There’s a new trend making the rounds on social media that involves upcycling old paintings from the charity shop and giving them a spooky makeover that’s right on time for the season. Phoebe Bridgers fans, consider this a love letter to you, as this trend is giving major Stranger in the Alps vibes – and we’re a little obsessed.
If you were after an easy DIY project to add to your bank of Halloween decorating ideas (or, simply for all year round, given how obsessed we are with the outcome), it’s time to dust your paintbrushes off and put your secondhand shopping boots on, because we’re off for a ghoulish adventure.
Thrifted ghost painting trend
As aforementioned above, the ‘thrifted ghost painting trend’ consists of people buying old paintings from the thrift store (perhaps more commonly known as a charity shop, for us Brits) and adding ghosts and other eery elements to the painting. We think it’s a beginner-friendly upcycling idea that’ll certainly get you in the spooky spirit.
This growing trend has racked up tens of millions of views on TikTok and Instagram combined and for the most part, has been received well by social media fans.
Some comments on a handful of videos include, ‘This trend is the best. Every video I’ve seen turns out so cute!’ Another one reads, ‘As a Halloween obsessed girly, I absolutely love this.’
One artist’s take on the trend we’re particularly obsessed with is that of Ivonne Wild (@ivonne.is.painting on Instagram), who has since received several requests from individuals who bring their own paintings to her to recreate in this style for their autumn interiors.
She has transformed several artistic pieces and added a spooky touch to them, and the results are nothing less than swoon-worthy.
You can use acrylic paint or pens and go in directly over the painting to create the ghoulish (but equally adorable) look – and given that the original print will be a charity shop or secondhand find, participating in this trend shouldn’t cost you more than a couple of pounds.
And on that note, why stop at ghosts? If you wanted to do a similar thing but for the chillier, winter months, we reckon you could even swap out the ghosts for festive characters to add to your spread of DIY Christmas decor.
At this point, the choices are endless. However, if you need us we’ll be scrolling through social media admiring these adorable ghostly friends.