SNS 84 – how to make a reclaimed wood picket toolbox

flower filled reclaimed wood toolbox planter /

Welcome to Saturday Nite Special #84

Theme – your homemade toolboxes

If you’re new here, join in! There are three categories to link to. Home Decor as well as Crafts, Sewing, Recipes, plus the 3rd themed link up which stays open indefinitely. Check below for this weekend’s theme.

Party starts Fri night and ends Sunday 11pm pacific.

This weekend’s theme:

~ homemade toolboxes ~
How to make your own reclaimed wood toolbox /

How to make your own reclaimed wood toolbox /





Q: What do you get when you team up:

An authentic picket board, a white scrap board and a woodsy board all the same depth alongside the most crooked wiggly branch ever?

How to make your own reclaimed wood toolbox /

1.  Cut bottom and two sides out of the same size board, AND same size.

2. Using the same sized board, create two sides. Trim to picket tips if desired.

How to make your own reclaimed wood toolbox /

3. Dry fit them to make sure cuts are accurate.

Looking cute already!

How to make your own reclaimed wood toolbox /

4. Predrill holes, then use screws to assemble the toolbox.

5. Drill two small holes into both sides, then insert a twisty branch.

How to make your own reclaimed wood toolbox /

6. Place jars of water inside the toolbox, then fill up with fresh cut flowers of choice.

7. Cover jars or soil with spanish moss.

use spanish moss to hide the soil or jars in this planter toolbox /

use spanish moss to hide the soil or jars in this planter toolbox /

flower filled reclaimed wood toolbox planter /

flower filled reclaimed wood toolbox planter /

A: You end up with an instant soiless freshly cut wild flower garden in your very own picket toolbox that can be changed on a whim!

flower filled reclaimed wood toolbox planter /

A wiggly branch winds over, below and around bright petals as if it’s color giddy.

flower filled reclaimed wood toolbox planter /

Authentic white shabby pickets adorn each end, ringing in a hot summer’s day theme.

The board cuts were left in their woodsy tone to chime in with the branch handle, creating more of a 2 tone effect. I screwed this one together rather than use nails because, quite frankly, it was quicker! 🙂 I put this thing together in about 10 minutes.

flower filled reclaimed wood toolbox planter /

The flowers, held in 3 cups filled with water, were arranged in a color blocking method for the most punch. Then fiddle as desired. That’s it!

BIG impact for one little space! 

drill handled reclaimed wood toolbox / 

My ‘junk toolbox’ reveal shows a complete tutorial that simulates both builds HERE.

For the entire Toolbox Workshop:

Part 1 – inspiration

Part 2 – how to build one

A mini toolbox to entice you was HERE

Julie, thanks for the enticement to give building toolboxes a whirl! 

I’m not sure I can stop now. 🙂

If you like woodworking, you’ll love watching Julie work her magic. She just made the cutest cupboard with a shutter door. Check it out HERE.

Link up your own homemade or purchased toolboxes in this weekend’s 3rd themed linkup!


~ SNS blah blah linkup rules ~

1. Please link up your intended post, NOT your blog homepage url. (post, then click the title of your post, then cut and paste that url)

 2. Please put a link in your post (button or text) that leads back to the party so others can see what’s up. (see BUTTONS label under main blog header)

 3. This party is geared for DIY type projects we can all attempt to make ourselves. Items for sale may be linked up IF your entry is posted on your blog and in tutorial style.

4. For Home Decor and Crafts, Sewing, Cooking, please link projects up that are new to SNS and/or within 1 month old. Repeat linkups will be removed.

The 3rd weekly themed link may have older posts and not brand new to SNS and will remain open for your new additions at any time. Click HERE for the main list.

If you can’t decide which category to enter yours in, please just pick ONE and go with it. It’s all good!

 5. By linking up to SNS, you approve to being highlighted on FJI Facebook, added to the themed linkups and for possible future features on Funky Junk Interiors’ blog without additional permission required.

 Come on over and see if we’re talking about you this weekend. 🙂



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  1. You make Saturday Night’s so great for an old married lady! I just love coming here and seeing all the great ideas! Love your tool box. Tomorrow, I am going to find me some wood laying around and make one! I really am!

  2. Donna, what wonderful inspriation you’ve shared today. I love all the funky handles you did. The flowers too, are just gorgeous. Thank you for allowing me to join in the fun, xxx

  3. Donna, so wish I had a tool box post to share with you tonight, I have them all over my house! Just didn’t get to pulling that one together, I love them for just about everything. My hubby has made a few as well. Both of the ones that you made are fabulous. My to-do for this summer includes making one myself. Thanks for the inspiration. Take care, Laura

  4. I didn’t get to make one of your cute toolboxes but I’m glad you included ones we’ve purchased. Now I get to link up too. I can’t wait to see what all people do with toolboxes. I have a couple and love them. Thanks for hosting!

  5. Hi donna! I’m a new follower but another follower steered me to your blog with your gate tutorial. she must have had something similar (it’s been awhile) and she said I had to check out your projects. I’m in love! I can’t stop clicking! Anyway, i just finished my gate version from your directions. I will be posting in a few days and I will link back to you! I like mine, but when I see yours I love it!

  6. Yay! I finally get to show off what I’ve been playing with for a couple of weeks 🙂 This was the most awesome tutorial and project to get people to try to make, and then link up – thanks Donna!

    Love your colorful and vintage inspired totes – you are the master.

    Jill @ JunkyVagabond

  7. Love your cute toolbox..
    Thanks for hosting each and every week. You are such a busy lady..I do hope you will come over and see MY sign/story table. I am proud…
    How long does it take to get mail from the states? I am so anxious for you to get the magazine.

  8. Hi Donna I am a new follower to your wonderful blog and I just love all the inspiration and great ideas you get from it! I love the tool box idea. I have my dad’s tool box that he made and he’s no longer with us. After seeing these beauties I’ll be pulling that out of the garage this week and working some magic on it! It will be a nice reminder of him everytime I look at it! Have a great weekend, Martina

  9. Hi Donna,

    Your tool box is so charming! You only made it in
    ten minutes, Wow!
    I didn’t make mine. I have had it for a few years now. It has served many different purposes!
    Thank you, for Hosting the SNS Party!
    All the best,

  10. The tutorials for the toolboxes were great. I think I am going to give it a try. In the meantime….I found a little tote that I dressed up for the party.

  11. Thank you so much for hosting this every week and for letting me join. I love your blog, your parties and your ideas. Hope you are having a fun weekend. Come say hi!

    A mommy’s life…with a touch of YELLOW

  12. New follower, I love the tool box planter, thanks for the instructions! Oh, so cute your kitty! Also just to let you know your linky party is easy to sign up for, thanks