We transformed our kids’ toy room into a full-on family room at the very end of 2019. As it turned out, that was perfect timing since we ended up using that family A LOT during lockdown last year. The room has a very comfy sectional that we can all fit on, a good-sized TV for movie nights, and nearly a dozen houseplants that I’ve accumulated in my quest to become a real plant lady. What the room doesn’t have is any artwork. I challenged myself to change that with a tiny budget and one afternoon. At the end of that day, I had some thrift store plant decor that I made myself using my Cricut machine.
CRICUT THRIFT STORE PLANT DECOR
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE CRICUT PLANT SIGNS
Since the number one purpose of this project to create home decor that matches your style to the tee, you should choose paint and vinyl that suits your existing decor. Don’t forget to think about finishes too! I paired matte paint with metallic vinyl for some contrast.
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CUSTOMIZING THRIFT STORE DECOR
When I am searching for thrifted decor that I can upcycle, I look for three things:
- Is it in good condition?
- Does it have “good bones?”
- Is it worth the cost?
While I am not averse to buying broken or damaged items at the thrift store (if I know I can easily repair them), the condition of the piece of decor is a factor for whether I choose to buy it. I need to figure in the cost of supplies to repair the item, and the time I will spend trying to repair it.
Second, and maybe most importantly, I look to see if the piece is sturdy, if it has a shape I like, and if it is the correct size for my space. It doesn’t matter to me at all if the actual piece is hideously ugly — that’s what paint and vinyl are for. Things like size and shape are harder to modify.
Finally, I decide whether the piece is worth whatever the thrift store is asking for it. Five dollars might seem like a low price for a piece of wall art, but I have to remember to figure in the cost of the craft supplies that I will be using to customize it as well. If the final piece ends up being more expensive than store-bought art, it might not be worth it to me.
MY THRIFTED PLANT DECOR
I found these two decor pieces that were obviously meant to be a set. They were pretty ugly and poorly made, but I liked both their size and their shape. And, the price was right, at just 99 cents apiece.
I bought them home and got to work customizing them for our family room. First, I removed the poorly adhered paper from the inside of the frames. PRO TIP: Loosen glue or stickers with a warm hair dryer before peeling them off!
Once the paper was off, I painted the frames with a custom mix of craft paint to coordinate with the color scheme of our family room. This is one of the huge benefits of creating your own home decor. You can make the colors and motifs match your living space perfectly! When the frames were dry, I painted the interior of the frame with off-white paint.
CUSTOMING HOME DECOR WITH VINYL
I do not have steady hands at all! If I had tried to freehand plant themed artwork with paint, it would have looked a mess! Thankfully, Cricut Design Space has tons of stylish designs that you can purchase individually or to which you have access with an Access subscription. I found two plant line drawings that I really liked and loaded them into a Design Space canvas.
I measured my two frames and resized the line drawings in Design Space to fit those dimensions. I pulled out my small and handy Cricut Joy and loaded a mat with metallic permanent vinyl. Vinyl comes in just about any color in the rainbow, so you can customize your project to match your room.
My Joy cut out the design in minutes, and I was able to weed the vinyl and transfer the designs to my painted frames in less than the time it took me to listen to one podcast episode.
Do you have an area of your home that could use a quick sprucing up? Head to the thrift store to find some inexpensive treasures that you can customize to suit your home!