I make it no secret that I love Christmas. A lot of my childhood memories are from Christmas time. We had some great family traditions, and many of them I have chosen to adopt for my family. However one new tradition I have brought in to our family is the Christmas Eve box.
Christmas Eve boxes seem to be the new thing to do nowadays and I love it. You fill it with little bits for your little one, like new pyjamas for Christmas Eve night, a story for bedtime, maybe some chocolate coins or a little treat. Basically a treat to really get them in the mood for Christmas Day!
When the team at Hobbycraft invited me to celebrate the opening of their new store in Farnborough by getting crafty. I knew that I would love to make a Christmas Eve box. I must say, this sort of thing is completely out of my comfort zone. I’m not a very crafty person. I love baking and cake decorating, but I’m not usually great with paints but I wanted something that was something new to me!
So here is what you will need:
- A wooden crate
- Acrylic paints
- Christmas embellishments
- Letter stencils
- Paintbrushes & palette
- Double sided sticky tape
- Use some masking tape to make a level line along your box to make sure it’s level and work out how much space you have for your letters. (I forgot to do this and ended up with a few wonky words, but it only adds to the homemade feel…!)
- Get your letter stencils and paints at the ready, lay the stencil with the letter you want above the line and paint within the stencil with your chosen colour.
- Gently lift the stencil away, I found that when I lifted it too quickly I ended up smudging the paint around the edges.
- Wipe down the stencil with a wipe or cloth to make sure you don’t smudge any unwanted paint on your box!
- Repeat for the rest of the letters (you may have to let the previous letter dry slightly before moving on depending on your letter spacing). I also chose to paint some little stockings either side of the wording.
- Leave to dry. Once it’s dry you can attach some festive embellishments using double sided sticky tape to make it extra special. I chose to use some little wooden stars and gold bows.
The Hobbycraft blog has some really great ideas for festive crafts. They’re always my go to store when we want to make something or bake something amazing! The new Farnborough store is located at Horizon retail park, and is packed with plenty of crafting materials for all ages and abilities. The staff in store all have a passion for arts and crafts so are always very helpful and able to guide you to just what you need.
This is a sponsored post with Hobbycraft, I was given the items to create my Christmas Eve box however all words and opinions are my own.