Christmas, Create and Craft

Repurposed Gift Bag to Christmas “Chalkboard”

Hey there friends! Today I am sharing a quick and easy Christmas “chalkboard” I made in about 5 minutes using a Christmas gift bag! It turned out so cute and really passes for a real chalkboard from a distance. *This post contains affiliate links.

Christmas chalkboard made from a chalkboard gift bag

I still can’t believe how great it turned out! Can you tell that it is a gift bag??? Best of all, my “new chalkboard” was free since I already had all the supplies:

  • Gift bag with chalkboard look
  • cardboard
  • Mod Podge and sponge brush
  • Pretty picture frame
  • Packing Tape


Creative Christmas Decorating Ideas - love this chalkboard art

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Chalkboards have been all the rage for several years. While they are not necessarily trending, they are still very popular and stylish accents for home decor. They are especially fun for the holidays.



Christmas Chalkboard French~ Country Cottage


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Christmas Chalkboard~ The Decor Fix 




I had purchased the chalkboard-look gift bag during the first Christmas when we had just moved in here at the yellow brick home. We moved in during Christmas so I don’t have very many pictures from that year, and things weren’t really “bloggable” just yet, but I did find this photo with the gift bag in the side chair. By the way, I LOVED the dark green paint in the music room (the color choice was definitely influenced by moving in during the holidays!) but we hadn’t lived in our house long enough to realize that it was extremely dark for most of the day. After living with the green for a year I repainted the room the same ivory as the rest of the house and I have had no regrets.





Yesterday as I was straightening up some holiday messes in the basement I spotted the bag and decided cross off the six year long Christmas “to-do” craft off my list. I found a pretty frame from my frame stash and cut the bag and scrap cardboard to fit inside  (Oops! I forgot to take a picture of the empty frame first.) I also removed the red ribbon handle and the little grommets that the ribbon feeds through




I used Mod Podge to attach the back of the gift bag a piece of cardboard by sponging it on both the back of the gift bag and directly on the cardboard, but I didn’t put any on the front of the gift bag. Then I simply used packing tape to secure it in the frame. DONE!



=Y Up close you can see the seam from where the gift bag has been folded in storage, but from a distance it is invisible. 



I found the perfect spot for my new “chalkboard” up on the range hood for the holidays! I have just started styling the stove area for Christmas, so be sure to come back on Friday to check out my Christmas Kitchen Tour!





This is definitely a project I will do again. I couldn’t find the exact bag online, but I found these similar chalkboard gift bags on Amazon.


Sprinkles Gifts Rustic Merry Christmas Happy Holidays Chalkboard Paper Gift Bag Bags (100)

Sprinkles Gifts 100 Large Green Modern Christmas Chalkboard Wrap Wrapping Paper Gift Bags 16”L x 6”D x 12 ½”H 


I love green chalkboards, so I might order this bag and make another one for next year. Finding a vintage frame in my stash will not be an issue! I also still have the other side of the chalkboard bag with the same image so I might make another “chalkboard” to give as a gift. The little tag on the bag would also make a cute ornament or magnet in a small frame.



I hope this post has inspired you to make a gift bag chalkboard too! I love chalkboards but I don’t have the time to do the detailed hand lettering, so this project solved that problem. It is essentially the same concept as using a printable, but without having to worry about using the ink or having it printed at the print shop. Of course if you don’t have a chalkboard gift bag, you could frame any beautiful holiday gift bag to create a unique piece of art too. 

Are you still a fan of chalkboards? Do you use them in you holiday decorating? I love hearing from you, dear readers! Thanks for visiting today!



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  • Reply Botanic Bleu

    Brilliant idea that turned out beautifully! Do you think it being a teacher that makes us love chalkboards? Green chalkboards?

    Joyeux Noël,

    December 9, 2020 at 9:07 pm
  • Reply Kathy A

    Never thought of a “chalkboard bag.” I love the little red trucks; I framed several shirt box tops and a gift bag–now I have 2 trucks and an English double decker bus pictures for my Christmas decor. I found that ironing the creases of my plasticized bag did not do much to remove the creases; pooh! Then I used the patterned shirt box edges that had Christmas greenery pictures for Scrablle Christmas word ornaments! Win-win!

    December 14, 2020 at 9:43 pm
  • Reply Cindy@CountyRoad407

    Had to share this on my FB page. And I’m totally not reusing my cute gift bags for anyone else but me! Great idea

    December 19, 2020 at 5:24 pm
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