4 Fantastic Ways to Repurpose Old Soda Crates

Updated on January 2, 2020
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Old wooden soda crates, once used to transport beverages from bottler to distributor to consumer, have found their way into the realm of trendy home decor. A new generation views the outdated wooden soda crate in a completely new light. The retro graphics and simple lines make them naturals for a number of creative home crafting projects.

A Kitchen Spice Rack

Transform a wooden soda crate into a wall spice rack. Find a crate with the bottle dividers in tact. The shallow depth of wooden soda crates makes them ideal for holding small items like spice containers. The distressed wood finish suits country or vintage kitchen designs. A single crate or grouping of crates adds visual interest to empty wall spaces.

Keep your spices organized and easily accessible with this vintage soda crate that has created a clever kitchen spice storage solution.
Keep your spices organized and easily accessible with this vintage soda crate that has created a clever kitchen spice storage solution. | Source

A Gardener's Caddy

Convert a soda crate with or without bottle dividers into a gardener’s caddy. Place it near the back door to prevent tracks of dirt through the house. The crate size works for housing pots, plants, seed packets, gloves and tools. Furthermore, everything will be at the ready when it comes time to work in the garden again.

This is inspired by an old wooden cubbie box that was made from a reclaimed soda crate. It is suitable to organize your gardening tools.
This is inspired by an old wooden cubbie box that was made from a reclaimed soda crate. It is suitable to organize your gardening tools. | Source

A Picnic Utensil Serving Tray

Wooden soda crates come with side handles, which makes them ideal serving trays for cocktail parties or lunches on the patio. This craft requires a soda crate without wooden dividers to provide open space for carrying plates, glasses, utensils or food. Leave the bottom surface as is, or dress it up with colorful 4-by-4 inch tiles. You can also use small pieces of tile to create a free-form mosaic pattern.

You can find everything you need for outdoor entertaining using an antique soda crate. Fill it with glassware, flatware, barbecue accessories and more.
You can find everything you need for outdoor entertaining using an antique soda crate. Fill it with glassware, flatware, barbecue accessories and more. | Source

A Mudroom Shoe Holder

If you find a crate that has seen better days, why not set it on the floor by the back door and use it as a rain and snow boot holder. Remove the divided slats so you can place your wet or muddy shoes and boots in the crate. Purchase a roll of plastic sheeting and cut it to fit the bottom and sides of the crate. Fold the corners and tape it in place to catch drips and dirt to make cleanup a breeze. Fasten small casters to the corners to make it easy to move.

A vintage soda crate is perfect for a shoe holder in the mudroom that can roll under the bench.
A vintage soda crate is perfect for a shoe holder in the mudroom that can roll under the bench. | Source

10 Additional Ideas for Project Crates

  1. Foot Stool: Screw in furniture legs and nail a sheet of wood over the crate. Use polyester fill or a bed pillow and cover it with colorful fabric and glue decorative trim around the edge.
  2. Organize Crafts: Use an old soda crate to easily organize crayons, markers, scissors and artist paint brushes.
  3. Planter: Plant flowers or succulents in each of the cubbies and place the crates on each side of the front porch.
  4. Create a Chandelier: Make a retro chandelier over the dining table or above your kitchen island. You'll need specific instructions for electrical wiring. Use black wire, bulb sockets and Edison bulbs that hang from the soda crate.
  5. Side Table: Stack a few crates on each other and place a tray on the top.
  6. Pet Feeder: This is a way to pamper your pets. Put it together and cut the holes to insert the water and food bowls.
  7. Cabinet: Make a medicine cabinet for bath storage items. Put on door hinges and glue on a mirror.
  8. Small Wagon: Add wheels on the crate to create a cute little toy and attach a rope to pull the wagon.
  9. Wall Jewelry Holder: Remove the crate bottom and keep the separators in place. Mount the crate onto the wall to create a vintage jewelry display.
  10. Snack Tray: The soda crate has dividers that you can insert cardboard holders for snacks, popcorn and candy at a kid's party.

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      • lindacee profile imageAUTHOR

        Linda Chechar 

        3 weeks ago from Arizona

        Linda Crampton, I've been getting old soda crates for years. It's been fun to use them for a number of useful items and home decor.

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        Linda Crampton 

        3 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

        I love the ideas that you've shared in this article. I've never considered looking for an old soda crate let alone using it, but I'm going to look out for one now.

      • lindacee profile imageAUTHOR

        Linda Chechar 

        3 weeks ago from Arizona

        Liz, I think it's useful to upcycle these old-timey soda crates. It definitely great to save things to reuse for decor and storage.

      • lindacee profile imageAUTHOR

        Linda Chechar 

        3 weeks ago from Arizona

        Rebecca, it's so easy to find vintage soda crates at antique stores and flea markets. Fun to create home decor and storage ideas.

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        Rebecca Mealey 

        3 weeks ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

        Clever ideas! Old soda crates look cool just sitting around on their own, but these ideas take them to another level. Thanks!

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        Liz Westwood 

        3 weeks ago from UK

        This offers great ideas for recycling at a time when we are all being urged to do our bit to preserve the environment. These are great storage ideas.

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