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Christmas Lantern and Mailbox Makeover

Turn a basic red lantern and mailbox from a thrift store into unique and updated buffalo check decor pieces with paint and stencils.
Keyword: chalkboard paint, Christmas decor, rustoleum



  • Buffalo Plaid Stencil
  • Paint Squeegee
  • Stencil Brush
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Rust-Oleum Imagine chalkboard paint
  • Lantern
  • Santa's Mailbox
  • Small Figurines
  • Buffalo Check Ribbon
  • Christmas Ornament Balls
  • Christmas Stems


  • Paint both the mailbox and lantern with 2-3 coats of spray paint.
  • Let dry in between coats.
  • Use the stencil and paste to apply images to the mailbox.
  • Attach buffalo check flowers to the mailbox.
  • Fill with Christmas ornament balls.
  • Use etching cream to add a graphic to the lantern. Let sit for five minutes before removing.
  • Hot glue figurines to the lantern base. Fill with white beads.
  • Hot glue a buffalo check ribbon to the top of the lantern.