Thrifty Party Decor with Free Printable

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I recently spotted a boxed sign at a thrift store and tossed it into my cart knowing I could make it into cute, thrifty party decor using a free printable.

I show you two different ways you can use the free party printable to display for party decorations. Pick your favorite!

Usually, you think of birthday party decorations as disposable, so I thought my project would be perfect for using multiple times. I chose to put “celebrate” on my free printable, so that it could possibly be used for celebratory occasions other than just birthdays.

THRIFTY PARTY DECOR WITH FREE PRINTABLE

free printable glued on frame for thrifty party decor

The free “celebrate” printable can also be framed in an inexpensive frame as seen in the picture below.

I purchased my frame from Walmart, but you can check for black frames in thrift stores, too.

framed thrifty party decor free printable

Below is my sign before the makeover with a nice saying about nurses, and it was still in good shape. It didn’t serve a purpose for me, but I liked the thick black box so my plan was just to cover up the sign portion.

Get ready to see how I made my super cute, bright and fun, thrift store makeover!

the before pic of thrift store item craft

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • Mod Podge
  • sponge brush
  • pom poms
  • black craft paint
  • artist paint brush
  • paper cutter or scissors
  • printer
  • 110 lb. cardstock
supplies for thrifty party decor craft
Black craft paint and artist brush not shown above.

HOW TO MAKE INEXPENSIVE PARTY DECORATIONS

I wanted my printable to look like it had a black border around it, so I used black craft paint to paint the top edges. Paint 1/2 inch outward to the edges on all 4 sides.

step to paint frame edge black

Download and print the free party printable. Use the paper cutter to cut the printable down to the size of your design area, plus an additional 1/4 inch off on all 4 sides.

The extra 1/4 inch allows the black painted area to show after the printable is attached.

Use Mod Podge to cover the front of the design area. Place the printable on top and center it. The wet Mod Podge allows for easy placement for getting it centered. Press lightly then let dry.

Use the sponge brush to apply Mod Podge over the top of the printable. Do not stroke too much because the colors may bleed/smear.

The Mod Podge will be white, but will dry clear. See picture below.

mod podge free printable on frame for thrifty party decor craft

Use Mod Podge to attach the pom poms. Let dry.

Yay, you’re all done! That was so easy. Doesn’t it look great?

DOWNLOAD THE FREE “CELEBRATE” PRINTABLE

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Allyson

Allyson is the founder and content creator of Southern Sunflowers, which shares tutorials for DIY crafts and decor on a budget.

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38 thoughts on “Thrifty Party Decor with Free Printable”

  1. Congratulations! Your post was my feature pick at #OverTheMoon this week. Each Hostess displays their own features so be sure to visit me on Sunday evening and to see your feature! I invite you to leave more links to be shared and commented upon. Please don’t forget to add your link numbers or post title so we can be sure to visit!

  2. I love a thrifty find and what a great makeover! Thanks for sharing at last week’s BFF Open House and featuring when this week’s opens up later today!

  3. Great project. I need to think more outside of the box when I am in a thrift store but struggle with what I am looking at. This was a great upcycle for very little money or effort. Thanks for sharing it this week. #HomeMattersParty

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  5. I LOVE this sign! So bright and cute. I’m going to feature it at our Party in Your PJs link party on my Grandma Ideas website tonight. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome idea!

    1. Glad you love my party decor, Jenny! I’m happy with how it turned out. Looking forward to seeing what you share for our September blog hop. πŸ™‚

  6. Using thrift store signs is one of my favorite upcycle projects. Your birthday party decor looks great and it’s fun that it can be used lots of times.

    1. So glad you like my thrift makeover, Beverly! I found two thrift stores open this past weekend and brought home a haul, so more makeovers and upcycles are in my future.

  7. I can see why you picked up this frame, Allyson! I would have, too! Just for the colors! You know I love anything purple, but I also love how you transformed this into a lovely multi-purpose celebratory sign! And who doesn’t love getting free printables, too! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yes, I wanted something fun to use other than just for birthdays. I kept thinking I spent a $1 too much at the thrift store LOL, but I like how it turned out, too. Fun crafting with you! πŸ™‚

  8. I just love your new birthday sign – the colors are so cheerful and pretty. You took what I thought was a drab limited use sign and made a universale pleaser.

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