DIY Embroidery Hoop Wall Hanging: Holiday Thrift Store Challenge

Are you all as happy as I am that it’s FRIDAY?!?!

It has been record cold here in NC for November and I think I’m already over it, lol! But I’m so excited to be taking part in a fun holiday blog hop with some fabulous bloggers today! We’ve been challenged to purchase an item or items from a thrift store under $25 to makeover or repurpose to use in our holiday decor.

Make sure to check out our lovely host, Alice of Thoughts from Alice! She is incredibly creative and has such a beautiful blog!


Here is my:



For my project I decided to hit Goodwill first but after two different ones I moved on and finally scored at my local Habitat Restore. When I pulled up to the store they had just put out boxes and boxes of fabric on the sidewalk for $1 per yard! I grabbed several yards that I knew I could use in my Christmas decor this season including this white fabric.

When I was browsing inside I also found this giant embroidery hoop for $3 and I knew it had potential! I mean people do some creative projects with these things don’t they? Then right before I left (actually I had already checked out) I saw this navy blue yarn for $1.25 so I grabbed a couple and checked out….AGAIN.


If you can’t already tell, I’m going with a nautical Christmas theme this year and I found this adorable saying on Pinterest! Isn’t it fun and catchy? My love for coastal decor is definitely coming out again. You can check out last year’s Organic Coastal Home Tour here.

So here’s what I did: I spray painted the hoop gold, fit the fabric into the hoop and laid out my yarn where I thought I would start the words. Once I had a starting point I slowly hot glued the outline of the letters (one or two letters at a time) and then gently pushed the yarn into the glue.

Once it was complete I hot glued the gold starfish that I had in my office to the hoop, grabbed some twine to hang it up and added the tassel that I also made out of the yarn. I followed this tutorial if you want to see how I made the tassels. Hmm…I see another garland in my future!!


I just got this glass and mirror cabinet from my parents (they cleaned out their storage container and offered some things they didn’t want to me! yay!) and I plan on using it for holiday entertaining/storage.


I pulled out some of the ornaments I made last year and filled my clam shell bowl. I think the glass, gold and mirrors are so pretty together.



So, that’s a wrap friends! What do you think? I think I’m actually going to use the wall hanging as a wreath on the front door once I pull all of our other decorations out.

I literally have a $0 budget for Christmas decorating this year so outside of a live tree and maybe a couple trips to the dollar store I’m working with what we’ve got. It’s pretty amazing what you can do with thrift store deals or items already in your home if you really put Pinterest your mind to it!

The list of all the participants and projects are below! Make sure to check out all the awesome creations my fellow bloggers came up with. This really is a creative bunch! Have a wonderful weekend!



Here it is on our front door as our Christmas wreath and I love it!!




Glam Christmas Throw Pillows by Thoughts from Alice


A Deer Thrift Store Makeover by Ciburbanity



A Deerly Beloved Thrift Store Vignette by Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson





DIY Christmas Decorations from Thrifted Books by T-Shirt & Jeans


Christmas Cloche by Craftberry Bush


A Vintage Mantel for Winter by Finding Silver Pennies




DIY Holiday Walling Hanging by House of Hipsters



Christmas Decor from Thrifty Find by Town and Country Living


The Trellis Tree by Cozy Little House



DIY Centerpiece Tray by Cherished Bliss



A Merry Thriftmas Challenge: Re-purposed Holiday Tablescape by Home Remedies




Rustic Christmas Tree by Delineate Your Dwelling



Simple Elegant Winter Vignette | Holiday Thrift Store Challenge by Cloth and Patina


DIY Shabby Chic Picture Frame 365 Days of Crafts



DIY Crocks by So Much Better With Age


Simple Holiday Vignette | A Thrift Store Challenge by Restoration House Interiors


Thrift Store Christmas Decor Challenge by BrocanteuseRose


Make sure to check out last year’s Organic Coastal Christmas Home Tour

Blogger Stylin' Home Tour

and my Thanksgiving Table Setting and Wildflower Centerpiece.


 AND don’t forget to enter the Blogger’s Favorites Giveaway!!!


Have a great weekend friends!!!

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  1. Summer, this is so creative and festive! I would have never thought to do this! You know I share your love of everything costal and you have inspired me to venture out of my normal Christmas d├ęcor and perhaps go costal this year! Kudos on being a part of such a wonderful and talented group of bloggers!

  2. Hi, hopping over from the hop. This is such a clever idea for a beachy style Christmas. I love the saying!

  3. I absolutely love this saying, so stinkin cute! I love your large shell holding your sand filled ornies too! Everything looks so charming!


  4. Summer! Thanks so much for your sweet comment today! And I love this project. I was a bit worried we were going to have the same idea when I saw the title of your post in the Google Doc. Phew =) And I love your blog too! Such great creative and pretty ideas over here!

  5. Haha! This is awesome! Love whay you did with this hoop! So clever! Such fun seeing how all of these crestuve minds work! Happy Friday, friend! xo

  6. How precious! I love that your entire vignette is vertical. I’m with you: no decor budget this year for the holidays, as I just had surgery. But then, that just forces us to “make do” and sparks our creativity. I also love that your project is used with colors not ordinarily thought of for Christmas. I for one LOVE navy blue and have forever. Whether it’s in vogue or not. I’ll say once again: precious!
    Great job!

  7. Summer, I just have to tell you how warm this project made me feel. It’s -18 here in the Great White North, so this brought a smile to my face. I love this.


  8. So creative and completely adorable! Love your holiday theme. And hey…we have the same Christmas decorating budget…haha! I am so thrilled you joined me in the challenge!

  9. I love it Summer! I didn’t realize how big it is from the first few pictures but I LOVE how oversized it is. It’s going to look so good on your front door and the saying is so Summer :)

  10. Hello Summer!!

    Thank you for coming by my blog! I love the wall hanging utilizing an embroidery hoop. Very creative!!
    And hey, we are neighbors! I’m also located in NC. I totally agree, it has been super cold for a November. Hope you are ready for winter!! xoxo


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