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DIY Wooden Box That is Cheap and Easy to Make!

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I have a little confession…  I’m becoming obsessed with wood working!  It is so much fun and creating my own pieces is amazing!  I had a lot of fun with this easy project that can be used for so many things so I thought I’d share a DIY wooden box tutorial.  It is a very cheap way to spruce up your house.  This one only cost me the price of the handle and burlap since I used an old piece of fence.

diy wooden box


diy wood box tutorial

Let’s get started!!

Materials for DIY Wooden Box

  • Piece of wood – I used an old fence piece and I only needed one for this size box
  • Stain of your choice – I used Miniwax Early American
  • Saw – I love my Hitachi Miter Saw
  • Wood Glue and finishing nails
  • Clips for vinyl – I used Tim Holtz Metal Hinge Clips

This is what I started with and you can see what a mess my side yard is with all my random wood!

wood box tutorial

I wanted to make a smaller box so I measured my wood to 18 inches.  I cut two 18 inch pieces for the sides out of 5 inch wood fence and two 3 5/8 pieces for the ends.  I wanted a skinnier bottom so I used a 3.5 inch wood fence and cut it 16 3/4 inches long.  Change the sizes based on how big you want the box!

So to sum up:

  • 2    18″ pieces of 5 inch wood
  • 2     3 5/8″ pieces of 5 inch wood
  • 1      18″ piece of 3.5 inch wood

I love my Hitachi 10-inch Single Bevel Compound Miter Saw.  I highly recommend one if you are going to be working with wood.  It is so much easier and faster than using a jig saw!  More time to build stuff!!

wood box tutorial diy

Then if you are using unfinished wood you’ll need to sand it.  (This is my least favorite part but essential!).  I used my hand sander with 80 grit sand paper and then 220 grit sandpaper.  It makes these pieces nice and smooth!

diy wooden box

Dust off the wood and stain with whatever stain you like.  I just brush on with a foam brush and wipe off excess with old cotton shirts.

box6 wood stain miniwax

Once it’s dry it’s time to put it together.  Make sure you have the bottom centered and there is enough room on end end to attach the other end pieces.  Apply wood glue to the bottom edges and hold it together for a bit.

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Nail in a few finishing screws to secure it in place.

diy wood box

Apply glue to end pieces and attach them to the ends.  Add a few more finishing screws and that’s it!

diy wooden box

I added some knobs on mine that I got at a going out of business OSH for like a quarter!  I wanted to display a burlap sign (click here for tutorial)  so I also screwed in some hinges to hold it on.  Just make sure all the burlap is the same length so they will each fit on hinges.  Lay burlap on box to mark where to add hinges.


box with hinge

diy wooden box


It’s not perfect, but it doesn’t need to be!!  That’s what gives it that one of a kind character!  Here are the burlap signs on (click here for tutorial).

diy wooden box

diy wooden box

diy wooden box

diy wooden box


So many uses for this DIY wooden box!!  Can’t wait to decorate it for the seasons!!! I searched around and made a roundup of some great ways to decorate with a DIY wooden box.  You can find the roundup by clicking here!

I used my box to make this beautiful Easter decoration!  Check out how I made this cross Easter decor here.

diy wooden box

diy wooden box

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a creative day!

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