What if you could make a unique birthday present for a child out of everyday items?
You may be thinking that only the best DIY bloggers could accomplish such a feat. I’m telling you it’s not true.
I’m one of the least handy people you will ever meet, and I just finished making a unique birthday gift for my five year old that I know she’s going to love!
The Rust-Oleum Challenge
It all began when Walmart and Rust-Oleum challenged the Walmart Moms to create something special with an ordinary mystery object and Rust-Oleum paint or stain.
When I unpacked the mystery item Rust-Oleum sent me, it was an ordinary wooden crate.
Now, I love wooden crates. I use them to store all kinds of things. But I wanted to do something unique for this project.
My five year old’s birthday is coming up, so I decided to make something for her. I considered a nightstand, but figured she wouldn’t appreciate that much.
I settled on a garden cart. Yes, you read that correctly. My five year old loves to garden, so I made her a garden cart out of a wooden crate.
It’s easy. Really. If I can do it, you can, too.
How to Make a Garden Cart Out of a Wooden Crate
A wooden crate is the perfect size for a child’s garden cart. The slats in the wood also ensure that any dirt that gets in the cart will fall right out.
And using Rust-Oleum American Accents premium latex paint ensures the garden cart will look great for a long time. The paint resists chipping and staining, and the glossy finish can be easily cleaned up with soap and water.
Supplies I used for Gracie’s Garden Cart are:
- Wooden Crate – Like this one.
- Rust-Oleum American Accents 2X Ultra Cover Primer – Buy here for $3.86 – click the “+” sign and then choose the very last option. That’s the primer.
- Rust-Oleum American Accents premium latex paint in Sun Yellow – Buy here for $8.47.
- Four 2″ casters (The kind with the top plate, not the kind with the stem) – Like these.
- 16 #8 3/4 inch flat phillips wood screws – Like these.
- 2 #6 screw eyes – Like these.
- Rope – Like this.
- Wooden letters (could use stencils instead) – find them in the craft section at Walmart.
- Paint for the letters – I used what I had on hand, but this would be a much better choice.
- Paint brushes, glue gun, glue
Assembling the Garden Cart
Evenly spray the entire surface of the crate with Rust-Oleum American Accents 2X Ultra Cover Primer. Use at least two coats, waiting 2-3 minutes between coats. Allow to dry for at least 2 hours.
Don’t skip this step, as it really helps the latex paint go on smoothly later.
Paint the crate with Rust-Oleum American Accents Premium Latex Paint, using a good paintbrush. I chose this paint because it’s formulated for indoor or outdoor use and is perfect for wood surfaces.
The Sun Yellow color is also very cheery.
Use at least two coats of paint, allowing the paint to dry at least two hours between coats.
Embellish the cart with stencils or painted wooden letters. I had some wooden letters left over from a previous project and painted them red with paint I had on hand from yet another project.
I’m a big proponent of using what you have.
I glued the letters on with a hot glue gun. You could easily stencil different words or designs on the side of your garden cart. Make it unique!
Using the flat phillips wood screws, attach the casters to the bottom of the crate, about 1 inch from each edge.
Attach the screw eyes to one of the top end crate slats, about one inch from the edge.
Measure out a length of rope appropriate for the height of your child. Tie each end to the screw eyes. Pro tip: Burn the ends of the rope before tying, so the ends don’t fray.
Fill your cart with garden tools and flowers. Your garden loving child will love this unique birthday gift! I can’t wait to give Gracie her cart!
But shhhhh. Her birthday is still a month away! Don’t tell her!