How To Make A Super Cute DIY Crate Red Pickup Truck

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I was messing around with the wooden crates at Walmart and inspiration stuck! I wanted to make a vintage DIY red truck that I could use around my home. Check out my red truck made from crates and the best part – you can use this all year for all seasons!

I bought one large crate and 3 small crates from Walmart.

To make this crate truck, I bought one large crate and 3 small crates from Walmart.

The specific crates are here – large crate & mini crate

I painted them all with Apple Barrel bright red acrylic paint, and let them all dry completely.

I painted them all with Apple Barrel bright red acrylic paint, and let them all dry completely.

On the first small crate I painted the bottom 2 slats for the bumper with Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint in the color metallic silver.

On the first small crate I painted the bottom 2 slats for the bumper with Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint in the color metallic silver.

On the second crate I added wall stickers I found at Dollar Tree to be the windows. Bigger on the front and back sides for windshield and back window, and then smaller on the sides for door windows.

On the second crate I added wall stickers I found at Dollar Tree to be the windows. Bigger on the front and back sides for windshield and back window, and then smaller on the sides for door windows.

On the 3rd crate I added 2 LED stick on lights from Dollar Tree to become headlights.

On the 3rd crate I added 2 LED stick on lights from Dollar Tree to become headlights.

On the large crate, I painted the bottom slat with the metallic silver paint for the rear bumper. I hot glued on 2 headlamp lights that I found at Dollar Tree and colored the surface red with a permanent marker for tail lights. I also had wood burned this coaster previously and wood glued that to the back as a license plate.

On the large crate, I painted the bottom slat with the metallic silver paint for the rear bumper. I hot glued on 2 headlamp lights that I found at Dollar Tree and colored the surface red with a permanent marker for tail lights. I also had wood burned this coaster previously and wood glued that to the back as a license plate.

I found these wooden circles at Walmart in a package of 6. I painted 4 of them with Apple Barrel black acrylic paint and let that dry. I then painted the hubcap with Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint in the color Silver Shadow and let that dry. I used wood glue and glued the wheels onto the sides of the small crate with the bumper, and the sides of the large crate for back wheels.

I found these wooden circles at Walmart in a package of 6. I painted 4 of them with Apple Barrel black acrylic paint and let that dry. I then painted the hubcap with Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint in the color Silver Shadow and let that dry. I used wood glue and glued the wheels onto the sides of the small crate with the bumper, and the sides of the large crate for back wheels.

Once the entire piece was dry it was ready to assemble. I stacked the 2 small crates in front for the hood, and the other small one with the windshields on top of the large crate. You could glue these together with wood glue, but I opted to not glue them right now as they stack inside the large crate for easy storage.

Once the entire piece was dry it was ready to assemble. I stacked the 2 small crates in front for the hood, and the other small one with the windshields on top of the large crate.

You could glue these together with wood glue, but I opted to not glue them right now as they stack inside the large crate for easy storage.

Here is the assembled truck from the front. I thought he was missing something so I added a wooden coaster that I had painted with Folk Art Chalkboard Paint. I then used chalk to make the grill. Alternatively I can write messages for the season on this as well.

Here is the assembled DIY Crate Red Pickup Truck from the front. I thought he was missing something so I added a wooden coaster that I had painted with Folk Art Chalkboard Paint. I then used chalk to make the grill. Alternatively I can write messages for the season on this as well.

Here is the other view of the truck. *Added bonus, the headlights and tail lights turn on :)

Here is the other view of the DIY Crate Red Pickup Truck.

*Added bonus, the headlights and tail lights turn on πŸ™‚

You can leave it as is or decorate it for all the seasons. For spring fill it with bunnies, planted flowers, eggs, etc.

You can leave it as is or decorate it for all the seasons. For spring fill it with bunnies, planted flowers, eggs, etc.

For summer you can add plants. I added a hay bale and then put a flag in it.

For summer you can add plants. I added a hay bale and then put a flag in it.

For Winter - add the famous look of the pine tree in the back. I added some LED lights as well.

For Winter I made DIY red truck Christmas Decor – add the famous look of the pine tree in the back. I added some LED lights as well.

For Fall - add mums, pumpkins, pine cones, and other decorations.

For Fall – add mums, pumpkins, pine cones, and other decorations.

Can you believe I made this truck made out of crates? Are your ready to make your own wooden Crate Truck?

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I was messing around with the wooden crates at Walmart and inspiration stuck! I wanted to make a vintage DIY red truck that I could use around my home. Check out my red truck made from crates and the best part – you can use this all year for all seasons!

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  1. Naomie Moore says:

    Absolutely darling! Such a cute project. Will add to my to do list, this would look really cute in my front yard. Thanks for sharing! ?

    1. Thank you so much Naomie, I’m thrilled you like it and want to create one.

      1. Naomie Moore says:

        You are so welcome! I pinned it too. Once the wind events die down, then I can paint! ?

        1. Awe, thanks for the Pin – you’re so sweet. I used to think cold was my least favorite, now I know it’s wind hands down. It makes it hard to do anything outside.

    2. Great post. We wrote an article on using pallets in your wedding (DIY wedding project); you can read on our blog.

      We shared your idea on our Pinterest board under party ideas.

      1. Thank you so much and thanks for sharing. I will be sure to stop by and check out your post – thank you.

  2. This is such a cute project. I want to make one! I know my kids would think it was so fun and I think it’s so cute!

  3. Julie Briones says:

    My grandchildren would love this, Chas! I’m pinning in hopes to create one for them!

    1. Thank you so much Julie and I’m thrilled you like it. Thanks for the PIn

  4. Oh, how I love this! Thank you for linking up at Oh My Heartsie Girl’s Wonderful Wednesday! I’m so happy I found you! I’m co-hosting at My Crafty Zoo and am absolutely stoked to try out your fabulous project! I seriously, seriously love it!

    1. Thank you so much Kaycee, I’m thrilled you like it and want to give it a try. Thank you so much for stopping by πŸ™‚

  5. This is so awesome!! I love everything about it including how easy it looks to put together. Pinned. We haven’t done much decorating outside the last several years, and talking about buying new items for this year, so I think I may try to work this in.

    1. Thank you Alexandra, and this is great inside and out. So versatile which is why I love it so much πŸ™‚ Thanks for the Pin

  6. Your truck is adorable and is so creative! Pinned and shared!

    1. Thank you so much Carol for the kind words as well as the Pin and sharing. I appreciate it.

  7. That is brilliant! Not only fun for kids, but so many ways to use that for decorative purposes, as you have with the fall leaves and the mini pine tree. Love it!

    -Soma

    1. Thank you so much Soma, I have been having the best time creating so many possibilities with this little red truck πŸ™‚

  8. Very cute! I like that you styled it for different seasons so we can see its versatility!
    chezmireillefashiontravelmom.com

    1. Thank you so much Kristi and thanks for stopping by.

  9. How clever are you. I popped across from Esme’s Salon round up. Just in case I had missed reading a link or two when I left my two posts. And here you were. I am not a crafty person but I want to get all the bits and make a bag up for my Grandson to make with me. A nice thing to do together I think. So thank you. I will pin for future reference.

    1. Thank you so much Ellen and I absolutely love that you want to make this with your grandson. I would love to see a picture when you’re finished πŸ™‚ Thanks for the Pin.

  10. This red truck is amazing and cute! I really love that it has working lights! So fun! I’d like to invite you to share this (and another other crafty creations) at the next Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make Link Party. The party goes live Saturdays at 5pm EST at SewCraftyCrochet.com. I hope to see you there!!!!

    1. Thank you so very much T’onna, and thank you for the invite. I’ll be sure to stop by.

  11. Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too!

    1. Thank you so much Marilyn πŸ™‚ I hope you are having a lovely weekend.

  12. Such a creative idea – I love that the lights actually work! Thanks for sharing with us at The Blogger’s Pit Stop!

    1. Thank you so much Roseann and thanks for stopping by.

  13. A really cute idea! Thank you for linking up to Creative Compulsions!

    1. Thank you Michelle and thanks for stopping by.

  14. I love this , absolutely adorable πŸ™‚

    Thank you for linking up w Creative Muster! Blessings to you! xoxo Sharon

    1. Thank you so much Sharon, and thanks for stopping by

  15. You are so clever, Chas! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s!

    1. Thank you so much Kathleen, and thank you for the feature. I will see you at the next party.

  16. LOVE this creative crate creation = awesome! Thanks for sharing at last week’s Reader Tip Tuesday party. It’s being featured at this week’s party:
    jodiefitz.com/reader-tip-tuesday-weeks-craft-recipe-party

    Looking forward to seeing some of your other projects. Have a great day…

    1. Thank you so very much Jodie and thank you for the feature. I’ll see you at the next party.

  17. Love this! I am doing a red truck themed tree this year and I needed to see this idea to use as a base for the tree. If I make one I will definitely give credit back to you! Thanks for sharing it at #HomeMattersParty

    1. Thank you Donna, I’m thrilled you like it and are interested in creating one too. Thank you for the credit back, that means a lot to me.

  18. I love this!!!! What a super cute idea! Not just for Christmas. This is my favorite pick for #trafficjam this week!

    1. Thank you and you are just so sweet Tracy. I appreciate the support and I’ll see you at the next party!

  19. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too!

    1. Thanks for the wonderful party Marilyn, and I’ll see you at the next one.

  20. Oh my goodness, this little red truck is so darn cute, I could even see this used on Valentines, sweet!! Thank you for sharing on #omhgff, and this week I am pleased to feature your post!! Be sure to stop by and share again!!
    Hugs
    Karren

    1. Thank you so very much Karen and thanks for the feature. I’ll see you at the next link party.

  21. What a cute idea. I love the different ways that you have it displayed. I’m picturing it filled with greenery and Christmas lights. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best.

    1. Thank you so much Rhonda, and I love how it can be used year around.

  22. What fun, this will be one of the features over at Handmade Monday tomorrow πŸ˜€

    1. Thank you so much Julie and thanks for the feature. I’ll see you at the next party.

  23. This post was one of my featured favorites today from our Happy Holidays link party. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

    1. Thank you so much for the feature and the support, I appreciate it. Happy Holidays

  24. Kathy Keenan says:

    Is there a reason why you used chalk paint on the red pickup truck? If it is going to be outside, wouldn’t a regular exterior paint be better? I live in sunny Arizona!

    1. It is easy to work with, and I had it on hand. You can use whatever paint you want depending on where you’re keeping it. Mine has been inside, and under my covered front porch.

  25. Crystal scanlon says:

    Could you please share the measurements for the wooden creates, Walmart doesn’t seem to carry the ones you used and trying to find something similar. Thank you!

  26. Gaye Bigbee says:

    This was so easy. I used red and black spray paint but this was so easy. I wish I could post a picture of mine. It was so easy. Thank you.

    1. I’m so thrilled you were able to make one too. You can always email me a picture by replying to one of the email newsletters and send it that way πŸ™‚

  27. How ADORABLE is this very clever idea! Love the headlights and such a smart idea for the tail lights. Mama needs some crates now after seeing this!

    1. Thank you so much Marie! I’m thrilled you like my pick up truck. I like it because I can leave it up all year long and just change seasonally what’s in the truck. I’m excited you want to create one too!

  28. Hello. I would love to make this truck but, need to know how big the circles need to be for the wheels and the dimensions of crates. I clicked on the link that you provided and the large is 18 1/2 inches, does that seem like the correct size?
    Is there an actual written supply list anywhere? I would greatly appreciate some assistance =)
    Thank you in advance.
    Heather

  29. Hello

    Just finished making the Little Red Truck. Had so much fun doing it? I found it hard to find the right crates. If you get a chance could you send me the measurements of your crates (not the post from Walmart as it doesn’t give measurements) I might have to make my own.
    Love your crafts. Thanks for sharing. Wish I could show you how mine turned out.

    Roxy

    1. Hi Roxy, I’m so excited you made one. I’d love to see pictures and you have my email (you can reply to any of my emails/newsletters). I’m so excited to see it. Thank you so much for your kind words.

  30. this truck is really cute..good job. I’ve been wanting to make one for the front yard but haven’t been able to find the small crates that fit the big one … been searching for a few days…
    you didn’t give measurements of small crates and large one that work together like this

  31. This truck is so cute. I am thinking of making one for my Mom as a gift. She is just obsessed with the red trucks. I see that you have given the links for the large crates. Unfortunately, when I click on it, it is saying something went wrong. Would you be willing to list the size of it.
    Thank you so much

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