Mini DIY Christmas tree decor from boxes.

Make a Christmas tree decoration out of boxesSometimes I go crazy with an idea – and this would be one of those times. You see, I had a set of wood boxes with lids, and I wanted to make a Christmas decoration of sorts. So what is a crafty gal to do but raid her stash and make it happen? I pictured a DIY Christmas tree (at least the shape) made by stacking the boxes. I think the supply list below looks a little intimidating, but here’s the thing – that’s everything I used, and you can just use what you have on hand. Christmas paper and embellishments? Check. Mod Podge? Check. You don’t need much more than that, and you can decorate this project as much or as little as you like . . . though I do recommend the little star on top to make it more tree-like. Here’s how I did it.

Gather These Supplies

  • Stackable wood boxes with lids – 3
  • Mod Podge Satin
  • Mod Podge Sparkle
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
  • Mod Podge Podgeable shapes – gift tag
  • FolkArt paint – Wicker White, Bright Green, Citrus Green, Christmas Red, Pure Metallic Gold
  • Scrapbook paper in various Christmas patterns
  • Wood star shape
  • Wood circle
  • Wood letters to spell “JOY”
  • Embellishments – ribbon, buttons
  • Paintbrushes – one medium, one small detail brush
  • Craft knife or scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

IMG_6547Trace the sides of the boxes onto scrapbook paper using the pencil – all four sides. I covered each side of all four boxes with paper is what I’m sayin’.

IMG_6550Use scissors or a craft knife to cut out the paper and set aside.

IMG_6552What I did next was paint the edges of all of the boxes with white paint, just in case something peeped out. You don’t have to do this, if you don’t mind seeing raw wood if your edges aren’t exact.

IMG_6553Adhere the paper to each box using Mod Podge Satin. To do this, Mod Podge the paper down one side at a time, smoothing thoroughly after applying the paper. Let each side dry for 15 – 20 minutes, then put a coat of Mod Podge over the top. Repeat with the side of each box until all sides are covered. Let dry and then give each box base a final coat of Mod Podge Satin and let dry.

Tip: I use this fun tool called a squeegee to smoothed my papers down. You can do it with a brayer too.

Oh, and if you want to glue any other papers on the boxes (or embellishments), do it with Mod Podge now.

IMG_6551Paint the lids of all of the boxes. Let them dry and then give each box lid a coat of Mod Podge Sparkle.

IMG_6562Paint the wood star shape and wood circle with white while other things are drying. Paint the star with Mod Podge Sparkle and let dry. Then add Dimensional Magic to one side – let dry then add to the other side. Put it aside for a moment.

IMG_6558This is when things got a little crazy. I decided to make a peppermint for the front of the boxes using a wood circle. So I drew the sections with a pencil . . .

IMG_6559And then I painted them. And sparkled them. Then I added Dimensional Magic to the top of the peppermint shape and let dry.

IMG_6554Next you’ll trace the gift tag shape onto a piece of paper and then attach to the back of the gift tag using Mod Podge Satin. Let dry. Add Dimensional Magic to the top of the gift tag and let dry.

IMG_6555Paint the wood letters spelling “JOY” using Bright Green. Let dry and then paint with Mod Podge Sparkle. Let dry. Add Dimensional Magic to the tops of the letters and let dry. Glue these letters to the top of the gift tag.

IMG_6563Add ribbon around the middle of the largest box using craft glue. Add the gift tag to the front of the box (where the ribbon meets) using craft glue. Let dry.

IMG_6557Finish your faux tree by gluing all boxes and lids together as shown in the photo. Add any other embellishments you want and let everything dry (I’m thinking buttons, more ribbon, etc). Then you glue the star to the very top.

IMG_6564This is how I kept the star in place while it was drying. I know – I’m a genius.

Make a Christmas tree decoration out of boxesWhat do you think? I used up so much stuff in my stash that I did the hamster dance when I was done. One more Christmas project in the bag. Happy holidays!