Sooo-ooo, I’ve got a friend, Holly. You can find her at Pink Fortitude. She challenged me and a couple of other blog friends to a friendly upcycled clementine crate challenge. Well, you know me. I love an upcycled, repurposed project. So, of course, I accepted the challenge. As I was contemplating what in the world I was going to do with a clementine crate, I realized that most of my craft projects are for my daughters or my girlfriends. The son and hubby are usually left out of the craft projects. That’s when it clicked. I’d make an upcycled comic book clementine crate for my son. Then I scored even more mom points by making an upcycled comic book clementine crate with my son.
This was an easy and quick project. You can do this one with children from ages 4 (with supervision) and up.
It probably goes without saying that you start with a clementine crate.
Pull the netting and the labels off the crate. Grab some old comic books. If you don’t already have comic books, you can ask at a comic book store for damaged books and they’ll usually sell them to you as a discount. You’ll also need craft paint, Mod Podge and a brush.
Paint the crate with your craft paint, both inside and out. I recommend you choose a “comic book” color of paint to give the crate more of a pow impact. After the paint has dried, add the comic panels that you have chosen. We found it easiest to paint the Mod Podge on the crate. Then paint the back of the comic panel with Mod Podge. Using our fingers, we smoothed the panels down onto the crate being careful to smooth out any air bubbles. Once we had all the panels smoothed out on one side of the crate, then we covered the top of that side of the crate with Mod Podge to seal and protect the lightweight comic book paper. We covered each side of the crate with the same process.
To reinforce the bottom of the crate and cover the staples, we cut a piece of cardboard to fit into the crate.
Then we mod podged an entire comic book page onto the cardboard.
My son first thought he’d keep some comics in his new crate.
But then he decided it works well to hold action figures.
Ah, the dilemma. All I know is that I scored some major mom points with this project.
Now you should pop over and check out the other entries in the repurposed clementine crate friendly challenge.