How to Make a Christmas Eve Box

Christmas Eve Box

This is a colloborative post with Hobbycraft, and the materials were kindly gifted to us in return for this blog post.

The Christmas Eve Box is a relatively new Christmas tradition, but one we have adopted since the kids were babies. In previous years we’ve just used a wrapped cardboard box for the kids to open. Last year our Elf on the shelf ‘Buddy’ delivered our box, but alas it was still just a cardboard one. I thought that this year it was about time I made one that we could use again and again as this tradition looks like one that is going to stay.

There are plenty of commercially available Christmas Eve boxes you can buy, but I wanted to make one, in the hope that it will be something that the children will treasure in years to come.

I wanted to create a Christmas Eve box that was big enough to hold all the things we have grown to expect in our box, but also one that we could use year after year even when the kids are older.

So if you would like to see how we created our Christmas Eve Box then read on or pin it for later!

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What You Will Need

  • Wooden storage box
  • White/cream emulsion paint (optional)
  • Paint brushes
  • Red acrylic paint
  • Festive washi tape
  • Scissors
  • Varnish or craft sealant
  • Snowflake wood slices
  • White spraty paint
  • Glitter
  • Hot glue gun
You can find all the materials you need at your local Hobbycraft store or the Hobbycraft website

How You Make Your Christmas Eve Box

  1. First decide if you want to paint your box, or leave it as it is. I gave our box a quick coat of some off white emulsion that I already had. Then paint on your letters/wording. You can use a stencil for this, but I decided to trace on my letters and paint them free hand with acrylic paint.

  2. The next step is to use some festive Washi tape around the edges of the box. Again you don’t have to do this but I thought it gave the box a nice finish.

  3. We also used the same Washi tape on the other edges of the box. Make sure you push the tape down firmly. I gave our box a coat of clear varnish to protect the tape from lifting, and to hopefully protect it from wear and tear.

  4. You can leave your box like that, or decorate it further. I spray painted some snowflake shaped wooden slices with some white spray paint, and sprinkled them with some white glitter whilst they were still wet. When dry I attached them to the top of the box using my trusty glue gun.

  5. That’s it, all done, now all you have to do is fill it up with Christmas Eve treats!

What you fill your Christmas Eve box with is up to you, and everyone does it slightly differently. We like to have in ours some PJs for the kids, a new Christmas movie to snuggle up and watch, a Christmas book, a little chocolate treat, a bottle of fizz for Mummy and Daddy and some magic reindeer food (wildlife friendly of course!). I also pop in there the kids stockings to hang up and our Santa plate that I made 5 years ago.

Christmas Eve Box

What do you think of our Christmas Eve box? Is it something you do? What do you put in yours? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

Merry Christmas!

Kerry x

This is a colloborative post with Hobbycraft, and the materials were kindly gifted to us in return for this blog post.


  1. December 22, 2018 / 2:17 pm

    What a lovely box you made, I love the idea of using things again to make them part of your tradition. I’m sure this box will hold many fond memories for you and your family

  2. December 22, 2018 / 6:46 pm

    I love the new tradition of the Christmas Eve box and we have one themed around Zog this year. I love the idea of making up the box as we just have a cardboard one. Lovely to have one you re-use every year.

  3. Cheryl
    July 16, 2019 / 3:17 pm

    I have always done Christmas pj’s for the whole family and
    even now that my daughter is 40ish, still do. It was a highlight
    for me as a child. I never did the box, but sounds like a great
    idea now that I am a Grandma. Add some hot chocolate(spiked
    for the adults)and a movie or story book. Perfect!!

    • Kerry
      July 16, 2019 / 7:26 pm

      Our kids love it! It’s a great way to warm up to the big day, and they love getting their new PJs. I think the fact that the box comes form the ‘Elf on the Shelf’ makes it even more magical. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

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