Today’s thrift store makeover / upcycle challenge is a little different. It’s not a jewelry cabinet and there’s no paint involved. I took one of the many old, worn-out books that I’ve found at thrift stores and made a gratitude book. I can’t believe I made this EIGHT years ago and never shared it!
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- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
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My Gratitude Book
I’m probably stretching the home DECOR challenge theme just a little bit. But I do pull this out during our 30 Days of Thanksgiving celebration every year as a coffee table book. Can that count as decor?
I wasn’t even thinking about writing a blog post when I made this so I don’t have step-by-step photos. But I did find this video on YouTube that shows a similar project using the same Tim Holtz binder mechanisms that I used.
Just about everything else in my gratitude book was either from a thrift store or scraps leftover from other projects. I used several Bingo cards. (See more of my Bingo card projects HERE.)
Then I printed out one of my 30 Days of Thanksgiving Bible verses, tore it out, and clipped it to the back of that first page.
I love this photo of my grandparents. It’s actually a copy. I don’t use the real photos in my projects. But that rhinestone button is real… and it was one of my grandmother’s!
Here’s another photo of my grandmother washing clothes. I used it on this page to remind me to “GIVE THANKS” for my washing machine!!!
I also give thanks for where we live. It’s really beautiful here! This is a photo we took with more scraps of paper on a piece of repurposed cardboard.
Bingo! One of my cutie nieces.
I filled a few pages with ticket stubs, receipts, and other ephemera to remind me of some of the things I did that year. See that price tag at the top of the page? It was on a pair of pants that I found at the thrift store. Bought them for $2.00 with the original tag of $148 on it!
And now for more thrifted makeovers!
Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!
Do you have a gratitude book? I’d love to see it. I created a 30 Days of Thanksgiving Facebook group so we can share photos… come join us!
‘Til the next project,
Ann @ Duct Tape and Denim
Originally published Oct 26, 2017.