I know what you’re envisioning when you saw the title– cheap plastic Christmas decor circa 1980’s, or cheesy nutcrackers that cracked too many walnuts. But WAIT. There’s more to thrift store decor that what meets the eye. With a little paint, perhaps some glue, you can elevate easy-to-find thrift store cast-offs into classy, chic Christmas decor. Really. Case in point: this 1970s cheesy plastic wreath became almost porcelain like with a coat of glossy white spray paint:
While this isn’t from a thrift store, you can use this idea and take any Christmas tea towel or linens and turn them into an art piece.
Here’s a shopping list of items to look for during your next trip to the thrift store:
* cylinder vases
* spray-paintable nutcrackers & nativity scenes
* old skis & snowshoes
* frames & trays
* glass domes & cloches
* bulb shaped ornaments to repurpose
* Christmas sweaters & linens
* plastic wreaths
* Christmas cookie cutters
Wondering what to do with those treasures? Check out these amazing blogs for creative ideas for giving new life to thrift store ‘junk’ by turning them into gorgeous Christmas decorations!
Faux Birch Candle Holders | Making Lemonade
Rudolph the Thrifty Reindeer | View from the Fridge
Chalk Painted Skis | House of Hawthornes
Centerpiece Tray from a Thrift Store Frame | Cherished Bliss
Repurposed 45 Record Advent Calendar | Organized 31
Deer Thrift Store Makeover | City Suburb Sanity
Wine Cork Mini Christmas Trees | Krystal’s Kitsch
Found Object Ornaments | The Country Chic Cottage
Mini Winter Forest in Vintage Tea Cups | DIY Inspired
Gold Christmas Lights | Landeelu
Vintage Washi Tape Ornaments | Frugal Mom Eh!
Repurposed Thrift Store Frame Wreath | DIY Inspired
Sweater Stockings | Delia Creates
Thrift Store Nativity Scene Makeover | Our Southern Home
Repurposed Holiday Tablescape | Home Remedies
Christmas Cloche | Craftberry Bush
Ruffled Plaid Trees | Mad in Crafts
Cookie Tin Garlands | C.R.A.F.T.
Book Page Wreath | Satori Design for Living
Christmas Decor from Repurposed Game Blocks | Organized 31
DIY Crocks | So Much Better with Age
DIY Christmas Coasters | Ann’s Entitled Life
Upcycled Book Page Christmas Wreath | Organized 31
Upcycled Vintage Santa Tray | Boxy Colonial
Thrift Store Floral Containers Turned Glitzy Holiday Decor | Vickie O’Dell
Mind blown yet? These clever ideas prove you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover.. or, a cheesy ornament by it’s exterior. 😉
Happy thrifting, friends!
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