Let’s style some thrifted items for Christmas decorations and gifts!
For the past few months I’ve been doing this series all about styling thrifted decorations, and this month I’m going to do a Christmas edition!
The fun thing about thrifting is that you can easily find decor AND gifts for family and friends! I’ve got a mix of both of those to show you today.
I saw something recently that said “normalize second hand gifts” and really liked the idea! It’s something I’ve been doing for years, but I love the idea of it spreading and becoming a more normal thing to do!
My favorite thing about gifting thrifting items is that they don’t have to feel second hand! Often you can find great items that just need a little clean up or a special touch to feel the same as a brand new store bought item.
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Here are some of the things I’ve found recently that I’ll be gifting:
“I don’t get people who like mugs. I don’t really like mugs.”
So now I’m not so sure anymore… I might end up keeping it for myself!
Grouping Thrifted Items Tip:
This is actually something I think is helpful to point out when putting together thrifted gifts!
Use different pieces that coordinate or follow a similar theme or are in the same color family to group together into a bigger gift for a greater impact!
For my sister in law, the cute mug, paper pad, and or candle wouldn’t be nearly as fun on their own, but when they’re grouped together and presented in a cute way, it has the same wow factor as any store-bought gift!
I grouped it together with Joanna Gaines’ book “We are The Gardeners”, a cute little “bug house”, a little bird house my daughter painted, and some sweet raspberry and blackberrie candies I found.
We actually had these same kinds of candies growing up – which I love!
All together it makes for a fun outdoor/garden themed gift!
I paired these up with cute candles that I also found at the thrift store. These make a simple but cute gift for teachers gifts or for neighbors!
I rolled the towels nicely and tied them off with a cute piece of velvet ribbon that matched the candle!
There will be LOTS of ornaments available this time of year, but if you’re willing to search through them, often you can still find really great neutral and vintage look options!
How I styled them:
I took both the cream globes and the newly painted snowflakes and used fishing line and scotch tape to hang them from the ceiling above my sewing cabinet near our back door to create a winter scene.
For some of the heavier stars, the tape wasn’t quite strong enough, so for those I’d recommend using either a thumb tack or a command hook!
I love the look of this little area so much that I’m going to use the remainder of my globes and stars to recreate it in another part of the house.
I think the best books for decor look great from all angles, and this one fits the bill! The binding is gorgeous, and even the pages inside are lovely with a little holly motif on the bottom of all the pages.
I found one little red and white saucer as well, with a different pattern.
I added them to the top of the shelf in my fireside room along with some of the cute mini pinecones I got in my first Thrifted Decorations Haul from a few months ago.
The other fabric I found was a grey and red plaid which I liked because it felt like it was a more vintage plaid than some you find in stores now.
I used it to make pillows for our Kitchen porch Christmas Tour which I shared a few weeks ago!
Then I tied on some red and white ribbon to make a hanging loop and a bow. Really cute, simple, and trendy!
The only thing I will change when I do it again is that I would face the little deer toward the trees instead of away from them!
I think I’ll recreate a similar look on the smaller embroidery hoop as well!
You might have seem them showing up in their original form in the background of my DIY Pom Pom Garland post, but I wanted to give them a slightly different feel.
I’ve shared before how much I love patent prints, and that you can find them for nearly ANY item – well Christmas is no exception! I found these two cute prints for a sleigh and tree lights!
I actually got them last year, and just now found the perfect way to display them.
I just used packing tape to attach them to the chalk boards, and I wanted them to have a more authentic/scroll feel, so I left the edges curled!
They look really cute styled on the piano!
And that’s this months’ thrifted decorations and gifts!
What about you, do you have thrifted items in your “to wrap” pile this year? Have you ever been the recipient of a thrifted gift that you loved?
If you’re interested in seeing the other posts I’ve done in the Thrifted Decorations series, you can find them here:
And if you’re looking for a handy thrifting resource, click here for my Thrifting Checklist! I share some of the items I always look for when I’m out, my approximate price points and some other handy tips!
Until next time,