Stenciled Fall Crate

Functional crafting at its best! Transform the classic crate into an autumn storage accessory, a fun statement in any room.
By  Craft Marketing Connections for Design Master 



  • Wood crate, raw/natural finish, 12½"x18"x9¼" tall (or similar size)
  • Silk leaves from floral swags or stems, approx. 3" and 4" sizes, 15 


  • DESIGN MASTER TintIT Spray Dye: Mango, Sunflower, Chartreuse, Sepia
  • DESIGN MASTER Tack 1000 Spray Adhesive

Basic Supplies

  • Old newspapers
  • Large cardboard box (for spraying)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Paper towels

Project Instructions

  • 1. Cut apart silk leaves. Peel off plastic veins and stem from backs and discard.
  • 2. Read Tack 1000 manufacturer's instructions for temporary adhesion. In a well-ventilated, newspaper-covered area (inside box) spray a light coat on backs of leaves.
  • 3. Arrange leaves on one long and one short side of crate, randomly mixing large and small leaves at various angles leaving space between them. Let some extend off edges of crate.
  • 4. In spraying area, select a couple of areas to spray Sunflower. (Spray straight on so that color doesn't get underneath leaves and have paper towel ready to blot any drips on leaves that might drip onto crate.) Let dry a couple of minutes and add as many coats as needed for desired intensity. Select two more areas to spray Mango in the same manner. Then two more areas for Chartreuse. Before removing leaves, spray a couple of coats of Sepia all along edges to shade. Let dry.
  • 5. Remove leaves. Then attach them to the other two sides and repeat process. The blending of the colors, as well as the grain of the wood adds to the casual look of the design.
  • 6. Fill crate with autumn decorations, books, blankets, fire wood, etc