December 08, 2016

Little Christmas Crate Train

Oh my I LOVE LOVE LOVE how my little crate train turned out. I got my inspiration from  The Keeper of the Cheerios blog post. I did a few thing differently to make it my own. I figured I have about $100 in just the materials. So worth it though.

I didn't take step by step photos. You can pretty much follow her video and then just change it up a bit for your style. I tried to use items that I had on hand to keep the cost down a bit.

I had gotten some crates from Walmart and from Michaels. I like the style better with the ones from Michaels but the Walmart ones are built better. Both were right at $10 each.

For the wheels I went to the Dollar Tree and bought 16 of cookie tins. Painted the lids white (it took about 4 coats). In the video it shows hand painting the swirls on the wheels. I cannot hand paint anything so..... I have a Cricut so I cut them out with 631 vinyl and applied them. 

Used a piece of PVC pipe for the smoke stack. The base is a canning lid. I useed the E6000 glue to hold it in place. 

Of course I had to make some little signs to dress it up a bit. I had some miniature tree ornaments that I used for a little bling on the signs and the front of the train engine.

Santa and Rudolph are made from vinyl and put inside a 4x4 picture frame from Walmart. I velcroed these on in case I need to remove them for replacement one day. 

This project took a little more time then this "impatient crafter" cares to put into a project. But I really like how it turned out.


  1. Great job. Will really decorate the yard at Christmas also if you used outdoor paint.

  2. This is too cool not to pass on. Everyone hope you enjoy, thank you Bonnie Singleton. Post some pictures!

  3. Think I will make smaller with more cars for table to serve cookies and snacks.

  4. Great idea, will do with the kids

  5. Amazing! Looks professionally done!We love trains. I will have to try this.

  6. Wandahaddock EddingerNovember 12, 2018 at 1:44 PM

    Awesome job so beautiful I will try it merry Christmas!!

  7. Love this! Going to build it with the grands!

    1. Great! Would love to see a picture when you are done.

  8. I also have a cricut machine how did you make the swirls for the wheels?

  9. What do you mean by "I have a Cricut so I cut them out with 631 vinyl and applied them." I don't understand this statement. Please explain. Thank you.