DIY Christmas "Gift" Decor

3 Materials
20 Minutes
I wanted to create an inexpensive way to decorate my mantel this Christmas, so I created these "gifts" using items from the thrift store!
Click HERE for the full tutorial!
I started with these empty picture frames from the thrift store- even cheaper because they didn't come with a glass pane.
And then I checked out the linens section at the thrift store- specifically, the area of napkins, placemats, and hand towels. Perfect- lots of holiday options!
To create a "gift", I opened up a napkin and placed my empty frame on top of it and carefully folded up the edges.

With my staple gun, I carefully (and safely) stapled the sides of napkin to the back of the frame, pulling the fabric taut as I went along.
I attached the fabric to the back of the frame and trimmed off the excess. When I flipped it over, it was nice and smooth, like a canvas.

Click HERE for the full step-by-step tutorial so you can make your own!
Then, I added strips of ribbon and a matching pom-pom bow. Looks like a gorgeous Christmas present, doesn't it?

And I made a pom-pom bow to hot-glue to the center. Ta-da!! Looks ready to open, doesn't it?
Merry Christmas and happy decorating!
Suggested materials:
  • Picture frames   (Thrift store)
  • Holiday Fabric   (Thrift store)
  • Wired ribbon   (Craft store)
Sadie Seasongoods
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  • Pat whitmus Pat whitmus on Dec 05, 2015
    Yummy idea...maybe tiny ones in the kitchen on a wall that needs some holiday cheer?

  • Linda Beth Fuller Linda Beth Fuller on Dec 08, 2015
    couldn't you use empty boxes and wrap them?

  • Heather Heather on Dec 09, 2015
    how did you make the bows? I'm having trouble getting mine to look right... what type of ribbon were you using?

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  • Carole Thomas Carole Thomas on Dec 13, 2015
    At last!! a way to use up those random scraps of l ribbon that aren't really long enough to use for much, but too long to (eeek!!) throw away!! Thank you for this wonderful idea :) Merry Christmas!!

  • Joanne Wolfe Joanne Wolfe on Dec 24, 2015
    I love it.. I am always buying frames at GW thinking that I will get some creative ideas such as this!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!