December is here, December is here! That means a lot of things to me- Christmas, my birthday (the big 4-0 this year!) and of course, a new project for The Good Life Blog! For this month’s project, I decided to create “gift” décor pieces to use on my mantel- bright colorful “presents” that are easy to make using inexpensive frames and linens from my local Goodwill store. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
I’ll admit, I’m pretty lucky in the thrifting department- there’s a Goodwill just a couple of miles from my home, and it’s a REALLY good store. Case in point- their linens department. Several racks of nicely organized linens, and for this project I headed straight for the section of placemats, napkins, and hand towels- as expected, plenty of Christmas options!
Next, I went to the picture frame section…usually, I can find a handful of frames that are just the wood frame, which is all I needed for this project. (If you can’t find empty frames, have no worries- you can certainly buy full frames and either save the glass and cardboard for another project, or put them in your recycling bins!)
Let’s Make Some Christmas “Gifts”!
After washing and ironing my linens, I got to work- first, I opened up a napkin and laid the frame on top of it. Whichever side of the linen you want to show as your gift, place that side down on the floor with the frame laying on top of the “bad” side. I purposefully wanted the more “faded” side facing out (it looked more vintage-y) on this one, ironically enough.
With my staple gun, I carefully (and safely!) stapled the napkin to the back of the frame along two sides, pulling it tight as I went along.
I did the same thing along the other two sides, carefully folding in the corners so that the fabric didn’t bunch up.
After I was done stapling my fabric, I trimmed off the excess with fabric scissors and flipped it over- nice and smooth, just like a well-wrapped gift!
To finish off my “gift décor”, I grabbed some wired-ribbon from my gift wrap supplies. I carefully crossed my wrapped frame with two strips of ribbon, securing them on the back with my staple gun.
And the finishing touch- a big pom pom bow, which I hot-glued to the center of my “gift”. And yes, I watched a couple of YouTube videos to learn how to make the bow!! 🙂
How fun is that?? I made a few more and will lean them up on my mantel- just like a pile of Christmas presents under the tree! And super bonus- I can use them year after year, if I want. Super simple, super inexpensive, and definitely festive.
Now…y’all might have to remind me that I can’t open these. Ha!