One of my favourite Christmas traditions is putting together a Christmas Eve box for Evie. I started this the year she was born and I’m so glad it’s a tradition that I’ve kept up with. For us, Christmas Eve is as magical as the big day itself. Unfortunately this year though, our cardboard ‘Christmas Eve Box’ got damaged in the loft. I decided that instead of buying a new one, I’d try my hand at making a wooden style family Christmas Eve box that is a bit more sturdy and that can be kept for years to come.

How To Make A Christmas Eve Box

On a recent trip to Hobby Craft I saw a little wooden crate and couldn’t resist attempting to turn it into our family Christmas Eve Box. I love how easy this was to make and also just how creative you can get with it. Here’s a quick tutorial on ‘How To Make A Christmas Eve Box’.

How To Make A Christmas Eve Box

You Will Need:

  • Crate or Wooden Box – As I said above, we got ours from Hobby Craft.
  • Acrylic Pens – You can also use acrylic paint or spray paint if you wanted to!
  • Stencils – I found our stencils in Hobby Craft.
  • Stickers or embellishments – Again, I got all of the above from Hobby Craft.

How To Make A Christmas Eve Box

How To Make The Box

This was so easy to make. I simply made a line across the crate where I wanted the words to go. I did this using a pencil and a ruler so I had a guide, but so I could also rub it out after I’d written up the words in pen.

I then used the acrylic paint pens and stencils to create the lettering. Mine is a bit wonky and the pens bled through the edges a little. If you want yours to looks really perfect, I suggest maybe using spray paint or thinner nibbed paint pens than I used.

I finished up the box by adding snowflakes around the sides, using more stencils. I also added different sticker embellishments. I loved the idea of using both flat stickers and raised wooden ones (like the glittery snowflakes) to give it more of a ‘3D’ look.

I wanted to keep my box really simple and I love how it turned out, but this is definitely a project you can get really creative with. Maybe you want to paint your crate a different colour, or add ‘wooden letters’ that stick out instead of painting them on. I’ve also seen people ‘etch’ the words on and people use wooden boxes instead of crates. It’s entirely up to you!

How To Make A Christmas Eve Box

What’s In Our Christmas Eve Box

Now comes the fun part…filling up your Christmas Eve Box. This is what we put in ours every year and here is a few places that we’ve got things from this year. I’m going to start with the…

Festive wear

  • Christmas Pjs – These festive unicorn pjs are from M&S.
  • Christmas Outfit – This years dress is from Zara and the glittery tights are from M&S.
  • Christmas Jumper – (we’ve not yet picked this up)
  • Christmas Slippers – This years slippers are from a lovely company called ‘Moccis‘. I love that they’re traditional ‘Scandi’ looking slippers and they’re non-slip which is amazing for my super active and clumsy child!)


How To Make A Christmas Eve Box

How To Make A Christmas Eve Box

How To Make A Christmas Eve Box

Traditional Christmas Things…

We also try and include traditional Christmas decor items, including everything Evie needs for Christmas Eve.

  • Ornament for the tree – Every year Evie gets a new bauble to put on the tree. This year we got her a personalised Evie bauble from ‘The Handmade Christmas Company’.
  • Christmas stocking – Every Christmas Eve, out comes Evie’s stocking to hang up. We upgraded hers this year to a personalised ‘E’ stocking from ‘The Handmade Christmas Company’.
  • Christmas sack – Evie’s Christmas sack is from Not On The High Street and she puts this at the end of her bed every year on Christmas Eve.
  • Christmas plate – We found Evie’s Christmas Eve plate in a local discount store on her first Christmas. We eventually want to upgrade to a hand painted one.
  • Christmas book – Every year Evie gets a new Christmas book. This year we found her this personalised one in Wyevale Garden Centre.
  • Christmas Letter For Santa – Every year Evie leaves her Christmas letter to Santa downstairs next to the plate. We got this adorable keepsake envelope for her letter from The White Company.

How To Make A Christmas Eve Box

How To Make A Christmas Eve Box

How To Make A Christmas Eve Box

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What do you think of our Christmas Eve Box? Is this a tradition you do every year? Will you be making your own box? What kind of things do you put in your box? Let me know in the comments below.

*Some items were gifted.



  1. November 20, 2018 / 10:30 am

    I think you did an incredible job making a new one and what a lovely tradition to keep on doing. Love some of the items you’ve included

  2. jennifuchs
    November 20, 2018 / 11:15 am

    I have to confess, I don’t quite get the whole Christmas Eve Box thing. People seem to put more and more stuff in them – if you want to have presents on Christmas Eve, why not just open your presents then? That’s what half of the rest of Europe does. Having said that, your box looks absolutely gorgeous!

  3. November 20, 2018 / 1:13 pm

    So this is going to be the first year we are doing this and I was wondering what to put inside the box – now I know!

  4. November 20, 2018 / 6:28 pm

    Oh wow. This looks stunning and such a lovely Christmas tradition. May have to do this as it is the first year we’ll be doing a proper bedtime on Christmas Eve not transferring sleeping kids from car to bed!

  5. November 20, 2018 / 8:56 pm

    This is totally adorable! Love the items that you have included! Those slippers are gorgeous x

  6. November 20, 2018 / 10:27 pm

    Love this idea and you did such a good job with it! We’ll be away, but I’m thinking this would be a great thing to do. B would love it! Thanks for the suggestions, such lovely ideas!

    Kat x

  7. November 22, 2018 / 12:51 pm

    This box is gorgeous!!! I love all the little gifts in it too. I made one last year for the first time but I just wrapped up a shoe box!xx

  8. November 22, 2018 / 4:36 pm

    Oh I love this! We’ve been doing Christmas Eve boxes way before they became a thing and I have had so much fun creating them over the years. I love to do something home made!

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