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"Create" Stenciled Back-to-School Caddy

Americana® Multi-Surface Acrylics

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"Create" Stenciled Back-to-School Caddy

designed by Ginger Bowie

Supplies for back to school or crafting get organized in this colorful, creative crate.

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Learn more about Americana® Multi-Surface Acrylics.


Americana® Decou-Page™

  • Matte Decou-Page (DS106)

Americana® Gel Stains

  • Walnut (DS29)

Americana® Multi-Surface Acrylics

  • Black Tie (DA539)
  • Cotton Ball (DA500)
  • Inch Worm (DA563)
  • Pink Tropics (DA561)
  • Waterfront (DA566)

Other supplies

  • water container
  • palette or plastic plate
  • pencil (with clean eraser)
  • 1" flat brush
  • wooden crate (Walnut Hollow)
  • old rag
  • hand-sander or sandpaper
  • 1" foam brush
  • vinyl (lettering of choice)
  • electric drill (with assorted drill bits)
  • craft hook
  • drawer handles


NOTE: Let dry completely between painting steps.

  1. Sand the entire crate with a hand-sander or sandpaper.
    Step 0 Example
  2. Paint one end of the crate with two or three coats of Cotton Ball. Allow to dry completely between coats.
    Step 1 Example
  3. Apply a vinyl stencil of choice for "create" lettering.
    Step 2 Example
  4. Apply a generous coat of Americana Matte Decou-Page over the top of the vinyl stencil. (After the Decou-Page dries, it will seal the edges and prevent any paint bleeding underneath.)
    Step 3 Example
  5. Paint the entire crate in Pink Tropics. Allow to dry completely between coats.
    Step 4 Example
  6. Carefully remove the lettering using a craft hook.
    Step 5 Example
  7. Sand the edges of the crate, giving a distressed look.
    Step 6 Example
  8. To add to the distressed look, apply a coat of Walnut Gel Stain. Use an old rag and rub it into the wood.
    Step 7 Example
  9. Mark the holes for the handles using a pencil. Drill holes using the appropriate size bit. Screw in the handles.
    Step 8 Example
  10. Using the clean end of a pencil, add dots of Black Tie, Waterfront, Cotton Ball, and Inch Worm to the bottom of the crate slats. (See photo for color placement.)
    Step 9 Example