Learn to think outside the box when you thrift shop and you’re on the fast track to being a thrift shopping PRO. Tip number 5 will show you how.
Previous posts in the series:
- How to Thrift Shop Like a PRO – Hack One
- Do You Know This Amazing Thrift Shopping Hack?
- How to Thrift Shop Like a PRO – Make a List
- How to Thrift Shop Like a PRO – Hack Four
Up to now we’ve talked about getting your hands on specific pieces and materials to up your thrift shopping game.
Now we’re going to shake things up a bit and get into your brain! 🙂
Likely the most thrilling part of thrift shopping is being inspired to totally transform a piece into something different and better.
If you’ve been around here long, you know I adore a great repurposed project. Upcycles are wonderful, and I love how a little cleaning and freshening up can make such a big difference.
But when it comes to stretching those creative muscles and making something different, unexpected, and unique, a repurposed project just can’t be beat!
And those projects start in your head.
Think Outside the Box
The most important thing about repurposing is seeing things differently.
Just because a piece started out as one thing, doesn’t mean it has to stay that way.
It may take a little patience if you’re not practiced in repurposed thinking. But take heart – learning to think differently about pieces is a skill you can train yourself in.
Here’s some tips:
- What is the original orientation? Can you flip it horizontally, vertically, or upside down? Looking at a piece from a different angle might just spark an idea.
- Can you group several pieces? Will they stack or line up? Play around with pieces until you find an arrangement that you love.
- Does the shape remind you of something else? Forget what the original item was meant to do. Transform it into something that’s meaningful to you instead.
- Can you change locations? Move an indoor piece outdoors or a kitchen piece into your bedroom.
- Does it have the ability to hold something? Planters are some of my favorite repurposed projects, and empty cookie tins are perfect for a versatile candle display. What do you have that needs a creative way to contain it?
- Can it be painted, decoupaged, or creatively covered in some way?
Repurposed Napkin Rings
At some point in my thrifting trips I bought a set of wooden napkin rings.
Not sure right away what I’d do with them, they were interesting enough to bring home, and the price was right.
Putting the orientation and grouping tips to work one day, I thought they’d make the perfect form for a mini wreath.
The Think Outside the Box Wreath
I started by arranging the rings in a circle and checking the diameter, which was 9″.
And to make sure I kept it in a perfect circle, I cut a template to use as a guide.
Since the American flag project this summer, I’ve been hooked on construction adhesive. It’s easy to use and has amazing hold. It worked beautifully for this project too.
After it was fully dry, I painted it with Rust-Oleum metallic silver.
Next, I strung a length of ribbon through two of the rings to make a hanger.
And finally, used hot glue to attach some pretty silk flowers.
I love my new little wreath, and a set of thrifted napkin rings made the perfect base for a fun and unique project!
All it took was a little thinking outside the box!
Want to show off your shopping savvy? Visit our new Etsy shop for our Bargain Shopper Stencil to make signs, embellish shopping bags, or decorate your amazing thrift store finds!