Thrifted Christmas Decor That’ll Amaze

Save money this holiday season and deck the hall for less with these high end thrifted Christmas decor ideas.

Decking The Halls

Christmas decorations don’t have to be expensive or brand-new to be beautiful. In fact, some of the best holiday decorations are ones that have been given a new lease on life. If you’re looking for unique and interesting ways to spruce up your home for the holidays, consider using some thrifted Christmas decor.

A Thifted Christmas

Looking for unique and exciting ways to thrift your Christmas this year?

Thrifted Christmas decor is a great way to save money and find one-of-a-kind pieces that will make your holiday season extra special. Try taking a trip to your local thrift store to see what kinds of treasures they have. You might be surprised at the wide selection of festive items available at bargain prices.

You’ll end up with a stunning tree and decked out holiday home that will cost a fraction of what you would have paid if you had bought everything brand new.

So try getting a little creative and thrift your Christmas decor this year! You’ll be glad you did.

Let’s DIY This Thrift

Christmas decor doesn’t have to be expensive to be high end. Thrift stores are a great place to find items that will add personality to your holiday decor.

Here are a few thrifted Christmas decorating ideas to get you started:

#1 Cast Iron Christmas Decor

When I saw these cast iron pans I knew I had to have them. I honestly can’t decide which pan I like more: the long oval one with plenty of space or the one with the thick wooden handle.

How to upcycle:

  • Each cast iron pan was cleaned as thoroughly as possible.
  • For each I simply used white chalk paint and free handed the Christmas trees.
  • Then I added a bit of Christmas greenery and faux berries to each of the handles with a bit of tied twine.

And voila! I think these are positively charming Christmas DIYs. But what do you think?

#2 Thrifted Christmas Faux Enamel Candle Stand

Living in an old farmhouse in the city pretty much dictates the decor. So you will find a lot of enamel in our home. Well, actually a lot of faux enamel. After many attempts to find the best way to achieve a realistic look I have found a tried and true method that I think you’re going to love!

How to upcycle:

  • I started by cleaning off the candle holder with soap and warm water.
  • Next, the whole piece got a couple coats of flat black spray paint. It was left to dry between each coat and then again overnight.
  • The following day, I applied a couple coats of white chalk paint. Again dry in between coats of paint.
  • After this had been left to dry it was wet distressed until the white paint crackled and chipped off and bits of the black underneath showed through. (This is what makes the look so realistic. The distress white paint appears chipped away and the black pops and is naturally underneath the white coating.)
  • Lastly, a battery operated candle was added to to the top. You can go real, that’s just how I roll.

Another thing that makes this piece so great is that it fits in perfectly at Christmas but really it can be used all year long.

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#3 Modern Farmhouse Creche (Nativity) Set

I love creches and I love thrifting. So let’s put them together and see what we get. This poor little set needed a lot help.

TRANSLATION: Creche = Nativity

How to upcycle:

  • Start by spraying each piece with flat white spray paint. Let dry.
  • Next, using ArtMinds chalk paint in Trellis Grey paint each of the figurines.
  • Let this dry but don’t leave it too long. If you do leav e it for too long you may need to rub harder to get the grey off.
  • Wet distress each of the figurines so that the white pops through but the creases in the figurines stay grey.

And that’s it. So simple it’s a bit embarrassing. But I just love how rustic and old world this creche turned out.

#4 Pearl & Burlap Tea Cup Ornaments

When I saw these pearlcore tea cups at the Salvation Army I knew I had to have them in my life. I just didn’t know what I was going to do with them. And then while walking the family dog it hit me. Here’s what I came up with:

How to upcycle:

  • You can either buy premade burlap flowers or you can always make your own.
  • If you make your own burlap flowers try using thrifted pearl earrings for the center of each flower. This is what I did to the ones shown above.
  • Next, simply hot glue the burlap flowers to the inside, bottom of the tea cup.
  • Hook a decorative ornament hook onto the handle of the tea cup and then hang from the tree.

So charming in it’s simplicity. And perfect for many Christmas decor looks.

#5 Winter Glass Canister Vignette

This super large glass canister immediately caught my eye. It just offers up so many possibilities and I know that it’ll be used over and over again but first we’re going to deck it out for the holiday season.

How to upcycle:

  • Start by cleaning out and drying the jar so that it’s clean of any marks, sticker residue, or streaks.
  • Cover the bottom of the jar with Epson salt. Carefully arrange natural materials inside. I went with a piece of curled birch bark, large pine cones, and a few pieces of faux greenery.
  • Next, the lid was replaced and a strand of burlap was hot glued around the top of jar.

And that’s it. One of the things that makes this piece so great is that it a can be used all throughout the holiday season and then well into winter.

Jenny’s Finishing Thoughts On Thrifted Christmas Decor

Don’t let the high cost of Christmas decorations stop you from having a beautiful holiday home. With a little creativity, you can thrift some amazing holiday decor. So get out there and start looking for your thrifted Christmas decor! You’ll be surprised at what you can find.

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