I cannot believe that Thanksgiving has come and gone! It is crazy how fast the time goes and how busy this time of year gets. My weeks fly by and I find myself busy with so many different things! I did make it a priority to create an little holiday decor that I could share with you. This wood Christmas box decor is the perfect little piece to hang on your front door or display on your table or TV console. With this project you get a little garage time and some fun crafting elements. It should only take you a couple of hours (not including drying time) and allow for some great creativity! Now, let’s get started!
Step 1: Sand, Measure and Cut
The wood I used was leftover from my Make your own bath tray post. If you didn’t see it, check it out while the paint is drying in the next couple steps! Back to the wood. A two to three foot 1″x8″ common board is all you need if you don’t have it, or other scrap wood on hand. First thing I do is sand the surface. It is only necessary to sand the front side that will be painted. Grab that palm sander or some scrap sand paper and do get too it. No need to spend too much time but enough so others won’t get splinters if they run their hands along your finished masterpiece.
Once sanded, you need to figure out the wood piece sizes. To figure out the sizes of my wood “gift boxes,” I simply made a 30 second decision of the sizes I wanted. My three gift boxes sizes are: 7.25″ x 7.25″, 10″ x 4″, and 3.25″ x 3.25″. Feel free to make them the size you desire. I always measure my first piece, cut it, and then make the next measurement. That way I am never off sizes by the end of the cutting process.
Step 2: Paint
Fortunately I had white and gold spray paint on hand and ran to Michael’s to get a small bottle of red craft paint. I love these colors tighter and my Christmas Tree each year is always gold and red. Get creative here and paint the boxes your favorite colors! Two to three coats of paint should be plenty to cover the wood grain. Allow ample time to dry before you begin assembling.
Step 3: Decorate
When I was at Michael’s, I picked up green and gold ribbon and a couple of crafting pieces you would put in a centerpiece or on a wreath. Right now all holiday decor and crafting is on sale so I got everything including the paint for $6!
I love adding different textures and elements to pull a piece together and make it pop. To begin, I hot glued ribbon to to a couple of the boxes. I knew I wanted a big gold bow on the white box so I took some needle and thread and crated my own. To recreate, simply but 3-4 inch strips of the thicker gold ribbon- approx 8 strips. Fold in half and sew together. The ribbon I purchased has a wire along the edges so makes it easy to mold and will hold its shape. I did not glue on the pine cones or faux tree branch; wanted to keep that step for last.
Step 4: Glue
Arrange the boxes how you want before gluing down. When ready, apply glue to the back, place, and clamp down. If you don’t have clamps, set some books on or something else heavy.
Step 5: Finishing touches
Now that everything is dried, I hot glued the pine cones, gold bow and faux tree branch in place. Get as creative as you want here. Make it your own unique, adorable Christmas piece. I have a table top wire easel that I am using to display the decor, but I might add a little kickstand to the back so it is propped up on its on. If you prefer, grab a picture frame hanging kit from the Home Depot and install per the instructions. You can hang on your wall or on your front door!
This garage/crafting project was so fun to create! You could easily replicate a similar project for the different holidays throughout the year. It’s all about being creative and executing!
Thanks all for following along! I hope you enjoyed this post, learned something new, and had a fun time creating this project!
Bye for now babes,