Warehouse Crates – Style B

August 31, 2011 | By More

Alright.  I’m calling this Crate Style “B”.
It’s slightly more difficult than “A”.  Please read all the directions before starting, and have fun.  (Be careful with the knives and glue guns people.)

Tools you will need:

  • Pen or Pencil.
  • Small Ruler.
  • Large Ruler or Straight Edge.
  • Cutting Mat (Scrap Cardboard would work, but
    I prefer a cutting mat.)
  • Glue Gun (Not Shown.  I have a low-temp
  • Double Sided Adhesive tape. (I use Duck
    Brand.  It’s found in the office supply section of


  • Black Foam Core Board.  Until I
    started this project, I didn’t realize they made black foam board.  The reason I like the back is:  if there is a
    bit of it showing thru when you are done, it doesn’t show up as much as the white.  You could use white for this project just make sure to color the edges where it could show with a
    black Sharpie before you assemble.
  • Paper.  I like Heavy weight glossy paper for these projects.  It really depends on what your printer prints best on.  You could probably use
    adhesive sheet for this.  But, I would think it would be harder to work with, and it’s considerably more expensive.

Step 1.

Print all the graphics. Cut them out. I tend to cut mine right to the edge of the graphic. However, if you want to make it a little easier, anywhere there is something that is folded under something else, leave and extra 1/8″ or so. The white shouldn’t show when you are done.

There are 5 pieces total:

  • Left Side
  • Right Side
  • Top Back
  • Top Front
  • Front

(Download Graphics here.)

Step 2.

Cut out the Foam Core. I use a sharp craft knife with a metal ruler. Also, try to cut the whole length of straight cuts at one time. Starting and stopping in the middle of a cut will leave youwith jagged edges.

For this project there are 7 pieces needed (Assuming 3/16″ Foam

  • Left Side (Use Decal for template, the basic shape is 7″
    high  by 8″ wide)
  • Front (6 13/16″ High by 3 5/16″ Wide)
  • Front Top (3 1/2″ Long by 3 5/16″ Wide, Mark which is which
    so you can tell it apart later.)
  • Middle Top (2 ” Long by 3 5/16″ Wide)
  • Back Top (4 5/16″ Long by 3 5/16″ Wide)
  • Back (5 1/16″  High by 3 5/16″ Wide)
  • Right Side (Same As Left Side)



Step 3.

Alright, you’re past the hard part.  The first construction step is to glue the left side and front. Keep it square!  The front should be even with the edge of the  side as shown.  The front will also be slightly shorter than the side piece.

NOTE:  I always hold pieces in place before I glue them. Just to check for the right fit.




Step 4.

Time for the top Front piece.  It will fill in the shortness of the front piece.  It should be square with the front and side and take up the entire width of the side.







Step 5.

The middle top piece is next.  I made mine from a left over piece of foam core.  If it’s extra long, it won’t matter.  That part is inside, and wont be seen.





Step 6.

Continue with the next two pieces as shown.
The middle top piece is shorter, to allow the back piece to come all the way to the top.






Step 7.

Glue the right side on.  If everything is
square, you should end up with a nifty black foam core Tetris block!





Step 8.

Alright,  now were coming to decal portion.  Before I apply adhesive to any of these pieces, I always fold and test fit them.  In this case, each edge has a small tab.  I have

cut a small square out of each corner so I didn’t have to deal with the excess when I folded them.

The first piece to applied is the front top.

I left some extra at the bottom inside part of the decal. You will need to trim this to fit.

You also need to make a cut on each of the tabs to let it bend around the corner.  (And the front, which I didn’t take a picture of.)

I run the adhesive along all edges and big “X” across the middle of the piece.


Step 9.

Again, test fit before placing the piece. There are two folds on the front piece, one on each side tab.   The front is applied square and the tabs around the edges.

In addition to the tabs and “X”‘s, on this piece I also put a strip of adhesive down the inside of both sides of the corner.




Step 10.

Next comes the back top.  There is excess “black” on the one end so you can trim it to fit exactly.  (If everything is perfect, you will trim most of it off.)

You should be familiar with the tabs by now, so on to the next step….






Step 11.


With the way the tab folds work, the biggest most impressive pieces are always last.  The side are the next pieces to go on.  The trick with them is the lining up the boards that go
around the crates and the black in between areas.

If you are going to have a one sided display, you could get away with building less.  Also, with a little creative decal printing and cutting, you could build each of the stacks
separately to mix and match.

Hope you had fun!



































Be Sociable, Share!

Tags: , , , , , ,

Category: D-I-Y

About the Author ()

Comments (1)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. Errex says:

    Really nice project. It is pretty clever to have one piece representing several boxes instead of making each one of them.