Thrift Store Stained Glass Wreath Makeover

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Hey guys!  Not only is this probably the easiest makeover I have ever done, it also is my very first Christmas post for this year, yippee!!  I can’t wait to tell you all about this “Thrift Store Stained Glass Wreath Makeover”, but first I want to remind you to visit my “Thrifty Style Team”  friends at the end of this post because they have each put together something thrifty for us today.

When I was growing up, my Aunt Phyllis had a big window in her kitchen where she would hang her “sun catchers” or stained glass collection.  I was absolutely fascinated by it.  She also had a big cuckoo clock I would wait to hear “coo-coo” and a bell collection, but I better save that for another time 😆 .  Now-a-days I have a French door leading out to our deck where I hang my very small collection of sun catchers.  I’m kind of hoping to grow that collection, but it’s not usually something you buy for yourself, ya know?

So, when I walked into the thrift store and saw this rather large Christmas holly wreath stained glass beauty I just couldn’t wait to see how much they wanted.

Dated sun catcher gets a beautiful makeover with just a few tweaks. This "Thrift Store Stained Glass Wreath Makeover" is a must see!

I was shocked at the price.

Dated sun catcher gets a beautiful makeover with just a few tweaks. This "Thrift Store Stained Glass Wreath Makeover" is a must see!

$3.99 seemed really low since it was in such perfect condition, and very large.  Heck if I was to find one of these at a gift shop I know it would run around $30.00, or more.  I actually looked it up on-line and this used one was $27.00.

Dated sun catcher gets a beautiful makeover with just a few tweaks. This "Thrift Store Stained Glass Wreath Makeover" is a must see!

So, I put it around my neck and walked around the store looking like I had a really big necklace on.  I’m just to that age now where I just don’t care you guys.  My kids were laughing, but they are use to it.

The only thing is though…I think that stainless steel chain ruins it.  I guess it’s okay to hang it in a window, but I was thinking something softer would compliment the glass so much better.  After I cleaned the glass a little, I removed the chain and bent back the 2 little hooks that the chain was attached to.  They can easily be bent back if needed later.

Then I simply added a really wide red bow and leaned it on our kitchen window sill.  It looks so pretty there I will probably keep it there through the holidays.

Dated sun catcher gets a beautiful makeover with just a few tweaks. This "Thrift Store Stained Glass Wreath Makeover" is a must see!

Then I realized that this little green glass bowl that is also from the thrift store matches it perfectly.  I use that bowl for my sponge, but I didn’t think you wanted to see my sponge  :mrgreen: .

Dated sun catcher gets a beautiful makeover with just a few tweaks. This "Thrift Store Stained Glass Wreath Makeover" is a must see!

Something so affordable and unexpected turned into something I really love.  I even tried it on our front door and it looked gorgeous there, too.  Whom ever got rid of this gorgeous sun catcher wreath really made a huge mistake.  I wonder who made it???

Dated sun catcher gets a beautiful makeover with just a few tweaks. This "Thrift Store Stained Glass Wreath Makeover" is a must see!

Dated sun catcher gets a beautiful makeover with just a few tweaks. This "Thrift Store Stained Glass Wreath Makeover" is a must see!



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20 Responses

  1. Bliss says:

    I have a bunch of smaller stained glass crafts I did with my kids that I never put out at Christmas. I bet if I grouped them together they would look awesome huh? I think I have the mini version of your wreath.

  2. This is a gorgeous piece of stained glass – or necklace! Lucky find and it is beautiful in your window.

  3. Deborah says:

    WOW! What a find. That is stunning. Loved that you had it around your neck. I am at that age too 🙂

    It’s just beautiful there. I have never seen these before and, thank you, now I want one.

  4. Pam says:

    I bet you looked just like Flavor Flav with that big old wreath around your neck! Glad you saved it from the thrift store!

  5. Donna Amedeo says:

    Ha Ha!! You are to funny!! We do get to that point when we age like fine wine don’t we??!! I just turned 70 and feel the same way…life is to short so why not have fun!! Love what you did to that aging gem!!

  6. Ann says:

    Hi Julie,
    What a score you found! I love the bow, it does add a softer touch. I’m amazed at what treasures you can find it Thrift stores. I try to go with an open mind and not something specific I’m looking for because then I seem to find great treasures:-) Thanks for sharing.

  7. erika wilson says:

    Awesome find! I like it sooo much better with the chain gone and the ribbon replacing it. Good thinkin’

  8. Ivory says:

    Oh my, it seem to be a small change, by my it carries a BIG punch! I love it, fabulous.

  9. Cindy says:

    I love a great score, and this one is just perfect! Love that it can double as a necklace 😉

  10. JaneEllen says:

    Talk about a “gonga” as my friend would say at finding a treasure like your wreath. That is so pretty and in great shape. Would be quite lovely no matter where you hung it.
    Enjoy it all season with joy, was meant for you to have.
    Happy daze

  11. carol bittner says:

    Another great find; those thrift stores are such a huge treasure chest!! The red bow was the perfect improvement; it looks beautiful in your window.

  12. that’s such a pretty piece and what a great match to your bowl.Yes, we would like to see your sponge please.

  13. Meegan Fast says:

    A beautiful piece. I love those colors. Prefect for this time of year. BUT, I must say, seeing you walk around with it hanging on your neck is the highlight for me.
    You are awesome, Julie.

  14. Dad says:

    You did good, love, Dad in NY.

  15. ColleenB.~ Tx. says:

    Such a lovely piece of stained glass wreath and looks so pretty in your kitchen window and goes so well with your green bowl. Nothing like hanging such a beautiful item to brighten up a certain area of the home.
    Nice touch adding the red bow.
    Got a green vase? If so Add some berry braches or put a few faux berries in your green bowl.
    Sponge Daddy’s…….love them. They are a great Shark Tank item for sure.

    • Julie says:

      That guy is so rich Colleen. My daughter and I bought one as a joke to see what’s so great about it and now I have 3 🤣

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