15 Ways to Upcycle Milk Crates

*Updated 09/12/2021 - I made this post in July of 2014. Interesting to read it again today with the whole #cratechallenge lol.

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Milk crates are all the rage right now!

Okay I don't know if that's completely true but it seems like it. Since they are mass-produced though, they are readily available. If you want your own, it should be no problem finding some.

Just take a peek behind the milk aisle at the grocery store and you'll see them back there all stacked up, doing their job.

Of course the logical thing to do with them would be to just use them to hold things but you can get more creative than that...

1. Milk Crate Cabinets

2. Milk Crate Couch

3. Milk Crate Container Garden

4. Milk Crate Swing for the little kiddos

5. Milk Crate Fabric Cover - a detailed Tutorial by Sew Many Ways

6. Crates Lighting Fixture

7. DIY Milk Crate Bed Frame

8. Milk Crates Staircase

9. Milk Crate Footstools with Wheels

10. Milk Crate Bookshelf

11. Milk Crates as Drawers in a Dresser

12. Milk Crates into a Sofa Chair

13. Milk Crate Pet Bed

14. Milk Crate Desk Support

If you still don't know what to with milk crates take this for inspiration:

15. 700 Milk Crates piled high by Philippe Allard and Justin Duchesneau

New in thee Shop: Upcycled Denim and Clothing Tags Big Tote Bag


It took me a bit to save up labels since the last bag I made like this but the jar eventually filled up. I kept all the woven tags of clothing I upcycled into bags and hats.

This bag did turn out pretty similar to the last one. I made a simple checkered patchwork with the labels and denim. This tote however is on the larger side, spacious with a magnetic snap closure and pockets inside and out. The pocket on the back is zippered. 

You can check it out here: in the shop.