Upcycle Ordinary Items Into Christmas Decor

It’s that time of the year again for Christmas trees, lights, and decorations galore. While we agree that Christmas isn’t Christmas without these paraphernalia, many of us would balk at buying new Christmas decor every year. If it still works and is in good condition, why not use it again, right? So instead of buying, some of us opt for the DIY route, using items we already have at home. This can be a fun, cost-efficient, and rewarding project you can share with your family.

If you want to pass at buying Christmas decorations this year and make them instead, here are some unique, inexpensive ideas for you to try.

Beads = Bead ball Christmas ornament

Upcycle your bead collection or beads from ruined necklaces and bracelets by transforming them into elegant bead ball Christmas ornaments. They look so fancy and expensive no one would think they’re homemade!

Tutorial from DIY Network.

Ceiling medallion = Christmas wreath

If you’ve got an extra ceiling medallion lying around at home, you can turn it into a Christmas-themed wreath with just a coat of paint and some finishing touches like ribbons, burlap, or tinsel.

Tutorial from Style At Home.

Christmas tree bauble = Hanging terrarium

Make your Christmas tree greener and more alive this year by transforming old baubles into hanging terrariums. This would make a fabulous conversation piece when you’ve got friends and relatives over.

Tutorial Yuka Yoneda from Inhabitat.

Cookie cutters = Christmas tree ornaments

If you find yourself with an abundance of cookie cutters you don’t even use, there’s a simple solution–turn them into vintage Christmas tree ornaments. It’s a fun and easy project using materials you already have at home. Enjoy this as a weekend project with the kids right before you put up your Christmas tree.

Follow the 2-step tutorial from Martha Stewart.

Paint chips = Christmas cards

If you have had lots of paint projects in your home, you might have also acquired quite a collection of paint chip samples. We understand why you’ve kept them until now…the colors and shades are gorgeous! Now you can finally put them to good use by creating Christmas cards or gift tags out of them.

Step-by-step tutorial by Debbie of One Little Project.

Paint chips = Christmas gift tags

Create Christmas gift tags out of your paint chips by simply cutting a Christmas-themed silhouette out of them.

Tutorial by Jill of Create Craft Love.

Paint chips = Christmas wreath

Got loads and loads of paint chips? Not a problem at all. You definitely wouldn’t run out of creative DIY projects to use them all for. A Christmas paint chip wreath is just one of them.

Tutorial from Style At Home.

Paper doilies = Mini Christmas trees

Paper doilies would always be beautiful whatever you use them for. They look elegant when transformed into mini Christmas trees to adorn a Christmas table setting or a mantelpiece.

Tutorial from Fab Art DIY, idea from OuiOuiOui Studio.

Mason jars = Candle holders

Mason jars are the perfect vessels for candles and tea lights to illuminate your festive Christmas celebration setting.

Ideas from Kristin of Yellow Bliss Road and BHG.

Mason jar = Snow globe

This Anthropologie-inspired waterless mason jar snow globe will save you money because you can DIY it instead of buying it.

Tutorial by Heather of Whipper Berry.

Old jeans = Christmas tree ornament

Denim is in again! Make cute Christmas ornaments out of your old denim jeans.

Tutorial by Glimmer from Felt Magnet.

Pennant banners = Christmas tree skirt

School spirit and creative genius abound in this pennant banner Christmas tree skirt. Combine a mix of new and vintage pennant banners and you’ll have yourself a truly unique Christmas tree skirt.

Tutorial by Brian Patrick Flynn from HGTV.

Peppermints = Edible candy bowl

Yes, you can have your candy and eat it too, plus the candy bowl! There’s no better excuse to make this edible peppermint candy bowl this Christmas.

Tutorial from Design Sponge.

You can also make an edible peppermint candy tray:

Tutorial by Mrs. Happy Homemaker.

Sweater = Christmas wreath

Got lots of old, unflattering sweaters you don’t want to be caught dead wearing? Give them a new purpose by transforming them into fabulous Christmas wreaths.

Tutorials by Corey of Hey There, Home and Taryn of Design, Dining, and Diapers.

Vintage brooch = Christmas tree ornament

Upcycle grandma’s vintage brooch into a festive Christmas tree ornament. Makeover easily done with spray paint and lots of glitter.

Tutorial by Bonnie of Crafting a Green World.


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