How to make your own crate for mandarin oranges, by a Malaysian DIYer

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In the spirit of celebrating Chinese New Year, let’s infuse a bit of hands-on fun into the festivities with a dash of creativity through a DIY project that mirrors the essence of the season. What better way to showcase auspicious oranges than in a handmade crate using just a jigsaw, handsaw, hammer and some nails.


DIY emphasises the importance of personal effort, intention and the creation of something meaningful.

As each plank is carefully cut and each nail is hammered into place, you’re not merely assembling a crate; think of it as a personalised DIY ritual, a hands-on method to welcome prosperity and positivity for the year ahead.

So, let’s roll up our sleeves and dive into the creative process of building a crate to beautifully display oranges to usher in good fortune and happiness.



Long sides and bottom – 7 pieces x 25cm

Short sides – 4 pieces x 16cm

Support brace – 4 pieces x 6cm





Hammer and nails

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)


Aida Ihsani is a self-taught DIYer and woodworker with over eight years of experience. Through her women’s woodworking workshops, she has empowered over 1,000 women from all walks of life to be confident in using power tools and start their DIY journey. For more on Aida’s workshop, visit or @iamaidaihsani on Instagram.

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