I've been seeing little cabinets on the design blogs. I think they are pie safes where cooks placed their pies to cool (protected from flies) before there was refrigeration. This is so adorable that I'm sure we can find dozens of uses for it.
This begins with 4 document frames (81/2 x 11") from the Dollar Tree. Add some 3/4 x 3/4" poplar molding (40¢ foot) and a 12" x 3' (you'll only need 2') pine board from Home Depot. If you want a more finished look, buy a length of molding; there are several from which to choose. Don't forget a small roll of hardware cloth and a few small brass hinges as well. This whole cabinet should cost well under $20 to make.
Oh, pick up 1 1/4" dry wall screws, small finishing nails and paintable caulk while you're at it. Run by Michael's for four wooden balls.
Remove the glass from the frames. Cut 2 pieces of square poplar the same size as the short sides of the frame and 2 pieces the size of long sides of the frame plus the two short pieces. Do this for two of the frames.
Place wood glue on the outside edges of one frame and lay it face down on a hard surface. Surround the frame with the wood pieces. Glue and screw the wood together at the corners with 1 1/2" dry wall screws. You will need to predrill for the screws. Notice that the screw is below the center of the wood. Tightly wrap tape around the frame and side pieces.
Repeat this for one other frame.
When the glue dries, remove a screw. Drill back into the screw hole with a larger bit; one as big as the head of the screw. You only need to drill in about 1/8". When you replace the screw, the head will be inset which will make it easier to hide with caulk. Repeat for all the screws. (FYI there is a drill bit that makes a hole and the inset - all in one - but I couldn't make one more trip to HD so I opted for this more time consuming method).
Connect the 2 encased frames with 4 wood pieces; the size of the short ends of the frames. Glue and add only one frame to one of the openings. Leave off the last frame which will be added later to be the door. Glue and screw the connecting pieces together making sure that the new screws don't intersect the previous screws. That's the reason for setting the first ones off center.
When the glue is dry, back out the screws, redrill the holes and reset screws, as before.
Remove the tape when the glue is dry. Cut the hardware cloth to fit the inside of each of the frames. Attach the mesh by applying hot glue over the edges. Hold in place until the glue cools.
Using little cabinet hinges, attach the frame/door to the last opening. (predrill, predrill. I'm sounding like a broken record) You may need to use sandpaper or a rasp on the frame to make it a bit smaller and easier to open and close. Pretty cute already.
Cut two pieces from a pine board to fit the top and bottom of the box. Screw wooden balls on one piece for feet. Sorry for the funny colors but I was doing a bit of stash busting.
Attach the top and bottom with small finishing nails and glue.
I thought it would look a little more finished if I used some molding around the top and bottom. It wasn't hard to do. Miter the ends, then glue and nail it on with more finishing nails. Predrill with a tiny little drill bit so that the molding doesn't split.
Use a nail set and a hammer to inset the finishing nails. Use the paintable caulk to fill in the nail and screw holes and any joints in the wood. Apply the caulk with an old credit card and smooth it with a wet finger.
A little wooden bead for a knob, white paint, some flowers in a canning jar, and we are ready for our close up (Mr. DeMille).
Here's a bit of a craft fail that I must confess. My original idea was to spray paint my little pie safe, but then I decided that I liked the silver of the hardware cloth. This meant arduous painting with a brush and I still wasn't able to get into all the nooks and crannies that I would with spray paint. If I were to make this again, I wouldn't put the mesh into the frames until after I applied the paint. Do as I say, not as I do.