How do you create an easy china cabinet display for a vintage Christmas? With an old gas can, a DIY wooden tag, and a vintage Santa print, of course!
That’s a weird combination, I know. Even I’m wondering what this craziness is and I’ve seen how cute it is!
But, trust me! I have an easy idea to take some everyday items and create some holiday spirit.
A Gas Can Becomes Something Magical At Christmas Time
I was gifted this cutie blue antique gas can. And it fueled some creativity in the Christmas decorating department. HAHAHA see what I did there!?
Right before I received this gas can, there were boxes of holiday decorations all over my living room where my china cabinet sits. I seriously did not have any festive cheer left and was about to haul all of them back upstairs to the closet.
Why should I decorate for the holiday season when it is only me having a merry Christmas, well and Taquito too? But he really doesn’t appreciate Christmas decorating as much as a five pound grumpy chiweenie should.
Then I remembered and was thankful for all of you! I am decorating this time of year for all of us – hopefully to fuel your Christmas decor ideas, to give you some holiday cheer and celebrate the holiday season together.
Create A Santa’s Magic Fuel Wooden Tag For An Easy China Cabinet Display For A Vintage Christmas
I began with this wooden box, also free to me. I think it might have been for wine? Using the lid was a great idea, if I say so myself, and it will be “fifth sparrow-d no more” into our wooden tag.
If you don’t come across a wooden box like this in your thrifting adventures or was gifted one check your local craft store for balsa wood sheets.
Cut A Tag Shape From Wood The Easy Way
Cut A Tag Shape From Wood The Easy Way
- Determine the size of your tag by measuring it against the object it will hang from.
- You want this to not cover what you’re hanging it from, in this case, gas can completely.
Create The Tag Top
- Measure the piece of wood and mark with pencil where the cuts should be to create a tag shape at the top of your wood rectangle.
- This diagram is a great way to see the measurements for the cuts for a six inch X four inch tag.
Cut The Tag From Your Measurements
- I was able to cut my wood with an x-acto knife.
- Snap the corners off after pressing hard and making a cut into the wood.
- If your wood is thicker use the appropriate tools and safety for that cut!
Painting The Tag
- I then used Dixie Belle’s Whitecap to paint the tag completely, making sure to paint the edges.
- While that dried I mixed Dixie Belle’s Cape Current and Moonshine Metallics in Steel Magnolia for my accent color. This will be used for the lettering and stencil.
Create Magic With A Transfer
- I printed the words “Santa’s Magic Fuel” on regular printer paper and used transfer paper to put it on my tag.
- This is my favorite way to add words (or shapes!) to projects. I can use almost any font I want in any size I want.
- Think of all the Christmas sign making you could do for Christmas kitchen decorations, a tiered stand, or for a hot cocoa bar!
- See the details of the transfer process in this fun way to make boxes for a small Christmas tree and this gingerbread tiered tray in my small kitchen.
Create Magic With A Stencil
- I used the Dixie Belle Holiday Joy stencil to paint stars on my tag.
- You can find this stencil at a local store that is a Dixie Belle retailer.
- This stencil has snowflakes, small trees, ornaments and stars. The stars are what I used on my “Santa’s Magic Fuel” tag.
- Place your stencil on your tag and fill in with a small paintbrush.
- For some finishing touches I used the tip of the transfer tool which comes with the carbon paper to create small dots and metallic swishes on the stars.
Drill A Hole For Ribbon Hanger
- Measure the center of the top of your tag.
- Drill a hole where you have marked the center.
Finished Old Gas Can For “Santa’s Magic Fuel”
Using The Wooden Tag In An Easy China Cabinet Display For A Vintage Christmas
I hung the tag on my old blue gas can and started to gather my cabinet decorations. I use the “b method” to style the top of tall furniture. You can find more about that here. It’s the best way, the easiest way to style the china cabinet so you can enjoy all the decorative items you place up there.
In this area is the “Santa’s Magic Fuel” in the old gas can and a vintage Santa print that I found on Graphics Fairy.
Next to the Santa print I placed an amber glass jar (I absolutely love amber glass jars and use them all the time!) of wooden spindles and toy stick music makers. This was a great place to continue the colors of blue and brown with white accents in the decorations.
On this end was the perfect place for this beautiful reindeer and a silver teapot with a bottle brush Christmas tree tucked inside.
Along the front is some festive foliage with lamb’s ear woven in. I tucked in pine cones and oversized ornaments. Throughout the garland I wove in fairy lights. I love when all the Christmas lights are glowing.
More good ideas for this festive season in these posts –
Before You Fly Away To Create An Easy China Cabinet Display For A Vintage Christmas
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