Thrift Store Finds Get Merry and Bright

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Do you love good thrift store finds as much as I do?  How would you feel if someone sent you thrifty finds to transform into something new and wonderful?  That’s exactly what’s going on right now during “Swap It Like It’s Hot” week, organized by the amazing Charlotte at Ciburbanity! This is the 3rd time I’ve been involved in this challenge and it’s a hoot!  All participants send a $10-$15 thrift store find to someone else. Once we get our gifts, we make them over into something new!  Caitlin at Desert Domicile is the blogger who sent a box of goodies to me!

Thrift Store Finds Get Merry and BrightWaiting for your box of thrift store treasures to arrive is like waiting to open presents on Christmas Day, so it’s no wonder I was in a holiday state of mind when I opened the box from Caitlin! That festive spirit spilled over to my creative streak and simple thrift store finds became merry and bright!


Thrift Store Finds Get Merry and BrightHere’s what Caitlin sent me!  A butterfly serving tray, butterfly coasters, and wooden curtain rings. I was explaining the whole “Swap It Like It’s Hot” concept to my hubby and he said I didn’t need to transform the butterfly coasters and tray. “They look great just like they are,” he asserted. Sigh.  “That’s not the point, honey” I tried to explain.


Thrift Store Finds Get Merry and BrightAnywho … on with the challenge at hand!  I removed the little hooks from each of the wooden curtain rings.


Thrift Store Finds Get Merry and BrightI stacked and hot glued the rings together to begin making Christmas candle holders. Then I spray painted them white. As much as I hated covering up the pretty butterflies (and much to hubby’s dismay), I spray painted the serving tray and coasters.


Thrift Store Finds Get Merry and Bright

I took sparkly holiday ribbon and glued it in the crevices of the candle holders, then set round candles on top. My mother always had round candles at Christmas, so these remind me of her.


Thrift Store Finds Get Merry and BrightAfter the spray-painted coasters dried, I applied a light coat of Mod Podge to the inside of the coasters and then sprinkled German glitter on top. Not too much … just enough to add some sparkle.


Thrift Store Finds Get Merry and BrightI then glued tiny Christmas trees inside the coaster and glued a loop with bow at the top for hanging on the Christmas tree. I love the way these turned out and am now on the hunt for more coasters at our local thrift store!


Thrift Store Finds Get Merry and BrightAfter spray painting the serving tray, I added Christmas decorations for a holiday vignette. I found the miniature snowballs at the craft store and piled them inside for a snowy scene. A couple bottle brush trees and a sparkly white Santa create a festive group.


Thrift Store Finds Get Merry and BrightOnce all my pieces were complete, it was simply a matter of arranging my thrift store finds into a merry and bright Christmas vignette!


Thrift Store Finds Get Merry and BrightI found a branch in the yard to hang the ornaments above Santa. I am definitely using my merry and bright vignette in this year’s Christmas decor.


Thrift Store Finds Get Merry and Bright

Now it’s time for you to head over to Bre’s blog at BrePurposed to see the goodies I sent her!  I waited so long to see what she did with them!

Tune in all week to see the crazy items this talented group of bloggers has been making over! Search the hashtag #swapitlikeitshot on social media to follow along with all the fun or check out our Pinterest Board.


That’s My Letter / DIY On the Cheap / Run To Radiance / The Gathered Home

Two Thirty Five Designs / Chaotically Creative / Decor Adventures / Homemade By Carmona


Thoughts From Alice / Reinvented / Confessions Of A Serial Do-It-Yourselfer / Restoration Redoux

Always Never Done / I Am a Homemaker / Black and White Obsession / Windgate Lane


Town and Country Living / brepurposed / The Charming Farmer / 58 Water Street

Designer Trapped In A Lawyer’s Body / Year of Serendipity / White House Black Shutters / Desert Domicile


Two Purple Couches / Like A Saturday / Finding Silver Pennies / Artsy Chicks Rule

Something to Be Found / Shades of Blue Interiors / Simple Designing / Our Southern Home


Evey’s Creations / Dragonfly and Lilypads / Weekend Craft / Ciburbanity

A Designer At Home / Polished Habitat / Blue i Style / Addicted 2 DIY

Thrift Store Finds Get Merry and Bright

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