How to Reuse and Repurpose Christmas Decorations in Your Everyday Decor
Like a lot of people, I love the fun and excitement of putting up my Christmas decorations. I like seeing my favorite ornaments and using them to make my house look more festive and special for the holidays. But I don't love taking them down, packing them away, and finding some place to store all this extra decor. And then I have to remember where I put everything for the next year.
So here are some quick, easy, and inexpensive ideas for reusing and repurposing your Christmas decorations into your everyday decor so you can enjoy them year round. To make these projects, I used only materials I had on hand. None of these projects are too permanent that I can't reuse my ornaments at Christmas again next year. Each of these ideas took less than 30 minutes, minus time waiting for glue to dry. Hopefully these projects will inspire you to find new ways to incorporate your Christmas decorations into your home decor.
Mix Metallics with Neutral or Natural Elements for Year-Round Decor
One of the easiest ways to reuse your holiday decorations is to mix metallics (anything gold or silver) with neutral or natural elements. These metallics can be Christmas tree balls, vases, figurines, or candlesticks. Group these shiny items with similar items that are either white or made with natural materials.
I put my gold Christmas balls in a basket with other balls made with rattan, feathers, and seashells. These natural balls are easily available in the decorating section of most home or craft stores. The natural materials covering these spheres tone down the shine on my decorations and make an attractive arrangement for everyday use. The trick is to use the shiny objects as the background and make sure your neutral or natural items are more visible in your arrangement.
You could also display your metallic vases or candlesticks in a grouping with other similar items in white or clear glass to create a special display in your home.
If You Love It, Use It
If you have ornaments or decorations that you love, regardless of the subject matter, use them as accents around a room. These accents can even help create a theme if you are looking for decorating ideas.
I love to knit, and have a number of knitting-themed Christmas ornaments. After the holidays, I put these ornaments in a bowl to display on my coffee table. Seeing them makes me happy, and sets a handmade theme to the decorations I have in my living room.
Go Ahead and Hang Stars, Birds, Angels, and Heart Ornaments Around Your Home
If you have a collection of non-holiday specific ornament like stars, angels, birds, or hearts, you can display them year round. There are a few ways to can hang these from a simple branch and enjoy them in your home all year long.
One option is to suspend a light branch over your dining table, kitchen sink, or in the corner of a room, then hang your ornament collection like a mobile. Start by selecting a branch with lots of smaller, thinner offshoots. Then stick some Command hooks on your ceiling where you want to place your branch. Use wire or fishing line to hang the branch horizontally from this line. Using either more fishing line or the hangers already on your decorations, hang your ornaments from the branch to create a chandelier effect.
You can also create a similar look by putting a few smaller branches in a vase or large jar. Make sure your branches have a lot of off shoots to display your ornaments. Then using the hangers already on your decorations, hang them from your branches to create a pretty table-top arrangement.
Mount Flat Ornaments in Frames to Create Wall Art
You can display flat ornaments, or flat backed ornaments, around your home as wall art. Put them in a frame or mount them on an artist canvas using some decorative paper as a background. If you use double stick tape or glue dots to mount your decorations, you can even remove them and put them back on the tree when it's Christmas time.
I made this hanging bird art piece (above) using a cardboard jewelry box as my backing piece, but you could make a similar item with a picture frame or blank canvas.
I love these metal bird decorations and they fit perfectly inside this larger jewelry board that is roughly 5 inches by 7 inches. I used the top of my box for one bird, and the bottom of the box for the other.
To create this wall piece, first I lined the inside of each box with some coordinating decorative paper. Then I glued some red ric rac around the outside rim of my box for a finished edge.
For the bird on the top, I cut out a branch shape from some brown paper and glued it in my box for my bird to sit on. Then I remembered that I had this nest-like packing material, so I was able to reuse that too. I glued a little to the bottom of my box to make a nest. The last step was to stick some glue dots on the back of my bird and adhere him to the back wall of my artwork.
I made the bottom art piece the same way, but I changed the background a bit. I used the same decorative paper to line my box. Then I tore strips of some white paper and glued them along the back to look like birch trees. I finished off the piece with the same packing material to make the nest.
I glued both of these boxes to a piece of polka dotted ribbon to hang this artwork on my wall. Since these ornaments are only mounted into the boxes with glue dots, I can remove the birds and use them as decorations again on my Christmas tree.
Mix Plaid or Red Textiles with Neutral or Denim Materials
If you have throws or pillows in Christmas plaids or reds, there's no reason you have to stop using them after the holidays. Mix these more festive fabrics with neutral (white, beige, gray) or with denim materials to tone down the holiday feel and make an inviting space to entertain and relax in. This layered look will create a more interesting look to your home decor and add fun pops of color.
Redecorate Your Christmas Wreath with Other Materials
Artificial wreaths are easy to redecorate to create a new look for any time or holiday. Using burlap, plaid or polka dotted ribbon, you can reuse your Christmas wreaths to display for the rest of the year.
I have these artificial pine wreaths that I usually tie red bows on and hang in my front windows during the holidays. I love the way they look on my house, but there's no reason I shouldn't use them during the rest of the year.
Using almost any silk flowers and decorative ribbon (but stay away from anything that might look Christmas-y), you can give your holiday wreaths a new look. For my wreath, I used what I had on hand. I removed the red ribbon and wrapped my wreath with a simple burlap ribbon instead. Next, I took some long grass pieces and stuck them into my wreath to add texture. If I had some hay or wheat-like pieces, I would have used them instead.
Next, I placed some white artificial flowers in my wreath, using a mix of what I had. To create a new decoration, I reused another Christmas ornament. I wired this wooden star in place on my wreath so I could remove it and hang it on my tree next year. To wire it on my wreath, I removed the hanger and ran a 4 inch piece of bendable wire through the hole. I used this wire to twist around the back support of my wreath and hold the decoration in place. I had already glued these seashells on my star ornament when it was on my tree, but I like how it looks on my wreath too!
Using these ideas and some imagination, you'll find lots of ways to repurpose your favorite Christmas ornaments and decorations into your everyday home decor!
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