wood glue, screws, chicken wire, a stain and paint color of your choosing, and a sealant of some kind for sections that may come in contact with food are required supplies. Once you have the wood cut to size, start with two of the pieces that measure 17 inches. Place yourself in a parallel position, then place your bottom 7′ 12 pieces in the space between the longer 17′ pieces, and screw them together. Repeat steps 1 and 2 on the other side.
TIP: To avoid splitting the wood, pre-drill the pieces, and don’t forget to use wood glue.
Flip the component over to provide a hard, level surface on which to screw in the top piece. Insert an additional rounded or ornamental 7-inch and a half by screwing it in between the longer sides. Proceed in the same manner with the other side.
Place the legs at the corners and secure them with screws so that they are flush with the bottom 1×2. This will provide a space for the top crate to be placed down into the legs of the bottom crate.
If you construct the fruit crates in this manner, you will have the ability to stack and unstack them. After you have completed the construction of the fruit boxes, you may proceed to cut the chicken wire to the appropriate dimensions. Secure the ends with staples. I suggest doing the bottom with as little hassle as possible.
You may now stain the wood and give it a light coat of gray paint, just as I did.
Make a trace of your stencil, then paint it. Sand it down next to create an aged appearance. Important Piece of Advice: snip off any wires that are hanging out. You don’t want to end up with scratches all over your hands and bleeding vegetables, do you?
This year, we absolutely do not need a justification for why we should NOT make our goals a priority. Perhaps some fruit baskets as a gift for the New Year are just what you require!?!
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