December is here, that time of year when holiday parties and a busy life become full. I had some craft projects to tackle this year so I took some of that creativity using a simple crate.
Then I teamed up with some awesome bloggers who also turned a wooden crate into Christmas fun. Make sure to check out everyone’s project at the end because we’d love to know what you think of our creativity.
We started with this wooden crate; they can be purchased at any local craft or hardware store like Michael’s or Home Depot.
I had a pretty good idea what to do with mine from the very beginning, a nativity crate.
This baby Jesus is from my childhood and a favorite Christmas decoration because it represents the reason for the season.
I remember the day and store where my mom purchased this piece and when she finally decided to pass it along I was excited.
My kids didn’t like it as much; they preferred our family nativity they picked out years ago. So in the storage cupboard it went waiting for me to find a creative way to incorporate this figurine.
Creating a Nativity Crate
- Begin with dark walnut stain, applied with a paint brush. It took a warm afternoon outdoors for it to completely dry.
- The wooden star was coated with white chalk paint using a rag; I made sure there were gaps so the natural wood was also present.
- On the back of the star I applied a wooden piece for a little lift.
- The silver piece was a lid from a 3 wick candle came from bath and body works. I added a little foam board for easy application to the star.
- For added embellishments I used burlap chevron ribbon, recycled berries from a Christmas wreath and the twine was something I saved from our families first christmas with snow.
- Craft glue was used for application in the first phase of this project.
All of these materials were things I already had and if you were to recreate this project you should have no problem finding similar materials at a really nice craft store.
Placing it all Together
For days I looked at all these pieces waiting for the right moment to place everything together.
The first thing was to add the outer ribbon and twine. I went from one wall to the other adding small glue dots as I pulled the ribbon tight, applied and completed. Then I added a strip of ribbon inside the crate.
The star addition came next and after attaching the silver center, I added a little additional embellishments.
Once the star was finished I hot glued in place.
The bed needed some love so I brought in some hay from the farm and on my walk back to the house cut some Ashe Juniper with blueberries.
This was a great find and really added some natural beauty to this project. I love bringing the outdoors in.