Alyssa loves celebrating holidays and making fun crafts. She is a wife and mom who drinks a lot of coffee!
Christmas is in the air! I love decorating and every year I make a few new pieces to celebrate the season. My favorite way to do this is by repurposing old items around the house. Not only does it save money, but it also results in unique décor items.
Follow along with the tutorials below to create your own pieces. Feel free to swap items out depending on what you have on hand. You can also customize each one to better match your own festive theme.
Rustic Christmas Tree Wreath
If you're like me, you don't like throwing things away. Why clog up a landfill when you can become a hoarder? I'm joking but in all seriousness, when we purchased our new Christmas tree last year I intentionally set aside the old one for crafts. I figured I could breathe new life into it and make a few unique pieces for seasons to come. This wreath is one such idea. Instead of purchasing an expensive wreath or supplies at the store, why not create one using my old Christmas tree? I'm so pleased with how it turned out and I think you'll love to make one for yourself.
- Old Christmas Tree branches
- Floral wire
- Wire cutters
- To start, remove branches from your old tree. I tried to find the longest pieces I could. Ultimately I took off the bottom two sections of the middle piece of my old tree.
- Straighten out the wires and remove any tags.
- Begin placing two branches together, wire end to wire end, moving the wire of the branch into the green stems. Gently curve the branches to create a circular shape. Repeat this process until you have enough sets to make a circle for the size of the wreath you'd like. I ended up with five sets of two branches, for a total of ten pieces from my old Christmas tree.
- Once you have your layout set, being securing the sets of two together using floral wire. Once you have your sets of two secured, marry them all together with floral wire to create your wreath.
- Fluff the branches to give your wreath more shape. Add a ribbon if you'd like. Once I had the wreath hung up, I decided I liked it as is.
- Display your wreath as part of your décor.
This year I wanted to create a few unique pieces that were simple, but classic. I love the idea of a snowy jar and decided to make one myself. The best part about this is that you can easily customize it to suit your taste and what materials you have on hand. I saved my old Christmas tree for just this occasion!
- A glass jar
- Modge Podge, I used the spray variety
- Table salt
- Fake snow
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- Old Christmas tree stem
- Foam packing
- Sparkly ornaments
- Start by removing any sticky labels on your jar. My favorite way to do this is by using WD-40. It works like a charm every time!
- Clean and dry your jar.
- Set up your workspace. Lay out newspaper to protect your counter or table. Fill your extra containers with salt and fake snow.
- I find it best to work in sections. When you're ready, spread Modge Podge onto your jar and then sprinkle with salt and fake snow.
- Keep working your way around the jar until it's completely covered. You may need to go around a few times to get everything to stick.
- Once you are satisfied with how your jar looks, set it aside to dry. I let mine sit overnight.
- Here's where you can let your creativity shine. Add a bow, candy canes, ornaments, lights, whatever festive idea sticks out to you the most.
- I opted to add a sparkly snowflake bow to jazz up the jar. I started by deciding which side of the jar I wanted to face out. Then I created a simple Christmas bow with my ribbon.
- I debated on what I wanted to fill my jar with. I ultimately decided to create a little Christmas tree. To accomplish this, I removed one stem piece from my old Christmas tree. Then I used a sheet of thin packing wrapped around a piece of Styrofoam to hold it in place. I put all that in the jar. I added a few sparkly gray ornaments for added interest.
- After trying a few extra things, I decided to leave the tree simple and classic. I think it suits a more classic or country themed Christmas décor. It'll be perfect with the next idea!
John Deere Snowy Scene
Inspired by my husband's John Deere Christmas tin, I decided to create my own snowy scene featuring some of our John Deere collectible figurines. My husband has had these items for years and I thought it would be adorable as part of our Christmas décor this year. Farmhouse decorations are incredibly popular this year and I was excited to create something of my own with this theme. Of course, you can completely customize this to suit your own taste and theme. I think that's the best part of this project!
- Glass jar with lid
- Fake snow
- Faux Christmas tree branches
- Twine or yarn
- Remove the label from your jar. WD-40 works like magic! Then clean and dry your jar. I also used hand sanitizer to make sure the glass was nice, clean, and clear so that my scene could be enjoyed.
- Fashion a mini tree out of your old Christmas tree branches. To accomplish this, I cut three branches off a section of my old tree. I then cut one branch in half, sizing it to my trailer figurine. Then I used the other half and wrapped it around the first branch, creating tree branches. To create the subsequent branches for my tree, I cut the others in half and wrapped them around the first branch.
- Using a piece of twine, I tied the tree to the top of the trailer.
- Now it's time to set your scene. Fill your jar with as much fake snow as you'd like. Then place your figurines in and put the lid back on.
- Display your winter scene as part of your décor.
Candy Cane Garland
This is a simple idea, but it really adds a festive feel to any space. We have a collection of candy canes left over every year. I typically store them in a vase on top of my kitchen cabinets. Candy canes never go bad right? haha! I reach for one when my stomach is upset and the peppermint always settles it down. This year, I pulled all the candy canes down and sorted through to find the best looking ones. Gathering up a few supplies, I set out to create a garland to hang near my kitchen. I think it turned out cute.
- Candy canes
- Gather your supplies.
- It's helpful to know where you want to hang your garland so you can measure the correct length of twine.
- Begin tying your candy canes to the twine. I made a simple knot at the top of the hook of each cane. Make sure you leave a few inches before your first candy cane to tape or tie your garland in your spot.
- Keep going until you've tied all your candy canes to the twine.
- Hold your garland up to see if there any sparse spots. Fill in these by cutting a piece of twine and knotting the candy cane in. Be sure to leave a few inches free at the end.
- Once you're done, hang up your garland.