Do you love good thrift store finds as much as I do? How would you feel if someone sent you thrifty finds to transform into something new and wonderful? That’s exactly what’s going on right now during “Swap It Like It’s Hot” week, organized by the amazing Charlotte at Ciburbanity! This is the 3rd time I’ve been involved in this challenge and it’s a hoot! All participants send a $10-$15 thrift store find to someone else. Once we get our gifts, we make them over into something new! Caitlin at Desert Domicile is the blogger who sent a box of goodies to me!
Waiting for your box of thrift store treasures to arrive is like waiting to open presents on Christmas Day, so it’s no wonder I was in a holiday state of mind when I opened the box from Caitlin! That festive spirit spilled over to my creative streak and simple thrift store finds became merry and bright!
Here’s what Caitlin sent me! A butterfly serving tray, butterfly coasters, and wooden curtain rings. I was explaining the whole “Swap It Like It’s Hot” concept to my hubby and he said I didn’t need to transform the butterfly coasters and tray. “They look great just like they are,” he asserted. Sigh. “That’s not the point, honey” I tried to explain.
I stacked and hot glued the rings together to begin making Christmas candle holders. Then I spray painted them white. As much as I hated covering up the pretty butterflies (and much to hubby’s dismay), I spray painted the serving tray and coasters.
I took sparkly holiday ribbon and glued it in the crevices of the candle holders, then set round candles on top. My mother always had round candles at Christmas, so these remind me of her.
I then glued tiny Christmas trees inside the coaster and glued a loop with bow at the top for hanging on the Christmas tree. I love the way these turned out and am now on the hunt for more coasters at our local thrift store!
After spray painting the serving tray, I added Christmas decorations for a holiday vignette. I found the miniature snowballs at the craft store and piled them inside for a snowy scene. A couple bottle brush trees and a sparkly white Santa create a festive group.
Now it’s time for you to head over to Bre’s blog at BrePurposed to see the goodies I sent her! I waited so long to see what she did with them!
Tune in all week to see the crazy items this talented group of bloggers has been making over! Search the hashtag #swapitlikeitshot on social media to follow along with all the fun or check out our Pinterest Board.