3 Ways To Repurpose Your Holiday Decorations and Enjoy Them All Year Round
With all the glitz and glamour of Christmas decorations, wouldn’t it be great to get more use out of them throughout the year? The hard part is getting that creative spark to come up with your next DIY Christmas decoration project. We’ve gathered three of our favorite in-expensive ideas from around the web to get you started!
1. Light Up Art
Glam up any room with a glittering light landscape. Extend the magic of twinkling Christmas lights by repurposing them into a stylish piece of artwork. Follow the simple steps below to add your own flair to this DYI project.
What you will need:
- Stretched canvas from a local art-supply store in a size that works for the space you would like to decorate.
- Clear or white acrylic paint
- A pencil
- Awl or small drill bit head
- String of Christmas lights
- Paint the front of the canvas using the clear or white acrylic paint for a monochrome-textured look. If you prefer more pizzaz, use an acrylic paint in your favorite color to liven it up a bit.
- Let the paint dry for 1-2 days.
- Plot out your light design in pencil on the back of the canvas, making small dots where the lights will be inserted. Make sure the dots are at least half an inch apart.
- Use the awl or a small drill bit head to gently press an hole through each dot in your design. The hole should be slightly smaller than the diameter of the bulb. If the canvas is pushed out to the front of the canvas, you may want to carefully use a pencil to push the fabric through the hole to the back of the canvas.
- Take the string of lights and push a bulb into each hole starting from the top of the canvas and work your way down. The plug end of the string of lights should be at the bottom of your canvas. Secure each bulb with a tiny amount of craft clue.
(via Apartment Therapy)
2. Valentine’s Day Wreath With Christmas Ornaments
We found the perfect way to incorporate your globe Christmas ornaments into your Valentine’s decorations! Repurpose your red, gold, silver, and white ornaments to create this beautiful heart-shaped wreath.
Here is what you will need to get started:
- 1 Styrofoam Hearth Wreath (make sure it isn’t floral foam)
- A glue gun and a few glue sticks
- Red, pink, or white decoration spray paint
- 50 or more ornaments in Valentine’s Day colors (use a variety of sizes)
- Spray or body glitter
- 24” ribbon in red, pink, gold, silver or white
- Place newspaper on the ground in a well ventilated room.
- Lay the heart wreath down on the newspaper and use the decoration spray to cover all sides of the wreath. You will be able to see some of the wreath through the globes. Be sure to spray from at least 2 feet away.
- Start lining the inside of the wreath with your least favorite globes of the bunch. You will mainly be covering this part entirely. Make sure this layer of ornaments are all the same size.
- Secure globes to the styrofoam wreath and any neighboring globes using the hot glue gun.
- Line the outside of the wreath with slightly larger globes (again all the same size) and secure them to the wreath and to each other. The less fragile the globes, the better. We need a sturdy layer of globes on the outside to be the foundation for the top layers.
- Fill in the rest of the wreath by building the top layers with your favorite globes. Here you can spread out the different sizes and colors evenly across the surface. Secure with glue and don’t worry too much about the gaps between the globes.
- After you have all your globes are in place and the glue has hardened, thread a ribbon through the globes around the top-center of the wreath and tie a bow. Leave about 12” between the wreath and the bow to create a hanger for the wreath.
- Now hang it up and graciously accept all the complements that will be coming your way!
(via Mommy Is Coo Coo)
3. Glass Ornament Chandelier
This delicate boho chandelier is a great way to repurpose your clear Christmas ornament globes. If you didn’t already use them in the Valentine’s Day wreath above, you will be sure to sue them for this project. Make this pretty room centerpiece for your daughter or niece’s room and they will be be delighted you thought of them.
All you will need for this project is:
- A wire wreath frame that has three rings
- 20 or more clear glass ornaments
- Filling decorations in whatever colors you would like (glitter, confetti, beads, tinsel, feathers)
- clear nylon beading thread or regular string
- Fishing wire and a fishing hook
- Carefully remove the top of each glass ornament.
- Put the desired filling decorations in each ornament. You don’t want to put too much in each ornament. If its too heavy, it will not work.
- Cut different lengths of thread depending on how you want to stack your ornaments around the wreath. Varying the lengths from 18” to 6” will give you the chandelier effect.
- Create a hanger for the chandelier by tying on a piece of thread from one side of the wreath frame (on the top) to the other. Make it even more sturdy by tying on another piece of thread from one to the other, crossing the first piece of thread so that four of the wreath’s sides are supported.
- Secure the fishing wire to the celling where you would like your chandelier to hang. Tie a fishing hook to the end of the wire closest to the ground.
- Hang the chandelier on the fishing hook.
- Enjoy your beautiful piece of art!
(via You Are My Fave)