A Christmas Eve box tradition
Do you have a Christmas Eve box family tradition? It's very simple and can encourage family togetherness or simply a fun tradition with wonder and excitement. It's very simple to create and lots of fun to plan the contents each year!
Christmas Eve box project is part of our 12 Crafts of Christmas.. check them all out here
Let's get creative with our Christmas Eve box!
Fun to fill the box! (movie, book, snacks, pj's,etc)
Always start with a good base for your wood, check out "Prepping your Surface" This is key to any type of stencil you use. Paint your crate the desired colour.
Once your paint is dry. Apply your silk screen stencil to the crate- if it is brand new you may need to "fuzz" it off a little, this will remove a bit of the stickiness so that it doesn't adhere too well. Simply place your silk screen on the fuzzing cloth or towel, rub gently & pull up.
Gently pull your paste across the stencil design, remove excess paste. Remove your stencil. Let paste dry (this is quick!) See video below for a quick how-to.
Once your design is complete fill your box with all the Christmas Eve treats and fun.
Ideas: Movie, Story book, PJ's, Snacks & treats, Reindeer Food, small gifts, new ornament, Snowman soup. Be creative and enjoy filling your box each year!
DIY wood burn design cutting board
This easy DIY cutting board is created with wood burning so that you can safely use it for food preparation. Easy to create with a stencil and wood burning gel. You can buy pre-made wood burning gel or check out our DIY wood burning gel blog post & create your own!
This project is part of our 12 Crafts of Christmas series.
This easy DIY project will have you ready to create gifts for everyone! Teachers, coaches, friends and yourself of course!
Wood cutting board (ours was bamboo)
Wood burning Gel -- purchase or see our DIY recipe
Food grade mineral oil
Apply your silk screen stencil. Using your choice of wood burning gel, gently pull it across your design. Be careful not to go off your stencil.
Remove your stencil slowly.
Let your gel sit for a moment while you wash off your stencil.
Ensure you are working on a heat safe surface. I use a heat protecting mat & it works fabulous.
Using a heat gun/tool slowly move around your design. Continuously move the heat.
Although I have not tried it -- I have heard others set their design in the heat press or oven However, you do not have control of which sections set darker. This is why I prefer the heat tool as I can control how dark each section gets (with practice!).
Allow your design to cool and then go over your board with food grade mineral oil. Your board is now ready to be a functional decor piece!
See this project come together in the video below.
A busy mom of three finding me time, therapy and fun with Chalk Couture and crafting!