DIY instructions on how to use duck tape to decorate wood crates and use to hang pictures, jewelry and other accessories. Perfect for college dorm rooms, classrooms or to revive your old wood crates.
At work this week, Emily and I got to do arts and crafts! Well display crates for merchandise, but it’s arts and crafts to us. We made these to house some new DIY products at the store, but I’m sharing because you could use these in your home decor or to display your crafts.
Start with a blank canvas: or in our case, a blank wood crate. You can purchase at any craft store.
Then you need to pick out your choice of color of Duck Tape. We went with Neon Orange and Bright Pink. You can even use a printed Duck Tape and a solid.
We started the top strip with orange. Start at the very top corner or the back edge of your crate leaving a few extra inches of tape. The tape will wrap around to the inside of the crate. Make sure the tape is flat as you wrap it and that it is lined up perfectly with the top of the crate. The second piece of tape will overlap the first piece slightly. The second piece of tape needs to line up with the bottom edge of the first board.
The middle stripe of tape we covered with pink. You cover it the same way as the top. The middle stripe has the handle, you may need to leave a few extra inches of slack so that it can be folded over the back.
The bottom stripe we went back to orange again, but you could even use a third color. To make this one easier on you, flip the crate over to were the bottom is now the top.
Completed Duck Tape Crate
Now the fun begins! You will need a hammer, twine, nails and some spring clips or marketing clips.
We are not using the inside of the crate for our displays. However, if you want to do double duty – flip the crate so you can put stuff inside it and still use the outside to house your photos and such.
From the top of the crate: 1 inch down from top and 1 inch from the edge, hammer first nail on left and then one on the right. We choose a small nail. Just a few taps should be enough to secure the nail. Do not hammer it in all the way!
Next attach your twine. Before you cut your piece of twine, tie it to one nail on one side and measure how much twine you will need with a few inches extra for slack.
There should be a dip in the twine.
Leave a little extra twine to make it easier to tie into a double knot around the nail. Once both knots are tied, trim any extra twine.
Another way to DIY a crate is with the same duck tape style, but instead of the twine, you will hammer in 5 nails 1 inch down along the top of the crate to create small “pegs” on which you can hang crafts or jewelry.
Make sure you measure and do not eyeball the nails like I did. Not even on this project is completely noticeable.
These are the marketing clips that I use on my picture hanging system at my house. I recommend these for holding pictures instead of the spring clips that are pictured on the twine. Spring clips are good for holding merchandise and other thicker goods.
Our final crate was turned vertically to create a taller version. We used two twine hangs with clips on it. The top one is like our first crate and the bottom hang is 10 inches from the top of the crate.
This is way easier than painting the crates. Even better, you can remove the duck tape and change the color if you want to.