Here is what you need to get started:
I found all my supplies at Hobby Lobby
*Wooden Chipboard Animals
*Spraypaint and Acrylic Paint
*Hot Glue Gun
I first started by spraypainting my crate a cherry red. I didn't sand any of it down, but I made sure to brush off any excess sawdust and particles. I spread this process out over a few days to allow each side and coat to dry thoroughly. In the meantime I went ahead and painted my wood letters a pretty ocean blue.
Deseret Industries, and found some gently used books to fill up the crate with.