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Give your potted plants a new home with this easy DIY

Create a Decorative Crate Without Nails or Screws!

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Forget the nails and screws! Loctite® Extreme Glue Gel makes it easy to put together a sturdy wooden crate to use as a planter box with just wood and adhesive.

If your patio is in need of a little refresh, this easy DIY comes together in no time.

Build a Wooden Decorative Crate For Your Home

Have you ever constructed a DIY project with nails or screws? For some DIYers, the thought seems impossible. But with Loctite® Extreme Glue Gel, you can forget the hardware and create a beautiful, sturdy decorative crate with the most durable adhesive on the market.

Our friend Ashlee (@thesassybarn) created her own crates to house her potted plants on her patio, which were looking a little lonely. The painted and distressed finished product provides the perfect farmhouse aesthetic for her outdoor space.

Watch Ashlee’s process in the video below.

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What You’ll Need:

  • 1½” lumber cut into eight 2x12-sized pieces
  • ½” lumber cut into sixteen 2x9-sized pieces
  • Sandpaper and paint (optional)



Make sure you have enough of each sized piece. You will need eight long pieces to create the longer sides of the crate and sixteen shorter pieces to create the shorter sides of the crate and framing pieces. Remember to measure twice, cut once! This is also a good time to sand any sharp or splintered edges.


Create your first side by taking two shorter pieces and placing them vertically on a flat surface about 10 inches apart. Take four of the longer pieces and place them horizontally across the two short pieces to create a flat rectangle. The ends of the longer pieces should be flush with the shorter pieces. Repeat this exact process again to have the second side of your crate laid out.

To create the shorter sides of the crate, repeat the process of placing two 8-inch pieces vertically down but a bit closer together and use four shorter pieces to go across horizontally in the same array. Again, repeat this process to arrange the final side of the crate.

Keep the remaining short pieces to the side for now. We’ll need them later!

3. Assemble crates

Using Loctite® Extreme Glue Gel, secure each wall of the crate together by placing adhesive on the vertical pieces, then placing the four other pieces horizontally. Let cure.

Then, adhere the four sides together to assemble the four sides of the crate. Once secured, you will be adding the bottom of the crate by attaching the remaining short pieces to one of the open sides.

Because the crate is intended to be decorative, you don’t have to fully secure the bottom. Feel free to leave space between each wood slat.

4. Sand and paint

Finally, you can choose to leave your crate looking natural, or sand it down and paint it your color of choice. Ashlee sanded, painted and then sanded the crate again after painting to give it a distressed look. And voila! A full decorative wooden crate held together entirely with strong, durable adhesive. No nails, screws or clamps required.

After the paint has dried, use the crate as a decoration around your home. Ashlee put her terra cotta flower pots in her crate to liven up her patio, but you can use it in a sunroom, mudroom, laundry room or wherever else you feel inspired!

These crates are easy to put together and long-lasting with the help of Loctite® Extreme Glue Gel. Give it a try the next time you feel like giving your screws a break.

Products used

  • loctite extreme gel 18ml tube
    Loctite Extreme Glue Gel

    Multi-material bonding for projects or repairs requiring higher viscosity, constant impact, tremendous bond strength and resistance to extreme conditions.

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