April 6, 2021  

DIY Rolling Book Crate (Thrift Store Craft)

I have a fun thrift store craft for you today! Learn how to create the sweetest book organizer using a wooden crate from the thrift store and your Cricut machine. Isn’t this rolling book crate adorable?!

blue book crate in kids' room

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This cute rolling book crate made the sweetest baby shower gift for my sister–isn’t it adorable?!

And get this: it’s made using a thrifted wooden crate and just a few craft supplies! Today I’m sharing how easy it is to take an inexpensive crate and make it into adorable book storage by adding tiny wheels and a cute design made with your Cricut machine.

Not only is this DIY book crate a great way to store and organize kids’ books, but it also makes a fantastic gift! Gift to an expecting mom at her baby shower or a toddler for their birthday. Or make one for your own nursery!

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book crate graphic

DIY Book Storage Crate

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Cricut Maker with DIY book crate

1. – Paint your crate

Here’s the crate I started with. I found it on the thrift store shelf half painted and the wood was pretty rough in some spots. Before I started painting, I went over the whole thing with a sanding block to knock off the splintered pieces and rough spots. If your crate is rough like this, you’ll want to sand it smooth first.

Give the entire crate a coat of paint both inside and out. Make sure you look at it from all angles to get in between all of the slats on the side of the crate. Allow to dry and paint a second coat if needed.

old wooden crate
wooden crate painted with chalk paint

2 – Add Bottom Supports

Adding two support pieces to the bottom of your crate will give you something sturdy to attach the casters to.

Paint your 1×2 pieces and attach them to the 2 short sides on the bottom of the crate. Use two 1-1/4″ wood screws to attach each board, screwing down through the board and into the side of the crate.

adding supports to bottom of crate

3 – Attach Casters

Attach casters to each end of the support pieces with the included screws.

drilling casters onto crate bottom
crate with 4 casters attached

4 – Cut Out Your Design

Use your Cricut machine to cut out the vinyl design for your book crate. I cut out the word “Books” for each end of the crate and also cut out a bunch of mini triangles to create a fun design on the sides. You can see my design in Cricut Design Space here.

Once you have your design ready to go in Design Space, stick your vinyl to the cutting mat and load it into your Cricut and cut.

Cricut Maker cutting pink vinyl

5 – Weed Your Vinyl Design

Next, weed the excess vinyl away from your design. My design was large enough to weed with my fingers, but you can also use the weeding tool if necessary.

weeding the word "books" from vinyl

6 – Transfer Your Design Onto The Crate

Cut transfer tape to the size of your design and use it to transfer the vinyl letters onto your crate. I used a level to help line up my words before pressing into place. One your vinyl is placed, go ahead and slowly peel off the transfer tape.

hand holding pink vinyl on transfer tape
level lining up the word "books" on crate
hand pressing the transfer tape in place

I didn’t use transfer tape for the triangles on the side of my book crate, I just placed them freehand.

hand applying pink triangles to a book crate

And that, my friends, is how I took an old thrift store crate and turned it into a really cute rolling book crate. What a perfect gift for a baby shower, toddler’s birthday, or Christmas!

wooden book crate on wheels
cute nursery with gallery wall and cute book crate

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Have a fantastic day!

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About the author

Emily Counts is the founder of Small Stuff Counts, a home and organization blog she created in 2013. Her goal is to help moms make home life easier so they can create beautiful, organized, and thriving homes. She shares life at home as a mom juggling two young kids and being a working mom with a corporate job. The Iowa-based blogger lives in the suburbs of Des Moines, Iowa, with her husband, two children, and rescue dog. Emily has collaborated with brands including The Container Store, Cricut, Command Brand, Bissell, Sam's Club and Rubbermaid.

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