Whenever we receive a package that I know is a Christmas present for the children, I just tell my son that it’s a special early delivery from Santa. Then, when they’re asleep, I wrap up the presents and place them in the delivery crate.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own North Pole crate:
Wooden Craft Crate
Dark Wood Stain
Printer & Paper
1. Stain your crate to give it an old worn look. Most of the time I just dip an old rag into stain and rub it onto the wood. I feel like it combines the paint and removal steps of staining and saves some time. But, it can be a bit messy – so wear gloves if you do it that way!
2. While you’re waiting for the stain to dry, find a North Pole postmark image on Google that you like and print it out (fit the image to the page so it’s large enough to see). Wait for the stain to dry.
3. Using a pencil and a bit of force, trace the outline of your printed postmark onto the side of the crate; this should leave an indent in the wood so you can go over it with your white Sharpie.
This is such a fun way to hold presents until Christmas. Of course, if you have little ones who are very inquisitive, you can always wrap up empty boxes and just use this adorable crate for decoration! Plus, if you only stamp one side of your crate, you can use it throughout the year for other things (like holding blankets, storing toys, organizing your pantry, etc).
This is Day 4 of our 12 Days of Christmas Decorations series … check out all of the posts here.
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