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Make a Personalized Holiday Gift Crate

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Personalize a wood plaque and wood crate this holiday for your favorite loved one. Start with a bare wood crate and plaque and use Varathane's barn red wood stain to give it holiday flair. 

  1. Lightly sand all bare wood and remove sanding dust with a lint-free cloth.
  2. Stain all bare wood with red wood stain and a lint-free cloth. If a light color is needed, wipe off excess stain right away. For a darker color, let the stain sit for 2-3 minutes before wiping off excess.
  3. Let stained wood dry for at least 1 hour. 
  4. Using a synthetic paint brush, brush on a light polyurethane top coat. 
  5. Let the polyurethane dry for approximately 1 hour.
  6. Using paint markers, create your personalized design or use lettered stencils on the rectangular wood plaque. Let paint marker dry for about 30 minutes.
  7. Hot glue the plaque to the wood crate and fill with gifts.