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Actually, this is a wooden caddy made from fence posts, lol.

This was one of my more challenging boxes as woodworking is not something I have delved into. So, how does the process work if I am trying to learn a new skill at the same time?

First, its Google and Pinterest. As a kid I was an avid reader at the local library, so now I have just transferred that to online research. In researching I have a bit of a criteria that all the craft projects need to fit in to:

  • All craft boxes are the size of an A4 ream of paper. All materials/ingredients need to fit in to this.

  • Retail price needs to be $32, which determines what materials/ingredients are used.

  • The project must be simple enough for beginners but can be expanded on for the more seasoned crafters.

  • And the project needs to use materials that are easy to source. If anything extra is needed, this should be readily available in most households (mixing bowls, hammers etc)

With all that in mind, I dive down the rabbit hole and start developing what I hope is going to be an entertaining project.

Project planning starts about 4 months out from when I want the finished product to be available.

  • First month - planning and research

  • Second month - development and testing

  • Third month - box testers to test and find any errors

  • Fourth month - printing instructions and assembling boxes

When I first saw these wooden caddy's I loved them. But, as woodworking is not generally something I do, this was as great new learning curve.

First I researched all the different templates and adapted them to something that can be created with minimal tools (saw and hammer).

My first attempt with making the caddy was with a hand saw, then a jigsaw. It became VERY apparent that I would need something with a lot more accuracy as my finished product was looking a bit drunk.

On to my first big woodworking purchase. A bit more research later and I am now the owner of a table saw. Never thought that would happen! As I will be pre-cutting all the pieces for the boxes, this is a great investment.

The first cut was a bit nerve wracking, with images of wood flying from my hands, but now that I own one, I wonder why I had never purchased one before.

Next, I wanted the caddy to have a decorative top, but did not want to attempt to cut these out myself. Then I found gothic fence palings. The measurements looked right, and the price was definitely right. So I purchased a couple of palings and created the first proper wooden caddy.

First problem: This caddy was 3mm too small to fit a wine bottle in! Gah! Do I now purchase more expensive wood? Do I ignore the wine bottle element and just make a smaller caddy? Instead I walked away from this project for a day so I could think.


Then bingo! I can use spacers to make the caddy slightly wider (it is only 3mm after all).


I tried popsicle sticks which kinda worked but had the tendency to split. So, I carefully sliced small spacers with my new favourite toy. These worked a treat (forgetting that I will now have to cut 4 of these for each box!).

Moving on to putting the project together. I would have preferred to use screws and a power drill, but not everyone has these at home. With the crafter in mind I need to simplify as many tools as possible. So, the good ol' hammer and nails it is.


If you are making this caddy, make sure your nail is straight and not too close to the edge, or you will have it pop through in places you don't want (I blame the popsicle sticks for this, lol).

It was at this time that I realised I had completely forgotten about a handle. I had the rope handle in the plans, but in my excitement to create the caddy I had missed drilling the holes in the sides. Hubby to the rescue with the drill and a lesson in creating tidy holes.


But first, before I add any rope, I decided to paint one of the caddy's. I had some matt white spray paint that worked a treat. I didn't do a thick coating as I still wanted the rustic look.

On to the rope affect and the hot glue gun. In the box the rope comes pre-cut for you and includes either 4 rope coasters and a larger rope binding around the caddy, or you can cut another 2x 1m lengths and have 6 coasters and rope like this on the caddy:

The end result is I loved making this caddy and matching accessories. And it is a project you can easily make again just by shopping at Mitre10 (or any hardware store). The dimensions are all in the instructions. My gift of choice for 2022 will be gifting a wooden caddy with coasters, a candle and a lovely bottle of something.


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