Monday, September 12, 2016

Tabletop Rustic Wheelbarrow

Decorating for Fall after a long hot summer is the most fun and today I'm so excited to share my tabletop rustic wheelbarrow along with 24 other amazingly creative wheelbarrows in a virtual party!

diy tabletop rustic wheelbarrow

I choose to make my wheelbarrow tabletop size and it's just about the cutest thing you ever did see!  I used a small size crate and modified the plans for a reduced size, I'll show you how down below. 

Now you have a place to put those bazillion apples from the orchard because I know you'll come home with way more than you expected!

Or how about mini pumpkins?  Yes please!

diy tabletop rustic wheelbarrow mini pumpkins

As part of the virtual party I asked four of my DIY blogging friends to make their own version of the rustic wheelbarrow.  Wowzers they knock it out of the park with beautifully customized wheelbarrows that truly fit their styles:

Rustic wheelbarrow virtual party

Be sure to visit their blogs for more details on how they created their custom rustic wheelbarrows.

And if you're wanting to learn how to make a rustic wheelbarrow consider signing up for The Home Depot DIH Workshop:

DIH Workshop rustic wheelbarrow

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This tabletop rustic wheelbarrow makes a great storage container for fruits or veggies.

tabletop rustic wheelbarrow with chalkboard sign

I added chalkboard signs to the sides of the crate.  It's an easy way to add color with the frame and a changable label to write whatever you want!

tabletop rustic wheelbarrow with chalkboard sign

tabletop rustic wheelbarrow dining room

Be sure to visit all the DIY bloggers and check out their rustic wheelbarrow ideas:

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tabletop rustic wheelbarrow mini pumpkins

To build a tabletop rustic wheelbarrow follow the steps below.  Always be careful and safe with power tools.


  • 2 - 2" x 2" square baluster @ 24" (handles)
  • 2 - 2" x 2" square baluster @ 5 1/2" (suggest miter one end 10 degrees) (legs)
  • 1 - 5 1/2" circle (use 1x6 scrap) (wheel)
  • 1 - 3/8" round dowel @ 3 1/2"l (axel)

how to made a tabletop rustic wheelbarrow

Step 1: Make circular wheel using a piece of 1x6 scrap wood.  Use a paint can or similar round object to draw a 5 1/2" circle then cut out with a jig saw or scroll saw.  Sand smooth.

how to made a tabletop rustic wheelbarrow

Step 2: Predrill 3/8" holes for the wheel axel in one end of both handles.

Step 3: I choose to insert the wheel and axel between the handles and then attach the handles to the bottom of the crate using 2 1/2" wood screws.  Finally attach the legs to the handle.

tabletop rustic wheelbarrow using small crate

I added a chalkboard sign to the side of the crate.  Cut a 1/4" plywood scrap to size and paint with black chalkboard paint.  Prepaint L shape moulding green and cut and glue to chalkboard frame:

framed chalkboard sign

Attach chalkboard sign to crate.

tabletop rustic wheelbarrow tutorial

Thanks for taking the time to read about my tabletop rustic wheelbarrow.  Please be sure to go visit all the other rustic wheelbarrows in the virtual party links above.

Don't forget to sign up for the in store DIH Workshop and be sure to follow me on social media for project sneak peeks!

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Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

As always, LOVE your project. I told Ryan, "Why didn't I think of a tabletop version?" Such a cute way to make this into a great everyday piece.

Mindi Carwin said...

Absolutely adorable Jaime! I probably should make one of these, cause it is just too cute not to make! You rock everything you do!

Cozy Little House said...

How cute as tabletop decor! You could use it for any season.

Cristina Garay said...

They're SO cute! Of course, perfect to hold fruits or vegetables in the kitchen.

Miranda said...

Oh my goodness, this is the cutest idea!!! Love, love, love.

Laura @ duke manor farm said...

oh Jaime, love this idea of scaling it down and using it on the table. tiny wheelbarrow perfection!

Morgane @ Bear,Dolly and Moi said...

all the wheelbarrows are nice, but yours is really cute! I love the idea of displaying apples, totally right about the orchard bounty!