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.

21 comments:

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

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

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

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  4. Great idea, will do with the kids

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    1. Oh my gosh it was several years ago. I know I painted them white first. I think I made an SVG with a peppermint picture. When I uploaded it to DS I erased the white and just kept the colored swirls. Made them the size I needed for the size of the lid I was using for the wheel. Hope this helps.

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  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.

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  10. The Cricut is a cutting machine that I use to projects suing vinyl. I designed the swirls in the Design Space that is used with the cricut machine.

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  11. I made this train this year, too. I didn't want to spend money on tins for their lids so I took wood that was sitting in our garage and cut them into circles. Worked great! You did a great job on yours! I love the signs!

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  12. I absolutely love this. Will try and do this craft for my Christmas Display this year.
    You have done a great job.

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  13. Excellent job, thanks for sharing. I've added to my to-do list.

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