Christmas Card Holder and Farmhouse Christmas Decor

Christmas Card Holder and Farmhouse 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”. BUT, it was fortuitous for many reasons, which I’ll explain momentarily. However, let’s first chat about this “blah” jewelry box I recently found- it was the perfect piece to upcycle into a Christmas card holder.

Upcycling an old jewelry box into a Christmas card holder and farmhouse Christmas decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

An excellent makeover candidate for certain!

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 jewelry box to your own liking. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Creating a Christmas Card Holder

To update the jewelry box into a Christmas card holder, I wanted to paint it a nice rich red. Had the weather been more cooperative, I likely would have spray painted it. BUT, that wasn’t the case- so I gave the jewelry box a light sanding and grabbed a paint sample I had found in the “Oops” bin at Home Depot.

Painting a thrifted jewelry box to upcycle into Christmas card holder and farmhouse Christmas decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

Let’s paint this puppy!

And, not that it matters too much, but the box has 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 (LOL) and thought this would help alleviate that problem.

Using painters tape on jewelry box that will be repurposed into a rustic Christmas card holder and farmhouse Christmas decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

Paint prep- done!

Once the jewelry box had been transformed into a festive red box (two coats of paint later), I grabbed my Buffalo Check 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!

Using buffalo check stencil from Funky Junk Old Sign Stencils to create rustic Christmas card holder from repurposed jewelry box by Sadie Seasongoods /

Probably my most FAVORITE stencil in my collection!

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

Stenciling buffalo check plaid onto upcycled jewelry box that will become Christmas card holder and farmhouse Christmas decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

Gettin’ my buffalo check on…

OK- ready to see how the buffalo check stenciling turned out? Ta-da! It looked gorgeous, just like that.

Thrift store jewelry box transformed into Christmas card holder and farmhouse Christmas decor with buffalo check stencil by Sadie Seasongoods /


Even though I could have left it just like that, I decided to take it one step further. I already had a “Christmas Greetings” 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!

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 Christmas card holder! So, I decided to stencil on a little Christmas cheer over the buffalo check.

Stenciling on a Christmas greeting so that upcycled jewelry box Christmas card holder is also a Christmas sign or farmhouse Christmas decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

Pure dumb luck- I can’t believe it fits!

Here- you can see the wording better with the white paint over it!

Repurposing a thrift store jewelry box to become Christmas card holder, Christmas sign, and farmhouse Christmas decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

Here goes nothin’…

Doesn’t that look fantastic? So much better than the sleepy flowers on the original jewelry box finish.

Jewelry box makeover to create rustic Christmas card holder, easy Christmas sign, and farmhouse Christmas decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

A box for my Christmas cards AND a Christmas sign!

And it doubles as both a Christmas card holder as well as rustic Christmas decor when turned on its side! 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.) and I’ll be able to keep them safely tucked away all year long now.

Creating a rustic Christmas sign with an upcycled jewelry box transformed into Christmas card holder by Sadie Seasongoods /

Cozy Christmas cabin style…

What a fun new element to add to my Christmas decorating this year- and when I already have the paint, the brushes, the tape, and the stencils without having to spend another dime? Christmas magic at work, I’ll tell you what…

How to upcycle a jewelry box into rustic Christmas decor and Christmas card holder by Sadie Seasongoods /

Don’t forget to check out my full collection of upcycled Christmas projects HERE before you go!

Craft on!


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  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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