Christmas Crate | Christmas Decor

Last week I revealed the Christmas Tree I decorated as part of Michael’s Dream Tree Challenge.  As part of the challenge, we were also challenged to create some Christmas Décor as well!  I actually did a couple of different Christmas Decor items.

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I decided to build a crate after spying some old wood out in a pasture while we were at the Pumpkin Patch.  {Insert squeals of joy and excitement from yours truly and rolling of eyes by certain offspring}.

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The aged wood was BEAUTIFUL!!!  We found out who it belonged to and asked them if we could buy it from them…and they let us take it for FREE!!! Ummm…HELLO!  So awesome!

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I will share how we made the crate later.  You can wait for that tutorial, or you can pick up a wooden crate at Michael’s.  I did nothing to the wood, but if you use one of Michael’s unfinished crates, you could stain it or paint it before adding the stencil.

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Then fill the crate with some pine boughs, which I picked up from Michael’s.  I also added some battery powered Christmas lights and these fun Christmas Light Balls.  Add some wrapped presents and you have a fun Christmas Crate delivered from the North Pole ;).

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The other little project I did was to paint these reindeer I picked up from Michael’s white.  I simply spray painted them and then painted the antlers of one silver and the other gold.  Then of course sprinkled the antlers with a little bit of glitter to give them a little bit of sparkle.

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I added a wreath around one of the reindeer’s neck.  The wreath did not fit over the head and antlers, but all you need to do is cut the wire with some wire cutters and than put it around the reindeer and then put the wreath back in a circle by running another piece of new wire around the ends of the cut wreath to hold the wreath back together.

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I love it! I have been a bit obsessed with vintage crates and wooden boxes…which I am sure you guys have surely noticed…especially if you have been following along for a while.  Ha!  I LOVE this one!  I also love that when Christmas is over, and the Christmas Decorations come down, I can simply turn the crate around and fill it with some blankets, pillows or wood for the fireplace.

I would love to know if you make one a crate or pick up some of the reindeer!  And, if you are going to be heading to Michael’s this weekend…don’t forget to use a coupon!

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Believe Sign

Hey guys! We have had a busy week around here.  My son is on the high school swim team and we are right in the middle of the swim season.  So my mom duties have pushed aside this blog thingy ;)…as it should!  But I found  some time to finally share with you this BELIEVE sign.  It, along with this Vintage Crate, are my favorite DIY Christmas decorations that I have made so far.

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I actually bought this board over two years ago with the idea of this project in mind but I never actually found the time to get around to making it.  So it sat in my attic waiting patiently for me ;).  I picked the board up from my local Bennion Crafts and it was already this fabulous red color with the fun edging.

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I cut out the word BELIEVE on my Silhouette CAMEO and then drew little circles where I wanted the Christmas lights to go.  Make sure they are evenly spaced to get the best overall look.  Take a hole punch and punch out the dots where the lights will be.

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*IMPORTANT–Be sure to count the number of lights you have on your string of Christmas lights.  You want to be sure you have enough lights for each hole.  AND…make sure that the lights will fit from one hole to the next.  There were a couple of spots that I had to skip a light so the wire was long enough to reach the next hole.  Does that make sense?  Check and double check.  And for best results it would be nice to make sure you have a few leftover lights and the end…just in case.  You can always hide those lights behind your finished sign.

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I traced the letters onto the wood and then painted the letters white.  I chose not to spray paint my sign since it was snowing the day I made it ;).  Then after the sign has dried, you can put your punched letter “stencil” on the board and use a pencil to mark where the holes should be drilled.

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Take a drill bit that is the same size of your Christmas lights and drill holes where each light will be.

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Then comes the fun part…Place the lights so that the plug is on the end where you need it to be as far as where you will be plugging it in.  Then insert the lights into each hole.  You will want to use some duct tape to securely hold the light in place so that they don’t fall out of the hole.  My kids LOVED helping with this part.  You can see what a great job they did on the back of the sign!  But no worries, no one will be the wiser once the sign is turned around.

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I LOVE how it turned out!  And I love it even more at night!  Don’t you just love this time of year?  I love Christmas lights and I love how cozy they make your home feel.

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Christmas Vintage DIY Crate

This month, as part of the Lowe’s Creative Blogger team, we were given the challenge to create some Holiday décor items.  I always enjoy these challenges because it gives me an opportunity to finally get some of these projects that are constantly swirling around my head, out of my head and in my home.

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And I am especially excited about this project…a vintage DIY crate!  I have actually spent some time looking around for some of these crates but couldn’t find exactly what I wanted and so I had toyed with the idea of making my own.  But wasn’t quite sure how to go about it.

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So with this month’s #LowesCreator challenge, I decided that this would be the perfect time to try my hand at making a “vintage” crate.

I picked up some tounge and groove pine boards at Lowe’s and cut off the “tounges” and “grooves” by simply running the boards through our saw.  I picked these boards because they are really thin and inexpensive.

For the front and back of the crate, I cut 6 of these boards so that I had:

6 boards that measured 3.5 inches by 24 inches. 

They are 1/4 inch thick.

Then I made 6 more boards that measured 3.5 inches by 7.5 inches for the sides of the crate.

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Then I cut a piece of a pine board 7 x 24 inches.  This is the bottom of the crate.

Then to make the corner supports of the box, I cut 4—7 inch pieces a of 1.5 x 1.5 board.

What…You don’t work in your pajamas? :) My little girl takes pretty good pictures…don’t you think?

Then you will need to nail your crate together. I didn’t use any wood glue on this project, but you can if you want.

I started with the bottom and one of the front pieces and nailed them together. Then I nailed on the back piece to the bottom.

Then you can nail on both sides. Be careful to hold your box exactly where you want it so that it maintains a nice rectangular shape.

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Then I nailed the corner supports in and finished nailing the other two front planks to the corner supports.  I chose to leave a tiny space in between each plank to give it a more vintage feel.

After the front is nailed, I added the side planks so that I could match them up with the front. When nailing these on, be sure to keep your corner pieces straight. This is very important to the overall finish of your vintage crate.

Then finally, you will nail the back planks on. This crate is made so that the sides of the crate planks actually show on the front and the back of the crate. I thought this would help with the overall vintage look.  Now your crate is done! Yay!!

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To add a label I simply printed out this old vintage stamp that I found in the online Silhouette store.  I transferred it over onto the wood with the old trick of drawing on the back of the design in pencil and then coloring over the top of it so that it ends up on the wood.  Pretty high tech!

Then you simply need to draw the design with a black Sharpie.

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Throw a layer of stain on your crate ( I used a walnut colored stain)…and you have a beautiful vintage DIY crate!

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I was surprised at how easy this crate was to build.  And was really happy with the overall results.  I love being able to make something JUST the way I want.

I added some pine branches and a berry garland to glam it up and threw in a couple of candles.  As always be super careful when using candles.  And…since I took these pictures, I actually threw a string of white battery powered Christmas lights to give it some more holiday sparkle.

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When the holidays are over, I can replace what is in the crate so it can be in my home all year long.

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*I was given a Lowe’s gift card for the supplies to make this crate.  However all opinions and statements are mine.