Friday, November 21, 2014

~oh deer, it's a holiday thrift shop challenge~

Alice from Thoughts From Alice asked if I'd like to participate in a challenge making over a holiday item from the thrift store. Since thrift store is my middle name, 
I didn't hesitate to say yes.

I found these 4 matching deer ornaments at my local thrift shop for $3.99.


I thought they were pretty cute as is, but decided to dress them up a bit. 
I bought 4 of these unfinished wooden shield plaques from Joanne Fabrics, along with some vintage looking floral scrapbooking papers.


The first step was to cut the paper to fit the tops of the plaques. I did this by flipping the plaques over and tracing around them with pencil onto the paper and cutting out. 
Modge podge them onto the plaques.


Any excess paper can be sanded off. 
This step also helps create a worn vintage look.


Drill holes through the tops of each one so you can hang them as ornaments on your tree.


They should look like this at this point.


The next step is to age them. I used Annie Sloan dark wax and a rag, but you can also use stain.
Go over the outside edges and smudge it onto the paper a bit as well.
Let dry.



Before and after the dark wax.


Use ribbon, or twine to tie a bow.
I used liquid nails to attach the deer to the center of each plaque and let them dry overnight.


I love how they turned out.
I wish there was more than four!



I hung them on my tree in our dining room.







This tree is new to me this year too.
It's a narrow frosted frazier fir from Balsam Hill.
I've always wanted a frosted tree and this one looks so real!

Don't forget to check out everyone else's thrift shop makeovers:


Glam Christmas Throw Pillows by Thoughts from Alice





A Deerly Beloved Thrift Store Vignette by Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson





Christmas Cloche by Craftberry Bush

A Vintage Mantel for Winter by Finding Silver Pennies


Thrifty DIY Part One: Faux Fur Throw Rug by Creating Vintage Charm

DIY Holiday Walling Hanging by House of Hipsters


Christmas Decor from Thrifty Find by Town and Country Living

The Trellis Tree by Cozy Little House


DIY Centerpiece Tray by Cherished Bliss





Rustic Christmas Tree by Delineate Your Dwelling





DIY Crocks by So Much Better With Age




xoxo



47 comments:

The Yellow Cape Cod said...

Oh my goodness. I LOVE these! You are so good.

Minna said...

Oh deer, they really are pretty!!

Kamilla said...

Great idea, you did awesome job!!! I love it!

Shabbyfufu said...

Love!

Little Farmstead said...

They look great!! love the "age" you added to them...

Alice Wingerden said...

I love every single detail of these...how you aged them with the sanding and wax and the papers that you chose! They are absolutely perfect! Thank you for joining me in the challenge!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

these are just plain awesome! love the papered backing!

Brocanteuse Rose said...

Wowie, wow, WOW. These are so amazing. LOVE!

Darrielle Tennenbaum said...

Love these-brilliant idea!

~ rooms FOR rent ~ said...

OH MY GOSH Melanie!!! You never ceases to amaze me!!! Seriously these are fantastic!!!! I love love love them!! XO , Bre

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

love love love!!

Danielle said...

So adorable!

Serendipity Refined said...

Love them! I need a better thrift store!

Karen said...

They are so beautiful! I want to make them too. The papers and deer together is just gorgeous.

Meridith Henderson said...

I'm curious to where you found the bell garland? It's fantastic!!

angie said...

danke für die inspirationen!!! einen schönen freitag wünscht angie

Anonymous said...

Can I ask which Thrift store?

Amy@HomeRemedies said...

These are the cutest ornaments - so original and unique! The papers you used add the perfect vintage touch!

Bethany~FurnishMyWay said...

I absolutely love how they turned out! The antiquing process was genius! The tip for sandpapering the extra paper off created the perfect look. If I every stumble across the perfect ornaments, I will keep this in mind!

Restoration House Interiors said...

Love this Melaine! So creative and loving that tree! xo

Restoration House Interiors said...

Love this Melaine! So creative and loving that tree! xo

Kyla @HouseOfHipsters said...

WOW! THese are so awesome! Pinning immediately! They look like something Anthropologie would sell!

Acorn to Oak said...

Great idea! Super cute!

Cozy Little House said...

Super cute! I love that you used decoupage in your project. It's one of my favorite crafts. This was really looking outside of the box, and all around it!
Brenda

Jennifer@The Chronicles of Home said...

Super cute idea! Sometimes I'm creeped by deer heads but these don't freak me out at all ;)

Dear Emmeline said...

They turned out so pretty! love the floral paper backings!

Curtains in My Tree said...


what a great project

Tammy...ClothandPatina said...

These are absolutely perfect, every last little detail! Love that you added the mix of papers to the backs, made them all the more charming! Thinking I will have to create a few of these this year. Thanks so much for sharing!

Tammy

Anonymous said...

You win the challenge in my book! I never thought of antiquing the paper!

WhiteWhispers2u said...

They looks fabulous ! Great Job and I agree to bad there weren't more.

mjmaterazo said...

love these! you did a great job. tfs. happy thanksgiving! mj

Lisa @ 2Perfection Decor said...

Great Idea!! Could even make a cute wall collage..Looks amazing on your tree.

Lisa

Nicki said...

These are unbelievable! As I scrolled through the tutorial, I kept thinking it would end because each step looked great, but it just got better and better. So clever-I love it. Tweeting :)

Little Vintage Cottage said...

Those are adorable! What a Great idea!

Tania

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Cynthia said...

You are so creative!!! love them all!!!

Denise Biggins said...

Love this. I have a little deer head mount that I painted all white, but have been wanting to change up- this is a great idea! :)

niki said...

I love these. They might be my favorite thing in the hop.

Jann Olson said...

The added plaque just finished them off. I love the papers you used and they look fabulous on the tree!
hugs,
Jann

Summer Hogan said...

This is SO great Melaine! I love them mounted on the plaques! Gorgeous!

Karen said...

Melanie,
Wow, what a great thrift store beauty. I love these.
Karen

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

So cute! They look like their from Anthropologie!

Anonymous said...

The BEST challenge by far!

Charlotte said...

Your makeover is SO much sweeter and lovelier than the plain ol' deer heads. Also? Turns out deer are all the rage this holiday season. ;) xxCharlotte

heather gilmour said...

The Christmas tree is very beautiful, that frozen brunches are so interesting. Deers look great!

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Emily @ Two Purple Couches said...

Oh my goodness!!! LOVE how you transformed these!!

NagaRaj Raj said...

nice

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