Holiday Thrift Store Challenge Blog Hop

Holiday Thirft Store Challenge

When I got the email from Thoughts From Alice asking if I’d like to participate in the Holiday Thrift Store Challenge, I didn’t have to think twice. Yes! And yes again! Okay, how ’bout yes a third time. I was super jazzed to participate with the list of fabulous bloggers she had put together. And completely honored. But, could I keep up? I mean, I am the (self proclaimed) thrifting queen in my own little world. Well, kinda. I’m the flea market slash antiquing queen in my own little world, but thrift stores are a bit out of my element. I hadn’t been to one in a long time. You really have to know what you’re doing and have good eyes when it comes to thrift store gems. Diamonds in the rough I guess you’d call them.

So what’s this “challenge” shtuff that am I chattering about? Well, Alice asked us to venture out to our local thrift store and procure something anything for under $25 to use as holiday decor in a creative way. We could give these items a complete makeover or use it/them in a creative vignette. She wanted us to see beyond the surface of what someone discarded or no longer needed and think outside the box. She wanted us to show you, our readers, how to save money on holiday decor by using a little creativity. Well, Alice! Challenge accepted!

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Hmmm, now what in the world was I going to do! My nearest thrift store was Goodwill, and I had to make 2 trips because the first time they were closed. Note to self, look up store hours before venturing out in the cold. The sliding doors opened, and the first thing I see is a rack of holiday sweaters. I kinda chuckled and thought of the many ugly sweater parties I’ve been to in the past. Fun, but probably not appropriate for a craft. I had a small problem though. This particular Goodwill was fairly new and mostly clothes. I walked back to housewares where I found nothing but glasses that had EFFEN Vodka logos emblazoned on them or a few dented pans. Hmmm. That wasn’t going to work. This challenge was a bit more difficult then I thought I would be.

I started to make my way to the exit feeling a bit defeated when I walked passed those ugly sweaters again. A lightbulb went off in my head. Remember the DIY Modern Dreamcatchers tutorial I posted a couple weeks ago? Well, on my search for brass hoops, I found some wooden embroidery hoops at Michaels. I ended up not using them for the dreamcatcher, but held on to them for a future unknown project. Unknown that is until now. I started to paw through the sweaters. And although I’d probably never want to wear one (unless it was to win an ugly sweater contest), some had pretty great designs and colors. It didn’t matter if there was pilling or holes. I remembered Alice saying, “look beyond the surface”. She was suddenly my Obi Wan Kenobi of thrifting.

Holiday Thirft Store Challenge

Each sweater was $4.99. I grabbed 4 which meant I had an extra $5 to spare. Golden, thank you Obi Wan. When I got home, I found my wooden embroidery hoops (I used different sizes). I no longer had the original receipt, but if memory served me right, they were about $1.50 a piece. Used with a 50% off coupon, I’d be within my $25 budget by the hair on my chinny chin chin.

Holiday Thirft Store Challenge

I laid the sweaters flat and started to place the hoops. Based on the color schemes, I decided to use only three sweaters. The navy and red stripe felt a bit too bold, and I also like to group items in threes. It’s the odd number interior designer in me talking.

Holiday Thirft Store Challenge

After stretching the hoops (helpful hint: cut a larger area from the sweater, around where the hoop should be placed. It’s easier handling for placing the hoops, and you can see ad use your hands a bit better.), then I trimmed the area as close to the hoops as possible. My original thought was to use ribbon and add a bow to cover the screw that connects the embroidery hoop.

Holiday Thirft Store Challenge

But after doing so, I felt my wall hanging was a bit overtaken by the bow. After removing it, I decided to use some simple twine instead. I’ll let you guys be the judge. I tried this navy and cream ribbon first and then changed it out to gold. I also tried a simple bow and a pom pom bow. I wanted to love it, but I just couldn’t. It wasn’t quite right.

Holiday Thirft Store Challenge

After removing the bow, I tied the twine around the two connectors with holes rather then around the screw. It was difficult to stretch the hoop, so I thought this would make the connection a bit more secure. It also hid some of the bare metal and finished the wall hanging a bit more. I tied it in a half knot in the front and a full knot in the back, leaving excess twine for length to hang. I finished the ends with a wooden bead. The twine was more simple than the bow and I think for me and my taste, that is what I needed. For me, I felt it took on a more modern edge with only twine.

Holiday Thirft Store Challenge

So what do you guys think? I’m so pleased with how it turned out. Now it’s time for the hop! This was a Thrift Store Blog Hop Challenge, so may other talented and inspiring blogger participated. Be sure to click on the links below to see all the creative projects each blogger came up with. They are absolutely amazing, and I’m honored to have been included in this group of talented, creative, inspiring bloggers. You don’t want to miss one of these awesome projects! And a special thank you again to Alice who invited me and challenged me to see beyond the surface.

 

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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 Shabby Chic Picture Frame by 365 Days of Crafts

 

 

DIY Crocks by So Much Better With Age

 

 

Holiday Thrift Store Challenge
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  7. Summer November 21, 2014

    I LOVE your embroidery hoop wall hanging! Great minds, right? 🙂 I love your blog to by the way, so pretty and great photos!!!

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    • kyla November 21, 2014

      Thank you sooooo much Summer! That means so much coming from you! And OMG, when I saw the name of your project in the Google doc I have to admit I freaked out a tiny bit. I was like what are the odds that we would come up with absolutely the same thing!

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  8. Grace @ The Big Reveal November 21, 2014

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!! You nailed it. And, I am making these immediately.

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    • kyla November 21, 2014

      Thank you! Thank you! Thank you lady! Such kinda words! Muah! And I wanna see how they turn out!

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  11. laura irion November 21, 2014

    They are AMAZING!!!!!! I was so excited to see this and you did not disappoint. Reading your posts is just like skipping through an awesome fairy land of eye candy. Even your “process” pictures are gorgeous. But that styling on the branch in the last picture…oh be still my heart. That could be the front of a J.Crew catalog. Massively impressive my lovely one!!! Pinning immediately! LOVE!

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    • kyla November 21, 2014

      Muah! Ms Laura! You are the best! Thank you dearie!

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  14. Ashley@Biggerthanthethreeofus November 21, 2014

    I agree with ^^. I’m so jealous (and inspired!) by your process photos. I like how the ornament turned out (big bow and all!). Have a great weekend!

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    • kyla November 21, 2014

      Thanks Ashley! With you being a professional photographer, that means a lot coming from you!

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  15. Emily @ Table & Hearth November 21, 2014

    Genius!! I actually really like the bow too! Pinning away 🙂

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    • kyla November 21, 2014

      Thank you Emily!

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  17. Alice W. November 21, 2014

    Oh my gosh these are fantastic! (I can get lost in your fabulous writing skills…oh and I will be your Obi One Kenobi any day 😉 You did exactly as I hoped and I am so thrilled and honored you joined me for the challenge! You are a total rock star 😉

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    • kyla November 21, 2014

      I know I’ve said this like a millions times already, but seriously, thank you so much for including me in this project! It was soooo much fun!

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  18. Sarah @ 702 Park Project November 21, 2014

    I love this idea! So cute and easy! I might just have to try this one this year! 🙂

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    • kyla November 21, 2014

      Thanks Sarah! If you try it out, please upload a pic to my Facebook! I’d love to see how yours turned out!

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  19. Danielle November 21, 2014

    Beautiful and I LOVE the ticking stripe ribbon. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!

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    • kyla November 21, 2014

      Thanks so much Danielle!

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  20. Julie November 21, 2014

    SO cute!!

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    • kyla November 21, 2014

      Thanks Julie!

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  21. angie November 21, 2014

    danke für die inspirationen!!! einen schönen freitag wünscht angie

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    • kyla November 21, 2014

      Vielen Dank für den Besuch! Wünsche Ihnen ein schönes Wochenende.

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  22. Brenda Kula November 21, 2014

    Oh my goodness, when I scrolled down to see it put together, I gasped. I absolutely love it! So colorful and perfect! I think you can now count yourself as an official queen of crafting when looking beyond the surface! Bravo!
    Brenda

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    • kyla November 21, 2014

      Brenda! Thank you so, so, so much! Your kind words are so sweet! THANK YOU! And, BTdubs, I’m reading the book The Good Girl that you have posted on your site and I’m loving it!

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  23. kennesha November 21, 2014

    Love this little project! So simple with a big impact! And fun! Thanks for sharimg! Happy Friday!

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    • kyla November 21, 2014

      Thanks Kennesha! And thank you for stopping by!

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  24. Brynne@TheGatheredHome November 21, 2014

    Cute cute cute! This hop has the best ideas for reusing old Christmas sweaters! I’m itching to run to the thrift store and find some myself!

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    • kyla November 21, 2014

      Thanks so much for stopping by Brynne!

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  25. Coco @ homeschoolapalooza November 21, 2014

    This is so adorable!!!! I love these 🙂

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    • kyla November 21, 2014

      Hey lady! Thanks so much for stopping by to check out the hop!

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  26. So adorable!! And I have a few empty embroidery hoops hanging around just waiting to be beautified!

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  27. What a great idea. Love that you really did look past the surface!

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  28. Jessica @ Dear Emmeline November 21, 2014

    So sweet! A great way to use old sweaters. I could see making ornament sized ones out of my kids’ old sweaters to hang on the tree.

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    • kyla November 21, 2014

      That was one of my original thoughts. I actually went back to Michaels, but I couldn’t find small hoops. I thought they would make great ornaments!

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  29. cassie November 21, 2014

    these are adorable! i love how they look like a 2d of a vintage ball ornament! so clever, kayla!

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  30. Tammy November 21, 2014

    Absolutely love these! So charming, cheery and the perfect way to use up old sweaters! These would be so much fun to create with a group. Love your blog and your photography!

    Tammy

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    • kyla November 21, 2014

      Thank you so much Tammy! You’re too sweet.

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  31. Tanya November 21, 2014

    You are insanely talented, I LOVE these so much, off to Pin your awesome project 🙂

    xoxo

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    • kyla November 21, 2014

      WOW! Thank you for the insanely sweet compliment! I love your blog. It’s gorgeous!

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  32. Jennifer @ Brave New Home November 21, 2014

    I’ve been looking for sweaters at the thrift store to make stockings from. I like the one you found. Great idea! Would be cute to preserve a child’s sweater that they’ve outgrown.

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    • kyla November 21, 2014

      When I was working on this project, I had the same exact thought! Wouldn’t it be great for your child’s favorite sweater or blankie or t-shirt. The possibilities are endless!

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  33. Jann Olson November 21, 2014

    These are so cute and really have a Scandinavian feel. Love them hanging on the branches! What a fun challenge. Kuddos to Alice!
    hugs,
    Jann

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    • kyla November 21, 2014

      Thanks so much Jann and yes! Alice did an amazing job organizing everyone and thinking up this great challenge!

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  34. Tania November 21, 2014

    OMG, how cute! All I could come up with when I saw the sweaters was pillows… how very unoriginal of me! lol!

    Tania

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  35. gilly November 21, 2014

    I absolutely love these…one of the most unique ideas I have seen!

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  36. Niki meiners November 22, 2014

    Great use of sweaters.

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  37. Thalita @ The Learner Observer November 22, 2014

    These are fantastic!!! I have SO many wood embroidery hoops at home. Time to get some ugly sweaters and put them to good use 🙂

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  38. Poppy November 22, 2014

    Hey Kyla,

    You definitely rose to this challenge! ADORABLE!

    Poppy

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  39. OnePerfectDay November 22, 2014

    These are great!
    They make such lovely Christmas ornament decorations!

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  40. Charlotte @ Ciburbanity November 22, 2014

    I’ve seen this with fabric but never thought to use holiday-ish sweaters! SO fun! And I LOVE the texture!

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  41. Alex November 22, 2014

    These are AMAZEBALLS. yes. I said Amazeballs… because they are balls (or round goodness?) of awesomeness!! Such a great idea! Love it.

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    • kyla November 22, 2014

      Ha! I love that you think they are AMAZEBALLS =) Thanks for stopping over Alex!

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  42. Cherri Megasko November 22, 2014

    Awesome! My daughter is visiting for Thanksgiving and this would be the perfect activity for us to gossip over. I agree that the twine worked better than the blue ribbon. But you could also change out the hanging material every year to give them a fresh look. (Thanks for stopping by my [travel] blog earlier!)

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    • kyla November 22, 2014

      I love that tidepool activity!

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  43. Ginnie November 22, 2014

    This is such a great idea! Totally keeping my eyes peeled from some xmas sweaters at the thrift store:)

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  44. Nicki @ T-shirt & Jeans November 22, 2014

    These. Are. The. Coolest! I love how festive they are! Good call on simplifying- I think the ribbon is perfect. And Alice totally is Obi Wan – hahaha! Great job-pinning 🙂

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  45. Denise@BeBetsy November 23, 2014

    What a fantastic party! Thx for the invite and for stopping by to see us. Wonderful features as well. All the best ~ denise

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  46. Sandra November 23, 2014

    Awesome party ladies! Wishing you a relaxed and peaceful Thanksgiving.

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  47. Emily @ Two Purple Couches November 24, 2014

    LOVE these!! I don’t mind the bow, but I do love the simplicity of the three hoops and the twine hung from the branches!

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  48. angela November 26, 2014

    I’m so totally in love with these! Fantastic idea!!!!

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

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    • kyla November 26, 2014

      Thanks so much Brenda! And thank you for stopping over!

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  49. Jamie November 28, 2014

    Wow, love these!! So fun being on this tour with you! Going share on my FB page 😉
    Hugs, Jamie

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    • kyla November 28, 2014

      Wow! Thank you Jamie!

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    I highlighted this post on centerpiece Wednesday thanks for linking up 🙂 http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2014/12/centerpiece-wednesday-fun-christmas.html
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    • kyla December 9, 2014

      Awesome! Thank you sooooooo much for the feature! Going to check it out now!

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