Christmas tree in an Antiques crate

Christmas tree in an Antiques crate - frame out and stencil a plain lidded crate to create a one-of-a-kind tree stand! With Antiques stencil from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint. Tutorial at funkyjunkinteriors.net
While I’ve been busy downsizing the amount of stuff in my home, one thing has still remained that seems to follow me from room to room.

Christmas tree in an Antiques crate - frame out and stencil a plain lidded crate to create a one-of-a-kind tree stand! With Antiques stencil from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint. Tutorial at funkyjunkinteriors.net

This big ‘ol black distressed box / crate / trunk with rope handles thing has great bones! It even has a lid attached. I’ve been using it lately for blanket storage in the livingroom under the main picture window. (really, more like a cat bed on top!)

So when it was time to bring out the Christmas tree this year, I decided I’d leave the box and plunk in the tree!

The idea worked great. The stand and everything fit as is. If I hadn’t been so lazy, I would have built a small platform to raise the tree a little higher, however… lazy won.

As I was decorating, the big blank front kept staring at me in the face. It needed something.

I attempted to hang licence plates, festive signs, and other junk relics but one thing kept hitting me. And that was Grit Antique’s kitchen island.

Custom Sherwood Forest Farm distressed kitchen island with barn doors by Grit Antiques
Grit Antiques kitchen tour HERE

I have loved this island FOREVER! This post is a must-click so you can see the hanging barn doors on the other side. DECADENT.

Anyway, after all my own flops, a stencil came to mind that I knew could somewhat resemble the look. Thank-you for the inspiration Jane!

Who knew your island would ultimately connect to a Christmas tree of all things?!
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What you’ll need:

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Antiques stencil and Bingo – large stencils HERE

White paint – I used Fusion Mineral Paint’s Casement HERE
(or purchase through a local merchant HERE)

Masking tape

Stencil brush

Measuring device

Other helpful supplies are below:


Christmas tree in an Antiques crate - frame out and stencil a plain lidded crate to create a one-of-a-kind tree stand! With Antiques stencil from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint. Tutorial at funkyjunkinteriors.net

How-To

To get the lettered look, I used two stencils.

Antiques was partly used, and the lines along the top of Bingo – large was next to give it a little more of a logo appeal.

Being that the box was so naturally distressed, I attempted to mimic the same look with a barely- there approach with the stencil. Antiques could have been even lighter, however I was really happy with how the smaller letters turned out.

Stencil tips

Tape the stencil in place, and using a very dry-to-the-touch paint loaded brush, tap on your design.

Products used

Fusion Mineral Paint’s Casement (white) HERE

Stencils used: Antiques and Bingo – Large from HERE

Learn more on how to stencil HERE

Christmas tree in an Antiques crate - frame out and stencil a plain lidded crate to create a one-of-a-kind tree stand! With Antiques stencil from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint. Tutorial at funkyjunkinteriors.net

Next up, an antique picture frame I had buried in the junk stash was screwed into place onto the crate creating more detail. It worked so perfectly!

And this is why you horde junk, friends.

Christmas tree in an Antiques crate - frame out and stencil a plain lidded crate to create a one-of-a-kind tree stand! With Antiques stencil from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint. Tutorial at funkyjunkinteriors.net

Instantly, the tree had a theme! It was decorated with rustic branches, wicker garland, snowflake ornaments and of course, a few antiques thrown in for good measure.

Tree is a faux from Ikea purchased in 2016 HERE last year.

Christmas tree in an Antiques crate - frame out and stencil a plain lidded crate to create a one-of-a-kind tree stand! With Antiques stencil from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint. Tutorial at funkyjunkinteriors.net

Christmas tree in an Antiques crate - frame out and stencil a plain lidded crate to create a one-of-a-kind tree stand! With Antiques stencil from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint. Tutorial at funkyjunkinteriors.net

As much as I loved the tree in front of the window, pictures just wouldn’t cooperate. Right before I lost my mind, I decided to just move the tree where it would work, even if momentarily for the pictures.

Well… that move proved to be a good one. My entire living room got a new look I’m pretty thrilled with! I’ll be sharing it soon.

Thank-you fussy tree for not cooperating.

Christmas tree in an Antiques crate - frame out and stencil a plain lidded crate to create a one-of-a-kind tree stand! With Antiques stencil from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint. Tutorial at funkyjunkinteriors.net

The little candles in the clips are real and found at my local deli in town. While I don’t plan to light them, I felt they added a neat old fashioned detail.

After the big tree move, while loving the neutral theme, the room lacked a tiny bit of warmth. So little bits of red are now infused here and there.

Learn how to make the buffalo check and snowflake ornaments HERE

Christmas tree in an Antiques crate - frame out and stencil a plain lidded crate to create a one-of-a-kind tree stand! With Antiques stencil from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint. Tutorial at funkyjunkinteriors.net

The little Christmas tree in an Antiques crate suits this place perfectly!

Doesn’t it look like a Jack-styled Tree in the Box? I should have attached the grinding knob thing I have to the side. Hah!

Anyway, here it is unlit…

Christmas tree in an Antiques crate - frame out and stencil a plain lidded crate to create a one-of-a-kind tree stand! With Antiques stencil from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint. Tutorial at funkyjunkinteriors.net

… all lit up…

Christmas tree in an Antiques crate - frame out and stencil a plain lidded crate to create a one-of-a-kind tree stand! With Antiques stencil from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint. Tutorial at funkyjunkinteriors.net

… and taken in the evening without the red ornaments. Tough call. I like it like this now too! Which way do you like it best?

Oh well… it’s much easier removing a few red ornaments than retaking all those pictures yet again, that is for sure…

Regardless, I think this is my most fav tree setup to date!

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What kind of stand are you using this year?


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  1. Donna, you amaze me with your kind heart and creativity. Your crate is beautiful and reminds us of our island which we love. Your crate would look really good over here…Lol!

    You need to design products for anyone who wishes to buy and not make their own!

    thank you for lovin our island, xo

    • Thank-you Jane, for allowing me to be inspired by your own work on a daily basis. I could positively move right into your home (and barn) without changing a thing!

      Your kudos is appreciated for ‘a line’ of products. I dream daily of what I’m looking for in purses, luggage, clothing, bedding, furniture but it doesn’t yet exist. Perhaps one day a special connection will come knocking when the time is right and I can express what I see but can’t yet hold…

  2. Oh my gosh! I shared your last years tree on my page this morning, and Jane asked me if I saw your 2017 tree. Now I see why. I wondered why it looked familiar, and then I scrolled down reading your post and bingo! There it was-Jane’s island. I show everyone I can that island, lol!
    First time I have ever commented here, but trust me, I want to be like your page, when my page grows up!
    Just love your tree, and tree “skirt” Merry Christmas!

  3. Well you sure took some good inspiration on this one! Jane has an awesome kitchen and you have great rustic taste too so between the two of you it was a win win. Love the crate and the tree is over the top!

  4. Loved how this turned out. I fell in love with Jane’s island from first time seen it. You did an amazing job Donna, it’s adorable.

  5. I love this black storage chest.

    However, the amazing thing to me is not the stencil and tree, but that this box was empty and could be used! At my house it would be jammed full of stuff!

    You really are decluttering your house!

    • Great observation there Brenda!

      It used to be jam packed with long forgotten storage! I made myself gut it, then deal with the aftermath. I then used the box for firewood but that was forgotten too. It appears this box erases your mind of it’s contents! haha

      Not sure what will transpire with it next, it’s pretty big. I think it may be time to find it a new home so I have room to hone a few more skills in the new year…

  6. Oh Donna, what a WONDERFUL idea! I bought a smaller (5 ft) imitation feather tree and built a smallish table to put the tree on, but your idea of putting the tree in the wood box is genius. I have a small wood trunk in my guest room that just sits there and does nothing. My tree would fit in it! I will be dragging the trunk into the basement for some stenciling later today!!! Thank you!

    • Oh my… that sounds amazing AND I’m also sorry for the extra work Sharon! haha Honestly, giving new life and use to something you’ve had in storage will breathe new life in you too! I hope you share the results with me, I’d love to see!

  7. I really love this idea Donna. It looks fresh and rustic. And I see the minimal look on the tree, a breath of fresh air! I have to admit that I like the one without the red better. This year I banished red from my tree. My way of decluttering! 😉

    • You are so right Mary! Right after I read your comment, I nodded in agreement and promptly removed the red ornaments. That was easy!

      There are pops of red elsewhere in the room and here was yet another reminder to not be so matchy-matchy… I really much prefer unintentional looking decor. Thanks for the nudge!

  8. Love it! ❤️❤️❤️
    I hope the kitties don’t mind losing their bed (as i’m sure they have plenty more! 🤣)

    • Haha! This entire house appears to be their bedroom… they also still have their very tall cat tree they prefer over anything else. Glad the inventor of those things knew what they were doing!

  9. For the last few years we didn’t have a Christmas tree and I didn’t miss it. Now that I see your awesome tree, I want one again. One in a beautifully stenciled black box, decorated with numbers and snowflake ornaments. Yes, I love your tree, Donna. This year we can’t have one though because of our youngest cat. Maybe next year.