Make The Prettiest Christmas Tree Box

12 Materials
2 Hours

A Christmas tree box is all the rage this year, and I was so excited to make one. We have three adorable rescue kitties, and a tree skirt is always doomed under our tree. So, hubby made this large box from his contractor wood scraps and I used my leftover project stencil, paint, and stain. When the holidays are over, it will be repurposed as a planter or even a firewood box in the den.


No matter what your skill level, materials, or tools, make a simple box larger than the base of your tree. We made ours 24" by 24" by 15" tall. Steve used old, 1/2" thick ac exterior recycled plywood, and he cut up an old shelf for the trim at the top. He did not even miter the corners, but you can if you wish. Just use whatever you have and get creative.


We used leftover materials, so this project had no cost. See how many items you have around the house to do this project for almost nothing.

  • Golden Paintworks Cashmere metallic paint
  • General Finishes Antique Oak water-based stain
  • I used an old L A Stencilworks stencil that I can't find online at this writing. You can substitute the Royal Design Studio Acanthus Damask
  • Black water-based paint
  • Paint brush
  • Large stencil brush ( I used a giant one from Royal Design Studio)
  • 100-grit sandpaper or a sander
  • rags
  • paper towels
  • paper plates
  • painter's tape
  • hairdryer
  • felt pads optional


Brush on one light coat of black paint. Let dry.


Use a small sander or 100-grit sandpaper to sand heavily and make the wood show through. Wipe clean.


Position the stencil and tape it as best you can.

Use a large stencil brush to brush on a light coat of paint through the stencil. Dip just the tips of the brush into a small pool of paint on a paper plate. Offload onto paper towels. Pull the brush in a vertical motion over the stencil.


Let dry, or use a hairdryer to dry quickly.


Paint on the stain.

Wipe off excess stain with a dry cloth. Let dry. Sand lightly. Wipe clean.

Add some large sticky felt dots if you like.


Just add your tree, decorate, and add presents. Enjoy.

Merry Christmas!

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