A mini Christmas trees crate forest

Learn how to create a mini Christmas trees crate forest with an Ikea crate and little faux Christmas trees from Hobby Lobby! Made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils

If you are anything like me, you’re busy putting up the finishing touches to your Christmas decorating.

I can see the finish line, and it feels great!

But on a whim, I came across the desire to create a mini Christmas trees crate forest…

Christmas Trees Pine Spruce and Fir stencil by Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils is a versatile text and graphics stencil with a row of unique hand drawn trees and bold text.

Supplies used:

 

Ikea unassembled crates – small

Fusion Mineral Paint Coal Black

Christmas Trees stencil is from HERE

Faux tree seedlings – the tall tin can ones were from Hobby Lobby

Fine faux snow – I got mine from Hobby Lobby. It’s AMAZING!

Visit past tutorial for staining process, etc HERE


Learn how to create a mini Christmas trees crate forest with an Ikea crate and little faux Christmas trees from Hobby Lobby! Made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils

I mean, Christmas tree crate skirts (like the one I made for this year’s Christmas tree) are all the rage these days… so why not for mini trees too?

Do you remember my little Herb crates from this past summer?

When my eyes landed on the blank backside of the crate, I needed to put it work. I simply stenciled Christmas Trees on one side, then Spruce and Fir on one side, and it was complete!

The crate basically spells out this story, and the trees inside and sprinkled around it offer the visual, creating an instant little forest. 

If you don’t have any mini Christmas trees, varying heights of buckets filled with evergreen branches could be equally cute!

Stencil tips:

 

  • Ensure your stencil brush is very dry to the touch.
  • Position stencil, then gently tap or swirl the paint on your surface. If your brush is dry enough, the paint will not bleed under the stencil.

All the actual stencil steps for this project are included in the short video tutorial below.

You can also learn more about how to stencil from THIS mega post.

Learn how to create a mini Christmas trees crate forest with an Ikea crate and little faux Christmas trees from Hobby Lobby! Made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils

I love the little Spruce and Fir saying on this side. 

In addition to the cute project, there’s 3 new things in this post that are worth highlighting…

Learn how to make this vintage framed Christmas Countdown Bingo Board with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils. Click for full tutorial!

Trees in tin cans

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The little trees in the tin cans were found at Hobby Lobby not that long ago. They were half price at about $5 USD each.

My only regret is not picking up at least a DOZEN. They look good everywhere and I’m always grabbing them for photo shoots.

So no… my house is not fully  decorated for Christmas. If I’d leave them alone it may be!

But I can tell I’m going to have a lot of fun with these all winter long. 

While these cute faux trees on Amazon HERE are not the same, they are cute!

Learn how to create a mini Christmas trees crate forest with an Ikea crate and little faux Christmas trees from Hobby Lobby! Made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils

The faux ‘fine’ snow

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We have faux snow in Canada, but over the past couple of years, the snow has morphed from white to clear. These days it’s like buying a bag of shredded clear plastic. So I just quit buying it.

So when I was in Hobby Lobby, I checked the snow isle. While theirs was also clear, one bag got me curious…  it was labeled ‘fine’. It looked a little more realistic, so I decided to take a chance.

Well… I ended up LOVING the stuff! And wish I had a dozen bags of that too.

The plastic chips are cut up VERY fine and the snow really resembles the real deal, especially for photo shoots. I love it and will buy loads next time I come across some!

You can find some fine faux snow on Amazon HERE

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Mini FULL video tutorial

 

I share lots of short videos within my tutorial posts, however this one is a little different. It has full voice-overs and takes you from start to finish.

I’ve been producing these short yet full videos for social media, however the only thing that’s missing is a proper Funky Junk home for them with a supply list attached. Also, those not on social media miss what I put there… So here is one… let me know what you think!


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Click above to watch the short FULL video tutorial of this mini crate and tree farm coming together!

This is a short yet highly detailed video with voice-overs so you catch lots of extra tips and tricks.

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Much of what I do for Christmas decor is handmade, so it’s my hope that by sharing small projects like a mini Christmas trees crate forest in between the bigger ones, they will help inspire and possibly teach you something new to try!

I’ll be sharing some other short and sweet project ideas as well as hopefully my fireplace mantel this week so stay tuned for much more!

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  1. Your mini forest is charming. You are always so inspirational! My decorating is done and am off to creating hand made gnomes for gifting. I have 8 more to go…wish me luck!