5 Uses for Christmas Ornaments You Probably Never Thought Of

Christmas ornaments aren’t predictable red and green balls anymore. Try these 5 ideas to repurpose last year’s ornaments for the coming season!

1. Vintage Ornament Wreath

Have a ton of glass balls and colorful, round ornaments that have been passed on for years?

Try combining them into a unique, festive wreath for your front door. You’ll just need a foam wreath base, some tinsel or garlands, and a hot glue to preserve those ornaments in an updated Christmas decoration you’ll actually use.

Wreath by retrorenovation.com

Wreath by retrorenovation.com

2. Christmas Ornament Advent Calendar

Give the 12 (or 25!) days of Christmas a lovely visual with a simple advent calendar constructed from some of your favorite ornaments. As the big day approaches, let family members take turns removing an ornament from the calendar and placing it on the tree.

Advent calendar by livelovediy.com

Advent calendar by livelovediy.com

3. Holiday Centerpiece

To repurpose smaller ornaments into a unique centerpiece for your dining room table, try using a crystal or glass serving tray with bits of garland and a collection of ornaments assorted on each tier of the tray. This centerpiece makes a lovely display that gives a table an easy, laid-back sophistication.

4. Gift Tags

Soft ornaments can be repurposed as part of a gift tag on your packages. Instead of using a bow, adorn your package with an ornament instead, and add to the gift value of your present–chances are good the recipient will treasure the ornament for years, as well as the gift inside the box!

DIY by bhg.com

DIY by bhg.com

5. Chandelier Ornament Arrangement

This whimsical hanging piece would work well near a window or mantle. To repurpose a collection of colorful ornaments into a fun hanging arrangement, all you need are 16 round ornaments and some coordinating ribbon. For more detailed instructions, check out the concept as presented by  Real Simple.

From realsimple.com

From realsimple.com

These ideas are just a starting place. Use your creativity to repurpose ornaments to fill the decorating gaps in your home. Want to spice up the garland on your mantle or staircase? Try using bright, festive ribbon to adorn it with ornaments first.

The options are countless–and what better time than the Christmas season to flex your creative muscle? Your family and friends will notice the difference that creativity makes in your home.