If you are looking for a fun, cheap and easy way to decorate your table for Christmas then you have come to the right place! In this post I will show you some really simple tricks to use budget items from the thrift store, your garage and the dollar tree store and make them fabulous for your Christmas decorating. It is called upcycled Christmas decorating, using things that are mediocre and making them magnificent! (Ok ok, I wouldn’t go that far). This Christmas I am on a really tight budget and looking for ways to save…. ENTER… METALLIC SPRAY PAINT! I went a little spray paint crazy but hey, what woman doesn’t love gold?
The items that I upcycled are as follows: Thrift Store Santa $2, Dollar store vase $1, My already existing candles $0, Michaels wood deer $1 and wood Plaque $2, Dollar Store ornaments (5 packages) $5, Dollar store gold stars $1 (for package of 5) Cake platter $3 (plate + Candle holder), Red Holly Berry from Thrift store 1$. So GRAND TOTAL OF $16 for my table!
1. Santa Clause Makeover
I was looking for deer but the thrift store was slightly limited when it came to tacky porcelain figurines this Christmas so I settled on Santa. It’s simple, just take any porcelain figurine from thrift store or yard sale and spray paint it gold, white or silver and voila, instant decoration that matches your decor!
2. Dollar Store Vase
Next I took a vase I bought at the dollar store and gave it a spray along with a little glitter paint. Then I stuffed some holly berry into it that I got at the thrift store. There was TONS of holly berry at the thrift store, you do not need to get this stuff at the craft store, go thrifting!
4. Bulb Christmas Tree
I actually wanted to buy Paper Mache cones from the craft store to do this project, they are only $1.79 for taller ones at Michaels but they were SOLD OUT. Bummer. So I improvised and made a form out of cardboard box. This did work, but I had to use A LOT more bulbs. 5 packages from the dollar tree store. I suggest making a cone shape out of poster board like this (thank you to The Happy Housie) and then using less bulbs.
What I did…
Then I added star ornaments to the top (package of 5 at the dollar store for, well obviously $1)
5. The deer head was $1 and plaque was $2 at Michaels. I spray painted both first, then I painted the deer with Martha Stewart silver Glitter paint
6. Cake Stand
I made this cake stand for my guest post on Niki’s Sweet Side (an amazing dessert blog, check it out!) but will give you a quick snippet here for anyone interested in making this. Simply glue a base (candle holder, tea cup, bowl) to a plate then spray paint.
If you can see behind the vase in the below picture I also stuffed some holly berry into my candle jars. So that’s it! My super budget centerpiece upcycling items from the thrift store, dollar store and my garage. Merry Christmas!