Sunday, December 6, 2009

Decorate for less



I needed something Christmas-y for the wall above my Kitchenaid. But everything I liked in the store cost at least $10- which I just couldn't justify. I'm telling you, the after Christmas sales are going to be awesome, and next year my house will be DECKED OUT. But this year I needed to find some cheaper alternatives.

BUT THEN. I was walking in Target yesterday, and I saw this gift bag. It was cute and 3D and I immediately knew what I would do with it. And the price: $1.99. Expensive for a gift bag? Probably. But not for a piece of wall art.

I grabbed a crappy white frame that I had laying around (when you have white walls, a white frame is never a good idea), and I sponged it black. Then I added a coat of Mod Podge, to seal it. Sorry, no pics of this part.

Next I cut the front part of the bag off, and removed the handle strings.

Then I framed it, with the glass behind the picture. I wanted the 3D part to stick out. And I didn't want to lose the glass.

Ta Daaa!! It looks much better in person. I'm gonna hit up the dollar store tomorrow, because I think they have some nice bags for really cheap.

ADDED LATER: Ok guys. Here is a picture of my newest gift bag, framed and sitting on my Ikea bookshelf. I'm really digging this sparkly snowman. I just bought it today at Target for $1.49.

So tell me what you think. And if you guys have any creative/cheap decoration ideas, please share them!


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12 comments:

Magistros = MC² said...

What a cute idea! Very creative. Decorations can get pricey, that's for sure.
I need to post pics of my apartment so you can see how it is decorated. Also, when you visit you can see it :-)

Nichole & Dirk said...

Your so creative! I need ideas for my bathroom! I have a black and white polka dot themed bathroom and i have a blank spot that just needs something! Any ideas?

Shipley Family said...

You are so clever. I love it.

Christine said...

Totally cute!! I did a little decor project w/ a nativity scene from a bag I bought at Hobby Lobby. I decoupaged it onto a canvas that I had painted in a coordinating color. I've got it standing in a plate stand. LOVE it!

Since the bag came w/ a design on the back as well, I made another as a gift. Decoupaged this one onto a canvas board, punched holes w/ my cropadile & tied on a cute ribbon for hanging.

Hope that helps :)

Cheryl G. said...

Very cute!
btw: my daughter just got back from the Pittsburgh Mission. She LOVES Pittsburgh!

Kimmy C said...

OooooOOOooo! That is so creative! Love it!

Kyle and Aly said...

WAY CUTE!!!Im sad I missed the drawing! I had finals and a major essay and everything. Cant wait for another one!

Tara said...

That looks great! Such a good idea you had. It is wonderful in the frame.

roberta_mac said...

What an awesome idea! I have a ton of gift bags I've stored because I like to give wrapped Christmas gifts, I am so going to borrow this idea!

Magistros = MC² said...

The new bag is very cute as well!

GroverFamily said...

this is a great idea! what is really great is you can change the bag out as the holidays change!!

Lisa said...

excellent idea!! gonna look through my other gift bags and see what other pretty ones I have. think baby gifts too!!

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