I arrived at the Fairfax, VA Goodwill store with a clear mission.
Find something amazing that I could upcycle into home décor that fits my personal style perfectly (and write a blog post about it for Finding Your Good.)
Finding an amazing Valentine’s Day something would be a seasonal bonus!
I lucked out and found this heart-shaped cake pan in Goodwill’s Home goods section.
It only cost $1.99. The same Wilton brand cake pan sells new for around $10. That’s 5x more than what I paid for this pan that was slightly used, but still in great shape.
Transforming the pan into home décor would be easy. I could drill a hole on the top of the pan and loop ribbon through it to hang on the wall or use as a wreath on my door.
But what should the heart look like?
My mind was spinning with ideas on the way home.
- I could paint the pan a pretty pastel color and write a message like Be Mine on it to look like those little conversation heart candies.
- I could paint it red and glue paper doilies on it to create a giant Valentine.
- I could decoupage pretty scraps of fabric and lace all over it to make a frilly heart.
- Or I could go rustic and use patina paint to make the cake pan rusty. Then tie twine around it and add a vintage key.
The more I thought about those up cycling ideas, the more I also kept thinking about something else.
By the time I got home, I was convinced I should skip all of those crafty ideas and simply bake a cake. (My family would probably like a cake better than another upcycled home décor craft project anyway.)
I was right. My family loved the cake. I don’t usually bake cakes in the middle of the week when it isn’t somebody’s birthday.