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 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.

free printable glued on frame for thrifty party decor

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.


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!

the before pic of thrift store item craft


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


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.

step to paint frame edge black

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.

mod podge free printable on frame for thrifty party decor craft

4. Attach the pom poms using mod podge. Let dry.

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

completed 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
graphic for pinning
graphic for how to make thrifty party decor




graphic for free easter printable with funny quote

Now, it’s time to check out what my blogging friends chose to repurpose, upcycle, or makeover!

Across the Blvd
Purple Hues & Me
Southern Sunflowers
Chas’ Crazy Creations
Cookies, Coffee, & Crafts
Comfort Spring

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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Sharing my thrifty party decor at these FABULOUS BLOGS!

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38 thoughts on “Thrifty Party Decor with Free Printable”

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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™‚

  5. 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.

  6. 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™‚

  7. I’m real happy with how cute it turned out, too! Time to hit another thrift store ~ I’m one less item on my shelf of thrift hauls. πŸ™‚

  8. 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!

  9. I really like what you did with the sign Allyson. The bright happy colors are a great reminder that no matter how bad things may seems, there’s always something worth celebrating

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    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

  11. 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

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. Thank you, Donna! It’s a challenge to think on the spot when thrifting, but I think I may be improving a bit. Thanks for dropping in!

  15. Thanks for the compliment on my sign, Naush! I’m so glad to see your egg carton wreath being featured this month at parties, LOVE it.

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