Hi! We are back with another Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! I can’t tell you how much fun these are! I sure hope you enjoy viewing them as much as we do creating them! In This edition, I am going to show you how to upcycle a cheese crate! We are going to create, in 5 steps, an easy Jack O Lantern! With lights and everything!
Yes, I have upcycled a cheese crate before in the Fixer Upper Farmhouse Style Decor Hack – Thrift Store Decor Challenge.
Hey! at a buck each, you did not think I only bought one? For now, check out the rules and the other Hostesses below then scroll below their links to read my post!
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
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Amanda | Domestically Creative Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Vicki and Jennifer | 2 Bees in a Pod Pili | My Sweet Things
Angela | Simply Beautiful by Angela Kim | Made in a Day
Lindsay | Crazy Organized Marie | DIY Adulation Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
Denise | My Thrifty House Jeanie | Create and Babble Debra | Shoppe No. 5
Shirley | Intelligent Domestications Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled Lora | Craftivity Designs
Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles Jeannee | Centsably Creative
Florence | Vintage Southern Picks Deborah | Salvage Sister & Mister
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I actually have several more cheese crates and as many ideas for how to upcycle them so don’t be surprised if they make another appearance! For now, in honor of Halloween, here is the;
5 Step – Easy Jack O Lantern Upcycle Tutorial
Step 1) Transfer your Chosen Goblin Grin to the lid of the cheese crate!
Here I painted the cheese crate Orange first but I had to touch up again. I would trace the face, cut it out, then paint! I printed a pumpkin face from online and traced it onto the crate lid using transfer paper!
Step 2) Carve out the Goblin grin with the tool of your choice.
I used a Sonicrafter tool with the wood plunge accessory. I went straight down on the lines of the triangles! It fit perfectly! I do not have a pic of this because I am home alone and it’s impossible to take a picture and hold a power tool straight at the same time! Sorry, you’ll have to use your imagination for this one! If you are going to use a curvy goblin grin, you may want to use something like a Dremel. I burned out my Dremel this week sooo….it was a rough week for my tools!
Here is the tool and very much how it looked when I used it, only on a triangle! This pic is courtesy of Rockwell Tools, where I purchased my Sonicrafter!
Step 3) Paint !
Like I said, I had painted it Orange first but had to touch up after carving. I also painted the inside of the cutouts black as well as the mouth triangles! I used a simple cheap orange paint sample for the pumpkin and acrylic for the black. The Chello sheets will be used in a subsequent step but I wanted you to see what I used.
Step 4) Attach the stem and color film !
I placed a tinted Chello sheet of film on the inside of the lid so when he is lit, it looks more like the glow of a real pumpkin. All I did was staple it in about 3 places and done! You can get these at most craft stores or Amazon, which is where I bought these in an assorted color pack! I’ll leave links below my post for you. If you click on my link and purchase something Amazon compensates me about the price of a cup of coffee, but that helps me keep on keepin on! So thanks!
I used my go 2 Gel (also my fave go 2 glue!) to attach the Pumpkin stem to the b top of the cheese crate base. I used the stem from an actual pumpkin I bought. Trust me when I say I tried to buy some from crafts and e-bay but the prices were so jacked! They were selling like $8 a piece! No way Jack!
It’s always good to be prepared before you glue with something the right height to hold it till it sets! I love this glue. (I know, I say it a lot!) It goes on tacky enough to hold things well enough till it fully sets. No slipping and sliding around! I used it to glue the leaves on this pumpkins front and it held without falling off!
Step 5) Decorate as you like!
I curled up a couple of pipe cleaners and glued them around the stem with a few dollar store leaves! I stuck a small flashlight inside of my Easy Jack O Lantern and draped him with a string of dollar store maple leaf shaped lights that operate off batteries and……
5 Step – Easy Jack O Lantern!
I hope you like him and if you ever find a cheese crate (ask your Grocery Deli guy!) I hope you give him a try! As promised, here are some links to the items I used for my 5 step Easy Jack O Lantern Upcycle Tutorial!
See Ya Soon,
And now for more thrifty goodness!
Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!