Thrift Store Christmas: 12 Cute and Easy DIY Decoration Ideas
Do you have a hard time coming up with new and unique ideas for Christmas decor every year? I’m embarking on a thrift store Christmas this year. Using items found at a Goodwill outlet, I am making DIY Christmas decorations.
Follow along for thrift store Christmas decor ideas that will inspire you to complete a thrift store Christmas decor challenge of your own.
Thrift store Christmas decor ideas
1. Placemat Christmas tree
I used a seam ripper to cut the stitching of this placemat.
I pulled the placemat apart by hand.
Then, I pulled out all the loose threads.
I rolled a poster board into the shape of a cone and then used tape to hold it together.
I put packing tape around the top of the cone.
I cut the bottom of the cone to make it stand upright.
Then, I began adhering the strip of placemat around the cone using hot glue.
I trimmed off the bottom of the cone to make it a little shorter.
I stuck a small piece of placemat at the top of the cone and hot glued it to make a point.
Next, I stuffed the cone with packing paper.
Then, I cut a circle of cardboard from a cereal box and hot glued it to the base.
2. Wire ring wreath
I used my angle grinder to remove the inner piece from the outer ring.
Then, I touched it up with black paint.
Next, I hot-glued a piece of driftwood to the ring.
Then, I drilled a hole through each end of the driftwood and ran wire through it.
I began wiring faux greenery stems, berries, and curly sticks to the lower half of the wire ring.
Then, I attached pine cones with floral wire.
Lastly, I added a small deer.
3. Sugar bowl arrangement
I tore a few pages from a vintage hymnal, rolled up the sheets, tied them with twine, and then put them in the bowl.
I cut the elastic bands off of some plastic antlers and added them to the bowl.
I drilled a small hole in the wood base of a bottle brush tree.
Next, I glued in a small dowel rod.
Then, I added pine cones and gold berries.
Finally, I filled all the empty spaces with Spanish moss.
4. Christmas book cover
I printed out a vintage Christmas book cover and attached it to an old book using a glue stick.
I trimmed up the edges with scissors.
Then, I took some branches from my yard, cut them to length, and wired them together.
After that, I stuck greenery stems and berries into the wire.
I used twine to attach the stick bundle to the book then hot glued small pine cones and a bow.
5. Drawer nativity scene
I found a little angled drawer and a broken music box, so I decided to turn them into a nativity scene.
I broke off the ceramic stable so I could use the figurines only.
I hot glued Spanish moss around the figurines.
I painted around the figurines.
I printed the lyrics to “Old Holy Night,” using Mod Podge to adhere it.
Lastly, I glued a small plastic star ornament in the center of the drawer.
6. Brass flower bowl
I added flowers to the bowl, sprayed them with adhesive, and sprinkled on iridescent glitter.
I tied a couple of bows onto skewer sticks and then stuck those into the arrangement as well.
7. Cork Santa scene
I left in the existing dried flowers and added in my handmade mushrooms.
Then, I hot glued a rustic Santa ornament inside the frame.
Next, I glued a wooden snowflake to the burlap background and added some berries and greenery to the cork frame itself.
8. Vintage glass vase
I printed out a green and red mint syrup label and adhered it to the side of the vase with Mod Podge.
Then, I applied a second coat of Mod Podge to protect the label.
I added in greenery stems sprayed with fake snow.
I covered the succulent with spray adhesive and sprinkled Buffalo Snow on it before adding it to the vase.
To finish it off, I tied a little ribbon around the neck of the vase.
9. Vintage wood level
I drilled small holes into the level, removed the bottoms of several bottle brush trees, and inserted the wire ends into the drilled holes.
Then, I glued on a plastic deer and some little wood skis.
I hot glued a Santa ornament onto the level too.
Then, I glued Styrofoam snowballs and fake snow to the top of the level.
Lastly, I glued a little bell and bow over the hole and pom-pom ribbon along the edge.
10. Blue velvet star
I cut out a star pattern from a piece of foam board, traced it, and then cut out the shape from a blue velvet pillow sham.
I hot glued foam board to the velvet star, folding the edges over the back, and gluing them in place.
I traced out another star, cut it out, and adhered it.
I hot glued silver pipe cleaner around the edges.
Finally, I hot glued on an old Christmas ornament that said, “Believe.”
11. Cardstock Christmas tree
I made a cone out of cardstock paper. Then, I wrapped it in a velvet pillowcase, hot gluing it in place.
I folded the top edge of fabric and glued it.
I cut away the extra fabric, tucked the rest inside, and secured it with hot glue.
I stuffed the cone tightly with old packing paper and then glued cardboard to the bottom.
12. Alphabet block snowman ornament
I wood glued three blocks together then hot glued a Styrofoam hat to the top.
I cut a strip of fabric to create a scarf.
I drilled a small hole then glued on the carrot nose.
I used a paint pen to draw on eyes and a mouth.
Then, I drilled a hole on each side of the middle block and glued in two small pegs for arms.
I glued a small pipe cleaner wreath to one of the arms.
Thrift store Christmas challenge
Which DIY Christmas decorations were your favorite on the list? Share your preferences down below.