Christmas is just around the corner, and I cannot wait. I love Christmas, and all of the festive traditions. Writing our letters to Santa, leaving a carrot for Rudolph on Christmas eve, watching The Muppets Christmas Carol, there are lots of my childhood traditions that I have carried with me in to adulthood.
One tradition which is pretty new to me is the Christmas Eve box. I found out about Christmas Eve boxes last year, and was keen to begin a new family tradition. The idea is that you take a box, and fill it with magical goodies, which you then open on Christmas Eve. The contents of the box are designed to make Christmas Eve that little bit more special. Typical contents often include pyjamas, hot chocolate and new mugs, Christmas books, a Christmas DVD.
Last year we used an old wicker basket we had in the house, but this year we decided to make a special box that could be used year after year. If you would like to make your own unique Christmas Eve box, you can follow my simple instructions.
You will need
- A wooden chest (we used this one from Amazon*)
- Paint (we used white spray paint)
- Paint Pens or Sharpies
- PVA glue
- Wooden Letters (amazon*)
- Wooden Christmas Shapes (we used snowflakes, lots of designs available from amazon & eBay.)
- All Purpose Glue / Super Glue
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1. Start by painting your wooden box. We used two tins of white spray paint, but other paints would probably be ok.
2. Using your wooden letters, spell out the words you would like to include on the box. The could be your children’s names, ‘Christmas Eve Box’ ‘Noel’ ‘Merry Christmas’ or whatever you would like it to say. Arrange them on to the box and make pencil marks so you know where they will be going later.
3. Start to draw on a design. Ideas for basic designs can be bunting, christmas trees, snow men, presents, bows, or if you are feeling a little more adventurous you can try drawing a full christmas scene or your favourite characters. If you don’t feel confident with drawing your own designs you can skip this step and simply add more wooden decorations.
5. Take your wooden letters and wooden decorations. One by one, carefully dip them in to PVA glue, and then again in to glitter. Once dipped in glitter, leave the letters and the decorations aside until the glue has fully dried.
6. Once dry, it’s time to start gluing your lettering and decorations to your box. It’s best to use a heavy duty glue for this, especially if you want to box to grow up with your children! Add a small amount of glue to each piece and set it in to place on the box. Once all pieces are arranged, leave the whole thing to dry.
And that is how you make your own special Christmas Eve box. I hope my instructions have inspired you to make your own unique box ready to start this lovely tradition with your family.
I can’t wait to start filling our ready for the 24th of December! If you need inspiration on filling your new box, keep an eye on my blog as I will be doing a ‘What’s in the Box’ post next week!
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