"Create" Stenciled Back-to-School Caddy

"Create" Stenciled Back-to-School Caddy

Posted by DecoArt on Sep 1st 2015

Supplies for back to school or crafting get organized in this colorful, creative crate.


    • water container
    • palette or plastic plate
    • pencil
    • 1" flat brush
    • wooden crate
    • old rag
    • hand-sander or sandpaper
    • 1" foam brush
    • vinyl
    • electric drill
    • craft hook
    • drawer handles



    Let dry completely between painting steps.

    1. Sand the entire crate with a hand-sander or sandpaper.
    2. Instruction #1
    3. Paint one end of the crate with two or three coats of Cotton Ball. Allow to dry completely between coats.
    4. Instruction #2
    5. Apply a vinyl stencil of choice for "create" lettering.
    6. Instruction #3
    7. Apply a generous coat of Americana Matte Decou-Page over the top of the vinyl stencil. (After the Decou-Page dries, it will seal the edges and prevent any paint bleeding underneath.)
    8. Instruction #4
    9. Paint the entire crate in Pink Tropics. Allow to dry completely between coats.
    10. Instruction #5
    11. Carefully remove the lettering using a craft hook.
    12. Instruction #6
    13. Sand the edges of the crate, giving a distressed look.
    14. Instruction #7
    15. To add to the distressed look, apply a coat of Walnut Gel Stain. Use an old rag and rub it into the wood.
    16. Instruction #8
    17. Mark the holes for the handles using a pencil. Drill holes using the appropriate size bit. Screw in the handles.
    18. Instruction #9
    19. Using the clean end of a pencil, add dots of Black Tie, Waterfront, Cotton Ball, and Inch Worm to the bottom of the crate slats. (See photo for color placement.)
    20. Instruction #10