Red, white, and green Christmas mantel (gift bag turned into Christmas art!)

It’s a cold, dreary day outside… but inside our home it is merry and bright and oh so cozy!  I am so in love with this view from the kitchen as I am busy baking up Christmas treats today. 

Christmas mantel and tree

I had a little bit different plan for this year’s Christmas mantel but time and materials didn’t allow it to happen.  But that’s ok, because I think this version turned out just as good if not better. 

It's the most wonderful time of the year Christmas mantel

I really wanted a big chalkboard sign for the mantel planked on top of of some rustic wood and then the mantel decorated with lots of traditional Christmas colors – reds, greens, whites, and metallics.  But I have to admit that I haven’t really perfected those pretty chalkboards you see everywhere.   So I created some fake chalkboard art for super cheap!

I used a can of Rustoleum gloss Cherry Red spray paint

Rustoleum Apple Red spray paint

to spray paint this big yard sale brass frame.

yard sale frame

And this big gift bag from Hobby Lobby became my perfectly lettered, fake chalkboard art! Smile   I just cut the front of the bag off to the size to fit in the frame and it was perfect.  And bonus – the front and the back of the bag are the same so I can get TWO pieces of art – maybe one to give as a gift?

use gift bag to make art

And here it is as the focal centerpiece of my Christmas mantel!  This time of the year truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

red, white and greenery on Christmas mantel

I just LOVE the colors of Christmas – yes, I love neutrals and have done a no-red, neutral Christmas but I think I will always be partial to red and Christmas together.  Christmas lights and candlelight makes everything beautiful!  (Lantern from Walmart clearance this year.)

red lantern centerpiece on coffee table and mantel

The red trees, pinecone tree, white bench, stained crate, white planked board piece, plaid throw, red sweater pillow, and even the greenery garland are all yard sale/thrift store finds.  Yes, I really do find all of this décor over time and at different sales/stores at yard sales and thrift stores! 

It's the most wonderful time of the year Christmas mantel

The burlap pillow is a Target placemat turned pillow (tutorial here).

placemat pillow and white bench with plaid throw

Shaped my vintage wood tape measure (yard sale find) into a star after seeing it on a blog someplace to add to the back of this little vignette on the hearth.  

wood in box with lantern on hearth

I just love that red frame!  I can see this art piece getting used every year – could easily just replace something on the wall during the Christmas season with this fun Christmas art. 

Christmas mantel

red lantern on hearth

The glow… it is truly magical.

I will be back with one more post tomorrow to give you one last peek at all my Christmas décor in one post. 

Have you ever used something unconventional to make art?  Like fabric, scrapbook paper, or even a gift bag?  I am definitely going to be checking out some clearance gift bags this year to see if I can find another one to use as art!


  1. Love this….it’s simplicity allows the art to be a true focal point. I too am a Christmas “red” gal. Thanks for sharing. 😉
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  2. Just beautiful!

    Christmas Blessings…

  3. Martha West says:

    Very beautiful! I love it.

  4. Hi Christina,
    Love, Love, Love your Christmas mantel……so beautiful!! Thanks for sharing the chalk board/gift bag Christmas project…..great idea! I will be looking for gift bags on the after-Christmas clearance, too!
    Christmas blessings to you and your family,

  5. Absolutely beautiful. I am like you, love to pick stuff up as I go at thrift stores, garage sales, etc. . . . but . . . . my husband and family do not appreciate my stuff!!! But it sure is nice to have on hand when you need to pull something together. Merry Christmas to both of you and your families!

  6. Kelly Palmer says:

    Using the gift bag as framed art was very clever of you, thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your Husband!

  7. Your fireplace and mantel are simply gorgeous, they could be featured in a magazine! I love your idea of using the gift bag in the red frame. You are very creative and thrifty too. I admire you alot!
    Thanks for sharing all your clever ideas. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  8. Do you have a tutorial of your very pretty Christmas “chalkboard” art? Thanks.

  9. Louise Adkins says:

    Using the gift bag was true inspiration…I have a box under the tree right now that just might work. Merry Christmas!

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