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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Joyful Stenciled Christmas Sign

Rustic Christmas crafts like this are so lovely.

Joyful Stenciled Christmas Sign
Joyful Stenciled Christmas Sign
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Make a lovely wooden Christmas sign for your wall this year. This DIY Christmas sign includes darling festive phrases in the shape of a Christmas tree! If you love the pallet crafts trend, this is a great rustic craft. Learn how to stencil this project easily and hang it on the wall in a particularly bare spot. The different fonts used add interest to the painting project, and the sizes of the words help it fit nicely into a Christmas tree shape! If you love monochromatic art, you'll adore this project.

Time to CompleteWeekend project

MaterialsPaint, Wood

Primary TechniqueStenciling



Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • FolkArt ® Home Decor™ Chalk - White Adirondack, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Home Decor™ Chalk - Rich Black, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Stencil Value Packs - Holiday, 12" x 12"
  • FolkArt ® Brush Sets - Soft Grip - Wash Brush Set
  • Folkart ® Brushes - Stencil, Premium, 5/8"
  • Folkart ® Paint Tools - Stencil Tape
  • Plaid ® Wood Surfaces - Pallet Plaque, 15-3/4" x 11-3/4"
  • FolkArt ® Home Decor™ Tools - Layering Block
  • Medium-grit sandpaper


  1. Basecoat pallet with White Adirondack. Allow to dry.

  2. Very lightly stencil the words of the tree in Rich Black just so you will know where to paint the black rectangles. This is only a guide for placement.

  3. Tape off each word that you stenciled lightly and paint over Rich Black using the stencil brush. Allow it to dry and then stencil the words in White Adirondack. Allow to dry. Sand to distress. 

  4. Optional: Use the layering block to add extra distressed areas as shown in photo. Dip the block into the Rich Black and then dab onto a paper towel to remove excess. Run the block along the sides of the pallet and then very, very lightly along the slats.

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I have a Crystal Christmas Angel that was my Mothers, sadly she's passed but every year at Christmas I put it out remembering the wonderful Christmas's spent with her and our family.

My most favorite holiday decoration we have is a Pomander from Avon. my mom had gotten it in the late 70's, we always had it out at Christmastime and it smelled wonderful. It was lost during a move about 15 years ago. This year I found one just like it on ebay and purchased it. The scent isn't nearly as strong as I'd like it to be but I love it none the less.

Love the sign. I bought several wood pieces but haven't done anything with them. Your post gives me incentive to go paint on them. At Christmas my favorite decor is my collection of Santa's. Enjoy putting them out and enjoying them during the holiday season.

My Christmas tree with all the ornaments that have been passed down over the years. It is lovely to think of the many fond memories of my family.

My Thomas Kinkade Santa figurines.

Would you have to do this kind of sign any differently if you wanted colors? I'd like to do something spring-inspired so I don't have to think about the snow!

I love the Christmas tree. I have many glass ornaments in different shapes and colors and a few pieces precede my birth date. It holds so many memories, especially of my parents and childhood.

My 18" tall purple tree with purple decorations... perched safely atop a bookcase to protect it from my young cat!!

My mom's Christmas tree, decorated with memories and handmade ornaments.

Love the country look of this!


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