Upcycle Thrift Store Finds

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Do you like thrift stores? I found this cute glass container and it reminded me of a pumpkin. Here’s an idea on how to upcycle thrift store finds.

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Here's the original glass jar that I found at the thrift store.

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Here’s the original glass jar that I found at the thrift store.

Don’t you think it looks like a pumpkin?

I added the batteries and placed the strand of lights into the glass jar.

I bought some battery operated lights at the Target Dollar Spot.

I added the batteries and placed the strand of lights into the glass jar.

I had a drawer knob laying around, so I poked it through the cork lid that came with it.

I had a drawer knob laying around, so I poked it through the cork lid that came with it.

You can find drawer knobs at a number of stores like:

Here is is all lit up at night.

Here is is all lit up at night.

I left it like this for a while and decided I wanted to try something else to upcycle this thrift store find.

I used Rustoleum Mirror Effect spray paint and I painted the inside of the pumpkin.

I cleaned the glass jar inside by washing it and then wiping it with rubbing alcohol so that the paint would stick.

I used Rustoleum Mirror Effect spray paint and I painted the inside of the pumpkin.

I painted one light coat, let it dry, then sprayed another light coat, and repeated these steps until I got the look I wanted.

Once it was dry I added a battery operated LED light with a timer to the inside.

Once it was dry I added a battery operated LED light with a timer to the inside.

You could use a battery operated strand of lights as well.

I added the lid back on and it was ready to go!

I added the lid back on and it was ready to go!

Because I painted the inside, I could place this outside on a covered porch.

Water might be able to get inside due to the cork and around it.

I would recommend sealing the cork and create a sealing around the lid.

Here's a picture of it at night and I love the glow.

Here’s a picture of it at night and I love the glow.

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11 Comments

  1. Hi Chas. Love the new look.
    Every Monday, we host the Meraki Link Party, thru till Thursday. We’d love for you to share your post with us at doodlebuddies.net/2020/08/31/meraki-link-party-3/
    Many regards
    Naush

  2. Oh isn’t that beautiful?! I love the silver, especially lit up at night! Great project Chas, and it totally looks like a pumpkin! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Thursday my friend!

    1. Thank you so much Barbara, I’m so glad you like it and think it looks like a pumpkin too!

  3. You never cease to amaze me! I am sure I have said that before! I actually had one of these jars years ago that we used as a cookie jar! I never thought of it as a pumpkin! Great idea!

    1. Thank you so much Chloe, you are so very kind. Do you still have the jar… it’s never to late ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Marilyn Lesniak says:

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    Thank you so much for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next weekโ€™s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn
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    1. Thank you so much Kim for the kind words. I’m thrilled you like it ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Love this craft, Chas! It looks so cool all lit up. Congrats! You’ve been featured this week at Celebrate Your Story! Link Party ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Rebecca! You just made my day ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for a great party and I’ll see you at the next one.

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