30+ Upcycled and Repurposed Ornaments

30+ Upcycled and 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 (upcycling and Christmas) is something I look forward to each year. And while I haven’t done that many of them, repurposed ornaments using upcycled materials are an exceptional favorite holiday craft.

And I’m no stranger to upcycling a few DIY ornaments myself! Such as these ornaments that were made with tea infusers and chandelier crystals

Rustic Christmas Ornaments that are made with the tea strainers or loose tea infuser and crystals from a vintage chandelier

Or these snow ornaments I made with clear glass ornaments that I found at the thrift store…

How to make a snow ornament with clear ornament balls or fillable baubles and coarse salt

But there are SO MANY amazing ideas out there! From upcycling Jell-o molds, to fabric like sweaters and quilts…to broken jewelry and even furniture finials! Repurposed ornaments are the perfect Christmas craft project to work on indoors when the weather is cold during the holiday season.

So, I’ve gathered some of my favorite repurposed ornaments and project ideas around, in hopes to inspire your festive creativity! I think you’ll be gathering Christmas craft supplies to make a few of these in no time.


Repurposed Ornaments for Your Christmas Tree

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I don’t know if I can pick a favorite, but there are definitely a few contenders. Which one is your favorite of the bunch? And will you be creating any repurposed ornaments for the tree this year?

And if you enjoyed these upcycling ideas for repurposed ornaments, then you may also be interested in this rustic holiday wreath that was made from flannel shirts!

Upcycling the flannel fabric from used clothing to make rustic Christmas decorations for a Christmas cabin

Or this holiday card holder with a thrift store find that got a festive makeover!

Rustic Christmas decor and holiday card box in Buffalo plaid with a wooden jewelry box from the Goodwill Bins

Craft on!


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  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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