I am thrilled to once again be involved in the 3rd Annual Thrift Benefit for Sheltered Animals!! Thrift Benefit is an annual blogger event held during October with the purpose of bringing awareness to thrift shops that sponsor animal rescues. Although I am not a pet owner at the moment (allergies… ugh!), this is a cause near and dear to my heart and I didn’t hesitate to get involved in this event again!
Why now? October is Adopt a Shelter Dog month! For more information or to find a shelter in your area, you can visit the ASPCA at https://www.aspca.org/adopt/adopt-a-shelter-dog-month.
In my area, the Humane Society of York County runs Pawsibilities Thrift Shop in Fort Mill, SC. A thrift store where 100% of the shop proceeds go to help care for rescued pets! For more information, you can visit their website. To find a thrift store that benefits sheltered animals in your area, click here.
I love shopping there, but the options when it comes to big items to repurpose are limited. So, after looking around for a little while, I decided (like in my post from last year) to create a home décor vignette with some smaller items.
I ended up picking up an oversized sweater poncho, a wax warmer, a small wooden box, wrapping paper, a yard of fabric, and a lampshade. Don’t be concerned! I have a plan!
The easiest “project” was the lampshade. I didn’t really have to do anything with it. It was already the right color and size, so I just placed it atop a candlestick lamp that I already owned.
My first real project was to make a pillow from the sweater. The first step was to decide on a size and, using a T-square, cut two pieces of fabric to size.
Place the fabric face to face and sew all of the sides together leaving yourself enough space on the last side to stuff the pillow.
Using FiberFil, stuff your pillow to the desired loft. Who doesn’t have a 5 lb box of FiberFil? 🙂
Then, hand stitch the opening closed.
Now, I wanted to work with the wrapping paper. Using a frame that I already had, I framed a piece of the paper. The paper is a little thin, so I had to also frame it with a piece of thick white paper behind it (I used a piece of watercolor paper). I like how it brought out the color in the pattern on the paper.
DIY Tip: If you don’t like your handwriting/artwork skills, create the printable on the computer and print in grayscale. Then, just color over the gray with your desired colors.
For the center of the artwork, I created a printable and printed it out from the computer. I wanted the main graphic to be gold to match the paper and the writing to be blue. I wasn’t able to achieve these colors with just my computer/printer, so I printed it out and using a gold Sharpie and a blue ink pen colored in the graphic!
Next, on to the small wooden box….
I wanted to bring out the blue color in the wrapping paper, so I painted the box a dark blue color. It took a couple of coats to cover up the rooster motif on top.
After the box was dry, I decoupaged a small piece of the wrapping paper (centered on my favorite teapot) to the top of the lid using Mod Podge.
Finally, the wax warmer….
To help the warmer accept paint, I had to use a piece of coarse sand paper to remove the glossy finish.
Then, I sprayed it with two coats of Krylon’s Super Maxx spray paint in a cream color with a satin finish.
I didn’t end up using the yard of gray script fabric. But, rest assured, I will! 🙂
Here are all the items that I created with what I bought at Pawsibilities Thrift Shop!
And, here’s how I would use these items in a vignette!
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