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Thursday, December 5, 2013

DIY: 7 Ways to Deorate with Ornaments

Decorating for the holidays. Isn’t it fun? Making your home feel more festive, bright, and magical is one of my favorite things about the holiday season. But it can be easy to fall into a rut of decorating year after year in the same style, not wanting to redecorate because you “already have everything you need” and don’t want to see anything go to waste.

Well, this year, try something new. A great way to create a new holiday look is to recycle or “up-cycle” old decorations in a fresh, genuine way. Ornaments are great for up-cycling because they are just so versatile! Check out these great ideas for turning your Christmas “past” into your Christmas “present” (all puns intended).


Probably the most popular way to spice up your old ornaments is to turn them into a wreath. You can find a basic wreath frame at any craft store and simply glue the ornaments with a hot glue gun. If you already have a holiday wreath, add some sparkle with a few ornaments. Finish it off with a bright red ribbon to make it more festive.

Another fantastic way to display a wreath is to attach it to your dining room chandelier. Adorn the chandelier with ribbons, candles, and ornaments, and even allow a few ornaments to hang from the chandelier by brightly colored ribbons. You’ll have the most talked-about dining room d├ęcor for your Christmas party this year. 

Fireplace Garland or Mirror

If you really want to renovate your attic full of dust covered ornaments, a garland is the way to go. Adhere your ornaments to a thick wire, rope, or other thick strand that will hold the weight of your ornaments. These garlands are great accents for natural stone Toronto fireplaces, mirrors, or even doorways. 

Hanging Ornaments

To give your doors or ceilings added festivity, adorn them with ornaments. Tie your old ornaments to brightly colored ribbon, natural twine, or something fun like yarn or colorful pipe cleaners, and hang them from your ceiling or doorway. For added texture, hang your ornaments at various lengths and create a visual pattern of colors that the eye can follow. For a stunning backdrop, hang ornaments from a curtain rod above your couch or bed so that they cascade brightly down the wall.


One of my favorite ways to showcase ornaments is both easy and beautiful. Scour your storage cupboards for glass vases and decorative bowls, and fill them with ornaments. The best ornaments to use will be a simple geometric shape, like the classic round ornament. Make sure you use coordinating colors, and try to mix it up with a variety of visual textures like glossy, glittered, and patterned. Add your own personal touches, like ribbon or a table-runner, and you’ve got yourself a fantastic holiday centerpiece. 

Trees & Branches

Ever thought about adding some life back to those barren trees in your yard by hanging ornaments outside? This is a fun (and inexpensive) way to brighten up your yard without paying the tremendous electricity bill from electric lights! In most climates, hanging ornaments is safe, practical, and easy. But, if you live in an unusually cold place like Toronto or Missouri, you may want to consider filling a vase with branches and twigs, and creating a similar look indoors. Whether inside or outside, there is no doubt that bright ornaments pair well with natural, wintry branches.

Christmas Tree Mobile

Forget traditional trees and make your own! Use wire and transparent thread to create a hanging mobile in the shape of a round Christmas tree, and made entirely from ornaments! Suspend the ornaments in the shape of a tree, arranging them in wider and wider circles until you create the visual of a tree. This idea is fantastic for those who have allergies and need a creative substitute for a holiday tree.

Update Your Ornaments 

If you don’t want to go buy new ornaments but want an updated holiday style, simply re-style the ornaments you already have! Mod Podge old ornaments and dip them in a bowl of glitter for a shimmery holiday season. Or, fill transparent ornaments with ribbon, confetti, buttons, or pretty much anything you’d like! And, voila! You have got yourself some stunning “new” ornaments. 

Author Byline:

Melanie Hargrave is a wife and homemaker whose pride and joy is her family. She is an avid user of Centura Tile and loves home improvement. In addition to spending time with her husband and daughters, she loves being outdoors, playing sports, and sharing her experiences with others.

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