Create centerpieces with thrifted items from your local Goodwill store. Learn how to use unexpected items to create beautiful decor.

Create centerpieces with thrifted items from your local Goodwill store. Learn how to use unexpected items to create beautiful decor.

I was recently invited by the Goodwill San Antonio team to contribute several centerpieces as part of their 70th anniversary celebration.  They requested that I use items from Goodwill to create fall themed centerpieces.  I had so much fun shopping for unique items to craft with, as well as coming up with creative ways to display them.  Today I’ll show you four tutorials for crafting centerpieces with thrifted items, and I’ll teach you the rest next week!  Keep checking back to see what’s new.



  • Various thrifted items from Goodwill
  • Gold spray paint
  • Glue Gun
  • E-6000
  • Artificial Flowers
  • Glittered Floral Balls
  • Burlap and twine

thrifted centerpiece

This centerpiece is one of my favorites, probably because of my fondness for luggage.  I transformed a small case by spray painting it gold.  I then glued a thrifted pumpkin on top of the case.  Finally, I finished off the project by inserting a floral spray where the stem of the pumpkin used to be, and finishing it off with die cut leaves.

DIY centerpiece

You might remember this centerpiece from this post.  I updated it with DecoArt Metallic Lustre Wax, 1-Ounce, Copper Kettle and die cut leaves.

Goodwill centerpieceThis post is a variation on my tea pot themed decorative items.  I used E-6000 to adhere Goodwill blue colored items together, then glued a gold charger on top.  It’s finished off with some fall foliage and a pumpkin.

Centerpiece DIY

I’ve been on a glass tinting roll lately, as you may recall from this post.  I altered the bottles a little more by using spray paint to create a dipped paint effect.  The tinted and painted bottles were arranged on a gold charger and embellished with fall themed items found at Goodwill.


This mason jar centerpiece tutorial can be found here.


Turn artwork into a tray! Find that tutorial here.

colander centerpiece

Tutorial HERE!

cowboy hat centerpiece

Cowboy hat centerpiece:  tutorial HERE!

I hope that I’ve inspired you to look at junk in a new way.  With a little creativity and some paint, you can turn mismatched, unwanted items into beautiful pieces of home decor, like these centerpieces.  I was able to make the pieces cohesive by sticking to my color palette (gold, orange, blue, and white), and carrying the same element (burlap and blue flowers) across the 8 different pieces.  Even though the centerpieces are all different and unique, they still “match” to create a fun theme for a party.  Have fun crafting and creating with items from Goodwill!

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post with Goodwill San Antonio but all ideas and opinions are my own.



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