7 Ways to Repurpose Old Soda Crates

We all love vintage soda crates! Ok, well most of us. I mean, what a cool reminder of a simpler time, filled with simple fun… like an ice cold soda with friends. Remember when that was a cool thing? Ah, for the good ol’ days… They are still around, although admittedly, harder to find. We have good luck finding them in our small., local antique shops, occasionally for around $10. A lot of bloggers find them on Craigslist, especially if you live in larger area, or in a rural area in the south! However you find them, there is always the problem of what to actually do with them. I mean, they are cool and all, but how can you make them useful, and display them all at the same time? We’re so glad you asked… We found 7 ways to repurpose old soda crates, and we’re sharing them with all of you! But first, if you are one of the people who will comment later and tell us they are impossible to find… Kelly at ‘Eclectically Vintage’ has a story for you… You have to read how she got access to 2000 free vintage soda crates! Why doesn’t this stuff ever happen to us? 🙂 Ok, now on to your inspiration! Photo by ‘Pottery Barn‘.

7 Ways to Repurpose Old Soda Crates


1. Toy Storage 

This Coca Cola toy crate from ‘Nalles House’ is a perfect way to make sure your kids learn the importance of the history behind vintage items! Quick tutorial makes this an easy project.

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2. Spice It Up!

Love this tutorial for this Coke crate spice rack from Kate at ‘Discover, Create, Live’… Easy!



Here’s another example from Jesse at ‘9 Red‘! Love! (He also shares where to order the jars!)



3. Pet Projects

From ‘Ryobi Nation’, this repurposed soda crate dog dish is very cool! I just wonder if the constant drool and water dripping might rot the wood quickly… Sealer!



4. Art and Office Storage

Over at the ‘Thompson Family‘ blog, they repurposed an old soda crate to art supply storage. I love this idea, with one exception… I don’t think I could bring myself to spray paint a vintage soda crate, only a reproduction…

7 Ways to Repurpose Old Soda Crates


‘From Victory Road’ added wheels to their soda crate office supply storage



Or use them for craft paint storage, like they did at ‘Scrapbooks, Etc…’



5. Serve It Up!

From ‘Dukes and Duchesses‘, this is a brilliant idea for using old soda crates!



6. Plant it!

From ‘Pop Sugar‘, this is an easy, “pop it in” project!



And this idea, via Angel Clark through ‘Pinterest’…



7. Furniture!

Lastly, consider using them as furniture pieces, like this DIY vintage soda crate chest tutorial by Mary at ‘Lavender and Linen’… So cute!


Image Credits: Pottery Barn, Nalles House, Discover Create Live, 9 Red, Ryobi Nation, Thompson Family, From Victory Road, Scrapbooks, Etc, Dukes and Duchesses, Pop Sugar, Pinterest, Lavender and Linen


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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates & Steve Bates (co-owners) – Woodard Bates Media LLC consisting of three blogs: TheBudgetDecorator.com, OhMeOhMyBlog.com and TheGardenGlove.com.

Kathy Bates’ previous writing credits include:

Former home decorating expert for Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine.

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002.

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, Decorating Solutions magazine, Decorating Ideas magazine, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City News, The Oklahoman, Akron Beacon Journal, Pensacola News Journal and The Telegraph.


  1. Bren
    May 21, 2018 / 1:42 am

    Those clear boxes remind me of the acrylic beanie baby storage lids.

  2. carrie paden
    February 23, 2018 / 3:05 pm

    where do I find the square plastic inserts (seen in the photo with the crayons in the crate) to go inside the soda crates? my crates have big gaps and office supplies would fall thru. thanks!

    • Kathy Woodard
      February 27, 2018 / 6:01 pm

      Hi Carrie! We’re going to take a wild guess and say dollar store pencil cups? Do any of our readers have any other ideas for Carrie?

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