Art Installation at Food Lifeline

Founded in 1979, Food Lifeline is a nonprofit organization that comes up with creative solutions to stopping hunger including redirecting good food from manufacturers, farmers, grocery stores and restaurants that might otherwise go to waste. According to Food Lifeline, they believe hunger is a logistics problem; 40% of the food industry's surpluses is still good food but it often goes to waste. Food Lifeline connects this surplus of food to their network of food programs. In their new office in Seattle, Washington artist Chris Pfeifle did an art installation using wooden crates. One hundred and seventy crates were used to create the art installation and the result is just as grand as Food Lifeline's mission. For more information on how you can help join the fight against hunger please visit


6 Sizzling Crate Projects To Do This Summer

It’s that time of year again, and right now our large crate is a SPECIAL BUY at Home Depot’s summer storage event ( We're especially excited that this year our multipack crates are also a SPECIAL BUY online (, which is all the more reason to pack, store, and save! As part of this campaign, we teamed up with six amazingly talented DIY bloggers to create summer projects using our crates and pallet wood.  Get a sneak peak of their projects below and visit their blogs for full project details and instructions.

Poolside Tower by That’s My Letter

Your kids won’t have to look for towels or goggles again! Jamie Costiglio of used four large crates to make up this storage tower. She disassembled and resized one of the large crates to fit into the bottom crate as a large drawer. If you decide to leave the crates natural, you will need to apply a waterproof seal (Try this one here: ). Or, if you choose to stain your crates, just use a polyurethane seal. You can also paint it any color to give it a protective seal. For full project details, visit Jaime's blog

Bookcase by House of Wood

Instantly warm up your home with reclaimed pallet wood. Jen Woodhouse of built this beautiful bookshelf and wrapped it in our reclaimed pallet wood. She used the large and extra-large crate to fill it, making it decorative and functional. For full project details, visit Jen's blog

Outdoor Table by One Artsy Mama

Amy Latta of used two large crates to make this outdoor table. She added a top and shelves for extra functionality. The table doubles as an organizational tool when you grill, and a knick-knack table for enjoying drinks with friends. For full project details, visit Amy's blog

Picnic Basket by Damask Love

This brightly colored picnic basket was created by Amber Kemp-Gerstel of She used our large crate and built a lid that doubles as a table for enjoying summer picnics. Amber’s project won first place in Home & Family’s Ultimate DIY Star Competition! For full project details, visit Amber's blog.

Kids Dresser by Sawdust 2 Stitches

Why buy it when you can build it! Corey Decker of built this Pottery Barn inspired kids dresser using six large crates. Stain the crates to match any child’s bedroom. For full project details, visit Corey's blog

Kids Table by At Home with Natalie

Natalie of built this kids table out of two large crates. Using an old table top she had around the house, Natalie covered the top with our reclaimed pallet wood giving it a distressed look perfect for kids to use.  For full project details, visit Natalie's blog



Clear the Clutter! Pantry, Kitchen, & Closet Organization

It's time to clear the clutter and step into the new year with an organized house! It's The Home Depot's annual Winter Storage event where our crates are a SPECIAL BUY from now until January 31st or while supplies last (click here). We teamed up with eight bloggers to bring you organizing ideas with our crates for some of the most high traffic places in your home - pantry, kitchen, and closet! See how each blogger utilized our crates to maximize space and clear out the clutter! 

Pantry Unit by Sawdust 2 Stitches

Corey Decker from used small crates, vegetable crates, tall wall crates, half wall crates, and large crates to complete her free-standing pantry. There is a spot for just about anything in this piece, not to mention it's guaranteed to add a little charm to your kitchen. For original project instructions, click here.

Wine Storage by One Artsy Mama

Amy Latta from used our divided crate for wine storage. As you can see a little paint and some awesome hand-lettering add that touch of charm to make this functional piece a great gift too! For more project details, visit her blog here

wine crate

Pantry Organization by My Sweet Savannah

Pauline Thompson from used large crates to whip her pantry into shape.  Add hardware to keep everything categorized and for the perfect vintage look. See project details, here

Kitchen Island by My Love to Create

Maximize your space and have a place for everything with this rolling kitchen island! Mindi Carwin from built this piece using large crates, small crates, vegetable crates, a half crate, tall wall crate, and a half wall crate. For original project instructions, click here

Shoe Storage Bench by Thats My Letter

Jaime Costiglio from built a shoe storage bench for all of her family's necessities using four large crates. It's the perfect spot to put on shoes and to keep belongings in one place. The best part about this simple bench is that you can customize the size to fit your needs. For original project instructions, click here

Kids' Closet by Addicted 2 DIY

Katie Cleveland from labeled large crates, vegetable crates, and square crates to clean up her son's closet. A very simple task, yet one of the most effective in keeping belongings tidy! For original project instructions, click here

Toy Storage Bench by Always Never Done

Amy Geib from built this toy storage bench using three large crates and three crate lids. Paint it or stain it to match any decor,and add cushions for extra seating. Store kids toy or dog toys to clear the clutter of your living room floor! For original project instructions, visit Amy's blog here.

Floating Closet Shelves by Fix This Build That

Brad Rodriguez from organized this closet using our large crates. He mounted sliding drawers to the wall increasing his storage capacity and ease of getting into his belongings. For original project instructions, click here

Which room in your house do you need to clear the clutter? Be sure to VOTE for your favorite blogger project on RYOBI Nation by 1/31/16 - Bloggers have a chance to win a $750 RYOBI Prize Pack! Click here to VOTE!

9 Easy Holiday Projects with Crates

This fall we partnered with nine DIY bloggers to bring you holiday themed products with our crates! Our Sawdust & Snow Campaign kicked off in mid November. Half the fun of the Holidays is crafting and decorating so we couldn’t be more excited to share with you these festive projects. Be sure to visit these bloggers’ sites for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Home Depot. Bloggers will also need your help - VOTE for your favorite project on The Blogger with the most votes will win a $750 prize package from RYOBI Nation. Right now you can find our products in Home Depot, Walmart, and now Joann Fabrics! Check out our Products Page for more details. 

Dessert Buffet by The Pink Tumbleweed

We’re drooling! Alison Ogden from The Pink Tumbleweed created this beautiful, mouthwatering Thanksgiving Dessert Buffet using just two large crates and one small crate. Crates are the perfect piece to add a little something to your holiday display. Stain and stack them to match your holiday table décor and maximize your space for more food. For project details, visit Alison’s blog and read her post, here.


Christmas Village Display by Addicted 2 DIY

It’s time to deck the halls and bring out those Christmas Displays. Katie Cleveland from Addicted 2 DIY puts a modern twist on this old tradition with our large crate and square crate. Crates are perfect to create miniature Christmas scenes. Stain them to match your home décor or keep them unfinished for a modern look. For project details, visit her blog and read her post, here

Gift Wrap Station by Highstyle Restyle

Don’t let the stress of holiday gift-wrapping overwhelm you! Amy Rattleff from Highstyle Restyle built this handy giftwrap station and used two large crates as drawers. This is a great way to stay organized during the holidays. Customize it to your specific needs. For product details and build plans, visit Amy’s blog and read her post, here

Kids Crate Table by Petticoat JUNKtion

Kathy Owen from Petticoat JUNKtion built this awesome kids table using just two large crates. Suddenly the Kids Table is the cool table! Use this table as the kids’ table for holiday gatherings. Better yet, you can use it year round for homework or arts and crafts. For more project details and build plans, visit Kathy’s blog and read her post, here

Christmas Crate Wagons by Rain on a Tin Roof

Here’s a twist on the infamous Radio Flyer Wagon for Christmas by Jenna Leferon from Rain on a Tin Roof. Check out red, green, and blue crate wagons! Fill them with presents and what kid wouldn’t be excited to see these festive wagons on Christmas morning? Perfect for to use as a gift basket or to add to your holiday décor. For product details and instructions, visit Jenna’s blog and read her post, here

Centerpiece and Bookshelf by My Sweet Savannah

Melaine Thompson from My Sweet Savannah made this great coffee table centerpiece with one half crate. The half crate makes a great hostess gift or serving tray for holiday parties. Curl up and read your favorite holiday book - She also made this cozy little nook with our square crates as a bookshelf! For project details on her centerpiece click here and for her bookshelf click, here.

Advent Crate by One Artsy Mama

Amy Latta from One Artsy Mama made this Advent Crate. There are a lot of different spins on Advent Crate and this one will have all the kids excited. Starting December 1st have your family open one small present until Christmas. Decorate your crate with a meaningful message for your family. For project details, visit Amy’s blog and read her post, here

Wall Storage by Always Never Done

Amy Geib from Always Never Done made a Wall Storage Mini Mudroom with four half crates and one large crate. While it may not snow much here or get below freezing for long in Atlanta, it doesn’t stop us from piling on the layers! Don’t let all your winter weather gear be a sight for sore eyes. Keep it organized with our crates. For project details, visit Amy’s blog and read her post, here.

Hanukkah Gift Crates by Dogs Don't Eat Pizza

We know the 8 days of gift giving for Hanukkah can get crazy which is why Karen Cooper at Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza made these personalized gift crates for her kids. You’ll keep everything in place with these crates and they can use them afterwards too! For more project details and to read her blog, click here

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5 Fun Back to School Crate Projects

Here we are, knee deep in Summer and before we know it will be time to jump back into school mode. And, while the summer days are flying by, the sun is still shining outside, which means there's still time for some DIY projects. Luckily, we had the opportunity to work with four DIY bloggers to come up with some creative Back to School Crate Projects making getting back into a school schedule a lot more exciting! Bloggers primarily used small and large crates which are available at The Home Depot stores now through August 5th or while supplies last and always online at

Locker Cubbies by That's My Letter

Jaime Costiglio from That's My Letter made these beautiful farmhouse style locker cubbies using 6 large crates and 6 small crates. Locker cubbies are a great way to organize your family during the school year and even during the summer to store crafts, books, crayons, etc. This piece is so versatile and pretty to look at; you could even use it as a kitchen or dining room piece! For project details and build plans, visit Jaime's blog and read her post, here

Modern Mudroom by  My Altered State

Pauline Henderson from My Altered State created this modern mudroom look using five large crates and three small crates. Kids and adults of all ages will stay organized with these cubbies where they can hang up backpacks and jackets, store boots, and sports equipment. What makes this mudroom so great is that you can put it anywhere - closet, garage, laundry room, etc. the possibilities are endless! You can read her blog post on this project, here

Mudroom by @MyAlteredState

Garage Unit by @DomesticallySpeaking

Garage Organizational Unit by Domestically Speaking

Maryann Caballero from Domestically Speaking designed this garage organization unit pictured above. The project is the perfect solution to keeping your garage organized throughout the year. Everything from beach chairs to tennis rackets have their own place in the puzzle keeping clutter off of the floor! Maryanne used two large crates, two medium crates, two extra large crates, two half wall crates, and two vegetable crates to complete this project. Check out project details, here!

Stackable Crate Unit by My Sweet Savannah

Melaine Thompson from My Sweet Savannah created this stylish stackable storage unit. What's great about crates is that you can stack them anyway you want, which is why this storage unit is great for a mixture of sports equipment, boots, totes, awards, and so much more. Melanie used six large crates to create this functional and economical way to store all your families outdoor gear year-round. For more details on this project, visit Melaine's blog and read her post, here

Porch Crates by @MySweetSavannah

Writing Utensil Caddy by @MySweetSavannah

Writing Utensil Caddy by @MySweetSavannah

Crate Desk by Crates & Pallet

Last but not least, we joined in on the fun and created this Crate Desk out of eight large crates and six small crates used for drawers. Students of all ages can do their homework on this fun and thrifty desk. The easy design is one of several you can create using crates. Adults can use it in their office or it can be used as a crafting desk. Dress up the drawers with cool handles, and paint or stain it to match any decor. For project instructions on the Crates and Pallet Crate Desk visit our Project Page

You can find our small and large crates at The Home Depot stores to get started on your Back to School Project. You can always find all of our different sized crates online, here: Stay tuned for more Back to School themed projects coming later in July! 

Which project is the best organization solution for your family? Let us know in the comment section below!

RYOBI Nation Party Station

Memorial day Weekend is here and we built this Party Station just in time! If you're anything like us, you'll be spending your weekend outside with family and friends while honoring the memories of those men and women who died fighting for our freedom. The Party Station is the perfect addition for your backyard BBQs and summer parties. You can build your own Party Station for a chance to win $1000 in RYOBI power tools! Be sure to check out RYOBI Nation and our Project Page for build plans and instructions. 

Our Party Station is a great project for the beginner/intermediate DIYer! We've provided you with detailed instructions on our Project Page but here is a basic breakdown of the project. We built a frame for the cart and incorporated a variety of our products to finish it off. The sliding counter is made from two quarter pallets. We added a folding shelf for the pallets to rest on when the counter is open. We used our large crate for easy storage drawers. Additionally, our wood slatted shelves are actually three crate lids that fit snugly with the frame! And, to top it off we added a bottle opener and hooks to hold our grill utensils. We also used our medium crate as a cooler and toolbox as our condiments caddy. We had  great time building our Party Station. Be sure to tag us when you post your version. We can't wait to see them! 

Check out our Project Page for detailed plans and instructions.