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DIY~ Milk Crate Ottoman

Materials Needed

  • milk crate
  • fabric
  • foam insert (cut to fit crate)
  • plywood (cut to fit crate)
  • (2) 2″ wood pieces (cut to fit crate)
  • glue
  • staple gun + staples
  • sanding block
  • drill + bit
  • screws
  • spray paint
  • spray adhesive

Prep Crate

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The first step is to prep the milk crate or the soon-to-be base of the ottoman. The age and patina of the crate will determine the amount of elbow grease needed. Remove any unwanted paint or rust with a sanding block. Once the surface is smooth, add a pop of color with spray paint.

Pretty Padding

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Create a cushion for added coziness and style. Measure the crate’s opening to determine the size of the foam. Cut fabric wide enough on each side to wrap around the foam and a plywood board cut to the same size as the foam. Lay out the piece of fabric on a flat surface making sure the piece is laying as evenly as possible. Cover the entire surface with a layer of spray adhesive. Place the foam insert piece onto the center of the fabric.

Set Structure

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Once the foam insert is secured to the fabric, add a layer of glue to the top on the foam insert. Set the plywood piece on top of the glued surface. Wrap the fabric around the foam and plywood piece, securing the fabric to the wood with as many staples as necessary. Set the two small wood pieces (these should be cut to the same length as the wood) on the outer edges of the cushion so that they fit inside the crate and don’t allow the top to slide off. Attach the wood pieces to the plywood with screws.

Style the Milk Crate

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Voila! The milk crate’s transformation is now complete. Use the crate to stylishly display vintage books, as a cozy blanket basket or as a sturdy footrest.

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Make an Ottoman

Materials Needed

  • milk crate
  • fabric
  • foam insert (cut to fit crate)
  • plywood (cut to fit crate)
  • (2) 2″ wood pieces (cut to fit crate)
  • glue
  • staple gun + staples
  • sanding block
  • drill + bit
  • screws
  • spray paint
  • spray adhesive

Prep Crate(if using metal milk crate)

The first step is to prep the milk crate or the soon-to-be base of the ottoman. The age and patina of the crate will determine the amount of elbow grease needed. Remove any unwanted paint or rust with a sanding block. Once the surface is smooth, add a pop of color with spray paint.

Nothing says cozy like a plush ottoman. Coffee tables are great and all, but an ottoman can be a footrest, a chair and, with the addition of a tray, it does all the work of a coffee table. But before draining your savings on one, consider making your own for under $100.

Materials Needed

  • heat-treated pallet
  • (4) wooden candlesticks
  • drill + 1/4″ bit
  • (4) 1/4″ lag bolts
  • wrench
  • 4″ foam
  • spray adhesive
  • batting
  • stapler
  • fabric

Attach some legs


To begin, flip the pallet over. Ensure the pallet you are using is marked β€œHT” for β€œheat-treated.” This verifies it is safe for indoor use. Drill a 1/4-inch hole in each of the four corners, equidistant from the edges. Run small lag bolts through the holes, and secure the candlestick legs after drilling corresponding holes in them.

Secure the Foam

Once the legs have been tightly fastened, flip the frame upright and place a piece of foam cut to the size of the pallet on top. Coat the surface of the foam and pallet with spray adhesive and set the foam piece on the pallet.


Fasten Batting and Fabric


Once the adhesive has dried, cover the foam with a large piece of batting and flip the ottoman back over. Fold the batting around, and staple it to the bottom of the pallet no more than two inches apart. Repeat this step with the fabric, making sure to fold the corners neatly and tightly while stapling to ensure a beautiful final product.https://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/handmade/diy-pallet-ottoman

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