Advent Crate

Thanks to Crates and Pallet for sponsoring today’s post; all opinions are honestly my own.


Does your family have special ways to count down the days until Christmas? Here in the Artsy House, we love celebrating the Advent season {December 1-24} and spending extra-special time together getting ready for our favorite holiday! Even before Little Crafter was born, hubby and I would spend time coming up with a fun activity to do each day. Some of our activities are simple, like driving around to look at Christmas lights, wrapping gifts, or even just kissing under the mistletoe. Others are more involved, like baking cookies, making a gingerbread house, and creating a gumdrop wreath.


This year, I thought it would be fun to have a little gift for LC to unwrap each day to introduce the daily activity…for example, a book we can read together, a kit for the gingerbread house, or a new cookie cutter and a jar of sprinkles for cookie baking day. I wanted to make sure that the gifts were set apart, though, and not confused with any of the other gifts I might wrap and place under the tree. I thought a great way to do that would be to create a special Advent Crate just for those 24 little items. Here’s how I made it, and you can too!


Crates and Pallet Large Wood Crate
Gold and Silver Paint Markers
White Chalky Finish Paint

Step 1: Paint your crate.
I gave the entire crate two coats of white chalky finish paint, letting it dry completely in between. For once, I decided not to do any distressing because I liked the clean look of the solid white paint and thought it would look better with the metallic accents. Make sure the crate is totally dry before moving on to the lettering step.


Step 2: Add your message!
As many of you know, I’ve been learning and practicing the art of hand lettering lately {ok, I admit, I’m obsessed…}.
So, I free-handed my design using a silver Elmer’s Painters marker and then accented it with two gold stars. It’s really much easier than it looks; check out my Basic Hand Lettering tutorial to learn how! Or, you can always use stencils, vinyl, or stickers to get a similar effect instead.


That’s all there is to creating the crate itself! If you’d like to seal your design with a coat of wax, you certainly can. Since I’m planning on using ours indoors and it shouldn’t get much abuse, I didn’t think it was necessary. All that’s left to do is fill it with your Advent Activity gifts! Since I’m on a total metallics kick this season, I went for silver wrapping paper. I also made my crate look extra festive by adding some live greenery {artificial works too!} and colorful ornaments.


What do you think? Before you go, Crates and Pallet wants you to have a chance to make your own project, so they’re giving away a $50 gift card to Home Depot, where you can find their products like the Large Crate I used. To enter, just use the Rafflecopter widget below; good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


P.S. My crate happens to be in a special contest over at RYOBI Nation, so if you’re so inclined to vote for it, hop on over and click the “vote now” button!

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  1. I love going to the Cincinnati Zoo’s Festival of Lights with my boys! I also love baking cookies with the boys too!

  2. My favorite holiday tradition is stockings on Christmas Eve. I’m not entirely sure how it started but its something we have done since around the time we got married. It was different than what I grew up with Santa filling the stockings so I am not sure how we will do that if we have kids. Its fun because its usually just a small little thing and it provides a little sense of happiness before we go to bed.

    Also, that crate is cute and I am trying to figure out if I have a reason to use a similar one in our decorations.

  3. Such a fun idea! A favorite tradition of mine is Christmas stockings. It’s one I have done since I was a child with my parents and now my husband and I continue the tradition. Also reading the story of Christmas with the family on Christmas Eve always holds a special place in my heart.

    1. My favorite holiday tradition is our tree decorating party. My grands come over – we bake some cookies, decorated the tree then have the cookies and some hot cocoa while watching the Polar Express. Even though they are in high school and college we still have to have our little party each year – it’s a time when we bond and enjoy being together. Cathy

  4. My favorite tradition is decorating the tree. We use mostly personalized ornaments so it is fun to look at them each year and be reminded of the story behind them!

  5. Favorite holiday tradition is always having christmas eve over my aunts house and opening and exchanging gifts with everyone. We always stay up until midnight or neat it to open gifts too.

  6. My favorite Tradition is Christmas eve! All the family comes over for a buffet style meal of sandwiches and chips and all of the Christmas cookies that we have been baking. We then let the kid open their Christmas eve boxes and watch Christmas movies and drink hot chocolate until everyone falls asleep around the Christmas tree. It really is just a fun and special time when the whole family gets to just be with each other.

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