2 Easy Thrifted DIY Projects For Your Apartment

I have been doing a lot of thrifting for my apartment recently, so today I wanted to share a few things that I thrifted but then DIYed into something better! The first DIY I am going to share today is this pom pom garland. I wanted to make some for my speech room to add some fun and color, so I thrifted some blues, greens, and yellow yarns for that. I had never really bought craft supplies at the thrift store, but I always browse through what they have now since I was able to get a bag full of yarn for only $1. It is a lot cheaper than buying from a craft store, and it is the perfect use of someone’s leftover yarn since you don’t need much for this project.

What you will need:

  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Twine (optional)

All you have to do is loop the yarn around your fingers (I did about 70-80 times) and then tie a piece of the yarn in the middle of your loops. This will create a shape similar to the number 8. Then cut at the tops and bottoms so there aren’t any loops! You can then use a small comb to run through the pieces of yarn to fray it and make it look more full.  I made 5 for this garland and then tied them to a piece of twine I already had. You could also just use more yarn to string them with!

The second thrifted DIY project is a painted vase! It is really such a simple and easy project since thrift stores have so many vases that often have cool shapes, but aren’t the cutest color. I found this clear vase with dots on the outside at a thrift store for $.99. It was originally from Ikea and looked like it had never been used, but I didn’t love it as a clear vase. I had seen similar pieces with dots that were white, so I decided to paint mine! I first tried to do the textured ceramic painting that is popular right now where you mix baking soda with acrylic paint, but I think since my vase was textured with the dots already it was difficult to get the paint to look good on it. So I took that off and just bought some matte white spray paint instead! There are a few spots that aren’t perfect since I think there was a bit of original paint still left on it when I spray painted, but overall I love how it turned out, and it only cost a few dollars to make! I bought the fake greenery at Dollar Tree for $1, and I feel like it makes this space look a little more alive even though I can’t keep a real plant here.

What you’ll need:

  • vase
  • spray paint
  • greenery

Those are my two easy and affordable thrifted DIY projects! It would be so fun to do both of these with more fall colors to add some fun fall decor to your house as well. To see more DIY projects I have done, click here!

Tell me in the comments if you have made any decor recently!

xo, Scarlett