Hi everybody! Welcome to my first ever thrift store swap experience! Let me start off by saying this was such a fabulous event to be apart of. You know me. I love anything crafty, especially the chance to revamp something outdated into something fantastic! If you’ve never heard of a thrift store swap, keep reading. Enough chit chat. Let’s head down to the good stuff.
Welcome to the 4th edition of the Thrift Store Swap!
If you are unfamiliar with this swap, organized by Lyn at MidMichiganMom, here are the basics. 14 crafty bloggers commit to buying and repurposing 2 thrift store items. For this edition, one item must be a wreath and both items must cost under $10. .
Sounds easy right? There’s a catch…they are not buying for themselves! Each blogger is surprised with what they must repurpose. So what happens when the unknown challenges 14 crafty ladies?
You get some out of the box tutorials!
All right? Everyone up to speed? Excellent! Let’s dig in to my fabulous items!
I was talking to Lynn over at Mid Michigan Mom, who sent me a message a while back asking if I’d like to participate in their exchange. A crafting challenge with a wreath and a secret item to upcycle sent by another crafty blogger?!? Yes please! I immediately agreed and off I went to grab my items to send to my crafty blogger, Brittany over at DIY Just Cuz (you should click on her link and check out what she did with the items I sent her!). Not long after I sent my gifts, I received my own from Erlene over at MyPinterventures (oh and P.S. you should totally check out Erlene’s awesomeness)! Here they are.
How cute is that wreath already? It’s definitely Fall themed, but adorable. I almost felt bad for tearing it apart…almost. Along with my wreath I was given three plain clipboards. I brainstormed for a while deciding on my plan of attack. I had a vague idea for my wreath, and no idea for my clipboards.
After finally formulating plan I made an excursion to JoAnne’s Fabric to purchase the flowers I’d need for my wreath overhaul. I was pleasantly surprised at the beautiful choices they had for silk flowers, plus they were half off, which is always a huge win in my book. Here’s my final transformation.
Eek! I absolutely love how it came out! A little spray paint, a few gorgeous flowers, and a needle and thread, and voila! I toyed around with several ideas for the sparkly ribbon and finally decided on the banner, and added a few beads for the final touch.
Here’s how I did it (P.S. It was really simple to do and you should totally give it a whirl).
- Small grapevine wreath
- Silk Flowers
- Berries and Stars
- Spray Paint
- Needle and Thread
- Fray Check (It’s a glue)
1. First I disassembled the wreath’s adornments until I was back to the bare grapevine. Cutting off that beautiful sparkly ribbon almost killed me, but I had to press on.
2. I had decided I wanted a white wreath to brighten things up and make my flower colors pop. I had a bottle of white spray paint lying around from other various projects and set to work. Spray painting a wreath is fairly simple. A few coats on either side and I was finished. I have to admit, however, that I began to panic a little after the paint was applied because I wasn’t sure I liked it yet. I even called my sister to ask her opinion. She assured me all was well with my decision so I pressed on.
3. I played around with the placement of the orange and white berries and stars. After several different arrangements I concluded that I liked the original layout best and put them back where they belonged and secured them with wire.
4. After a speedy and very productive trip to JoAnne’s Fabric (flowers were 1/2 off! Yay!!) I began my floral arrangements. This took a while. I love playing with flowers and color, but you’ve got to keep it balanced and the colors flowing. After I had arranged a rough draft of my layout I plugged in my glue gun and set to work. Gluing took some creativity. My flowers had to lay a certain way, but still adhere to the vines and berries. A little trial and error with a few of the smaller flowers, and I had it down.
5. I couldn’t let this beautiful wreath walk away without at least some of that beautiful ribbon to adorn it. I’ve always loved the little flags I’ve seen on other wreaths and thought it would be the perfect crowning piece. I made a small triangle template and cut out several triangles from the ribbon. I put fray check on all the edges to ensure they would remain intact.
6. After the glue dried I grabbed my huge stash of beads and got to work sewing my little banner. I wanted to make sure the banner had a little weight so it would lay nicely once put on the wreath. I simply put my beads, pierced the top two ends of the triangles, and repeated until I had my desired length.
7. I attached my small banner by tying it on.
Voila! One beautiful spring wreath! I absolutely love how this wreath turned out. It’s one of my favorites.
After my wreath was finished I moved on to my clipboards. I tinkered around with a few ideas, but in the end I decided on something sweet, simple, and colorful. Tune in next week to see my clipboard reveal!
Overall I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed participating in the exchange. I would encourage any of you who are thinking of trying something like a swap to go for it. It’s such a fun way to challenge your creativity, meet other fabulous people, and have fun. You guys know me. I’m always up for anything fun and crafty.
Here are the geniuses behind these DIY Tutorials. Make sure to check out each one!