Thrifty to Nifty Decor

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thrifty to Nifty Decor

 Is a challenge we face everyday as we decorate our homes on a budget. This group of talented bloggers take thrifting to a new level. Dragonfly & Lily Pads has decided to join them to bring you a wealth of information to use in your home. Today I am sharing a wreath that I bought a few months back for Fifty cents. Learn how to make yours below along with Twenty Nine more thrifty decor items.

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

The Rules:
  • 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    Erlene | My Pinterventures    Kim | Made in a Day Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles    Pili | Sweet Things Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Marie | DIY Adulation Chelsea | The Johnsons Plus Dog    Jes | My DIY Envy    Ann | Duct Tape and Denim Molly | Just a Little Creativity    Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods    Kimm | Reinvented Kim | Farmhouse Made    Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled    Sara | Twelve on Main Chelc | Inside the Fox Den    Sue | A Purdy Little House    Michelle | Our Crafty Mom Sherry | Savvy Apron    Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod    Lora | Craftivity Designs Ali | Home Crafts By Ali    Denise | My Thrifty House    Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek Toni | Small Home Soul    Jeanie | Create & Babble    Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay Michelle | Michelle James Designs    Medina | Grillo Designs    Karen | Dragonfly & Lily Pads

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Thrifty to Nifty Decor

This wreath was Fifty cents at a local thrift store which support several elementary schools in my area. It was all the rage but not any more. Lets see what I can do to update it for the spring season.
Remove the Flowers.

Shop in Your House. Gather your supplies. I alway have a a bit extra for options if possible.

Begin arranging the green stems to fill in and curve gently. I always do a trail arrangement to make sure I have enough and like the design. 

Add the flowers while tweaking the placement of where the flowers land in the wreath.

 Thread ribbon cord through the openings in the doily. You do not need a needle for this step.

Pull the cord slipping the doily through to create a gather and tie a knot. Choose a place pleasing to your eye to tie tightly to the wreath. This should cover your stems and give you a loop to hang the wreath.

This is the original front door to our late 1930's cape cod style home. I added the stained glass to provide privacy but let in light. 

Our door needs a fresh coat of paint. Please focus on the lovely wreath today. The doily was just given to me recently when my aunt passed away from her son.
It looks sweet in place of a bow for a different styling. What other items have you used to finish off a wreath? Stop by Dragonfly & Lily Pads Facebook and leave a comment of photo of a wreath you have made.

The remainder of the materials were in my house. As with most thrifty souls there is plenty more where that came from. 

The wreath is a fresh with welcoming burst of colors to greet my guest for spring. Not bad for a fifty cent investment plus fun creative time.

Did you notice I did not mention glue or tape in this tutorial? You are welcome to use them both but I chose not to so I could reuse all the materials in the wreath. The have greens have already made an appearance on D&LP.

I have this song in my mind right now.   🎵If you Like Please Put a Pin on it.🎶
Silly I know but none the less I have made a pinnable Before and After for you below.  

Get your Pinterest button clicking! You will want to have these projects and ideas on your idea boards available to you at any time.  Your time is precious and I am honored to share your day.  Please follow along with social media for behind the scenes on D&LP. I would love to learn more about you. Comments are always welcome and encouraged. 

Question of the Day

What is your favorite flower in the Spring?

Thanks for visiting today I will see you again soon.

~ Let Your Creative Spirit Dance  ~

Until Next Time Happy Creating,   

                                                     Karen Marie

And now for more thrifty goodness!

Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!


Unknown said...

This is so pretty and i LOVE how you incorporated the dollle!

Erlene said...

That's a great find for 50 cents! Covering the felt flowers with some new spring flowers was a great idea.

Sue Purdy from apurdylittlehouse said...

I love how your pretty wreath turned out. The vines and spring colours you chose are perfect. Love it.

Pili said...

Fifty cents for that wreath is a great deal, and you did a wonderful job with it. Love the lace and the flowers.

Michelle James said...

Karen, this wreath is so pretty! Love the addition of the doily!

Unknown said...

This is so sweet, and the doily is a beautiful touch!

Ali said...

Love this! I always look for wreath frames at the thrift store. The flowers you used are so cheery.

toni1965 said...

Karen, you took that sad wreath and breathed some beautiful Spring life into it. I love what you did with the doily. I have so many of those from my great grandmother so this gives me a good idea what to use them for.

Craftivity Designs said...

The lace is PERFECT. Pinning and sharing.

Ashley @ 3 Little Greenwoods said...

Oh my goodness! I've got all the pieces to make my own spring wreath.

Thanks so much for the DIY inspiration!

Amanda | Domestically Creative said...

This is such a pretty wreath and I really like the addition of the doily instead of a bow!

Michelle James said...

I love your wreath. I am so bad at arranging flowers but you make it seem so easy! I love the little doily too! It finishes it off nicely!

Debra said...

What a delicate and sweet wreath. I always think of Spring in pastel colors and pretty flowers. You got it.

Michelle from Weekend Craft said...

Love this! Super cute! I am ready for spring in Mass. Maybe I should get out my lavender wreath.

Karen Marie said...

Thank you so much for your sweet comment. It is just playing with the pieces until you like what you see.
Happy Creating,
Karen Marie