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3 Ways to Style a Box for Christmas Decor

What is a box? Five~sided container, with or without a top. Perfect to use in decorating. Let me show you 3 ways to style a box for Christmas decor.

Have you thought about using a box in your Christmas decorating? Why not? I bet you have a box of some sort laying around your house. Need an idea? I can show you a few ways to style a box for Christmas decor.

Boxes can be new or old, wood or glass, metal or cardboard. Maybe your box is a crate. Maybe it has a lid or not.

Whether you use a crate or a box, whether it’s made of wood or cardboard, the result is the same ~ a wonderful container for Christmas decorations.


I have boxes, I have crates, and I am ready to roll.

The inspiration for this wood box Christmas decor was created by Jennifer of Grace House.

What does this Christmas vignette have going for it?

  • the box (duh!)
  • greenery
  • Christmas trees
  • red berries for a pop of color


I didn’t have to buy a box or crate to create these Christmas vignettes. I had two boxes and one crate that would be perfect. In fact, I had everything I needed to create 3 ways to style a box for my Christmas decor.

I hope that these 3 approaches will give you ideas to search your home for boxes to use in your Christmas decorations.


When you find vintage boxes at a flea market or estate sale, you feel like you have hit the vintage jackpot.

I found my Remington Sure Shot box at an estate sale several years ago. It’s one of my favorite finds. This old box is perfect for adding a vintage vibe to my Christmas decor.

I’ve used this box in different seasons in different settings.

I have used this vintage box all during the year, but it seems special for the holidays.

This Christmas, I decided to use my Sure Shot box as part of our entry decorations. Styled on our entry commode ( In case you were wondering, a commode is a chest of drawers or chiffonier of a decorative type popular in the 18th century.), it provides the focal point every entry needs.

I set it on our commode and filled it with greenery, a Santa, and a reindeer.

The Santa is one of our extensive collection. We have had this reindeer for over 20 years. He got a new bow with ribbon that I bought a few weeks ago for our new Christmas bows.

I added my large wood slice as a base for a Christmas tree in a galvanized container and red candle in a cloche.

red candle and faux Christmas tree

The vignette needed more color so I added a string of red beads to the greenery and some red jingle bells to the Christmas tree. A couple of white bottle brush trees completes this box Christmas vignette.

I wanted to be sure that this entry could be candle~lit, so I exchanged the cloche for an open vase.


Across from the entry is our staircase. Next to that, we have a tall metal candle stand. Below the candle stand is another vintage box. This is my second way to style a box for Christmas decor.

I bought this one in Jefferson, Texas, decades ago. Supposedly, it is a traditional ship captain’s storage box. Over the years, it has held everything from legos to DVDs to blankets.

antique wood box with lid

We have a tall metal candle stand with a glass insert next to one side of the staircase. The first thing I did was wrap a garland of greenery and fairy lights around the candle stand.

Next, I opened the lid and filled it with cardboard boxes. Then I draped a piece of Christmas plaid flannel that I bought at Joann on the lid and over the cardboard boxes. My plan is to add either fringe or pom~poms to the flannel, but that will wait for now.

The tall snowman gives height to the scene.

snowman and garland

I added another tree in a galvanized pail.

My favorite thing was getting to use the little vintage truck that Sweet Shark and I bought last year on our anniversary weekend in Granbury, Texas. Of course, I stuffed fairy lights inside. A couple more bottle brush trees and I have my second way to style a box for Christmas.

You may be thinking, “but I can’t see the box”. This is Christmas ~ imagine the pretty box under the plaid flannel.


Now your box doesn’t have to be vintage from an estate sale or flea market. It doesn’t have to be old. It doesn’t even have to be a box. A crate from the craft store will work ~ I have painted and decorated one of those.

I have had this crate for several years. (Long before I knew what a blog was, I was painting and DIYing ~ wish I had taken pictures of all those projects for future blog posts.) You can find this type of crate at craft stores or online.

I painted it a light grey and used some old~style vinyl stencils (This was long before A Makers’ Studio) to add Christmas words in red on both sides.

Later I found some birch branches at my local Central Market. I bought 5 of them and then sawed them into 12 ~ 14~inch lengths.

Next, I sprayed them with adhesive and sprinkled glitter on them. I’m not sure I would recommend that as the glitter is always leaving sparkles on the floor.

TIP: Be sure to do this outside or protect your surface and surrounding area.

birch logs and Santa

Another Santa is the center of this box vignette.

I divided my birch logs into 2 parts and used galvanized pails to hold them. Then it was easy to “stuff” a piece of greenery in the crate.

red candle in glass vase with painted crate and Santa

The red candle in my large candle holder finishes off this final way to style a box for Christmas decor.

When we light the fireplace, I may have to move this box vignette away from the fireplace.

red candle in glass vase with painted crate and Santa

Thanks so much for stopping by to see my ways to style a box for Christmas. I actually have a few more boxes to decorate for Christmas.

IF you don’t have a box for this Christmas, then save one for next Christmas.

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  1. Such fantastic ways to style a crate ! I did a similar post too, last week. The bird branches is a lovely touch too.
    Thank you for sharing with us at Meraki Link Party.

  2. Carol, I love how you’ve come up with different ways to style your box and boxes!! I went for cute snowmen and toys as my theme around our fireplace and Christmas tree this year as you’ll see in my crate (not linked but published anyway). Happy to have featured your post at this week’s Share Your Style #284. <3

    Hope you are enjoying your home all decorated for the Christmas season,
    Barb 🙂

  3. Carol I love your take on this challenge! The whole entry vignette is so classic and elegant for Christmas. I love all the treasures!

    I also love the rustic stenciled crate with logs and woodsy Santa! Just adorable!

    So fun hopping with you. Merry Christmas!

  4. Carol, this is so well done! I always enjoy seeing you do multiple vignettes for challenges like this. It really gives us plenty of ideas to work with. I especially love your Santa and crate collections. You have some really unique pieces that make for a very eye-catching display, and you style it all so well! Have a great Thanksgiving!

  5. How fun…I’m planning on paint/staining an old apple crate to use on my front porch under our vintage sleigh for a ‘coffee table’. Not that is ever nice enough to be out there in the winter. Hugs, and great ideas! Sandi

  6. Carol, you were definitely ready to roll! I barely had one idea and am jealous of your three ideas and how you styled each one so festively. Love that Santa and gold deer! Thank you so much for joining in. You always have great ideas. Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Carol, what a nice variety of looks, all fabulous in their own way! I love your reindeer and vintage Santa!
    It was so fun particpating in the Pinterest Challenge with you. I’m so excited to do it again!
    Niky @ The House on Silverado

  8. Your Christmas crate boxes are so pretty… I especially love the one filled with the birch logs and greenery. So pretty! Inquiring minds want to know… what is a ‘commode’? I’ve always thought it was another name for a toilet! 😉

  9. Carol, I love what you have done with your crates! They are so pretty! I love the reindeer, your Santa collection and the birch branches! If I lived closer to you, I would be able to give you some birch branches! Our home here on the lake is surrounded by birch trees! They are so beautiful!

    We have an antique milk crate filled with “real” pine boughs (in water), pinecones and birch branches on our hearth. I added a plaid bow to match the ones on our mantel. We love Christmas! It’s such a wonderful time of the year!

    Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    Thanks for always bringing us such wonderful inspiration! We appreciate what you do, Carol!

  10. The Sure Shot box is my favorite. I love that your banister echos the inspiration picture and it is reflected in the mirror. Such a fun detail. Your house looks all ready to go for Christmas.

  11. Every version that you shared is so pretty! My vintage loving heart picks the Remington box as my favorite. I love vintage crates with writing on them. The crate that you made long ago makes a great base for a Christmas display. You may have to make another one for a blog post!

  12. Hi Carol, I love the backstories you included in your finds. Those reindeer bring back memories! And you know I love anything repurposed! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Say hi to Mr. Shark ;0) I just love his nickname! Oh and I love the cloche and wood slice! laura

    1. Laura, thank you so much for your sweet comments. Memories do make items and holiday decorations more special. I hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving. PS. My son is back living on Denver. Hope to visit in the spring.