It’s that time again! We are all showing off the goodies we got and how we gave them a holiday make-over. This thrift store swap was so much fun. Not only did we decide to make this swap a holiday theme but in the process our little group has grown! We have added more bloggers to our little group so that gives us a total of 12 bloggers in our swap circle now! That means even more FABULOUS finds and make-overs for our little swap circle to share with all of you. First things first though, we must give credit to the group founder, Lyn over at MidMichigan Mom. This whole swap was her idea and what a great one idea it was!
This is how our swap works: Everyone in our circle buys two items for $10 and then sends it to their fellow blogger buddy. We make a huge circle and all 12 of us receive and send something to give a holiday make-over to. That’s 24 projects in all that will be revealed!
I received my items from Erin over at Sugar Crumbs. The first item that got a new purpose was the star garland. I purchased a twine tree from Target a while back and wasn’t sure what to do with it. I know that the tree is suppose to look simple and plain but I am not one to leave well enough alone. So I decided to take the garland apart and used hot glue to adhere the stars onto the tree.
When I started taking the stars off the garland I thought I had plenty of stars. As it turns out, there weren’t as many as I had hoped. Oops! The tree still came out looking cute. I wanted it to look like it had poinsettias all over the tree. I also added a few berries to fill in some spaces and I think it turned out rather nice. My daughter wants it to be in her room to add a Christmas feel in there.
My second project was a metal square. It could be used as a candle holder and that’s how I intend to use it. I wanted to give this a Christmas make-over as well but wasn’t sure what to do with it. I could paint it but that wouldn’t be much of a transformation. I asked my fellow bloggers for opinions and Betsy found a really cute idea on Pinterest and shared it with me. I took inspiration from what she shared.
This is what the metal frame looked like before I worked some Christmas magic on it –
For this project I used candy canes, ribbon and hot glue. I used two boxes of candy canes and had to make sure none were broken before hand. Next, I used the hot glue to adhere the candy canes to the metal frame.
I just continued to glue the candy canes around the base and when that was done I cut some ribbon and used the hot glue to keep the ribbon in place, only a few dots on each corner of the ribbon.
When I was done I used one of my battery operated candles. I love real candles but I didn’t want this to be hard to clean the melted wax. I would hate to break those pretty candy canes!
I have two other projects that I will be posting soon. These are the items that are going to get in the holiday spirit as well –
I hope you enjoyed how I gave my first two items a holiday make-over. Want to see what everyone else has done with their goodies? Click on the links below and check them out! I sent my items to Emily at Our House Now A Home. I am so excited to see what she did with them!