DIY Picnic Supply Caddy
Posted by DecoArt on May 3rd 2016
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- painter's tape
- hot glue gun
- Mason jars
- wood glue
- hand saw
- drill and small drill bit
- wooden dowel rod
- wood stain
- wood boards
- round object
Let dry completely between painting steps.
- Cut the wood boards 18" long. (These are the planks on the side of the caddy.)
- Mark the fence plank (end piece) at 17", 16", and 6".
- At the 16" mark, measure out 1" from the center of the board and make a mark.
- Draw a line from the 16" mark down to the 6" mark on the outside of the board, creating an angled line.
- Use a circular object with a 2" diameter to create a rounded top of the side by lining it up with the 17" mark, and the two 16" marks.
- (Refer to photo: This is what the drawn-out side should look like on the board.) Use a skill saw or a small hand saw to cut it out. Use the rest of the wood to create the other side of the caddy by tracing this side.
- Cut the dowel at 18", if it isn't already at that length. (You may need to adjust the length a little, depending on how long the side planks ended up being when cut in half.)
- Measure from the rounded top of the side boards down 2". Find the center mark from the sides. (This is where you will drill a hole for the dowel.)
- Use a hole bit to drill the hole (the same size as the dowel) through each side of the caddy. Make sure the wood has proper support so you don't split the end of the board.
- Use wood glue and nails to put the caddy together. (It's helpful to find an object about 1" wide to keep the spacing consistent between the side planks of the caddy. Line up the bottom plank with the bottom of the ends. The top plank should line up with the 6" cut line.)
- The dowel should line up with the outer edge of the ends of the caddy.
- Apply a stain of choice onto the crate.
- Use 1" painter's tape to mark off the center of each plank. Paint the wood area that is exposed to create the stripes, using Sea Breeze. Remove the painter's tape. (It helps to do this as soon as possible to avoid paint leaks under the tape. If you apply the tape properly, you shouldn't have to worry about this.)
- Attach the pineapple stencil to the ends of the caddy with painter's tape. Use the stencil brush to dab Moon Yellow over the stencil. Remove the stencil promptly.
- Using old or purchased wide-mouthed quart Mason jars, paint the lid rim with pink.
- Use a glue gun to apply the rope to the handle, starting about 5" or so from the side and ending the same distance from the other side. Apply the glue to the ends and occasionally in between as you wrap the roping around the handle to secure it.
- Fill the caddy with picnic items, using the Mason jars for utensils and straws.