Deck the Halls…with Repurposed Ornaments

Deck the Halls…with Repurposed Ornaments

As a December 26th baby, I feel a special connection to Christmas- even if a birthday at this time of year is pretty underwhelming. Coupled with my love of repurposing and upcycling, it should come as no surprise to anyone that combining the two- Repurpose/Christmas- is something I look forward to each year. And while I haven’t done that many of them, repurposed ornaments are an exceptional favorite. I’ve made DIY snowball ornaments from thrifted glass balls…pretty painted “icicles” from vintage spindles…wreaths from mason jar lids…and this year’s favorite, tea strainer / chandelier crystal ornaments.

Repurposed and upcycled DIY Christmas ornaments by Sadie Seasongoods /

But there are SO MANY amazing ideas out there…so if you’re looking for some festive DIY inspiration, then start scrolling down…


  1. How about some salvaged watch or clock face Christmas characters??Repurposed clock watch face Christmas ornaments

2. A tale of two opposites- hinges and jewelry– make for an intriguing (and awesome) ornament…Salvaged vintage door hinge and broken jewelry Christmas ornament

3. Ok- so bottle brush trees in thimbles (and shaker tops) are as cute as it gets!Vintage bottle brush tree in old thimble and salt shaker top Christmas ornament

4. I already have a collection of small vintage doilies to make a garland!Vintage doily Christmas tree garland

5. A beat-up children’s Christmas book can be salvaged into ornaments- I think I may have had this exact one, too!Vintage children's Christmas book illustrations repurposed as decoupage ornaments

6. I never would have thought of repurposing old skeleton keys into a snowflake, but it totally works.Vintage skeleton keys repurposed as DIY snowflake Christmas ornament

7. I’ve loved these vintage button card ornaments since I first saw them- she has so many variations and I adore them all!Vintage button card repurposed as DIY Christmas ornament

8. If only I had an endless supply of broken spindles and furniture piecesBroken vintage furniture and salvaged spindle Christmas ornament

9. These little salt shaker ornaments have a touch of bling and a LOT of cuteness.Vintage salt shaker Christmas ornaments

10. Gah! I’ve gone through quite a few spools of ribbon in my years…when all the while I could have repurposed them into Christmas diorama ornaments!Repurposed ribbon spool Christmas ornament

11. Vintage shuttlecocks for badminton…the kind with feathers…make for adorable angel ornaments, don’t they?Upcycled repurposed vintage badminton shuttlecock angel Christmas ornament

12. Spray can tops- like for spray paint- repurposed as Christmas drums is genius!Spray can tops repurposed as DIY Christmas drum ornaments

13. Can’t forget about repurposing old sweaters in embroidery hoops- simply and festive.Repurposed sweater in embroidery hoops as DIY Christmas ornaments

14. How amazing is this! An angel crafted from repurposed rhinestone jewelry, on a perfectly chippy piece of salvaged wood.Salvaged chippy wood and broken rhinestone jewelry Christmas ornament

15. I LOVE the idea of repurposing old Christmas cards (or even not-so-old ones) into little trees to hang on your big tree!Vintage Christmas cards repurposed into DIY ornaments

16. Oh my goodness…think of all the tiny scenes you could put in a vintage jell-o moldVintage jello mold diorama Christmas ornament

17. Vintage wooden spools are full of possibility…including charming little ornaments.Vintage wooden thread spool repurposed upcycled as Christmas ornament

18. This one looks easy to do with kids- repurposed puzzle piece snowflakes!puzzle piece snowflake Christmas ornament

19. I have the perfect vintage cutter quilt to make my own trees…Cutter quilt Christmas tree ornaments

20. A snowy scene on a vintage spoon would be cute hanging on a tree!


I don’t know if I can pick a favorite, but there are definitely a few contenders. Which one is your fave?? And will you be repurposing anything to hang on your tree this year?

Craft on!


PIN ME!Upcycled and repurposed DIY Christmas ornament ideas compiled by Sadie Seasongoods /


  1. This makes me not want to throw anything out…lol. I love the spray can cap drums and will have to try that one.

  2. I love all these ideas, the trouble is our tree is already bursting at the seams!
    I was given some broken but really elaborate Indian hand jewellery from a friend once (my friends are well trained and all know I’ll take their old broken stuff to repurpose) and made some of it into tree ornaments, some was used on cards and some is still in my stash waiting for more inspiration!

  3. Love these ideas, the vintage jelly mold is so cute and the recycled Christmas card trees so simple but very effective. Thank you for featuring my angel shuttlecocks in this great roundup.

  4. Sarah, Thank you for including my vintage card tree ornaments in the roundup. This is one of the best DIY project roundups I’ve seen. I love them all. Not enough time! Merry Christmas!

  5. I love the clocks! thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  6. No way to pick a favorite, because they are all fabulous ideas! I definitely pinned this one to look at and start the new year with an idea or two. Thank you for sharing and have a fantastic creative day!

  7. Thank you for including my button cards in such good company! Happy Holidays Sarah! ♥

  8. These are really really cute, Sarah!! 🙂

  9. Love all the vintage Christmas prints! Great ideas. Visiting from Inspire Me Monday party.

  10. Wonderful ideas that I will bookmark . Like a previous comment now I better not throw anything out!!! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Wow, I don’t think I saw an idea I didn’t like! Love the trees made out of old Christmas cards b/c I save all that stuff. Pinning for next year!

  12. such an awesome idea! I love upcycling things – eco living is so wonderful and it’s amazing the things you can do with old items! happy holidays!

  13. Sarah, a wonderful round up of vintage and repurposed items for Christmas ornaments. Love them all. Thank you so much for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  14. Thanks so much for including my Christmas Drum in your round-up. Happy New Year! Cheers.


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