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10 Ideas to upcycle old Christmas decorations

Every year we unpack the Christmas decorations collected over the years; and think up ideas to keep them ‘fresh’. After all, ’tis the season to be jolly and we’re seeking to create an atmosphere that is true to the festive season. Joy, Love, Peace, Believe, and Christmas!

Young and old love the feeling of when the Christmas tree is the only light in the room. And so, you know that Christmas is more than just a season. Christmas is a feeling. 

Upcycle Christmas Decorations

Here are ten easy DIY ideas to upcycle old Christmas decorations. These ideas will give new life to your holiday decor and reduce waste.

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1. Repurpose Artificial wreaths

Cut the wreath into smaller sizes.

Artificial wreaths usually have little plastic pins for attaching the leaves. Replace some of the tackier-looking leaves with gold, green, or red balls. Do this by shaping tiny balls with Pritt’s Sticky Stuff, just enough to spread it around the pin, immediately above the hook of the ball. Press it onto the pins of the wreath from where you took the leaves. 

What started off as one wreath, ends up as multiple decorations for cake plates, the Christmas table, Christmas stockings, or simply to make little statements across the room.

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2. Festive Wreath Makeover

Take an old artificial wreath and give it a fresh look. You can wrap it with colorful ribbons, add ornaments, or even glue on some pinecones and twigs. Hang it on your front door or inside your home.

3. Ornament Centerpiece

Create a stunning centerpiece using old ornaments. Grab a glass vase or a bowl and fill it with ornaments of various sizes and colors. It’s an easy and elegant way to add some holiday cheer to your table.

4. Upcycled Christmas Card Garland

Gather all those old Christmas cards you’ve packed away at the back of a cupboard and cut out your favorite parts. Then, string them together to make a beautiful garland. It’s a lovely way to display heartfelt messages.

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5. Holiday Shadow Box

Find an old shadow box or frame, and arrange small Christmas ornaments or festive figurines inside. You can add a background, like wrapping paper, to make it pop. Hang it on the wall for a unique decoration.

6. Repurposed Candle Holders

Transform candle holders by gluing on small ornaments (for example, tiny wreaths on top of the opening) or wrapping them with holiday-themed ribbon. Place candles inside, and you’ll have a cozy, custom candle holder for your table.

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7. Candle Makeovers

Take plain candles and give them a Christmas makeover. Wrap them with twine, ribbon, or even glue on some Christmas-themed fabric. Add fresh or faux flowers for a festive touch.

8. Jingle Bell Door Hanger

If you have jingle bells lying around, string them together with a colorful ribbon to create a cheerful door hanger. The sound of the bells will welcome guests with a touch of holiday spirit.

9. Old Ornament Place Card Holders

If you have small, old ornaments, repurpose them into place card holders for your holiday dinner. Simply attach a card with the guest’s name to the ornament. It adds a personal touch to your table setting.

10. Advent Calendar from Ornaments

If you have a collection of small ornaments, turn them into an advent calendar. Number each one and hang them in a decorative arrangement. Each day, your kids can pick an ornament to hang on the tree.

Remember, upcycling old Christmas decorations is not only fun but also a sustainable way to celebrate the holidays. Plus, it adds a personal touch to your decor that store-bought items can’t quite match. Have a blast getting creative!

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