Hey guys! It’s the FINAL day in our 12 Days of Christmas Series! We hope we have helped you deck your halls, on a budget and inspired a few gift ideas! This final one is another fun and easy ornament display!12DaysCOUNTER12I found these cute ornaments at HomeGoods. I loved them but they were way to heavy for my tree so I came up with these cuties 🙂
DIY-Ornament-DrawerI built my own drawers but it would be really cute and even easier if you could snag a few vintage drawers!

cut-measurmentsI built these with scrap 1×4 and 1×6. I cut two 1×4 pieces at 13 1/2″ and 2 1×4 pieces at 7″ (for each drawer).

build-drawerI used my 18-volt Airstrike to attach build the box.  Attach the shorter boards to the longer boards with 1 1/4″ brad nails and wood glue.  If you don’t have a nailer, you can use a hammer and finishing nails.

outside-of-drawer-assembledHere is the frame of the drawer.

attach-backNext, I cut a 1×6 at 13 1/2″ and fit it inside the frame and attached it with 1 1/4″ brad nails and wood glue.

Rustoleum_Dark_Walnut-500x750To finish it, I used one of our favorite distressing techniques! I started with one coat of Rust-Oleum Dark Walnut stain and applied it all over the drawers. I let it sit for 5 minutes then blended it with a clean cloth.

distress-with-vaselineOnce the stain dried, I rubbed a very light amount of Vaseline to the corners, edges and everywhere that I wanted the stain to show through the paint.


Rustoleum_Heirloom_White_edited-1Then, I sprayed two coats of Rust-Oleum Heirloom White spray paint all over the drawers. (I did this immediately after applying the vaseline).

distress-edgesWhen the paint dried, I used my Ryobi Job Plus (with an 80-grit sanding pad) to distress the drawers. The Vaseline makes this very easy and the paint will peel off where the vaseline was. You can also use sand paper for this part!

drill-pilot-hole-for-knobTo top them off, I drilled a pilot hole in the top of each drawer


add-knoband added a cute knob! (found these at HomeGoods too)!

tie-ornament-to-knobI used jute to hang my ornaments. I just tied a bow to the knob screw and twisted the bolt on to keep it in place.

DIY-Ornament-BoxThat was it!



Drawers-with-OrnamentsLOVE them 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by! Make sure to visit our friends Day 12 projects! One of them is hosting a giveaway today too 🙂




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  1. Oh I love these! They are so pretty. I thought at first your ornament box was made from a vintage drawer. But no you had made it. It looks great! I love how it turned out. Thank you for sharing the tutorial for making these vintage boxes and your paint technique, I will have to give it a try. Pinning and sharing!

  2. Wow! I just bought four vintage sewing machine drawers at auction on Wednesday (similar to this photo)…without having a clue except that they’re beautiful.
    Now I know what I’m going to do! Thank you!

    P.S. KariAnne sent me.

  3. One of the coolest ideas I’ve seen for drawers yet! Will be rummaging through mine, thanks!

    (I gasped at the full view of your home at the bottom… so gorgeous!)

  4. Absolutely adorable and always good to be reminded how to use these cute drawers in home decor even outside the holiday season so thank you for the plans!!