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Have you ever stumbled across a wine crate and wondered what you could do with it? I have just the idea for you and it will take less than an hour to create. Today I’ll show you how to make a Rustic Wine Crate with Rope Handles.


  • Wine crate or wooden box
  • Dark brown stain (Minwax Early American is the stain I used.)
  • Paint Brush
  • Paper towels
  • Damp rag
  • Rubber gloves
  • Medium Grit (100 grit) sandpaper
  • Sisal Rope
  • Scissors
  • Drill w/ bits


1. Clean your crate with a damp rag. Then brush the stain on and let it sit for a minute.

2. Wipe any excess stain off with paper towels.

Add a second coat if you like a darker colored crate. Allow it to dry thoroughly. (This might take several hours or overnight depending on your humidity. Hand raised…hot and humid North Carolina dweller here.)

3. Sand any words and printing on the crate until you start to see some of the wood coming through. Be careful not to sand too deep and expose the bare wood. Wipe off the crate.

4. Mark the location for the rope handle on the sides of the crate. Be sure to measure the same distances from the top and edges on both sides.

5. Choose a drill bit slightly larger than your rope. Drill holes at the marks.

6. Insert one side of the rope through the hole.

7. Tie a double knot inside the crate to keep the rope from slipping back through.

8. Determine how long a handle you desire and tie a single knot in the middle of the handle.

9. Feed the other end of your rope through the other hole and tie another double knot on the inside of the crate.

10. Fray the edges of your rope by untwisting them.

Fill your crate with magazines, blankets, or décor goodies and display it proudly!

Easy tutorial right? How many of you are running to your local wine shop and begging for wine crates now? I’ve seen them at Costco, too.


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28 replies
  1. Sandra
    Sandra says:

    Nice when you get your crates already made. Then you don’t have to spend a couple hours making new ones and distressing them to look old. 🙂

  2. Alice
    Alice says:

    You sure made that crate look stylish. I love it. Every handy girl would love this project. I have a metal magazine rack that the magazines stand on their sides and end up rolling to the side. I think I want to one similar to yours and it will hide most of the magazines while looking great. Thanks for sharing. Hope your ear is getting better as the days go by.

  3. Charlotte
    Charlotte says:

    guess I need to start buying my wine by the crate… my hubby would be proud of me…..however, when he saw the cute magazine box I made from all my wine drinking I don’t see how he could be mad….. Good job with you wine crate.

  4. B
    B says:

    UGH! I just passed one up the other day! I thought to myself,”Hmmm, pretty cool, but what would I do with it?” Dang.

  5. Winepine
    Winepine says:

    I love it! This is a fantastic project, and I really appreciate your adding such great step-by-step detail and photos. Also, the photo of the piece next to the couch is perfect. Your staining to match the decor was brilliant. I can’t wait to share it!

  6. Donna Sammis
    Donna Sammis says:


    I found your website and am planning to acquire a wine crate and stain it and add rope handles as you did. I want to use the crate as a way to transport books from one library to another. I will ask a woodworking relative to help me construct the base (a small dolly with a frame for the wine crate) and attach a telescoping luggage handle. I looked at a number of plastic crates and most of them had reviews that said they fell apart, so I wanted to create a durable crate that would also be stylish. Thank you for giving me the idea to use a wine crate.


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