The idea is to have a box that you open on Christmas Eve every year. The box will include hot chocolate, marshmallows, hot chocolate mugs for each person, a Christmas movie, and candy canes. You can add or remove whatever you need in order to fit your family. I need to get a Christmas movie to add to mine, but Zackary picked out the hot chocolate mugs from the dollar store and I filled them with the hot chocolate mix and a candy cane.
I went to Michael's with their 40% off coupon that is in the paper every week. I found the perfect box. I got a wooden box because I wanted to make sure that it lasts. They have cardboard boxes there also that would work, but I liked the wooden one better. I also got some silver paint and clear glitter paint. I found green metallic paint also.
Monkey and I painted the box silver and then added a coat of glitter paint to make sure it sparkled. I had the idea to add our handprints in the metallic green paint to the outside of the box. Monkey and my handprints turned out pretty good but getting a 7 month old's handprints to turn out good is close to impossible. Since my hands are bigger, I put my handprints on the back of the box and my husband will put one hand on either side of the box.
The inside of the box looked bare so I had planned on using a red felt type of material, but getting to a craft store with the kids for one item isn't logical so I found a red tree skirt at the dollar store and fit that inside and used a staple gun to attach it. This will keep the mugs from banging around and I will use the extra material to wrap the mugs when they are stored until next year.