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How to DIY Thrift Store Junk into a Gift

 

 

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Don't waste your money on buying a gift when you can use your creative side to DIY a thrift store item into something purposeful and beautiful. Click through to learn more. #DIY #Thiftstoremakeover #homedecor

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This DIY project was pretty easy to accomplish. I went to Goodwill one day, and I wasn’t really sure what I was looking for. I knew that I wanted to do a new DIY project that I could repurpose for someone as a Christmas gift. One of the reasons for doing this was to save some money in the bank. And also because I love to make things as Christmas presents.

I came across many items in the home decor section that I could repurpose and give as gifts. You could walk by these items inside Goodwill and not even think twice about how beautiful they would look in your home. Because, why would anyone want to buy them?


These thrift store pieces were ugly before. But I was able to turn them into something pretty. The DIY project that I created were two pieces turned into a farmhouse decor finish to hang on the wall.

I hope you enjoy this craft as much as I did. Please leave a comment below to let me know what you think of this project.

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DIY Thrift Store Junk Materials needed:

This simple DIY project was crafted with a few items bought from the thrift store. Click through to learn how to recreate this piece.

1. Take off the hardware first.

The mason jars and the wall sconces are what I bought from the thrift store. I took a flathead screwdriver to remove black candlestick pieces off the wood pieces so that I could apply the chalk paint. Be sure to clean off any dust and dirt first before you go ahead and paint.

This simple DIY project was crafted with a few items bought from the thrift store. Click through to learn how to recreate this piece.

2. Apply chalk paint.

Apply chalk paint to the wooden pieces with a foam paint brush. Make sure you apply brush strokes in the same direction and add at least two layers of paint to minimize brush strokes. Make sure you let them dry for an hour in between each layer of paint that is applied. I used chalk paint that I had bought from Walmart, called “Elephant Ear”.

This simple DIY project was crafted with a few items bought from the thrift store. Click through to learn how to recreate this piece.

3. Apply the wash paint to give it a rustic farmhouse look.

After the two wooden pieces were dried, I added the Vintage Effect Wash Paint over the wooden pieces to make it look rustic. I just dripped some of the paint onto a rag and I rubbed it on the wooden pieces. But I only needed to add one layer of paint. And use the same strokes when applying the paint.

This simple DIY project was crafted with a few items bought from the thrift store. Click through to learn how to recreate this piece.

4. Paint and sand mason jars.

Next, I cleaned off the mason jars with alcohol, as the directions say on the bottle of paint. Then, add the ivory chalk paint by Waverly from Walmart to the mason jars with foam paint brushes. I would add at least two to three layers of paint to the mason jars and give it about 30 minutes to an hour between the layers. Then you can also use a medium grit sandpaper to give it a “vintage farmhouse look”. Make sure you use the same up and down brush strokes with the foam paint brushes.

This simple DIY project was crafted with a few items bought from the thrift store. Click through to learn how to recreate this piece.

5. Dust off any dirty looking parts and give it a fresh coat of paint.

Although this was optional, the candlestick pieces needed a splash of paint to make them look shiny and new again. I had to clean them off because they were so dusty looking. And then I just applied black chalkboard paint. But you don’t necessarily need chalkboard paint. Any type of acrylic paint will do just fine.

After those dry off, place the mason jars upside down and grab a hot glue gun. Put a little glue on the candlestick pieces and place those on the mason jars. I let those sit for a few minutes to make sure they were dry and then you can attach the wood pieces back onto the candlestick holders.

Use some twine and flowers of your choice for decoration and hang them up on your wall. But I think they would look nice in an entryway, don’t you?

This simple DIY project was crafted with a few items bought from the thrift store. Click through to learn how to recreate this piece.

So there you have it! Rustic decor pieces that were repurposed from the thrift store. I know that the person I am giving these to will love them. If you liked this project, comment down below!

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Birthday Theme Inspiration: Tropical Leaves, Flamingos, and Pineapples

Birthday Theme Inspiration: Tropical Leaves, Flamingos, and Pineapples! Click through to get a birthday theme inspiration perfect for your child's birthday party.

Just recently, I had celebrated my girl’s first birthday. I wanted the party to be special for her because, well, she is my first born and it was a big deal for me to celebrate her first birthday. After making it through the first year of her life, I wanted nothing more than to celebrate it big for that reason.

Birthday Theme Inspiration Search

My favorite part about planning this whole birthday party was picking out the decorations. But I somehow needed to find some birthday theme inspiration. I wanted to to do something kind of different yet, still appropriate for a toddler. But I wasn’t quite sure where to start looking for a birthday theme inspiration. My first instinct was to look on Pinterest. Pinterest has some pretty birthday pictures to look at, but I found myself to be disappointed at the limited search of ideas.

As I was searching through Pinterest, shopping online, and trying to come up with some theme ideas, I eventually came across a tropical end of summer theme. You know, the whole flamingos and pineapples theme? I was in love with the color scheme, but I made sure to shop around first to ensure that the decorations were easy to find. Come to think of it, the theme was a bit more popular than I thought. So, I had no trouble finding what I needed when it came to party supplies.

Best Places to Shop

The best places to shop for birthday decorations at a cost savings were Oriental Trading and Amazon. They had the best decorations by far because of the options available. I had searched for many stores in person, but most of them had only carried Disney character decor and that was just not the kind of theme that I was searching for. Plus, you can buy many things in bulk through Amazon. And the best part about the site is the free two day shipping if you have Prime.

For cake decorations, I had gone to my local grocery store for the smash cake. My cousin (talented at baking and only 16) decorated the most delicious cupcakes. I was so happy with the way they turned out. Honestly, if you know someone who bakes on the side, you should definitely look for someone who does that instead of someone who does it professionally. Unless you are looking to be perfect, then by all means, spend a little extra dollars! The idea I had in mind with this party was to keep it as simple as possible, but still kind of go out with a bang!

So take a look at the birthday decor below. I think that you will love them too! We ordered a ton of balloons and placed them all over the house. The greatest part was that they were so entertaining for the kids to play with. I think they turned out to be amazing. Let me know what you think about this birthday theme inspiration, and tell me what kind of theme you had for your little one’s last birthday party in the comments below!

Birthday Theme Inspiration: Tropical Leaves, Flamingos, and Pineapples! Click through to get a birthday theme inspiration perfect for your child's birthday party.

 

Birthday Theme Inspiration: Tropical Leaves, Flamingos, and Pineapples! Click through to get a birthday theme inspiration perfect for your child's birthday party.

 

Birthday Theme Inspiration: Tropical Leaves, Flamingos, and Pineapples! Click through to get a birthday theme inspiration perfect for your child's birthday party.

 

Birthday Theme Inspiration: Tropical Leaves, Flamingos, and Pineapples! Click through to get a birthday theme inspiration perfect for your child's birthday party.

 

Birthday Theme Inspiration: Tropical Leaves, Flamingos, and Pineapples! Click through to get a birthday theme inspiration perfect for your child's birthday party.

 

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