While most homeowners have stowed their Christmas trees and decorations back into their storage room or closets, others simply can’t say goodbye to the magic of the holidays. They have found creative techniques to reuse their evergreens and ornaments. For this reason, Tree Classics searched all over Pinterest this month to find 100 of the most amazing ways to recycle Christmas decorations.
Christmas Cards as Gift Tags and Bookmarks
Find new use for old Christmas cards by turning them into colorful gift tags and bookmarks. Detach the cover of the card then cut it into two-inch by three-inch strips. Next, snip the corners of the strips. Lastly, punch a hole in the tags then attach a piece of string. You can also create three-dimensional trinkets using extra Christmas greeting cards.
Christmas Card Ornament Balls in a Jar
You can always prepare ahead of the next Christmas season by turning old Christmas cards into handcrafted ornament balls. To form one ornament, you need to cut out 20 circles from greeting cards and draw a triangle with equal sides on each circle, with the points of the triangle touching the edges. Fold along all the lines and join the flaps using glue. To display the ornament balls anytime of the year, place them in a tall hurricane jar.
Christmas Cards as Mason Jar Lid Designs
Add fun to plain mason jar lids by decorating them with old Christmas cards. Cut out circles and hot-glue them on the outer surface of the lid. Give them a quick coat of Modge Podge and you’ve got yourself a charming set of containers.
Christmas Gift Wrap on Coffee Can Planters
Brighten your home with these adorable coffee can flower planters. Turn old tin cans into reusable containers by covering them with leftover Christmas gift wrap. Choose a color pattern that highlights the beauty of the flowers placed in the cans.
Christmas Gift Wrap on Tuna Can Candle Holders
Another way to reuse excess Christmas gift wrap is by using it to cover empty tuna cans. When adorned with festive wrapping paper, these old tuna cans become stylish candle holders with a sparkle of autumnal elegance.
Christmas Card and Gift Wrap Chandelier
Upcycle cards and wrappers from presents you received last Christmas by turning them into a cute paper chandelier. Begin by cutting out as many circles as you can from the cards and wrapping paper of different colors. Sew the circles together and drape them over an old lampshade frame covered with ribbons of a complementing color pattern.
Christmas Bow Wreath
Make use of leftover gift bows by turning them into a fanciful bow wreath. To create the frame for the wreath, carefully stretch out two wire coat hangers until they become circular. Connect the hangers using floral tape then start attaching the bows to the frame. Make sure you place the bows closely together to give your wreath a fuller look.
Christmas Cards as Wall Art
If the artwork on the Christmas card is simply too precious to cut up, consider framing the card instead. To ensure a more timeless appeal, choose a simple wooden frame coated in black to set off the holiday colors elegantly.
All-Around Christmas Card Garland
Make a festive pennant flag garland out of old Christmas cards. Start by cutting out triangles then punch two holes on each end of the top side. Assemble the garland by inserting twine or a colorful ribbon into the holes.
All-Around Christmas Ball Window Décor
This fun window décor has the appeal of paper mache ornaments, but the balls are actually made of old, rusty Christmas balls. Cover each bauble with a thick coat of Mod Podge and wrap a few strips of tissue paper around it. Apply another coat of Mod Podge over the tissue paper so all the loose edges adhere to the ball, and paint the entire ball with acrylic paint once the glue is dry.
Christmas Ball Wreath, Chandelier and Table Decorations for Romantic Celebrations
Reinvent Christmas baubles as you decorate for a romantic dinner. Gather your favorite holiday ornaments in pink pastel colors and hot-glue the pieces on a heart-shaped wooden frame. Tie a fancy ribbon and hang the wreath on your dining room wall.
You can also craft your own Valentine’s Day chandelier using red Christmas decorations. Hang crimson and heart-shaped ornaments using nylon strings to spread a message of love in any corner of your home.
Create a romantic tablescape by using red yuletide ornaments for your centerpiece. Place the decorations inside a tall hurricane jar.
Holiday candles can be repurposed for Valentine’s Day. Red candles are perfect for illuminating romantic evenings.
Christmas Ball Wreath for the Fourth of July
Show off your patriotism by creating a Fourth of July wreath. Take red, white, and blue Christmas ornaments and assemble them on a wreath frame of your choice. Add a few stars and, best of all, a small American flag to highlight your love of country.
Christmas Balls and Beaded Garlands as Chandelier Accents
Display Christmas ornaments on any style of chandelier to add pizzazz to your home. Gold and silver baubles work well to usher in a classic, glamorous look. Opt for bolder colors and patterns if you’re going for a whimsical appeal.
Christmas Balls and Beaded Garlands as Table Decorations
Mixing ornaments in a variety of shapes and sizes is among the easiest ways to create a modern vintage table centerpiece. Make sure to feature as many complementary colors and textures as possible for a more striking effect. Place your collection in a glass jar and use this to add visual interest to any corner.
Christmas Star Ornaments as Colorful Birthday Decorations
Star-shaped ornaments are perfect for Christmas, but they also fit many birthday party themes, too. To reuse old Christmas ornaments as birthday party decorations, combine stars of different colors and add curly ribbons for a fun, cheerful effect. Hang the stars above the buffet table or doorway.
Christmas Balls as Event Keepsakes
Create the perfect souvenir for a special event by saving the wordings inside a clear Christmas ball. Place strips of paper with a special message that commemorates the celebration.
You can also inscribe the words on a colored Christmas ball that matches your motif. The best thing about using Christmas ornaments as a souvenir is that you will get a chance to display them afterwards as signature pieces on your Christmas tree. Because the ornaments serve as memorabilia, your holiday celebrations become all the more meaningful.
Christmas Balls as Place Card Holders
Use Christmas baubles as place card holders for a winter-themed event. You can also inscribe the name of the guest and the details of the event so the decoration can double as their souvenir.
Christmas Balls as Fridge Magnets
Liven up a boring old fridge with magnets made from Christmas ornaments. Just hot-glue a piece of magnet to one side of your Christmas bauble or any other holiday décor. These cute and fun pieces are also great gifts for any occasion!
Clear Christmas Balls as Minimalist Ornament Chandelier
Capture the sunlight in your room by using crystal Christmas balls as a quaint chandelier. Simply hang the baubles up a coil of wire using a nylon string and display by a window.
Clear Christmas Balls as Garden Globes
Reuse any clear Christmas ball as a terrarium. Easily make this by placing a handful of pebbles, a layer of charcoal, and some slow-growing miniature plants and moss inside your crystal ornament. Hang the Christmas ball by your kitchen window. You can also simply insert Christmas tree foliage into clear crystal balls.
Looking to start a garden in a small space? Try building a nursery first by converting old Christmas balls into indoor planters. Fill the globes with a little soil then insert your plant through the opening.
Floating Christmas Tree Garden
For a unique decorating concept this spring, try converting an old wooden boat into a floating garden. Fill the vessel with sprawling evergreens and flowers in planters then set it afloat on a lake or pond.
Fresh Evergreens as Miniature Indoor Topiaries
Extend the life of your favorite Christmas tree by turning it into miniature indoor topiaries. Cut off portions of your tree then place them into small ceramic jars or pitchers. Embellish your topiaries with monograms to highlight its pastoral charm.
Fresh Evergreens in Winter Jars
Can’t get enough of that yuletide cheer? Make the spirit of the holidays last longer by creating these wonderful winter jars for your home. Fill mason jars with soil then plant a small Christmas tree branch inside. Add a layer of artificial flock (or even real snow!) to complete the wintry charm of this decorative piece.
Fresh Evergreens and Clove Oranges as a Table Centerpiece for Summer
This summer, fill your home with a sweet and refreshing scent with this table centerpiece of clove oranges and fresh Christmas tree foliage. Take sprigs of evergreens and arrange them into a small wooden box. Place the citrus fruits in between. To retain the aroma of your display for weeks, stud the oranges with cloves.
Fresh Evergreens with Rustic Accents as a Table Centerpiece for Autumn
Fill your home with the bounty of an autumn harvest by placing this lovely fall centerpiece on your dinner table. Collect Christmas tree foliage and arrange them in a wooden crate. To achieve a look of abundance, place some autumn vegetables, such as pumpkins and gourds between the foliage. Add cream-colored candles to complete the look of autumnal elegance.
Create this elegant countryside display that reuses evergreens along with a vintage crate and some mason jars. Simply form a bed of greens inside the crate and allow some of the branches to fall off the side. Place the mason jars with a votive candle in between the sprigs of pine and holly.
Complement the countryside charm of your home by adding this easy-to-create rustic centerpiece. Take a small galvanized metal tub and fill it with different foliage, acorns, and pine cones. Place two small candles to act as lighting for the centerpiece.
Evergreen Wreaths as Table Centerpieces All Year Round
Create a vision of a bountiful feast by placing Christmas wreaths as decorative accents for your dinner table. Complete the timeless look by adding cream-colored candles as ambient lighting.
Evergreen Wreaths as Wall Décor All Year Round
Strip your holiday wreath of festive Christmas embellishments so you can use it as a year-round wall décor. Evergreen wreaths easily complement any style of home. They provide a natural and refreshing appeal to walls with muted colors.
Evergreen Wreath on a Chandelier
Give your light fixture a completely new look by adorning it with a holiday wreath. Whether in the dining room or kitchen, the addition of Christmas evergreens brings a fresh, natural element to home interiors. You can also hang other ornaments and drape beaded garlands for a luxurious touch.
Evergreen Canopy Bed Draping
Use your artificial Christmas garlands and swags for a fairy tale-inspired bedroom makeover. Simply drape the evergreens in your four-poster bed. Feel free to add some dreamy ornaments and accent pieces to make your bedroom look like an enchanted forest.
Christmas Lights as Mood Lighting in Bedrooms
Sleep under glittering fairy lights. Add warm Christmas lights as evening sparklers in your bedroom by carefully lacing your canopy bed or ceiling with these ambient lights. Fasten each strand using small pieces of clear tape to make sure they do not get tangled.
Hanging a string of white lights in dim corners of your bedroom gives your private sanctuary a restful glow.
If you don’t have a canopy bed or the ceiling of your bedroom is too high, consider adding clear Christmas lights to your headboard instead. It creates the same subtle radiance.
Christmas Lights in an Unused Fireplace
Use Christmas lights to transform an empty fireplace into a visual treat. Set off the enchanting glow against the dim backdrop by choosing only one color of lights. Wind about 10 light strings around a plastic ball. Plug in the lights and enjoy the striking view.
Christmas Lights as Colorful Step Lighting
Light up a stairway with this glowing ribbon garland. Combine all of the season’s ribbon scraps to create the garland then tie the ribbons around a string of Christmas lights. Make the necessary trimming before placing the garland on the steps.
You can also use holiday tea light candles to add some glow to your pathway. Put sand or fine gravel in an old canning jar then place a tea light. Line several of these flickering lights outside a beautiful pathway.
Outdoor Christmas Lights as Fairy Lights
Spend an intimate evening with loved ones under the warm brilliance of these fairy lights. Take your outdoor Christmas lights from the storage and use them as ambient lighting during a romantic dinner. String them around your porch or patio to recreate the beauty of a starry summer night.
Wrap a tree with twinkling lights and spread some vintage lanterns for additional lighting. Set your dinner table under the tree and enjoy the atmosphere.
Outdoor Christmas Lights on Planters
Turn your outdoor planters into festive highlights by adorning them with colorful holiday lights made for the outdoors. Make your yard stand out with these well-lit plant boxes and topiaries.
Outdoor Christmas Lights on Vine Baskets
Dress up your porch or driveway during winter using these baskets adorned with outdoor Christmas lights. To create this starry accents, you need a coiled vine basket, a string of small outdoor holiday lights, and some clear plastic ornaments. Attach the holiday lights by pushing each bulb through the lining of the basket then place the plastic ornaments on top to act as fillers.
Outdoor Christmas Light Balls
Spruce up your outdoors no matter the season with these holiday balls made with grapevines and outdoor Christmas lights. Wrap vines around inflated beach balls. Make sure the vines hold together; fasten them using small wires. Next, remove the beach balls by deflating them. Lastly, coil the grapevine balls with white outdoor mini lights.
Outdoor Christmas Lights in a Mason Jar Chandelier
Create your own industrial chandelier out of outdoor Christmas lights. Just put the light strands inside mason jars and place them in an antique canning jar basket. Hang the chandelier outside using a sturdy chain and you’ve got the perfect lighting for a barn or garden party.
Christmas Lights in Glass Bottles
Make your parties more colorful with these easy-to-create glass bottle bulbs. Made from old wine bottles and multi-colored Christmas lights, these festive fixtures instantly add a whimsical feature to any celebration.
LED Christmas Lights inside Paper Lanterns
Recycle used or excess Christmas gift wrappers by turning them into beautiful paper lanterns. You can create additional designs by cutting out different shapes on the gift wrap. Take a used plastic soda bottle and cut off its neck. Make an opening at the bottom of the bottle then insert your holiday LED lights. Place a thin sheet of wax paper around the bottle to serve as a diffuser for the light. Finally, cover your DIY lantern with the gift wrap.
Christmas Lights in Miniature Paper Lanterns
Reinvent your holiday lights by transforming them into miniature paper lantern garlands. Take square pieces of paper and turn them into inflatable origami balloons. Attach the origami balloons to each Christmas light bulb. Turn on the lights and watch as these lanterns brighten up your summer evening.
Hula Hoop Chandelier
Add a charming highlight to any room with this shabby chic hula hoop chandelier. All you need is an old hula hoop, some glue, romantic lace, and a set of warm clear lights. Wrap the hula hoop in lace then fasten it using glue. Attach eight pieces of lace across the hula hoop to create a canopy for the chandelier. Finally, add the holiday lights by wrapping them around the chandelier.
Icicle Lights as Table Decorations
Transform dinner tables into a spectacular highlight at your party by placing clear holiday lights under table cloths.
Christmas Lights inside Twine Balls
Add a burst of color to your space with this twine ball garland that has Christmas lights tucked in the middle. This simple project is also a great activity you can do with your kids during weekends.
Christmas Lights as Vanity Lighting
Drape an oversized mirror with white Christmas lights to create your own radiant vanity area. The addition of twinkling lights instantly brings glamour and transforms your space into a pretty dressing room.
Fill your room with an enchanting atmosphere with this beautiful glittering lightscape. First, plot out your favorite design on a canvass then puncture holes through it using an awl. Next, insert the bulbs of your holiday lights into the holes then secure each one with craft glue.
DIY Votive Candles Wrapped in Vellum
Create a relaxing ambience for your children’s bedroom with these adorable vellum lanterns. The calfskin cover acts as an excellent diffuser for the holiday candles inside. You can also decorate your lanterns by drawing fairy tale scenes on the vellum cover.
Christmas Lights Photo Display
If you’re looking for a brilliant way to showcase life’s precious moments, then take out your cherished photos and Christmas lights. Create a lovely photo display by hanging white fairy lights on a wall and using wooden clips to attach your pictures to the strands.
Christmas Lights on Wedding Arches
Walk down the isle under the beauty of the stars. These wedding arches adorned with romantic clear Christmas lights create a dreamy backdrop to this special occasion.
Ice Lanterns as Path Lights
If you live in an area that experiences snow, you can make ice lanterns that use sprigs of holly and berries as embellishments. Get two buckets: one bigger than the other. Place the smaller bucket inside the larger one and fasten them with tape. Fill the gap between the two buckets with water then place the sprigs and berries in between. Leave the container outside to let the water freeze overnight. Once frozen, remove your ice lantern from the buckets.
Christmas Wreath as Easter Egg Nest Décor
Celebrate Easter by decorating your home with a rustic door décor made from an old vine Christmas wreath. Create a nest for Easter eggs by attaching a basin on one side of the wreath then layering it with dried twigs. For some pastoral charm, decorate your Easter egg nest with a few wild flowers and additional vines.
You can also arrange the nest by placing Christmas tree branches and berries in a glass bowl. Place a small wicker basket inside the bowl then add in a few feathers. Finally, tuck a pair of eggs in between the feathers and foliage.
Christmas Berry Square Wreath
Bring the elegance of the countryside into your home with this rustic red berry square wreath. Create the frame by collecting dried branches and tying them together at the ends. Add red berries, pine cones, and dried twigs from old Christmas decorations.
Candle Holders with Cranberries
Leave sweet notes for your loved ones on delightful candle holders filled with fresh cranberries from the holiday season. Make sure they get your message by drawing their attention using these luscious red berry accents.
Red Rose and Berry Centerpiece
Complete the romantic look of your Valentine display with this red rose and berry centerpiece. Simply place a few rose buds inside a crystal flask and surround them with red berry accents left over from Christmas.
Water Bottle Poinsettia Garland
Decorate your home this spring with colorful flower accents such as this water bottle poinsettia garland. First, you will need to cut the plastic bottles in half. Next, create the petals for the poinsettias by cutting vertical slits around the circumference of the bottles. Pull down the slits to create the shape of flowers. Using red and yellow crafting paint, coat the plastic flowers to make them look like poinsettias.
Angel Christmas Tree Topper as Table Décor
There’s something about angels that makes them the perfect figure to grace the top of a Christmas tree. After the holidays, you can also turn these beautiful Christmas tree ornaments into table décor. These winged creatures are wonderful decorative pieces at baby showers and other special occasions celebrating love and faith. Displayed on a console table at the entryway of a home, angel ornaments convey an atmosphere of peace.
Christmas Light Bulb Wreaths
If you’re looking for a quaint and minimalist take on the usual festive wreaths, try making this industrial-looking Christmas light bulb wreath. Use light bulbs with a clear transparent casing and a simple but sturdy wire frame. Hang the wreath on a twig using a sage ribbon to add a rustic touch.
If you’re looking for a touch of glamour, however, then this glitzy Christmas light bulb wreath is for you. Cover the light bulbs in glitter and let them dry. Afterwards, hot-glue the light bulbs onto a flat wood in the form of a wreath. Add a matching bow in the middle to complete the look.
Christmas Light Bulbs as a Glittery Centerpiece
For a fun and sparkly centerpiece, take old Christmas light bulbs, dip them in glue, and roll them in glitter. Let them dry before placing the shiny ornaments in a vase or a bowl.
Christmas Light Sun Catcher
This star-shaped ornament from burnt-out Christmas lights makes one lovely sun catcher that you can hang in the window of your home or office. Take 14 light bulbs, dispose of their caps, and cut off their wire. Glue together the bulbs in the shape of a cross then keep adding more bulbs in the spaces between until you form a star.
Christmas Light Casing as Teardrop Earrings
Upcycle burnt-out fairy lights into fashionable, wearable pieces. To make these teardrop earrings, wrap the top end of the light bulb casing in coiled wire and connect these to earring hooks. Have fun creating your own design by combining different colors and using various patterns when bending wires.
Pine Cone Fire Starters
Make your own fire starters out of pine cones. Wrap twine liberally around a pine cone, starting at the bottom. Leave a long wick near the top for easy lighting. After it is dipped in old candle wax, it’s ready to be used for kindling. Pine cone starters stored in a muslin bag also make great homemade gifts.
Pine Cone bird feeder
Help the little birdies this winter by making them this DIY pine cone bird feeder. Tie a piece of string onto the end of a pine cone, cover it generously in peanut butter, and roll it into seeds. Hang a few of these birdfeeders outside and watch your feathered friends enjoy their feast.
Pine Cone Potpourri
Make your own aromatic yet inexpensive potpourri by combining pine cones with cedar shavings and pine needles. Add a few drops of essential oil and seal the concoction in a bag for a week to let all the scents meld together. Pour the potpourri into bowls to spread this wonderful fragrance around the house.
Pine Cone Mulch
Recycle fallen pine cones as mulch instead of just throwing them away. Pine cones are the perfect bedding for an herb garden. They’re also a great way to keep household pets away from your plants.
Pine Cones as Table Centerpieces
Create your own vintage table centerpiece out of pine cones. Just dip the pine cones in pastel-colored paint or any other tint that matches your décor. Let the pine cones dry before displaying them in a bowl.
Pine Cone Candleholder
Craft stylish yet inexpensive candleholders out of large pine cones. Start by painting the pine cones in your choice of colors. Once dry, hot-glue the bottom of a soda can on top, and finish off by adding a candle.
Pine Cone Votive Holder
This pine cone votive holder looks beautiful on top of a coffee table. It’s also a breeze to make! Simply assemble a bunch of pine cones around a votive. Hot-glue the pieces and tie everything together with some burlap or twine.
Twig Christmas Wreath for St. Patrick’s Day
In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, redecorate your holiday twig wreath by adding green embellishments. Simply cut out and assemble flowers made of felt and add some shamrock buttons.
Lucky Christmas Tree for St. Patrick’s Day
Turn your Christmas tree into a St. Patrick’s Day tree by adorning it with green ribbons and baubles. Give your holiday spectacle a lucky charm by adding shamrock decorations. You can also hang a rainbow ornament over a pot of gold coins for a humorous touch.
Tinsel Swizzle Sticks
Got some extra tinsel and confetti? Use them to make tinsel pom-poms. Cupcakes and cocktails look so much more appetizing when decorated with these festive swizzle sticks.
Tinsel Garland as a Disco Piñata
Add fun and glam to any party by crafting a disco piñata from tinsel garlands. Use a punch ball balloon to form the body of the piñata. Wrap the balloon in newspaper and apply paper mache before decorating it with tinsel.
Create a funky wig out of your tinsel garland. Whether it’s for Halloween or just a fun night with friends, this accessory will add color and shine to your outfit. To make, just sew strands of metallic tinsel into a hair net.
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