Gift Ideas with Thrift Shop Finds, Paint & Stencils

This rough framed print was one of my October Fall Finds.  I really purchased it just for the frame.

I used this frame for a gift I made for my older daughter!  I used another thrift shop frame for a homemade gift for my younger daughter too.

Organized Clutter's Most Popular Blog Posts of 2017

When I do projects for Organized Clutter, I just never know which ones will be the most popular with my readers.  

Here are the top 6 reader favorites in chronological order:
Thrift Shop Candlesticks Repurposed as Spring Nest Holders #thriftshopmakeover #upcycle #repurpose #springdecor #birdsnest
1. Thrift shop iron candle holders became spring bird's nest holders in my first popular post of 2017.  A great project does not need to be expensive or difficult.

See the transformation here.

A Stenciled, Buffalo Check, Plaid, Repurposed & Upcycled Christmas Tour 2017

Rustic Christmas Vignettes #upcycle #repurpose #printertray #cuttingboard #drawer #buffalocheck
I don't do a full blown Christmas tour.  None of my children are in town, and I'm not a big entertainer so I have abbreviated holiday decorations.  They come for about 4 days.

I decorate my kitchen, my living room and my covered patio.  AND I have a small tree now so I never have to remove living room furniture to put up a large tree.

I will share my recent and some not so recent projects that I used in my 2017 Christmas decor.

Christmas Junk Project Favs Blog Hop

Thrift Shop Wooden Letters to Christmas Sign#Christmasjunkfavs #sign #stencil #oldsignstencils #rusticChristmas #buffalocheck
Welcome to the Junkers' United 2017 Christmas Junk Favs Blog Hop!  Join me and four other bloggers as we share our FAVORITE Christmas Junk!

Thrift Shop Hinged Box Upcycle with Paint and Stencils

I found this little box at the thrift shop last week for $2.99.

The finish is very scratched and etched with names.

The entire inside is lined with metal, so it wasn't a jewelry box.

I think it would make a great desktop box for mail or envelopes or desktop supplies.


Thrifted Recipe Card Stand Re-purposed As Christmas Decor

A couple years ago I found this dated little recipe card stand/holder.

This little stand was perfect for a makeover!

Ugly Thrift Shop Christmas Tree Upcycle

I found this skinny wooden Christmas tree at the thrift shop last week.  

I think it was originally a primitive style, craft sale tree.

But at some point the wooden tree was decorated with paper stickers and fake gifts were glued on the base.


Thrift Shop Vintage Child's Metal Folding Chair Christmas Upcycle

I found this little child's vintage metal folding chair at the thrift shop this week.  

It's not the original paint job.  It's been spray painted red, but the spray paint has some dings and chips and scratches and rust, so it seems vintage.

Thrift Shop Repurposed Cutting Board Christmas Decor

I found a small cutting board at the thrift shop this week for $1.

As you probably know, I love to repurpose and upcycle cutting boards!

Minnesota Floor Puzzle Piece Re-Purposed As A Christmas Tree Ornament

This is a piece from a United States Floor Puzzle I found at a local thrift shop.

It's not wood.  It's pressed paper, but since it's a floor puzzle piece, it's a nice size for an ornament.


A YOU CUT Tree Farm Christmas Covered Patio

You Cut Tree Farm Sign
Back in October, I made this You Cut Tree Farm Sign with a stencil from *Old Sign Stencils and a wooden frame with star cut out that I purchased at a flea market for $1.

The theme for my rustic covered patio Christmas decor this year is a YOU CUT Tree Farm.  

Stenciling on an Old Window Screen with Old Sign Stencils

I recently purchased this old window screen painted dark green for $5.  

It has some damage to the screen, but I think that may add to the charm of my project.