In DIY Crafts, Seasonal

About a year ago, my wife asked me to make crates to hold Frappuccino bottles.  She wanted to fill the bottles with treats (candy, hot chocolate, etc . . .) and give the crates of Frappuccino bottles as gifts to family and coworkers.

My wife and I filled the bottles with pumpkin spice latte mix, pumpkin chips, candy corn, and dry roasted peanuts.  However, the possibilities are limitless.  You could put hot chocolate, coffee, marshmallows, or any kind of candy in the bottles.  As long as the items will fit and are non-perishable, it will work.  Use your imagination!

Supply List:

  • 1/2 x 6 in craft board (24 in or 36 in)
  • 1/2 x 4 in craft board (need at least 24 in)
  • 1/2 x 2 in craft board (need at least 24 in)
  • 1-1/4 in brad nails
  • Wood filler
  • 4 Frappuccino bottles
  • Spray paint
  • Candy or snack to fill bottles
  • Chalk labels & chalk
  • Goo Gone

Cut List:

1/2 x 6 in craft board:

  • 2 @ 5-1/2 in (One piece will have a handle cut at the top and a slot cut at the bottom.  See Step Four for details)

1/2 x 4 in craft board:

  • 2 @ 6-1/2 in
  • 1 @ 5-1/2 in (This piece will need ½ in trimmed off the bottom and a slot cut in the middle.  See Step Five for details)

1/2 x 2 in craft board:

  • 4 @ 5-1/2 in

Tools Needed:

  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Jig Saw
  • Nail Gun

Project Plan:

Step One:  Attach two small side pieces (1/2 x 2 @5.5 in) to bottom piece (1/2 x 6 @ 5.5 in) using brad nails.

Step Two:  Attach two larger side pieces (1/2 x 4 @ 6.5 in) to bottom piece using brad nails.

Step Three:  Attach two small side pieces (1/2 x 2 @ 5.5 in) to the top of the larger side pieces (1/2 x 4 @ 6.5 in) using brad nails.

Step Four:  Cut 1/2 x 6 @ 5.5 in handle piece.  For the handle opening, I drilled a hole and then cut out the handle with a jigsaw.  For the bottom slot piece, I cut a slot in the middle 1-3/4 in tall by 5/8 in wide.

Step Five:  Cut 1/2 x 4 @ 5.5 in middle piece.  First trim 1/2 in off the bottom, so it will line up with the rest of the crate.  Cut slot in the middle 1-3/4 in tall by 5/8 in wide.

Step Six.  Attach handle piece and middle piece to the rest of the crate using brad nails.  Mark the middle of each side of the crate so you know where to attach the pieces.

Step Seven:  Use wood filler to cover nail holes.  Then sand and paint.

Step Eight:  Prepare Frappuccino bottles following the steps below:

  • Remove label:  I soaked them in hot water and removed the label.  I removed the adhesive residue using Goo Gone.
  • Spray paint bottle tops.
  • Add chalk labels and write on labels with chalk or chalk pen.
  • Fill with candy or treats.

These crates make a perfect fall gift for teachers, neighbors, friends, family, coworkers, or even yourself!  With a few modifications, the crates could be Christmas, Hanukkah, Valentine’s Day, or birthday themed.  Simply choose different colors for the bottle caps and different treats for the bottles to make the crates great gifts for many different occasions.

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  • Krista

    I love it! How do I get on the list to receive one of those 🙂

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