Y’all, I am so excited to finally reveal what I’ve been working on! I am so happy to be apart of this great collaboration with some amazingly talented women! Seriously, these ladies are great! I must give credit where credit is due, this swap would not have been possible if not for Lyn over at MidMichigan Mom. This entire swap was her idea and what a great one it was.
The premise of this collaboration: Everyone was to purchase items for under $10 at a thrift shop and we would send them to a fellow blogger. This process would keep going until the circle was complete. Once everyone received their items, we put our creative minds to work to transform these Thrift Store finds and make them new again.
My items came from Carolyn over at CC McAfee Perspective. These are the goodies she sent me –
As soon as I opened the package and saw what Carolyn sent, I started formulating a game plan. I set to work prepping the items by priming them all with Killz Primer.
Because I received 4 items, I decided to pair them up and create two separate projects. The Christmas tree and the wooden flower would be one project and the metal sign along with the wood & metal butterflies (not pictured) would be my second project. I decided to tackle the Christmas tree first project first since it would be more detailed and time consuming. I decided to spray paint the tree black to go with the theme of this project –
Next, I started painting the wooden base. This took a bit of time. I had a vision in my mind of what I wanted to do and transferring that vision to the wooden block was a bit more difficult. I used white acrylic paint to give the block a nice finished look. I then used painters tape to make even lines on the petals of the flower. The first color I used was a nice deep red. I allowed it to dry for about 2 hours. I then repeated the process for the second color, black. While the flower dried for a second time, I painted the wooden center the same color red as I used on the petals. Once the wood base was dry and I made a few touch-ups, I sealed it with a clear coat of Minwax Polycrylic.
These are the finished projects –
I have wanted to make a Disney countdown calendar for a while now and when I received the tree as part of the swap I immediately knew I wanted “show my Disney side” and transform this tree into something my family would love!
I used Valspar Chalk Paint in Black to make this Disney countdown tree. With the base, my vision was to make it look like a Disney Cruise Ship. The red, black and yellow (I used a Yellow paint pen from Hobby Lobby) are the same colors that are on the ship. I also placed Disney scrapbook stickers (Mickey, Donald, Minnie, Daisy, Goofy & Pluto) on each of the flower pedals. For the lettering on the tree I used my Disney Font cartridge for my Cricut machine.
I used some white vinyl as well. This was a bit tricky. I needed to make sure that that letters were small enough to fit on the tree. It was a bit of a trial an error process with this but in the end I got the vinyl cut and applied. Since the tree swivels, I placed the lettering on both sides. On one side of the tree, I placed a cut out of an anchor to represent our Disney Cruise vacations and on the other side I used a Mickey silhouette to represent our Disney Park vacations. This countdown tree is the perfect size for our little ones to join in the fun and works up our anticipation about our upcoming trip!
Next, I started to work on the second project. I painted the metal sign a nice dark pink using some Valspar spray paint that I already had. Once it was dried, I used my Cricut machine and started formatting the wording that I wanted to use.
Now, you might be wondering about the phrase I chose. My daughter is a HUGE Kenny Chesney fan and the phrase is from his latest song, “Wild Child” which just so happens to be one of her favorite songs. Once I had the lyric typed, I used white vinyl and transfer paper to place the wording on the sign.
Finally, I painted the butterflies. I painted the body white and I painted the metal wings purple and light green. I gave the metal 3 coats of paint and allowed to dry between coats which didn’t take too long. I used my hot glue gun to place them on the sign and a round dot foam brush top finish the sign. I hung it in my daughter’s room using ribbon I already had as well as a 3M hook.
This swap was so much fun! It’s always nice to breathe new life into something old or discarded. I hope you liked how I made these pieces work for my family.
Curious to see what everyone did with their swap items? I know I am! Let’s get started. You can see what I sent to Lyn over MidMichigan Mom and see what she did with my thrift store treasures. You can also check out what everyone else did with their items as well –
What do you think about my make-over items? Would you have done something different? If so, share your ideas, I’d love to hear them.