A Merry Thriftmas Challenge: Re-purposed Holiday Tablescape

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If you’ve been reading along for very long you know that I’m all about getting the “look for less” when it comes to furniture and home décor, and that’s especially true around the holidays when money is tighter than usual. Holiday decor can be pricey, and extra money for decorating is hard to come by this time of the year. I was so excited when the lovely and talented Alice, from Thoughts from Alice, invited me to join this amazing group of bloggers as part of this fun blog-hop, sharing ideas about how to use thrifted items to decorate your home inexpensively for the holidays. The goal was to re-use or create a holiday vignette or project for under $25.00 using thrift store items – you better believe I’m on board for this challenge!

Holiday Thrift Store Challenge

I popped into my favorite thrift store last weekend during a half-off sale and was able to purchase items to create a fun, festive holiday tablescape for less than $25.00 (total price, including previously purchased items).  I wasn’t sure exactly what I was looking for so I tried to keep an open mind while I wandered up and down the aisles, scouring the shelves. Luckily, it didn’t take long for inspiration to strike.

Holiday Thrift Store Challenge

As soon as I spotted these fun cone shaped vases I immediately thought “Christmas trees”. Turned upside-down, they are the perfect “tree” shape. I believe they were originally the glass votive parts of wall sconces, but the rest of the pieces were missing. Now, what to do with them?  At first I thought I would paint them all to resemble these mercury glass trees that I’ve seen in the department stores recently (for around $25.00 each), but then I thought about all of the fun things I could fill them with, and I decided to do a combination of both paint and fillers.

Holiday Thrift Store Challenge

Thrift stores usually have an abundance of glass vases, and this particular store was no exception. I began snatching up any vase that even remotely resembled a Christmas tree (when turned upside-down), and soon I had enough to make a tablescape. I then began searching for items to fill the vases. I found a couple of bags of ornaments and a string of shiny, beaded garland, but nothing else that fit with the gold and silver color scheme of the items I had already found.

Holiday Thrift Store Challenge

Back at home, I pulled out some of my Christmas bins and rummaged through, looking for more things to put in my vases. I happened upon my bottle brush trees from last year’s holiday tablescape, and some faux snow that hadn’t been opened. A can of Rustoleum Mirror Effects spray paint and some previously thrifted dessert plates completed my supply list. 

Holiday Thrift Store Challenge

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I used this tutorial for painting one of the vases to get the mercury glass look I was after. This paint can be pricey, but I had purchased mine previously while it was on sale (to use on another project).

Holiday Thrift Store Challenge

Holiday Thrift Store Challenge

While the paint was drying, I decided what items to put in each vase, then filled them all up and placed them on top of the plates.

Holiday Thrift Store Challenge

Holiday Thrift Store Challenge

Holiday Thrift Store Challenge

Then I played around with the placement of each piece until I was happy with the arrangement.

Holiday Thrift Store Challenge

Holiday Thrift Store Challenge

I had so much fun with this project, and I just love the finished result. The sky is the limit with a project like this; there are so many different things you could use as filler. My kids suggested I fill the vases with holiday candies; peppermints, marshmallows, candy canes, etc; which I think is a great idea! You could also use the same item in all of the vases; all ornaments, all trees, all snow… or paint them all to look like mercury glass and light them with battery-operated candles. You could also use glue to secure the vases to the plates, and give them as unique, inexpensive gifts. Like I said, the possibilities are endless!

Holiday Thrift Store Challenge

I hope this has encouraged you to look at decorating with thrift store items in a new light. Yes, sometimes it can be a challenge to find what you’re looking for, but other times it can be a blessing; forcing you to think outside the box and stretch your imagination. You’ll never find this arrangement in a department store, or even  a specialty store for that matter, because it’s an original creation; made by me. 

Are you ready to look at more original creations made using thrifted items? Me too! Stop by and see what these talented bloggers have been working on! 

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Glam Christmas Throw Pillows by Thoughts from Alice

 

 

 

A Deerly Beloved Thrift Store Vignette by Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Cloche by Craftberry Bush

 

A Vintage Mantel for Winter by Finding Silver Pennies

 

 

 

DIY Holiday Walling Hanging by House of Hipsters

 

 

Christmas Decor from Thrifty Find by Town and Country Living

 

The Trellis Tree by Cozy Little House

 

 

DIY Centerpiece Tray by Cherished Bliss

 

 

 

 

 

Rustic Christmas Tree by Delineate Your Dwelling

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Crocks by So Much Better With Age

 

 

 

Sharing Here:

Monday

Cedar Hill Farmhouse , Between Naps on the PorchCoastal Charm , Brepurposed, Burlap and BabiesI Should Be Mopping the FloorMy Uncommon Slice of Suburbia , Cozy Little House, Setting For Four, Happy House and HomeLove Grows WildBeyond The Picket FenceThe Simple Life Of A FirewifeA Night OwlA Pinch Of JoyKeeping It Simple, Huckleberry Love

Tuesday

A Stroll Thru LifeJust A Girl And Her Blog,  Home Stories A to Z,  Tiny Sidekick, Tip Junkie,The Sits Girls, House On The WayHope Studios, 

Wednesday

Savvy Southern Style , The Turquoise Home , The Real Housewives of RivertonSomeday CraftsCrafty Allie, Cherished BlissSnap CreativityThe Blissful BeeFamily Home and Life, The Thrifty HomeMade In A DaySeven AliveLive Laugh Rowe

Thursday

Liz Marie BlogCity Farmhouse , Sweet HauteChic CaliforniaThe Pin Junkie , A Delightsome Life , Craftberry BushJoy In Our HomeGlitter Glue and PaintA Glimpse InsideToo Much Time On My HandsPosed PerfectionThe Pin JunkieFrom My Front Porch To YoursTable + Hearth

Friday

The Shabby NestMy Romantic Home , French Country Cottage , The Girl CreativeThe 36th Avenue, Lolly Jane, I’m Not A Trophy Wife , The Charm of HomeI Heart Naptime, The Cottage Market

Saturday

Six Sisters Stuff, Be Different Act Normal , Reasons To Skip The Housework, Funky Junk, It’s Overflowing,  A Little Clairification, The Girl Creative, Reasons To Skip The Housework

Sunday

Thoughts From AliceView From The Fridge, Under The Table, Delineate Your Dwelling, The DIY Showoff

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