Toolbox & Crate Christmas Tree

Toolbox and Crate Christmas Tree from Finding Home

I have a long standing love with vintage toolboxes – I don’t think I have ever met a reasonably priced one I didn’t love.

I have been trying to figure out what my crazy need for more toolboxes is about – and then one day it hit me.

It is about my Grandfather.

Me and Grandpa

I lost him when I was 15.  We were really close.  My mom uses his toolbox on her porch.

I think – until it is my turn to have his – I felt the need to have all the rest of them in the world

One day, I was moving some and I stacked one on top of another – and an idea was born.

A Christmas Tree.

Because what is more Christmasy then a stack of toolboxes, right?

Tool Box and Crate Christmas Tree copy 2

I love how the quirky lines contrast with my more traditional home.  I know it is not your “traditional” style tree, but I happen to love it.

I smile as I walk past it – and it has only been there two days.

Tool Box Tree in Entry 2

And what else could I possibly top it with other than a small globe?

Tool Box Tree Globe Star 2

But beyond my love for my Grandfather’s toolbox – I love the details of them – and when someone’s name is carved, I love them even more.

Tool Box Tree Red Toolbox 2

Words on old wood, love…

Toolbox Tree Stack Close Up 2

    Tool Box Tree Above View copy 2

It is the rustic details that make me the happiest.

 Tool Box Tree Close Bracket copy 2

So now here is the part where I admit this is only a grouping of my toolboxes with top – I also have a whole bunch of opened top ones.

What about a big giant snowflake out of those?

What about you, I know it is early, but have you started to pull together Christmas ideas?

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I am lucky enough to say that all of these incredible photos were taken by my talented friend Erin Witkowski of Eve’s Wish Photography.

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48 thoughts on “Toolbox & Crate Christmas Tree”


  1. Oh my gosh, that is so cute! I love the look of it, and the sentiment behind it. I love toolboxes too, but the thing I always look out for is old fashioned doctor’s bags. They remind me of my dad (who was an electrician, but had one as his work/ lunch bag)

  2. omg this is spectacular in so many ways! LOVE it! and i feel so blessed that i was there when you bought some of those boxes! super creative friend!

  3. That is so neat!! It just seems so you with your love of the wooden boxes and antiques. I wish I had something of my grandfather’s. I don’t. As for Christmas.. I found a smaller artificial tree and put that up, trying to break my old daughter’s cats in that have taken residence here. They may be living in the basement for the next 6 wks. LOL They just can not leave it alone.

  4. Laura…how fantastic…what a great idea…I stack my picnic baskets in my media room…I guess I just need a crate for the bottom!!…I love that you have such wonderful memories of the “tree” you created…I unfortunately have nothing to treasure from my grandparents…you are blessed to have them…and I am sure that he is looking down from the heavens with much pride and approval knowing how much you loved him.

  5. I LOVE this!!! And I love the connection with your Grandpa! I do the same thing… collecting things that remind me of my grandparents home. In our family is was a little white chair that used to be a kindergarten chair from probably the 20’s, 30’s? My gramma always had it in her kitchen for a step stool, and all of us 23 grandkids loved to sit on it and play school. I didn’t get the chair, (that’s okay, I guess. lol) but I’m always on the look out for one like that. I have a little school chair, but it’s a different style. It’s cute though…

    Adorable pic too! 🙂

  6. I just found you through the FOLK link party! This is the most adorable…and I don’t even think that is the correct word, project! Simple and classic! I joined the link party in hopes of being featured, but my Christmas wish is for you to get it. That is how much I love this. The pictures are really good too!

    Trina @

  7. Laura,

    i just adore, adore this super original idea! And I love that it’s rooted in the loving relationship with your grandfather.

    And the photos are fabulous! I just got back from a one-day photography boot camp class so I’m eyeing the depth of field details … I’m thinking a 1.8 F stop was used …



  8. What a wonderful idea and what a terrific way to make items with such meaning such a creative part of your Christmas decor–enjoy it!

  9. So incredibly creative and love the story about your Grandpa! When Christmas is over, you could leave the stack of toolboxes there, but without the crate as the stand. I think that would be a perfect vignette in that spot.

  10. Laura,
    What a wonderful reminder of your Grandfather that your whole family can enjoy. I collect things that remind me of a person or a time that was special. It brings me right back to that happy time.

  11. Congratulations on your home being featured on The Old Painted Cotteage…absolutely lovely.
    I just had to let you know that the Long Beach LI toolbox jumped out at me.
    I live 15 minutes from Long Beach and the residents were hit hard with storm Sandy…
    So may lost everything they had { I still cannot wrap my head around that} However, the response from local surrounding communities has been amazing and town will come back….eventually.
    There are many incredible workers from out of state..with their toolboxes ready to help. 🙂

    Have a very Merry Christmas.

  12. I Love this idea. I never thought I had an obsession for tool boxes until recently. I find myself gravitating to them when ever I am in an antique store. I scored an awesome one a few months ago at one of my local antique shops. It was only thirty bucks and I still can’t figure out why it was so cheap. The wood is the perfect color and it has the metal detail that I just love. I’ll have to keep your tool box tree in mind for next year. That will give me an excuse build up my collection.

  13. That red box with the name on it could really be worth some money. If i am not mistaken “Baird” was one of the original founders of the Boy Scouts. It might be worth looking into.