30+ Upcycling Ideas for Non-Christmas Winter Decorations

30+ Upcycling Ideas for Non-Christmas Winter Decorations

Decorating your home after Christmas can be a struggle. At first glance, a winter aesthetic seems barren and uninviting, which can seep into your home decor. But, I’m here to tell you that there are plenty of winter home decor ideas and non-Christmas winter decorations that are gorgeous and give you that cozy feeling of “hygge”.

Oh, and did I mention that every single one is upcycled or repurposed? Talk about thrifty hygge!

Such as my DIY winter wreath, which started as a plain Christmas wreath!

DIY winter wreath

Or this upcycled steamer pot insert. Yes, a steamer pot insert!

tree embroidery on a steamer pot insert

To create a cozy home after the holidays and through the winter, there are certain winter elements that I’m personally drawn to:

  • Metal and tarnished silver,
  • Nature’s bounty: Pine cones, blue-green foliage (think juniper and blue spruce), sweetgum balls, etc.; 
  • Neutral plaids and nubby knits;
  • Combining “hard” and “soft” together.

If the last one confounds you, here’s what I mean- think fluffy cotton boll branches in a rusty milk pail. Delicate snowflakes on scratchy tree bark.

Or my version with a chippy, rusty tote filled with delicate milk glass vases and pussy willow branches.

winter aesthetic

Since January decorations confound many of us, I decided that a collection of upcycling and DIY ideas for a winter aesthetic was in order!

Winter sign for cozy home decor

And while I personally love more colorful decor in general, winter is, biologically, a time of slumber and regeneration. So neutral hues of white, blue, and brown lend itself to that slow, cozy concept- as demonstrated by my Hygge candles here.

hygge candles for a cozy home

I hope some of these ideas for non-Christmas winter decorations that use repurposed vintage items, thrift store treasures, and nature’s bounty provide some much needed inspiration for January and February.

Winter Decor Ideas and Non-Christmas Winter Decorations

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Moral of the story? Winter decor is completely DOABLE- and can be done really inexpensively, to boot!

Wooden sled decor for winter decorating

I really do love all of the nature/yard elements combined with unusual vintage (or thrifted) pieces. Just check toxicity to pets/children of anything you bring inside first!

winter centerpiece from a wooden sleigh and snow covered pinecones

Turns out, repurposing and upcycling ideas for a winter aesthetic is easier and more plentiful than I thought!

Winter decorating ideas from the thrift store

Speaking of winter decor ideas and feeling cozy, my first book is out! And it’s FULL of crafting ideas with flannel- I hope you’ll check it out!

rustic centerpiece from crafting with flannel

It is currently available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, Target, and other major retailers!

Speaking of flannel, if you enjoyed these upcycling ideas for non-Christmas winter decorations, then you may also enjoy this DIY draft stopper, too. Keep the cold out and the cozy in, flannel-style!

DIY draft stopper from flannel shirts

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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. I love every one of these! Excellent!

  2. I Love them all also. Great ideas with natural elements.

  3. Thanks for putting me in the winter decorating mood and for sharing my silver and milk glass.

  4. Thank you so much including my Winter Front Porch decor in this awesome roundup! Pinning and sharing!

  5. I saw a couple ideas that I may try myself!

  6. OMG! You found some AMAZING inspiration!! LOVE that wreath & so many more!! :o)

  7. Wonderful decorating ideas! My favorites are the basket full of pinecones and the silver acorns! 🙂 Thanks for bringing to Throwback Thursday! 🙂

  8. thesummeryumbrella says

    Oh my goodness all of these ideas are so stinking cute!! Absolutely adore the sleigh/toboggan bench. Thank you so much for sharing with us over at The Creative Circle link party. See ya next week 🙂

  9. Great round up of projects! Some I have pinned myself and others . . .such a fun find 🙂 Thanks for sharing on Snickerdoodle Sunday! Pinning and tweeting to share! Have a great week Sarah!

  10. Sarah, thank you so so much for including my jars in this round up! Love all the ideas!

  11. There are so many wonderful ideas for inspiration, the snowflakes under glass are wonderful, the sled for a stool, great!!

    Thank you for visiting to share your lovely blog this week on OMHGWW!!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Oh My Heartsie Girl♥

  12. Great roundup of winter projects Sarah! My favorite? the coasters! I love everything flannel!


  13. I wandered over from Work it Wednesday. These are all great ideas!

  14. Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty says

    So many beautiful ideas here! I’m not sure which to pick first! Thanks for sharing with us on Merry Monday!

  15. I loved all your projects and how you rescued some thrifty finds. You are my kind of girl

  16. These are some really cute winter decorating projects! Thank you for sharing with us over at the Welcome Home Wednesdays Link Party!

  17. Good Morning!! I wanted to let you know that your post has been selected as a Feature for the Welcome Home Wednesdays Link Party!! Stop by this morning to see your post linked up and don’t forget to grab your “Featured” button too!!

  18. So much inspiration here! Love those painted frames the most though.

  19. Naomi Shelton says

    Hi, I love this post, Sarah! SO MANY really beautiful ideas for Winter Decor! I really love the peach basket you put your arrangement in, too. It reminds me of one my grandmother had when I was a little girl (100 years ago!–not quite, but almost.) It had been fitted with wheels and a handle and she used it as a grocery carrier! How cool is that for up-cycling in the 1940’s? Anyway, is yours really a peach basket and where did you get it? If you don’t mind my asking.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      I actually got it at a thrift store so I don’t know its origins. BUT – I do live in South Carolina so the likelihood that it once held peaches is pretty strong. 🙂 I see them at thrift stores around here all the time.

  20. So many wonderful ideas! I love repurposing items, especially for chic decor. Thanks for including my light globes too.

  21. SCOTTY RACE says

    very clean look! Love it


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