Thrift store trash to treasure heart garland

merry christmas garland from thrift store    string of hearts 2  close up of string of hearts

I am going to start doing projects from things I find in thrift stores and share my ideas with all of you. I have always had the ability to see something as it could be instead of how it is now and you can learn to do the same thing. This Merry Christmas garland was really outdated but now it is contemporary and I probably saved it from the trash dump. I used chalkboard paint so that it can be used for other occasions but it could also be painted and have a message stenciled on. Very quick, easy, and inexpensive. This can also be made from purchased wooden hearts.


  • wooden hearts or garland from thrift store or garage sale
  • string or twine
  • chalkboard paint or any craft paint
  • sandpaper

sand down both sides   sand down well

Step 1.

Sand hearts down really well. I sanded them on both sides and the edges.

spray with chalkboard paint

Step 2.

I gave them two coats front, back and sides letting them pretty good between coats. If you are using purchased hearts you will need to drill two holes in the top of each heart.

tape end of cord for stringing   thread cord through hearts   thread cord through holes as shown

Step 3.

Put a piece of tape on end of twine so it will be easier to thread through the holes. Thread the cord through the holes as shown.  Tie a loop at each end for hanging.

string of hearts transformed  string of hearts 2

Step 4.

Write your message in chalk or stencil on with paint if you prefer.




About Elaine Kazinec

I have never met anyone who can't make wonderful things for their homes, friends, and family, only those who think they can't. The purpose of this blog is to show everyone how really simple most projects for the home are to make. When my husband and I bought our first home we were short on cash so I learned to be long on creativity. I have been told that I can make something wonderful out of nothing and that is true. You can too! Some of my favorite things are items that I found in someone's junk pile. I am going to show you how easy it really is. I hope you find the courage to jump in and attempt some of these projects. You will be amazed at how talented you really are.