Holiday Card Holder and Buffalo Check Christmas Decor

Holiday Card Holder and Buffalo Check Christmas Decor

Sometimes my Christmas projects are really “out there” as far as upcycling ideas go, but this one is, perhaps, not so “out there”. It was, however, fortuitous for many reasons, which I’ll explain momentarily. But let’s first chat about this wooden jewelry box I recently found at the Goodwill Bins. I decided that it was the perfect piece to upcycle into a holiday card holder.Jewelry box at the Goodwill Bins

Now, if you absolutely adore the existing paint job, then I’m afraid you’ll be dismayed if you keep reading.

If you’re like me, though, you probably feel inspired to update the wooden jewelry box to your own liking. And I might have upcycled it to match this cooler project that I worked on, too!

Faking a Skotch Kooler for plaid Christmas Decor

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How to Paint Buffalo Plaid for Woodland Christmas Decor

To update the jewelry box into a holiday card holder, I wanted to paint it a nice rich red. Had the weather been more cooperative, I would have spray painted it.

BUT, that wasn’t the case.

So, first, I gave the jewelry box a light sanding and grabbed a paint sample I had found in the “Oops” bin at Home Depot.

Oops paint for craft projects

And, not that it matters too much, but the box had the ubiquitous “Made in China” sticker underneath it, which erases any guilt about painting it!

I also lined the inner perimeter with painter’s tape before I started upcycling the jewelry box. I have a history of sealing things shut when I paint them and thought this would help alleviate that problem.

Preventing a box from being painted shut

Once the wooden jewelry box had been transformed into a festive red box (two coats of paint later), I grabbed my Buffalo plaid stencil from Funky Junk Old Sign Stencils.

You may recall I used it once before on this tray project of minehence the red paint that was already on there!

Buffalo plaid stencil from Old Sign Stencils

Instead of stenciling red on black like I did last time, though, I stenciled black on red for my holiday card holder. As always, I used my favorite stencil brushes from this online shop.

How to paint buffalo plaid

Stenciling a Holiday Card Holder

When all the paint had dried, I had a holiday card holder with a lovely pattern in Buffalo plaid. This was going to be PERFECT for some woodland Christmas decor!

Upcycling a jewelry box as a holiday card holder

Even though I could have left it just like that, I decided to take it one step further. I already had a Christmas stencil that I had purchased for what turned into a recent “project fail” of mine.

Yes, it’s true- some of my projects do NOT go as planned!

Buffalo check Christmas decor with a holiday card box

Remember how I mentioned at the very beginning that this was a “fortuitous” project? This is why…the stencil I had purchased for the project fail was a nearly perfect fit for my holiday card holder!

So, I decided to stencil on a little Christmas cheer over the buffalo plaid on my holiday card holder.

Christmas stencil for a holiday card holder

And just like that, my holiday card holder was completely done!

How to paint buffalo plaid for woodland Christmas decor

Doesn’t that look fantastic? Such an improvement – and all from a wooden jewelry box that came from the Goodwill Bins!

Holiday Card Holder and Buffalo Check Christmas Decor

Plus, it doubles as both a holiday card holder as well as buffalo check Christmas decor when turned on its side!

Holiday card holder and woodland Christmas decor

I’ve saved certain Christmas cards from over the years (such as the last one my husband’s grandmother sent before she passed away, etc.). Now I’ll be able to keep them safely tucked away all year long.

What a fun new element to add to my Christmas decorating this year. And talk about meant to be, since I already had the paint, the brushes, the tape, and the Christmas stencils.

Holiday card holder and buffalo check Christmas decor

So, if you’ve ever wondered how to paint buffalo plaid, then I hope you see how easy it is with this stencil! Trust me, this is the best buffalo check stencil out there.

And for more inspiration for woodland Christmas decor, make sure you check out this plaid Christmas wreath I made from flannel shirts!

Plaid Christmas wreath from recycled flannel shirts

And remember, my book, “Crafting with Flannel”, has an entire chapter dedicated to Christmas ideas. So you KNOW it’s filled with all things Christmas plaid!

christmas projects in crafting with flannel

Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. that’s fantastic! but you have the patience of a saint…i fear i would not be able to wait for the layers to dry. that box looks awesome and i particularly like the way you are displaying it. thanks for sharing!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      I never think of it as patience…paint drying time means I can get something else done at the same time so it feels like I’m a master of multitasking!! 😉

  2. Love, love, love this idea! You are so creative!

  3. I love it! I have a Christmas card book to save cards in and I’m in the process of making a display for Christmas cards before they are stored away!


  4. Your finished results are beautiful, but $39 dollars for 1 stencil. no thanks.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      You are certainly welcome to your opinion, Linda! Designing stencils is incredibly tedious work, especially that Buffalo Check one- and they last forever, so you can make as many projects as you can dream up from the same stencil. 🙂 Happy holidays to you!

  5. This project turned out really cute! Good job, especially since it will work for a couple of things. It looks so good maybe you should put some kind of seal coat on it to protect for the years to come??

  6. Love this Sadie!

  7. Fantastic Christmas box! I L❤️VE it❣️❣️❣️ A cigar box could also be used for this project. I purchased one at an estate sale in pristine condition, but when I removed the price sticker, the cigar box pattern came off too, leaving a BIG white spot. Grrrr. Didn’t know what to do with it, but I think this will definitely work! Thank you for sharing your talent with us. Merry Christmas to you and yours❣️?❄️☃️??

  8. Very nice!

  9. Oh I love the red and black check, and then your Merry Christmas stenciled in white just makes it holiday perfect!

  10. This is so cute! I had no idea buffalo check stencils existed. Since I already have a surplus of scrapbook paper, I’m thinking I could do something similar with paper and Modge Podge. I’m on a quest to use up a lot of the extra craft supplies I already have on hand! Thanks for the great idea?

  11. I love your box and the directions , thanks

  12. Naomi Shelton says

    Very clever! And a great idea for saving special Christmas cards in one place in a container you can’t overlook or lose! Perfect!

  13. Great idea. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Blessed 2019.
    Marion and Marilyn

  14. I love the old A-team quote, “I love it when a plan comes together.” It sure sounds like your project went smoothly, perfectly centered stencill for the plaid, no bleeding of the script. Buffalo plaid is growing on me. I like it in the vignette, too.

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