Best Thrifting & Upcycling Ideas of 2022

December 14, 2022


Photo of a galvanized bucket with a dead geranium.
This is a dead red calliope geranium from my deck plantings last summer.  It still has the dirt inside of it.  I find these old buckets at garage sales, consignment shops and occasionally even antique stores, (if the price is right).

Today, I am sharing a Christmas project with this bucket, along with other awesome projects from 2022 from the Thrift Store Decor Team.

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Photo of a galvanized bucket with dead plant top removed.
I cleaned all of the dead foliage away, and left the soil in the bottom of the pail.

Photo of a Christmas porch pot in a galvanized garbage can.
In past years, I have purchased two dozen real spruce tips for my outdoor covered patio, Christmas Porch Pots.  This year, I used a fluted trash can (with soil inside), spruce tips, dogwood and birch twigs, faux red berry sprays and metal snowflake picks with wood stakes.

Photo of a galvanized bucket Christmas Porch Pot.
Here is another Porch Pot with real twigs and spruce tips, also painted and stenciled wood slice ornaments.

Photo of a galvanized bucket Christmas Porch Pot.
This Porch Pot had round pasteboard or papier mache ornaments from Hobby Lobby that I painted and stenciled.  

In each of these years, I ordered two dozen spruce tips along with a few other local women for Porch Pots.  The tips were ordered in early October and delivered in early November.  But, for the last couple of years I didn't put in an order.

Photo of three faux 30" spruce tips for a Christmas Porch Pot.
While shopping at our local Menards, I discovered faux 30" spruce tips.

Photo of 30" spruce tips for a Christmas Porch Pot.
They were $14.99 a piece.  This week they are $9.74 a piece.  I know that seems high but the real spruce tips were fairly spendy as well, ($20 a dozen), and they were not re-usable.

Photo of the metal rod on the bottom of a faux spruce tip for a Christmas Porch Pot.
The spruce tips had a sturdy metal rod bottom and plastic needles.

Photo of faux spruce tips being added to a galvanized bucket for a Porch Pot.
I stuck two of the tips in the back and just one in the front of the bucket, right into the dirt like I did with the real spruce tips.

Photo of a plastic stemmed faux greenery pick for a Porch Pot.
I found two shorter faux greenery picks with plastic stems for $4.49 each at a local craft shop.  The tag says Allstate Floral 16" Pine Spray.

Photo of a Christmas Porch Pot in a bucket with faux spruce tips.
I stuck the two shorter greenery picks on each side of the front spruce tip, and two real birch sticks towards the back.  Believe it or not, real birch sticks can be purchased at stores!

I also tied a red neck scarf around the bucket for additional color.  Scarves can be found at thrift stores this time of year as well.

Photo of ice berry picks added to a Christmas Porch Pot.
Four iced red berry picks were stuck in the dirt towards the front of the bucket.

Photo of mini Christmas ornaments from Walmart.
I picked up these mini Christmas tree ornaments at Walmart.

Photo of galvanized bucket Christmas Porch Pot with faux greenery.
The mini ornaments in red and white finished out my Porch Pot project.

Photo of a vintage sled with stenciled reindeer sign and wreath.
I found this sled for $9.99 last Christmas at Goodwill.  I hung a small wreath and a reindeer sign I upcycled from a Goodwill purchase HERE.

Photo of a Christmas sweater stenciled wooden planter box.
This Christmas Sweater stenciled planter box also holds faux Christmas Greenery.  Details for this project can be found HERE.

Photo of a covered porch step decorated for Christmas.
This is a late and an abbreviated Christmas covered patio.

Photo of a covered porch step decorated for Christmas.
It's a nice greeting for visitors!

Keep scrolling on down! The whole Thrift Store Decor Gang has compiled the Best Projects of 2022 to share.

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Here are some of my team favorites!
Photo of a DIY color blocked vase.

Photo of a repurposed chandelier planter.
Repurposed Chandelier Planter

Photo of a thrifted art glass window.

Photo of DIY mercury glass pieces.
DIY Mercury Glass Containers

Photo of a vertical herb garden project.

Photo of a light fixture repurposed as a cloche.

Photo of a bleached wood furniture upcycle.

Photo of a cutting board with a family recipe.

Photo of DIY ladder decor projects.
Decorative Stepladder Ideas

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  1. Love your Christmas decor Carlene! It's been great to be a part of the Thrift Store Decor team this year!

  2. Such a fun year of projects!!! Can't wait to see what we get to see next year.


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