A Christmas tree box is all the rage this year, and I was so excited to make one. We have three adorable rescue kitties, and a tree skirt is always doomed under our tree. So, hubby and I made this large box from his contractor wood scraps and my leftover project stencil, paint, and stain. When the holidays are over, it will be repurposed as a planter or even a firewood box in the den.
MAKE A BOX
No matter what your skill level, materials, or tools, make a simple box larger than the base of your tree. We made ours 24″ by 24″ by 15″ tall. Steve used old, 1/2″ thick ac exterior recycled plywood, and he cut up an old shelf for the trim at the top. He did not even miter the corners, but you can if you wish. Just use whatever you have and get creative.
- Golden Paintworks Cashmere metallic paint. Find a retailer here.
- General Finishes Antique Oak water-based stain. Find a retailer here.
- I used an old L A Stencilworks stencil that I can’t find online at this writing. You can substitute the Royal Design Studio Acanthus Damask.
- Black water-based paint
- Paint brush
- Large stencil brush (I used a giant one from Royal Design Studio)
- 100-grit sandpaper or a sander
- paper towels
- paper plates
- painter’s tape
- felt pads optional
PAINT THE BOX
- Paint one coat of black paint. Let dry.
2. Use a sander or 100-grit sandpaper to sand heavily so the wood shows through. Wipe clean.
3. Position the stencil and tape it as best you can.
4. Use a large stencil brush to brush on a light coat of paint through the stencil. Dip just the tips of the brush into a small pool of paint on a paper plate. Offload onto paper towels. Pull the brush in a vertical motion over the stencil.
Let dry, or use a hairdryer to dry it quickly.
5. Paint on the stain, then wipe it off with a dry cloth. Let dry. Sand. Wipe clean.
You’re done! Add some large felt pads at the bottom if you like.
Cheers! I hope you have a wonderful holiday. We hope the pandemic will not affect ours too much since we have a small immediate family. And several precious felines who love to play with Christmas wrappings and more.
Hope you’ll follow my friend Danielle’s blog, FindingSilverPennies.com! Danielle features lots of painting projects from her gorgeous New England home.