If you’ve been following along with all of the free downloads and DIY projects this month, it’s time to start thinking of ways to combine all of the gifts to give!
I found these wooden crates for $6 at Michael’s Arts and Crafts last week and used the 50% off coupon – The great thing about this crate in particular is that the jars and bottles that I’ve used for all of these DIY projects along the way will fit inside of it.
The crate was a little light in color though, so I knew that I wanted to either paint it or stain it – but I wanted to use something natural to go along with the theme of the rest of the gifts. I remember seeing someone on TV last year – I think it was Tori Spelling – use coffee grounds to stain wood, so I decided to do something along those same lines because I knew that coffee would add a rich color and probably be pretty easy!
I found some instant espresso powder for a few bucks at my local grocery store and was pretty excited about it, because all you have to do is add it to hot water and let it dissolve.
It has really done the trick – and very quickly, I might add!
Here are the supplies needed:
Wooden Crate or box of choice
I used 2 heaping tablespoons of the instant espresso in a mug of hot water.
This is after 1 coat of espresso…
After 2 coats – ready to be filled with all of the other goodies that I have been working on! I love it!
Next week, I will show everything assembled in the crate and ready to gift to teachers, friends and family members!