If I keep telling you I’m excited to share something new, you just might stop believing me, but ya’ll (I’m from the south, remember, so I get to say that) I am so excited about this wood crate project!
A few weeks ago, my awesome friend, Carole, from Garden Up Green contacted me about joining her for a holiday collaboration post with 7 other talented bloggers. Working with Carole is always fun, so of course I said, “Yes!”
Nine bloggers, each with the same basic wood crate, were given the assignment to get creative and come up with a holiday-themed project. Today, each of us are publishing our finished projects. Isn’t that fun?
I knew immediately that I wanted to incorporate a plant into my project.
I’ve always loved the small Norfolk pines that show up in garden centers this time of year, but it had been years (YEARS) since I had gotten one. And the wood crate – it would make a perfect faux planter.
I tried to decide if I wanted to stain or paint. In the end, stain won, and I’m glad it did because I love how it turned out. I used Minwax cherry stain, and the color was exactly what I had envisioned. I had a couple of eager helpers, so that gave me a perfect opportunity to take a picture of the work-in-progress.
Once the stain was dry, I added a strip of wired plaid ribbon around the top edge and secured it with hot glue at the corners, made a bow, and added it to the front. This is why I love wired ribbon. The bow was so easy to bend and shape into a perfect fluffy shape.
Next, I strung lights onto the tree and added some small Christmas balls. I also had help with this and there was a nice little discussion about how it should be done (directed by the very decorating-savvy 7-year old). 🙂
Finally, I dropped the potted pine into the crate, and used crumpled tissue paper to fill in the space between the pot and crate.
This is the first year ever that we’ve had any Christmas decor up before Thanksgiving, and when the teenagers came home later that evening, the first question was, “What’s up with the Christmas decorations?” At least they noticed…
I’m sure you’re eager to see what everyone else did with their wood crate, so here’s links to the other 8 bloggers and their posts. These ladies are so talented, and I’m sure you’ll love what they’ve come up with. Be sure to let them know how you like their projects!