Repurposed Ornaments and Christmas Ornament Crafts

Repurposed Ornaments and Christmas Ornament Crafts

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

Loose leaf tea strainers as Christmas ornaments

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

Snow ornaments from clear ornament balls

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.

Such as these cute ornaments that are made with vintage paper coasters!

Wood ornaments or retro Christmas ornaments that are made with paper coasters

I even included some repurposed ornaments in my book, “Crafting with Flannel”. These star ornaments are a particular favorite of mine!

diy christmas ornaments from flannel shirts

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? Will you be creating any repurposed ornaments for the tree this year?

Christmas ornament crafting with switchplate covers

DIY ornaments with upcycled materials are such a wonderful craft project to work on during winter break from school or with visiting family, too. Especially if you use something inexpensive and readily available, such as mason jar rings

Mini Christmas wreaths from mason jar lids

The best part? SO MANY THINGS can be refashioned into ornaments. And they often come from the most unexpected places. Like, these- they started on a coffee mug tree, of all places

Wooden spindle ornaments from a coffee mug tree

Plus, check it out- even vintage ornament BOXES can be used as Christmas decorations!

Vintage ornament boxes as thrifty Christmas decor

I hope you are inspired to make some repurposed ornaments this year. And I also hope you’ll tell me about them and if you were inspired by one of these projects!

Speaking of ornaments, here’s a great idea for making some Christmas ornament hooks for your miniature ornaments!

christmas ornament hooks for small ornaments

And if you enjoyed these upcycling ideas for repurposed ornaments, then you may also be interested in my upcycled version of a Charlie Brown Christmas tree!

Upcycled version of a Charlie Brown Christmas tree

Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  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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