I love finding items at thrift stores to recreate, repurpose, and upcycle and then using my blog as a platform to inspire you, my readers, to do the same!
I know that chances are you won’t find the exact same item that I did. But take this project for example. I found a beautifully shaped oval frame that was brown and outdated, and turned it into a gorgeous piece of typography art inspired by a quote from Cinderella. You won’t find this same frame, but you can find one similar or to your liking and follow this tutorial to recreate your own upcycled decor.
That’s why I’ve joined with a large group of creative bloggers to host the Thrift Store Decor Upicycle Challenge each month. We’re all like minded creators with the goal of sharing our ideas and inspiring you to follow suit. Trendy decorating doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult, and we’re here to show you how you can recreate some fun looks for your own space.
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
Meet the Hosts
Amanda | The Kolb Corner Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles Kim | Made in a Day
Dru | Polka Dot Poplars Erlene | My Pinterventures Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek Pili | Sweet Things
Shirley | Intelligent Domestications Debra | Shoppe No. 5 Marie | DIY Adulation
Chelsea | The Johnsons Plus Dog Jes | My DIY Envy Lindsay | Crazy Organized
Molly | Just a Little Creativity Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods Kimm | Reinvented Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay Sue | A Purdy Little House Sara | Twelve on Main
Claire | Pillar Box Blue Chelc | Inside the Fox Den Kim | Farmhouse Made Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled
Sherry | Savvy Apron Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod Lora | Craftivity Designs
Denise | My Thrifty House Toni | Small Home Soul Megan | C’mon Get Crafty Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
Make sure you follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!
Cinderella Inspired Typography Art Using a Garage Sale Frame
I recently found this frame at a garage sale, and negotiated the price down a little. Actually, I asked if they’d throw in a few extra items I’d found for my new Etsy shop The Creative Blogger, and worked out a price that was good for us both.
Keep in mind that when you’re thrifting, you won’t always know exactly what do to with a piece right away. I knew I liked the shape of the frame, but not much beyond that.
It sat in my art room for a bit until I was browsing through some of my past blog posts and remembered this post for a world map typography project. I considered my new frame for a bit but decided I didn’t want another map in it. It just didn’t fit the fancy design.
Which lead me to think of what actually would fit this style. I remembered a favorite quote from Cinderella that my (now college age) daughter loves. And can you ever go wrong with quotes and typography?
After I found my inspiration, it all clicked into place (for the tutorial, I’ll use affiliate links so that you can find the products I used easily).
I spray painted the frame in Ocean Mist by Rustoleum.
Then using PicMonkey (my favorite online editing program, and one I highly recommend) I created the “have courage and be kind” quote.
Feel free to click & save the quote I created, or head over to PicMonkey or your favorite program and make your own.
This next technique with carbon paper is one I’ve shared a lot here on the blog, so if you’ve been a reader for a while, you’ll be familiar with it.
I traced the cardboard oval that came out of the frame onto a piece of white poster board.
Then, I took my quote that I printed to the size I wanted, and simply traced it onto the poster board.
Once that was traced, I used my black paint pen, and filled in the letters.
See that little black dot I accidentally got above the “r” there? That actually became a problem I was able to fix, but I’ll show you that in bit.
Now comes the part I enjoyed the most, decorating the edges.
If you’re not comfortable with a freehand design, there are tons of beautiful stencils that can help you get the job done.
Okay, remember that black dot above the “r”? Well, I actually got a few spots on my surface, so be more careful than I did. There’s no way to remove marker, so I figured I’d paint over them in white, right? Nope, you can see below the “be” and the “r” that it’s glaringly obvious that there’s something not right.
So, as a solution, I painted white flowers all over the poster, over the words, everything.
Then, I simply went back and traced the letters again since I could see them through the white flowers. Problem solved, and actually in a very good way because I love the way they ended up looking.
The white flowers were a happy mistake that I’m glad I made.
So, you can do this!
All you need to do is find a frame and a quote that inspires you. Don’t limit yourself to a Cinderella quote, it can be anything!
I use PicMonkey to easily create all my graphics. If you’ve never used it and need a simple editing program, this is the one I recommend. If you’re a new user, it’s free to try all of the features, and if you love it you can start a free trial in order to save your designs to Hub, create custom effects, and share and export your work. Click HERE for my affiliate link that you can use to get started on that free trial offer.
You can find all my Thrift Store Upcycle projects HERE.
And now for more thrifty goodness!
Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!