I love thrift stores, flea markets, estate sales – you name it. When I heard there was an actual holiday called National Thrift Shop Day, I felt it my duty as a red-blooded American to decorate a tree to show my support.
I have really tried to cut down on what I bring home from the thrift stores through the years, but I still have a hard time saying no to neon colored plastics. Vintage toys, figurines, and aquarium foliage abound at most thrift stores. It might take you a few trips to gather enough of any one thing to decorate a tree but trust me, it can be done. I thought, what’s better than my Winter White Potted Pine Tree to showcase my neon beauties. I even made a few neon ornaments to match!
The whole idea behind my tree was inspired by these fun vintage squeaky toys. Some were teething toys, others were bottles of bubbles bath – now they are tree decorations. Often times, you can find these items in the toy department of thrift stores. Search on Ebay or Etsy if you want to stock up fast.
Almost every time I visit the thrift store, I see donated pet supplies. Just today I saw dog crates, cat scratching posts, bird cages, and aquarium plants. Something about those cheap, tacky, neon (and I mean that as a compliment) aquarium plants calls my name. Glad I have been stockpiling all this time waiting for just the right tree to decorate. If the thrift store fails you, obviously you can find these at the pet store as well.
Clearly, my tree needed some ornaments. Needless to say, it was hard to find some in August to match my theme. When in doubt, make your own. I used neon paint and plain glass ornaments to make these groovy psychedelic ornaments. I took the tops off the ornaments and, one color at a time, poured paint inside. My kids loved helping with this part too. The colors blend perfectly, and at some point, I need to get a black light to aim at this baby.
I say this about every tree I decorate, but really, I want to keep this one up year round. I celebrate Thrift Store Day year round so it only makes sense!
Check out more crafty fun on the Jennifer Perkins blog. Looking for more inspired ways to decorate your Winter White Potted Pine Tree? Might I suggest: Easter, Cinco de Mayo, 4th of July, Mardi Gras and Feliz Navidad.