Monday, December 4, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Day 8 Gallery Wall

Make easy and inexpensive christmas decor from thrift store finds
On the eighth day of Christmas
Beyond the Picket Fence did exclaim,
"Let's upcycle a thrift store frame!"

So, today's thrift store upcycle for Christmas is certainly nothing new, but it is an EASY and INEXPENSIVE way to create something new for Christmas.

Make easy and inexpensive christmas decor from thrift store finds

I said I wasn't changing out my decor, but one thing leads to another and soon it snowballs into all kinds of new items for Christmas decor. Thankfully, upcycling thrift store items makes it affordable and guilt free. Because I moved my tree to a new location this year and because I am using something new for my stockings (you can see that post HERE if you missed it), I needed new things for my Christmas gallery wall.
Make easy and inexpensive christmas decor from thrift store finds
I knew I wanted something that was landscape orientated and that I didn't want a bunch of worded signs (I am getting OVER those, but still have some). I spied this black frame that I had nabbed at the thrift store, it didn't have anything in it when I bought it, it was just the frame. It was the perfect size (24" x 36")
So, I hopped on the Library of Congress site which shares old vintage photos that have no restrictions on them. That means you can print and use them for personal use, but I am not sure about commercial use. I searched for ski pictures and found one that I liked and had a black and white engineer's print made at Staples.
Make easy and inexpensive christmas decor from thrift store finds
The frame needed a bit of a clean up, so I gave it a fresh coat of black paint. I attached the engineer's print to a piece of foam core board using spray adhesive. I sprayed a clear coat on the picture and frame to give it a bit of a protective coat. I hot glued the foam core board to the frame.
Make easy and inexpensive christmas decor from thrift store finds
I made an oval Let it Snow sign, and a pair of decorative skis with fresh greenery on it. I share how to make these skis in my latest book, Wood Pallet Wonders HERE. 

If you have a hole in your Christmas decor, check out the images at the Library of Congress and use a thrift store frame to create a perfect Christmas photo or sign!

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Make easy and inexpensive christmas decor from thrift store finds

2 comments:

  1. Just checked out the library of congress site !!! this is great !!! thanks

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    1. Yay! Yes, I have found old photos of my town on there, plus everything else!

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