I recently spotted a boxed sign at a thrift store and tossed it into my cart knowing I could make super cute, thrifty party decor with a free printable. The wording on the sign wasn’t relevant to me, but I liked the thick black box, so my plan was just to cover up the sign portion.
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.
I joined 5 talented bloggers for an August challenge, which was to find a thrift store item to repurpose, upcycle or makeover. Be sure to view their projects after you see how I made over my thrifty find! You’ll find their projects at the bottom of this post.
THRIFTY PARTY DECOR WITH FREE PRINTABLE
Here is my sign before the makeover with a nice saying about nurses, and it was still in good shape, but it didn’t serve a purpose for me. Get ready to see how I made my super cute, bright and fun, thrift store makeover!
- mod podge
- sponge brush
- pom poms
- black craft paint
- artist paint brush
- paper cutter
- 110 lb. cardstock
4 QUICK AND EASY STEPS:
1. 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.
2. Download and print the free 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.
3. 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.
4. Attach the pom poms using mod podge. Let dry.
Yay, you’re all done! That was so easy. Doesn’t it look great?
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.
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Now, it’s time to check out what my blogging friends chose to repurpose, upcycle, or makeover!
Sharing my thrifty party decor at these FABULOUS BLOGS!