I’ve been flirting with this idea for a while: turning a wooden vegetable crate into a breakfast-in-bed tray. It could have something to do with my love for breakfast food and the luxurious idea of serving it in bed. But I also found that wooden crates are often used in fall crafts, given their rustic look and feel.
Staring at the back of this crate for inspiration, I realized it had nine even spaces, and I decided to fill each one in with a letter. I wanted to do “bon appetit”, but that would’ve meant skipping a letter. Then I wanted to spell the same thing in Romanian, “pofta buna”, but there was the case of the diacritics and spaces and what not. And then it hit me: breakfast! This was the whole purpose after all, so breakfast I did.
What you need:
- wooden crate (with relatively tall legs)
- letter stencils or paper + pencil + font + scissors
- paint + paintbrush
If you don’t have any large letter stencils, make your own with a computer, paper and scissors. I used Photoshop and a font that looks like it belongs on a crate (available for free: Stencil Std). I made the letters big enough for the size of the boards, and copied them on white paper. You can also print out and use this file. I cut the inside parts of the letters and taped them into place. I painted the letters, let them dry and peeled off the stencils. I wanted the paint to be quite subtle, so I used a pastel – but you can do brown or black if you really want it to be visible.