This Christmas Elf Never Stops ~ 22 December 2017
 
 I'd like to stop making things, but I just can't! I saw a cute idea for a candy jar and since I bought a huge bag of candy for another project, I had more than enough left to make this cute candy jar- just needed the mason jars and topper to finish it off for a quick gift. It couldn't have been easier- using a glue gun, seal the rim between the top and the ring and sprinkle some "snow" on the glue. Glue the snowman (available a Walmart for under $2.00) to the top. Fill the rest of the cap with glue and sprinkle with "snow" and band with a seasonal ribbon! Easy-peasy!


But I put myself to sleep wondering, since I bought a box of 12,  what could I do with the left over Mason jars? Waste-not-want-not.
As it turns out, last week at the grocery I bought a roll of freezer paper. I'd been wanting to try using freezer paper to do transfer work and as it happened I had recently downloaded a cute Christmas truck picture and saved it on my computer. I can't remember where I got it from (though I wish I did so I could promote the blog where I got it- sorry :-(  ) . But this  FREE download from TodaysCreativeLife.com  is a very cute car carrying a Christmas Tree and would look adorable on your crate. I had all the parts to make something, and I'm calling it the Christmas Crate.



Using freezer paper for the transfer is easy. Select an image that you want to transfer to wood. If you are using words, you must be able to flip them on your computer inside out since the transfer, when applied, is a mirror image. For photos, like I have used here, it's okay if they show right or left.



The freezer paper is too thin to go through your printer without getting mangled so it's recommended that you use a glue stick and adhere the freezer paper- shiny side out-  to a regular piece of printing paper along the tops of the papers. Trim the freezer paper to the size of the printer paper. Then print your image, making sure the freezer paper is the side being printed.

The ink will not absorb into the freezer paper so you are able to carefully put the printed side onto a piece of wood and using a credit card, rub the image onto the wood. I have used the same image on two pieces of wood, and though the second rubbing is lighter, it  gives an older, more distressed look. 
 
I used scrap 1" x 6" pine, then cut the boards to length- front and back the same size- so the length was about 2" longer than the picture of the truck. You can make your crate any length.
Here's the full cut list:
2  pieces (the sides), cut to match, which centers your transferred image
1 piece 1" pine for the bottom, cut even with the length of your sides and as wide as you want your crate to be. I measured the bottom of the Mason jar and added 1/2 inch since I wanted my crate to hold Mason jars.
6 pieces 1" lathe (which is 1/4" deep) cut to the width of the bottom + 1.5" (the bottom plus 2   3/4" sides).
After sanding the cut pieces, I brushed them with a diluted brown paint to resemble a stain. The printer ink must be dry before you can quickly brush the paint over the image or else it will run. If the paint is dry and you brush over it quickly and lightly, you shouldn't ruin your image.



To build the crate, face nail the sides to the bottom board making a channel of wood.



The six lathe pieces become the ends of the crate and are glued, then nailed to the ends of the channel.
To complete, I gave the crate another coat of diluted brown paint to make it a little darker, and put the Mason jars, filled with water and evergreen into the crate for a cozy table display. The box could be used for small toys, as a gift with a loaf of bread or to pack delicate Christmas ornaments.


I made the two sides different.



Wishing you all a Merry Christmas! I hope you have lots of crafting ideas for the New Year! 
With peace at Christmastime ~ Sandy
 
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