How to Make a Crate Train

How to Make a Crate Train

Crafting Time:
  • 3-5 Hours
Skill Level:
  • Intermediate
Project Courtesy of: Amy Pennell
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Additional Information



  • White wooden crates (4)
  • 6' of white roping or cord
  • 2 yards of cotton fabric for wheels
  • Embroidery hoops, same size (6)
  • Bottle of white acrylic paint
  • Medium paintbrush
  • Drill with a 1/2" spade bit
  • Phillips bit for drill
  • Small box of decking screws 1-1/2" long
  • Jig saw & blade
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • Bottle of tacky glue
  • Scrap pieces of 2"x4" lumber (4, to go under crates)
  • Scissors


  1. To make the window on the train engine, take the first crate and draw a line with a pencil across two of the inside slats, about 8" up from the side. Do this on both sides of the crate and then cut on the line with the jigsaw. Pull off the top part of the slats, leaving the bottom still attached to the crate. With the pieces that were removed, measure the opening on the window and mark it with a pencil on the scrap piece just removed.
  2. Cut on the line on the scrap piece of slat. This will be the shelf on the engine window. Repeat this step for the other side as well.
  3. Lay another crate face down against the one just cut for the cab of the engine. Screw the crates together using the decking screws.
  4. Now take the two crates and lay them on top of a piece of 2"x4". In the cab part using the drill and decking screws, screw the engine to the 2x4. This will raise it off the ground so that when you attach the wheels it will look like the wheels are supporting the train.
  5. With the two additional crates, lay them down on the scrap pieces of 2x4s. Attach them using the drill and decking screws.
  6. In the end of each crate, drill 2 holes on each side about 6" up from the bottom for the roping to connect one crate to another.
  7. Slide the roping into the holes and tie a knot inside of the crate. Cut the roping and go to the next crate to repeat this step until you have all of the crates roped together on both sides.
  8. To make the wheels, paint the embroidery hoops white and allow to dry.
  9. Cut the fabric a bit larger than the hoop. Assemble the hoop inserting the fabric. Cut off excess fabric.
  10. Attach the wheels to the train with tacky glue. Glue them with hot glue as well, just to hold them in place while the tacky glue dries.
  11. Once the train is complete, attach the shelf in the window of the engine.

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Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint 2 oz

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White Wash Wood Crate

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Homespuns Cotton Fabric 44"-Black

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Twist Rope Poly Matt White 6 Yds

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Aleene's Original Tacky Glue-4oz

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