How to Build a DIY Fruit Storage Container

DIY Fruit Storage Container

In our house, we always have a lot of fruits either in a basket or in some bowl container on the counter. We needed a place to keep fresh fruits in one organized place. So I built a DIY Countertop Fruit Storage Container just for that. Now our fruits are well organized in one place for kids (and adults) to snack on. It’s always a good idea to encourage eating fruits for a healthier diet.

This is a very simple built that cost about $12 of material. If you chose to make it wider or narrower, just adjust the lower and upper container dimensions. You could also stain it with some other stain that matches your kitchen.

Before we continue don’t forget to follow me on PinterestFacebookInstagram, and Youtube to keep up with all my latest builds!

You also might be interested in Dining Table Centerpiece and Kitchen Wood Sign projects that I attempted to replicate a reclaimed wood appearance.

DIY Fruit Storage Container

Time to Complete

3 hours

Total Cost


Skill Level


Fruit Storage Container PDF


This PDF download includes Cut Diagrams, a List of Supplies, and 3D illustrations with detailed steps to build the project. Measurements are in imperial and not metric. Does NOT include SketchUp/CAD files.

The plans are embedded on the webpage for free, but if you would like to support the website, you can pay a small fee to purchase the printable PDFs.

Thank you for your support!

Fruit Storage Container

If you are feeling generous today, you could give a small tip to help me create more projects. Thank you!

Tools for this project

Material List

Note: Lumber dimensions are listed as nominal size.  See lumber sizes for actual dimensions vs nominal.

Disclosure: Some of the links on this page as well as links in “tools for this project” and “material list” sections are affiliate links.


DIY Fruit Storage Container dimensions

Step 1 – Download and Print the Template for Side Pieces

First, download and print the template. I included one large template for those who have large format printers. But if you don’t have a large printer, I also included an option to print on 11×17. You will need to align and glue both sheets together to get one full template. Cut out the template with scissors and place it over ¾” plywood. Using a pencil, trace over the shape of the template. You will need two of these side pieces.

template for DIY Fruit Storage Container
tracing over the template for DIY Fruit Storage Container

Step 2 – Cut Side Pieces of the Fruit Container

Next, with a jig saw cut out both side pieces following the pencil marks. You could also use a band saw for this task, but jig saw will work just fine.

side pieces for the DIY Fruit Storage Container
using jig saw to cut plywood
cut side pieces for DIY Fruit Storage Container

Step 3 – Cut Boards for Lower and Upper Containers

Then take ½” plywood and with a table saw cut all the pieces as shown in the picture.

plywood pieces for DIY Fruit Storage Container

Step 4 – Assemble the boards for the Lower Container

Now attach the lower front piece with wood glue and brad nails using a nail gun. You could also use pocket holes for ½” plywood to attach these boards, but it takes much longer to do that. The front piece has a slight angle slanting to the front of the fruit storage container. Then attach the bottom piece and back piece. The back piece will also have a slight angle slanting to the back of the fruit container.

attaching the bottom fruit container
applying wood glue on plywood
nailing sides of the DIY Fruit Storage Container
DIY Fruit Storage Container

Step 5 – Attach boards for the Upper Container

The top container will be attached the same way as the bottom. First, attach the front piece, then the bottom piece and the back piece.

DIY Fruit Storage Container
attaching the front piece to the DIY Fruit Storage Container

Step 6 – Stain and Paint

I used Pre-Stain for my first coat, then I used a Sunbleached Stain over the Pre-Stain coat. Usually, I leave it overnight to dry before applying Polyurathane. And you’re done with the fruit storage container!

applying pre stain on DIY Fruit Storage Container
applying pre stain on DIY Fruit Storage Container
DIY Fruit Storage Container

Leave a Comment