Christmas Crate Train

Christmas Crate Train

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MATERIALS:

  1. Wood CratesΒ Β (I used appx 18″ x 12″)
  2. Dollar Store Tins (Lids needed)
  3. Spray Paint (outdoor rated) Green, White and Red
  4. Dollar Store Christmas decorations
  5. Hot Glue
  6. Acrylic Paint (red)
  7. Saw
  8. ChainΒ (used to connect the train cars)
  9. Screws and drill

DIRECTIONS:

Begin by spray painting your dollar store lids and your crates, once dry you can paint your red stripes on the lids with acrylic paint. Adhere the lids to each crate using screws. For the Engine we cut one crate in half and stacked it on top of another crate (hot glue or screw to the other crate). We used another tall tin for the smoke stacks, adhering with glue. Lastly Hot glue on your other Christmas decorations and attach each crate together using chain.

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24 Comments

  1. Hilda

    Love love this creative idea! I’m so going to make this. But what is the lids used for I don’t see it being used in the picture? But I absolutely love it!

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    1. Hilda

      I see what the lids are used for omg if only I zoomed in a little better it’s a cleaver idea.

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      1. Sheena (Post author)

        πŸ™‚ Thank you so much hun!

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    2. Sheena (Post author)

      Hi there, thank you so much! The lids are for the wheels on the train πŸ™‚

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    3. Theresa

      The wheels

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  2. Kat

    This would be great to use as a gift holder around your tree. You could sit your tree on something to elevate it a little, and the place the train in front. So cute!

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  3. Sandra leonard

    What size crates are they.

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    1. Sheena (Post author)

      Hi there, the crates are appx 18″ x 12″ πŸ™‚

      Reply
  4. Deanna Mudloff

    What is the steam stack made from on the front of the train?

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    1. Deanna Mudloff

      Nevermind, just re-read the directions

      Reply
  5. Cindy

    Which way do you cut the engine crate. I don’t see that

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    1. Sheena (Post author)

      Hi there, you cut the crate down the center, the long side is 18″ and you cut at appx at the 9″ mark – I have created a video that helps show this a little better here –> https://youtu.be/3bj8Px0ghp0

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  6. Carol

    What size tins did you use for the lids to be the wheels

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    1. Carol

      Also how long is the chain between the cars

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      1. Sheena (Post author)

        Hi there, the chain itself is appx 20″ (each end wraps through the handles of 2 crates, giving a 2″-3″ span between the crates).

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        1. Carol

          so is it one continuous chain running thru all cars or did you have the chain cut just to connect two cars

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          1. Sheena (Post author)

            I have it cut into lengths just to connect 2 cars at a time πŸ™‚

    2. Sheena (Post author)

      Hi there, the lids are appx 10″ rounds

      Reply
  7. Brisa

    Cute, what size tins for the lids.. hm $16.00 wonder if stove burner covers would be cheaper πŸ™‚

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    1. Sheena (Post author)

      Hi there, the lids are appx 10″ rounds …. if you can purchase stove burners cheaper or in a package they would probably work great as well πŸ™‚

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  8. Lan

    Can children sit inside the train for photos?

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    1. Sheena (Post author)

      Hi there, the crates used would fit very small children, however I dont know how well they would sit in it (possibly sit on their knees). If you found a little bit larger crates it would work better for them to sit in. πŸ™‚

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  9. Bonnie Braswell

    Where did you get the crates from?

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  10. Karen Rickard

    FI, rather than cutting a crate in half, they also sell half size crates. I recently saw them in Michael’s.

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