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July 26, 2021

DIY Cabinet Door Gift Decor

By Sarah Ramberg

Hey, there, it’s Sarah of Sadie Seasongoods again, with a new upcycling idea to share.

Have you noticed all of the holiday decorations and trimmings in the ReStores lately? We’re celebrating Christmas in July, so OF COURSE I had to jump on the holiday train and create something festive to fit the theme. I decided to transform a pair of mismatched cabinet doors into decorative “gifts” to display on my mantel.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Cabinet Doors from any of the Charlotte Region ReStore (I found mine at the Wilkinson ReStore.)
  • Paint or Spray Paint
  • Gift Wrap, Ribbon, and/or Bows (check your favorite ReStores for supplies!)
  • Scissors (heavy duty and/or regular craft scissors)
  • Hot Glue and Tape
  • Spray-on topcoat or sealant

Safety first!

For any spray painting that you do, make sure you have a well-ventilated area to work in. And when working with a hot glue gun, make sure to keep your fingers away from the tip and don’t touch any recently-dispensed glue that is still soft.

Loose cabinet doors

Here’s how I made these Decorative “Gifts” for my Christmas Mantel:

Head to a Charlotte Region ReStore and grab some cabinet doors. I found both of mine at the Wilkinson ReStore. But you could just as easily do this project with picture frames or cutting boards, too. Plenty of those at the ReStores, as well!

  • Now, assemble your other craft supplies, including paint, wrapping paper, and other gift-wrapping supplies, such as ribbon and bows. The ReStores often have those on hand, as well!
  • For the square-shaped door, I elected to paint it in a bright festive red, which I did outside. Once the paint dried, I also give it a quick coat of sealant to protect the paint from nicking.

  • When the door was good and dry, I grabbed some coordinating wired ribbon, heavy duty scissors (to cut through the wires in the ribbon), and my hot glue gun.
  • Then, I simply wrapped the ribbon around the gift and attached it to the painted cabinet door with hot glue (to keep it from sliding around). Lastly, I made a (separate) bow and hot glued it to the center of my ribbon. That was it!
  • For the taller, narrower door, I elected to wrap it with paper as if it were a box! So, I grabbed some wrapping paper (from the Cornelius ReStore!), scissors, ribbon, and tape.
  • And…well, I wrapped it just like a gift. It was done in just a few minutes.
  • Now I have a pair of decorative holiday gifts to display on my mantel in December. And since I want to make a few more to fill out my display, I can hit the ReStores over the next few months and grab some doors along the way!

That’s the beauty of Christmas in July! You can gather ideas (and supplies!) for decor, gift, recipes, etc, before the chaos of December is upon you!

A Leg Up on The Holidays

I love how festive AND inexpensive these are! And they’re the perfect way to fill my Christmas mantel with color and cheer. If you love this upcycling idea for Christmas in July, tag us (@cltregionrestore and @sadieseasongoods) with the hashtag #ReStoreChristmasInJuly. We can’t wait to see your “gifts”!

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