I'm not gonna say I bought a five pound box of clementines just for the crate...but I mean it may have had a little something to do with it.
Regardless...I think it was a good decision because now look at Mr. Crate. All I did was use a little goo gone to remove the paper and adhesive before spray painting two coats of black paint all over the box.
Then I filled her up with goodies I had around the house...
I started by pulling the garland off my pumpkin topiaries that are still sitting on the front porch (my daughter commented someone still had pumpkins out today and I had to justify they are Thanksgiving decorations, too!).
I put some candles in a few glass food jars that had been cleaned and de-labeled and I snagged one of the tree branch candle sticks I made awhile back from the mantel.
On one of the jars I wrapped some jute around the top to hide the ridges for the lid and add a little extra texture. I also made a little 'Joy to the World' tag in PicMonkey and tucked her in there. I finished my Christmas center piece up with some pine cones I had cleaned and dried and gold berries.
I just love the way it all came together.