Friday's Find: Thrifty Transformations

TGITF Friends! Today I'm sharing some recent thrift store finds that I have transformed for next to nothing. Can you guess what I used for my first project?


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If you look closely you can make out the badminton birdies.  I have to say it was my first time to ever come across shuttlecocks in the thrift store but when I did, I instantly pictured a repurposed Christmas tree.  I  gave them two coats of  Deco Art Americana Chalky Finish in Yesteryear. While the paint was still wet, I dusted them with DecoArt Glamour Dust.  Once they dried, I hot glued them and then topped the tree with a tiny porcelain bird, I had saved from an old broken piece. 


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Remember these? I found all 12 for $1 and they got a makeover too...


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I added a little spray paint, ribbon and tinsel and finished with thrifted greenery, jingle bells and tiny bottle brush trees.  They would be perfect to add to a gift basket or as a last minute small gift. 


Friday's Find: Thrifty Transformations mythriftstoreaddiction.blogspot.com  Mini wreaths repurposed from vintage jello molds



These thrift store befores were .25 each and to be honest, pretty raggedy!  However, I decided to show them a little Christmas love and I think they cleaned up nicely.  



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The first was a homemade wooden tree and judging by the holes, was either missing parts or wasn't finished.  I gave it a few coats of white paint, then spackled the holes thickly to give the appearance of snow.  


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Here's the thrifted greenery I used with the mini wreaths.  It was .25 too and I had plenty left to hot glue sprigs to the tree branches.  


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Last, I added tinsel to the star--not too shabby for .50! 


Friday's Find: Thrifty Transformations mythriftstoreaddiction.blogspot.com  Makeovers from thrift store finds, wooden tree after repair and upcycle


The other .25 project was a glittery foam tree that had a lot of bare spots.  When I saw this fluffy  chenille stem,  I knew it would transform the damaged tree.  


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I simply wrapped and hot glued.  Here,  you can see the process. 


Friday's Find: Thrifty Transformations mythriftstoreaddiction.blogspot.com  Makeovers from thrift store finds, chenille stem to fluff up damaged tree


I used two of the stems which cost around $6; my "big" purchase of the group but I think the new luxe look was worth it. 



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Would you believe I still spent under $10 for everything I shared today?  Besides the obvious savings, I really love taking thrift store rejects and giving them new life as pretty "new" Christmas decorations! Come back Sunday to see what I do with all of my upcycled trees! 






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12 comments:

  1. This gets me in the Christmas, thrifting mood! So much fun. I hope to make my own flocking this year and snow bomb my tree... lets hope for the best :)
    Great inspiration here Cecilia!

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  2. You are just too clever!! I absolutely LOVE all of them. That chenille tree is the showstopper!!

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  3. Cecilia, love your ideas. I have one of those wooden Christmas trees. You put suckers or little clay ornaments on a stick in the holes. When my kids were little we had clay ornaments for all the holidays and even a birthday set. Both of my daughters were born in March we always called it the birthday month when the were growing up.

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  4. Love that fluffy white tree! I've been leaning more towards white at Christmas myself (however the family loves color!) The molds are adorable! And I never would have thought to use the birdies as a tree - fantastic! xoKathleen

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  5. Unbelievable. You are the queen of transformation! I just adore all of your makeovers, but those wreaths are too darling for words!! :)

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  6. You go Girl! ...oh my, you are creative...the shuttlecocks are amazing....would be hardpressed to find them now---but next year. And because of you, I'm going to use all my jello/pudding rings in my windows in the kitchen this year. and probably the small ones also...LOVE THIS!

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  7. Cute ideas. Do you look at pinterest? I have seen lots of fun ideas there! Way too many to ever get done in my lifetime.

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  8. So cute! I love the chenille one. Great ideas!

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  9. The wood tree turned out really cute. Looks like each "limb" is loaded with snow.
    Good idea for the little jello molds too. I know I have said it before, but you are so creative.

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  10. Badminton trees! Genius! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!

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  11. Cecilia, love all of your creative repurposing ideas! The badminton tree is fabulous. Knew just what it was when I spied it. Would never have come up with that idea! Thanks for sharing with SYC. I will be featuring you today.
    hugs,
    Jann

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