Goodwill Blogging: DIY Christmas “Gift” Décor

Goodwill Blogging: DIY Christmas “Gift” Décor

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!

Placemats, hand towels, and Christmas napkins at Goodwill linens section by Sadie Seasongoods

I spy several holiday-esque 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!)

Thrifting picture frames at Goodwill for upcycling and repurposing Christmas craft DIY project by Sadie Seasongoods

Empty wooden frames- excellent!

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.

Creating DIY Christmas holiday gift present using thrift store picture frame and linen napkin napkin / Sadie Seasongoods.com

Remember those holly napkins from the rack?

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.

CCreating DIY Christmas holiday gift present using thrift store picture frame and linen napkin napkin / Sadie Seasongoods.com

Not gonna lie to you- the staple gun scares me a little. But you can’t beat its results!

Creating DIY Christmas holiday gift present using thrift store picture frame and linen napkin napkin / Sadie Seasongoods.com

A close-up of my stapling…

I did the same thing along the other two sides, carefully folding in the corners so that the fabric didn’t bunch up.

Creating DIY Christmas holiday gift present using thrift store picture frame and linen napkin napkin / Sadie Seasongoods.com

Quite literally like wrapping a present.

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!

Creating DIY Christmas holiday gift present using thrift store picture frame and linen napkin napkin / Sadie Seasongoods.com

Ta-da! A 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.

Creating DIY Christmas holiday gift present using thrift store picture frame and linen napkin napkin / Sadie Seasongoods.com

Even more gift-y, now.

Creating DIY Christmas holiday gift present using thrift store picture frame and linen napkin napkin / Sadie Seasongoods.com

Uses less ribbon this way.

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!! 🙂

Creating DIY Christmas holiday gift present using thrift store picture frame and linen napkin napkin / Sadie Seasongoods.com

It seriously looks like a gift I’ll want to open!

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.

Creating DIY Christmas holiday gift present using thrift store picture frame and linen napkin napkin / Sadie Seasongoods.com

A pile of presents!

Now…y’all might have to remind me that I can’t open these. Ha!

Craft on!

S


 

PIN ME!Creating DIY Christmas holiday gift present using thrift store picture frame and linen napkin napkin / Sadie Seasongoods.com

Comments

  1. Sarah, these “gifts” are amazing!! I like the variety of prints you chose; they look fantastic!! I only have about a billion frames I can do this with, but I’ll need to pick up some Christmas fabric. 🙂 Btw, great job on the bow!!

  2. Super cute! Love the plaid one! Lucky you to have a Goodwill so close! They would get so tired of seeing me! ha! 🙂 ~Rhonda

  3. this is a super cute idea for the holidays! love all of these 🙂

  4. 40?! I refuse to believe that! (However, the 40’s are a fabulous decade! A really great phase of life. I hope you are looking forward to it.)

  5. Cool idea! These look so pretty. As we always go elsewhere to open presents, and as we make gifts so do the wrapping right before Christmas, there usually aren’t that many gifts around our house for long—this would be such a nice way to have that wrapped-present feel all month long leading up to the holiday 🙂

  6. Great idea Sarah! Don’t worry about 40. I’ve got 5 years on you and its not so bad. Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday. See you again next week.

  7. This was the Most Viewed this week and will be featured on Thursday!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again this week (with out any glitches) Pinned!

  8. This is such an amazing idea! Thanks for sharing it. I’m Anita visiting from Pin Junkie Pin Party.

  9. I would have never thought to use old picture frames to create these wrapped holiday “gifts”. So creative! Again, thank you for sharing at Create • Share • Inspire!

    Alicia xo

  10. This is SUCH a fantastic idea! Pinned!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  11. Love that you used material,been doing this for years with wrapping paper,also I use my pictures from the wall,rehash and voila parents everywhere. .Easy cheap decoration,as I get a little bit crazy with xmas especially the xmas tree room…Now my friend any ideas for the MANCAVE???He is mainly a NASCAR Nut,but I manage to slip in the other sports.Great work,glad I found you.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Come back tomorrow! I’ll be posting a brand new Christmas project using sports equipment!! Your timing is impeccable. 😉

  12. P.S. THE 408. BEST EVER YEARS,wish I could go back there! !!!

  13. JaneEllen says:

    I found the 40’s to be pretty darned good, kids were growing up, hubs and I could do more. We never had that time before kids as I had 3 young kids when we got married then we had a girl,my fourth.
    We were married 3 1/2 weeks when hubs went to Nam with Jolly Green squadron, helicopter rescue and recovery. Our first date was 10/18/68, got married 11/30/68 and he left on 12/26/68 for Nam. Our 48th. anniversary is coming up end of this month.
    Loving your “gifts”, such a great,smart, thrifty idea. I look for empty or even full frames when I go to any thrift store, never know what I might need. Same with any kind of linens. Picked up 3 Christmas plaid napkins at local thrift store last week. Now if can find them when I need them,lol.
    Put things away then forget where, duh.
    Great post, always enjoy your posts Sarah.
    Have awesome week

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