Ana White has a passion for saving pallets. She turns them into all sorts of usable pieces of furniture and most recently she's built her own crates. Sure, you can find vintage versions at your local antique store, but I love these salvaged versions (complete with her wedding date) just as much.
In my own home we have crates that have been bookcases, blanket holders, toy boxes and more — there's always a way to put them to use. I love the idea of making them sentimental with the addition of a date on the outside. You could also stencil on names, animal shapes, pattern, pretty much whatever your heart desires! If you get tired of the look, just sand off the stencil down the road and repaint!
Ana's crates use wood from salvaged pallets some hardware and a little help from some fresh 1x12's. The look is classic and inexpensive, coming in just under $8 (less if you happen to have any of the supplies on hand). They're sure to be cherished pieces throughout the years.
(Image: Ana White)