10 Upcycle DIYs for Extra Crates

Koala, Kiwi, Doodle and Tinker Crates aren’t just built to carry hands-on fun, they’re built to be a part of it!

You may have a few empty crates in the corner of your kitchen/playroom/garage/kid’s room that, like the “Mona Lisa,” stares you down as you move about the room. We’ve collected a few of our favorite ways to upcycle that stack of crates below. Soon you will walk around your kitchen without judgy crate stares. ✌🏾

Spectroscope STEM DIY

Study the science behind rainbows with a do-it-yourself spectroscope! You can see all the colors that make up white light from the sun, and the unique color patterns in light from light bulbs and other sources. Full instructions are on the Kiwi Crate DIY site!

What You’ll Need

  • cd or dvd
  • Koala/Kiwi/Doodle/Tinker crate
  • knife or scissors
  • opaque tape
  • pen or pencil

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Pretend Cash Register DIY

This cardboard cash register is a fun addition to pretend market play. Tally sales by pushing buttons and exchanging pretend money. Full instructions are on the Kiwi Crate DIY site!

What You’ll Need

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Ice Cream Balloons DIY

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! Try out this simple DIY project for birthday party decor, or for fun ice cream parlor play. With a balloon and some paper, you can create any flavor of ice cream imaginable. Plus, it will never turn into a sticky, melted mess. Full instructions are on the Kiwi Crate DIY site!

What You’ll Need

  • balloons
  • construction paper
  • double-sided tape or glue
  • crepe paper
  • pencil
  • X-acto knife
  • Koala/Kiwi/Doodle/Tinker crate

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Robot Automaton STEAM DIY

This is the DIY for kids fascinated by how things work! It’s a fun way to play with simple machines and also create really cool art pieces. Full instructions are on the Kiwi Crate DIY site!

What You’ll Need

  • wooden skewers
  • scissors
  • Koala/Kiwi/Doodle/Tinker crate
  • drinking straw
  • round object (such as a drinking glass)
  • masking tape
  • construction paper (optional)
  • markers (optional)
  • pipe cleaners (optional)
  • hot glue/hot glue gun (optional)
  • rubber bands (optional)

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Crate City DIY

Take a page out of our book and use your extra crates to build a city!

Plant Light Maze STEM DIY

Have you ever noticed how plants grow toward the light? Build this simple light maze, and watch the plant grow around the obstacles to reach the light! Try experimenting with different mazes and see how the plant reacts. Can your plant complete its maze? Full instructions are on the Kiwi Crate DIY site!

What You’ll Need

  • seeds
  • soil
  • cup
  • Koala/Kiwi/Doodle/Tinker crate
  • paper
  • tape or glue
  • X-acto knife
  • pencil
  • ruler

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Diorama DIY

Maker Katherine Mcdonald and family inspired us with her set of intricate Kiwi Crate box dioramas. Using materials like felt, Katherine builds these sets to be played with for weeks after!

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Traps for Holiday Characters DIY

Turn your crate into a trap or hotel for holiday characters like leprechauns and tooth fairies. Thank you to Ashley Rose for this idea and photo!

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Golf Race Game DIY

Who’s ready for a race? Race to the hole with this Golf Race Game. Practice counting and taking turns along the way. Full instructions are on the Kiwi Crate DIY site.

What You’ll Need

  • Koala/Kiwi/Doodle/Tinker crate
  • green paper or green paint
  • stickers
  • dice
  • bottle caps or cotton balls
  • scissors
  • glue or tape

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Beach Puppet Stage DIY

A great way to celebrate the upcoming summer season. Build a stage to put on a  puppet show set at the beach! Full instructions are on the Kiwi Crate DIY site.

What You’ll Need

  • printable scenery
  • markers
  • scissors
  • tape
  • cardboard

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