Holiday Crate x 10 ~ Vintage Truck with Christmas Trees #HolidayCrateProjects

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... That's right... the holiday decorating has officially begun. I don't know about you, but the task of decorating for Christmas is often daunting for me. It might have something to do with the daily clutter and needing to get that cleaned up before bringing out the boxes and boxes of Christmas decorations. This year, though, I started small and worked my way into the decorating in baby steps. To get the ball rolling, I was invited to participate in a Holiday Crate x 10 Challenge. Bloggers were asked to decorate a plain crate for the holidays. I immediately envisioned my Holiday Crate with a Vintage Truck carrying Christmas trees. 

An old wooden truck got a sweet makeover for this Holiday Crate x 10 Challenge. Nothing says winter like a red vintage truck hauling some Christmas trees!

I had so much fun pulling this project together. I hope you enjoy seeing how each blogger decorated her crate too.
Just so you know, we all started out with the same simple crate and turned it into something really special for the holidays.


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I opted to keep mine in its natural state, as I was going for a rustic/vintage vibe. Before I did anything in the crate, I had a little makeover to do.

An old wooden truck got a sweet makeover for this Holiday Crate x 10 Challenge. Nothing says winter like a red vintage truck hauling some Christmas trees!

We've had this old wooden dump truck for 6 years. I bought it in St. Louis at a church rummage sale. I loved that it was solid wood and knew it was old. I tried tracking down the story behind it, but was never able to find any information on the manufacturer. Anyway, it has sat unused in my son's room for the better part of those 6 years. Last year, I started thinking about painting it, but finally got around to it, oh, last week. ;-)

Old wooden truck gets a makeover.

I chose the bright Apple Red 2X Ultra Cover Paint + Primer spray paint by Rust-Oleum to get the job done. After taping up the wheels, I went ahead and gave it a couple of coats of paint. At once, I was smitten! I wish I would have painted it much sooner. 

An old wooden truck got a sweet makeover for this Holiday Crate x 10 Challenge. Nothing says winter like a red vintage truck hauling some Christmas trees!

After painting it red, I felt like it still needed something. So, I invented a family business. The Higby Family now has a Tree Farm! Well, at least we now have a truck that has "Higby Family Tree Farm" painted on it. 


I just used a simple transfer method to get the letters on the side of the truck. This was my first try with this technique. I was positively giddy when it actually worked. After drawing the letters, I went back over them with white acrylic paint and a fine tip paint brush. It is by no means perfect, but I love how it turned out. The truck now has some character! Just for giggles, let's look at the before and after pics side-by-side...

An old wooden truck got a sweet makeover for this Holiday Crate x 10 Challenge. Nothing says winter like a red vintage truck hauling some Christmas trees!

An ugly duckling to beautiful swan... When my 14-year-old son saw the truck with its shiny new makeover, he promptly reminded me that it was his truck and that he expects to get it back after Christmas. Who knows, maybe he'll pass it down to one of his children one day. Oh no... now I'm getting weepy (sniff, sniff). We better get to the crate before I turn into a puddle of tears!

Plain crate gets some lights for the Holiday Crate x 10 challenge.

After turning the crate on its side, I started with some small battery-powered lights and strung them through the slats. A little Scotch tape keeps them in place. 

A little snow makes the crate even more wintery.

Next, I placed a piece of crumpled wax paper on the bottom of the crate and started sprinkling some fake snow. The paper is there to keep most of the snow in the crate instead of all over my entry table.

Filling up the red vintage truck with Christmas trees.

Then came the big red truck with bottle brush trees piled in the back. I put it in the crate at a slight angle.

An old wooden truck got a sweet makeover for this Holiday Crate x 10 Challenge. Nothing says winter like a red vintage truck hauling some Christmas trees!

The truck needed a little snow on it too. By the way, do you have any idea what I used for the windows? It's not paint...

An old wooden truck got a sweet makeover for this Holiday Crate x 10 Challenge. Nothing says winter like a red vintage truck hauling some Christmas trees!

The inside of the crate was finished off with a tree standing beside the truck. In order to keep our dog and cat out of the "snow", I placed the holiday crate on top of my entryway table and added some greenery and a white lantern.

An old wooden truck got a sweet makeover for this Holiday Crate x 10 Challenge. Nothing says winter like a red vintage truck hauling some Christmas trees!

I couldn't be more pleased with how this crate turned out. I love how I was able to breathe new life into the vintage truck to make it the star of the project. It seriously puts a smile on my face each time I pass by it on my way out the door. 

An old wooden truck got a sweet makeover for this Holiday Crate x 10 Challenge. Nothing says winter like a red vintage truck hauling some Christmas trees!

The little lights in the top of the crate bring the most beautiful glow to the crate at night. It looks almost magical perched atop my entry table. I'll be showing the rest of that to you later in the week.

Be sure you check out the other bloggers participating in this neat challenge too!

Carole - Garden Up Green 
Patti - Garden Matter
Bon Bon -Farmhouse 40
Meredith - The Palette Muse

You're next! What will you do with your holiday crate? 

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16 comments:

  1. This is adorable Nici, I love that little truck it's perfect. I'll be back later this week to see what it looks like at your entry. Was awesome working with you, Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

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    1. Loved working with you too, Carole! Thanks for letting me be a part of this super fun challenge!

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  2. Nici,
    I love it! Looks like a few of us had the "shadow box" idea and isn't interesting how different they all are? I love all the projects from this group. What fun. Your red Christmas tree truck is so great and I also love the lighting idea.

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    1. I was amazed at how different each of the projects were also. I'm glad you like the lighting in the crate... I thought it needed a little something to make it glow at night. Thanks for the sweet comment!

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  3. I love it, Nici! You're a brave woman with the snow - I have a bag that gets pulled out with the Christmas decorations each year, and every year I say the same thing: "DO NOT open that bag of 'snow'!" It's part of a Christmas village set my mom gave me for Christmas many years ago. One day I may get brave enough...
    I love the truck! It turned out beautifully, and I'm still wondering about the windows...tape?
    It's been so much fun working with you on this - I hope we'll do it again!

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    1. So far, so good with the snow. The animals and the "kids" seem to be staying away from it for now ;-) You're right about the windows... it's chalkboard tape. I thought it might be fun to draw people in the windows. Loved working with you and the other ladies on this challenge too.

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  4. Super cute, Nici! I bet you smile every time you come into your entry! LOVE the truck too! I can't wait to see the rest of your entry!

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  5. Very nice, Nici. The red truck is such a great idea. I need to get busy and do some lettering on wood like that. The snow was a nice touch.

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  6. Oh my goodness, what an adorable winter scene! That truck is just too cute, and I'm really impressed with your lettering technique. I gotta try that! What a great way to welcome visitors into your home!

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  7. I love the little truck with the trees......this is so cute. Wonderful job!

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  8. Love it!!! So sweet and Christmasy! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. What a totally creative way to use your crate, Nici - that truck is beyond adorable!! Terrific work!

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  10. This is adorable! I love that red truck. It's the perfect blend of vintage vibe, with some modern lights. Your son will surely cherish it in it's newly personalized form.

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  11. Nikki this is super cute, I love crates and this is just a perfect idea !!!!!!

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  12. Oh!! How I love this Nici!!! I want one!

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  13. I love it! Any way that you could provide more info on how you did the lettering? Also, I'm dying to know! What's the window?!

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