Merry Christmas Gift Bag Sign

December 6, 2015


Wooden Christmas Sign Easy DIY

It's the most wonderful time of the year and I have been crafting away, enjoying the fireplace, the decorations, all the festivities that the season has to offer. Today, for example, I am sharing another DIY to help you cheat your way to an elegant looking wooden sign. This one is also made from a Christmas gift bag.

I know, I know. I'm obsessed.

It's just that the bags are so sweet, very inexpensive and there are so many ways to transform them, I haven't been able to stop. There are bags to fit any taste, style and occasion. Last week, I showed you a dainty wooden sign that I made with a dollar store bag for my bedroom.

Christmas Bedroom Decor

The sign I made today is constructed a little bit differently. The look is different too, it's more rustic and a lot heavier. It's not hanging over my head, so I didn't have to worry about its weight this time around!

I happened upon this very unique bag while I was Christmas shopping. It looks like a wood carving, complete with grained paper and raised leaves and I knew immediately it would be perfect as a sign.

Gift Bag Wooden Sign

I went straight to the hardware store and bought a board for about five bucks. They even cut it to size for me...16 inches square. I am all about super easy crafts and I don't own any power tools, so I love the fact that I can get a board cut for free, right when I need it, without bothering (or waiting for) my husband.

I'm also a lazy crafter. Rather than going out to the garage to search for the proper weight sandpaper, I grabbed a cheap emery board from my nail bin and filed off any rough edges.


When I was sure that my edges were smooth, I painted a thick border on the top and the sides with white craft paint and a foam brush. I did not prime the wood or seal the paint.

I like a rustic finish and, well, I'm lazy, remember?


While the paint was drying, I cut the bag. I made sure to leave a wide lip all the way around so that I would have a nice finished edge when I attached it to the board. This bag was $3.00 as you can see. It was not a dollar store special, but that's fine with me, it is  really outstanding.


Since this sign was going in my living room, it needed a little bit of weight to coordinate with the stone fireplace and beamed ceiling. So instead of simply gluing the bag to the wood, I used upholstery tacks to secure it. The tacks also covered up the holes that were left in the bag when I removed the handles.


A simple tap of the hammer was all it took ~ and yes, I do own my own hammer.


In order to make sure that my tacks were evenly spaces all around the bag, I took the other half of the bag and used its holes as a guide. It worked like a charm. I eyeballed the four I added to the corners.

Super easy.


That's it, that's all it took to create an elegant focal point for my rustic Christmas living room...paint, cut and tack. Done. I think that this is one of my all time favorite holiday crafts.

Rustic Christmas Mantle Decor

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79 comments:

  1. Love all the inspiration and love your gift bag signs. Too clever and cute. Have a great start to the new week Kim.
    Kris

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    1. Thanks Kris. I like easy and the artwork is already done for me when I grab a bag! :)

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  2. That is beautiful! I hope I find some bags this pretty to try this - pinned it!
    ~Angie @ Knick of Time

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    1. Thanks Angie. I am becoming a bag addict! ;)

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  3. Just fabulous Kim! Love this sign and your steps to creating it. You are one talented lady!! I'll be looking at gift bags in a new way now. Thanks for sharing. xo

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    1. I am kind of addicted to these gift bag crafts now, CeletinaMarie! I have one more that I want to share. I can’t help myself! ;) And thanks for your kind words!

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  4. So sweet Kim, love how you added that tacks! It looks awesome on your fireplace.

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    1. Thanks Kristi! I like it on my fireplace, too. It adds a little something...extra! :)

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  5. Oh..wow...so cute!!! Pinning away!

    Jane x

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    1. Thanks Jane! I love getting pinned! ;)

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  6. Wow, Kim you would never know that used to be a bag, this is amazing and so creative! Love it!
    Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
    Hugs, Kimberley

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    1. Thanks! Some of the bags are really outstanding, Kimberley. Once I started looking I was really amazed.

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  7. That looks like a beautiful carving, Kim! Great job but I'm not surprised...you see the possibilities in the simplest things.

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    1. Thank you, Stacey. Sometimes, the crafts just pop out at me. This was one of those times! :)

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  8. Wow, what you did with this is amazing, I love the white on wood and it looks so pretty!

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    1. Thank you Katrin! The bag was very inspiring! :)

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  9. That bag is amazing and I would have grabbed it up quickly too! I love all the unique gift bags out there. I just fixed a cup of coffee and it's a good thing because this post is going to keep my occupied for a long time with all this inspiration! :)

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    1. Lisa, I think you have created a gift bag monster! ;) Glad you’re enjoying the inspiration. There are a lot of creative ladies out there!

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  10. What a great DIY project. Love the sign!

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    1. Thanks so much. I had fun with this bag!

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  11. A great project and love it also like how you aded the tacks...you are very creative!

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    1. Thanks Cathy, this one just called out for tacks! :)

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  12. I have seen so many beautiful bags, some that even look like chalkboard signs, and what a great idea to use them that way!

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    1. Thanks, Kathleen. I have seen those chalkboard bags...hmmm. ;)

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  13. What a quick and easy craft for your mantel Kim. I have to commend you on your use of sophisticated non-power tools and the use of the nail file!! And I thought I was bad ! Have the happiest of Holidays!

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    1. Haha! You're in good company Mary! If there's a shortcut to be had, I will find it! ;-)

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  14. I just grabbed a bag at the Dollar Store the other day for that same purpose!!! Love your Merry Christmas sign though, just looks so pretty and high-end too!

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    1. Thanks Vel. That’s what I was going for, so you just made my day! ;)

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  15. Hello Kim, those gift bag signs are magnificent! even though I save my used gift bags I would have never thought to reuse them in this way. Thanks for sharing and inspiring. Have a great week!
    Karen

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    1. Thanks Karen! I am all about easy crafts and this one fits the bill. I think I might have a bag problem now though! ; ) Thanks for the visit!!

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  16. Love this idea! Adds a touch of elegance and very thrifty! What more can you ask for. Have a great week, Lynn

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    1. Thanks Lynn. I was going to say, cheap and easy...but I like your "thrifty" much better! ; )

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  17. Kim,
    What a great idea and love how easy it is to make. You are the queen of signs. LOL, lovely Christmas decor friend.

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    1. Thanks Vanessa!! It is easy, that’s for sure! :) xo

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  18. I love this! What store did you buy the bag at?

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    1. Hi Jenny! I found this bag at Marshall’s. I just bought it. I bet they have it at Home Goods and TJMaxx, too!

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  19. Fun! Thank you for all the fun ideas. :-)

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  20. Ok, I am so amazed by how clever this is, I've got to go back & read it again! lol What a great idea!

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    1. Thanks Gina! It was so easy, I say give it a try! :)

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  21. At first I thought you pinned a white stencil to barnwood and thought that was a great idea and then when I saw that it was a shopping bag - how cool is that!!! Pinned to share :)

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    1. Well that sounds like an amazing idea, too, Marie!! Thanks for the inspiration....hmmm.

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  22. you are such a talent . . . inspiring . . .
    and it is encouraging for others too . . .
    happy december creating days kim . . .

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    1. You are so kind, Lynne. Thank you. :)

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  23. What a fun and creative idea, and it looks so pretty.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thanks Amalia! This one was so easy...

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  24. Kim,
    You are amazing and have a way of making things looks easy! This is a great and beautiful project!
    Happy Tuesday,
    Jemma

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    1. Thanks Jemma! I like easy and this one took me just minutes! ;)

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  25. wow kim! the sign is gorgeous so beautifully made!! love the simplicity and the details! <3

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  26. You never cease to amaze me!!! This is a super easy and absolutely lovely project - even I could accomplish this one!! Love, love, LOVE!!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie! This really was an easy one. I would make one for every room if my family would let me! ;)

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  27. This is just beautiful! I don't think I've ever seen a gift bag that pretty, and I cracked up at your emery board sander. That's totally something I would do!

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    1. I think my husband ~ a super handy, by the book kind of guy ~ cringed when he read that! I'm glad someone gets it! ;) And thanks, Meredith!!

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  28. What a great idea. I would have never guessed it was a bag. Well done! Merry Christmas!
    Tami

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    1. Thanks so much, Tami! It was super easy and now I am kind of addicted to these bags. ;) Merry Christmas!

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  29. A really amazing craft, and you make it look so easy! Hmm... maybe I need to go through my bag stash and see if I have a "sign" waiting in there for me! Your sign looks awesome on the mantle - yeah for you :)

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    1. Thank you so much and I am sure you have something in that bag stash!! :) Have fun!!

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  30. Wow Kim, you made another nice Christmas picture! I will have to try your idea!! Love it.
    I hope you have a nice day and week!

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    1. Thanks so much, Julie! I am addicted to these bag crafts now! Thanks for peeking at it. :)

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  31. Kim, what an amazing idea. The sign looks so rich and beautiful. I would not have known it was a gift bag. Great job..Happy Wednesday..Judy

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    1. It was such a pretty bag, it just called out to be a sign, Judy! Thanks so much. :)

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  32. I'm so glad you keep sharing all of these wonderful projects! While I cannot do some of them, I do like dreaming about the possibilities one day! Love this...so pretty!! Looks beautiful on the mantel! Hugs!

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    1. You could totally do this one, Benita!! Easy! I promise.

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  33. That turned out really really cute! It actually looks like something you bought.

    I'm finally feeling better, so hopefully I'll be sharing Christmas here too, if I can get the house clean... ugh lol

    love to you,
    rue

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    1. Glad to hear you’re on the mend! Can’t wait to see you Christmas cottage…but don’t push yourself. I say take a pic of your the pups under the tree and call it day! ;)

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  34. This is amazing / no one would guess it was done with a gift bag! :)

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    1. Love those bags, Deb...and thanks! :)

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  35. Kim, what a great bag--I had to take a double glance because it just didn't look like one! Great sign! Hugs, Cecilia

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  36. Your signs are lovely and very classy, Kim. Thanks for sharing. xo ~ Nancy

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    1. Thank you, Nancy…best compliment ever! :) xo

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  37. Kim, funny post, love the humor!! I think the emery board as sandpaper, the holes in the bag as a guide, and your use of a gift bag as wall art are all so incredibly clever!! This sign is beautiful, and looks so lovely as Christmas decor!!

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    1. Haha! Yes, I am definitely a cutting corners kind of gal and so glad you found it funny! ;) That's the best compliment!

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  38. Really cute! What a fun holiday project!

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