Build Your Own Decorative Rustic Wheelbarrow

Under 2 hours



Use a wooden crate to build a festive fall decoration

Seasonal flowers and colorful leaves make autumn one of the most beautiful times of the year. Celebrate the season and the arrival of cooler weather with a DIY rustic wheelbarrow that you can easily build using a wooden crate and a few pieces of lumber.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT

TOOLS

MATERIALS

1
measure and mark
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Measure and mark out the dried kiln board as follows:

2 – 8-inch segments on one of the balusters for the legs
1 – 3 ¾-inch segment on the wooden dowel for the wheel axle
1 – 7-inch circle from the 2 x 8-inch x 8-foot board

Tip: To draw an even circle, make a mark in the center of the 2 x 8-inch x 8-foot board about 6 inches in from the end of the board. Screw a screw halfway into the center mark and wrap a 3 ½-inch string with one end tied around the screw head and the other end tied around a pencil.

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2
CUT THE LEGS
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Using a circular saw, cut the two 8-inch legs from one of the balusters and the 3 ¾-inch wheel axle from the dowel.

3
CUT THE WHEEL
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Using a ½-inch drill bit, pre-drill a hole touching the outside line of the circle. 

Insert the jig saw into the pre-drilled hole and cut the 7-inch circle from the board.

4
PREP WHEEL AXLE
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Measure and mark the center of both remaining balusters 1 ¼ inches from the ends.

Using the ½-inch drill bit, drill a ½-inch hole halfway through the baluster at those marks at a 5-degree angle with the drill bit pointing away from short end of the baluster.

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Return the drill to a flat 90-degree angle and drill a ½-inch hole through the center mark of the 7-inch wheel.

5
attach the balusters
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Turn the wooden crate upside down and align one of the balusters over the bottom of the crate.

Make sure that the end of the baluster with the drilled hole hangs over the end of the crate by 6 inches and is centered over the second slat on that side.

The other end of the baluster should be angled to hit in between the two outermost slats on the other end of the crate, allowing a 12-inch overhang to act as a handle.

Secure the baluster to the bottom of crate using a 2 ½-inch screw on each end.

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6
SLIDE THE WHEEL ONTO THE AXLE
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Insert the 3 ¾-inch wheel axle into the drilled hole on the secured baluster. 

Slide the 7-inch wheel onto the wheel axle, and insert the wheel axle into the remaining baluster. 

With the wheel sandwiched securely between the two balusters, secure the remaining baluster to the bottom of the crate centered over the second slat at the wheel end and between the two outermost slats at the handle end using 2 ½-inch screws at each end.

7
attach legs
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Place the two 8-inch legs vertically ¾ inches in from the end of the crate on the outside of the balusters.

Secure with one 2 ½-inch screw through the balusters.

Turn the wheelbarrow over and secure the legs through the slat on the inside bottom of the crate using one 1-inch screw into each leg.

8
PAINT OR STAIN
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Paint or stain and polyurethane as desired. This is especially recommended if you’re planning to display the wheelbarrow outside.