Here, I've taken 2 paper mache boxes and painted them a barn red. I also took a brown stamping pad and antiqued it on the lid, edges and corners. It made it look so much better than just plain painted. I hope you can see the stamping effect.
Then, I have a small 'holiday' file of vintage ephermera that I obtained from The Graphics Fairy and picked out, what I think are, the perfect graphics for these 2 boxes.
These would look wonderful on a mantel, as they are not too large or bulky, as some pantry boxes can be. It's so easy to make a vignette out of items like this...putting some pine sprays, teddy bears, and such, to complete the theme of what the graphics imply. I have set these on my primitive hutch...which I love, for the photo.
I hope this inspires you to try the same thing, and techniques, to create this warm, primitive Christmas decoration!