Can you even believe it?

And guess what comes after November?

That’s right. Say it with me. December.

The most wonderful month of the year.

Just between us? December always sneaks up on me. I think it’s lightyears away. I think I have all the time in the world to get ready for the holidays. I think that there’s tons of time before Santa slides down my chimney.

And then?

I blink.

And December 25 knocks at the door.

So this year I’m doing things a little bit differently. This year I’m being mindful and purposeful and intentional and prepping for the holidays so I can enjoy every single minute. And I’m inviting you to join me in my journey. Over the next 12 days I’m joining my friend Leslie from My 100-year-old Home.

Together we are sharing the 12 Days of (Getting Ready For) Christmas.

And today?

It’s all about rethinking and reusing what you already have in a new way to decorate your home.

Here are 9 simple ideas to repurpose last year’s decor.

1. Repurpose ornaments

You know how you decorate your tree with ornaments.

And then?

There are always boxes of ornaments left over. Sometimes they aren’t the right color. Sometimes you didn’t put up as many trees. Sometimes you just aren’t up for putting all those ornaments on the tree.

Why not use those extra ornaments to decorate with instead?

Here are just a few ways to repurpose and reuse them:

  1. Glue them to a canvas or board and make a tree
  2. Tuck them into a bookcase or hutch
  3. Fill a bowl with them and set them on the counter (you could also add little fairy lights to the bowl of ornaments, too)
  4. Add them to a yard sale sleigh that you painted white
  5. Tie them to a wreath with 1/4″ ribbon of different colors

2. Repurpose ribbon and ornaments

I saved this ornament idea as its own number because it’s my favorite.

This is such an easy idea and a perfect solution for all those leftover ornaments.

All you need is ribbon and duck tape (you can use command hooks if your window isn’t covered by a valance or cornice board).

Simply thread the ribbon through the top of the ornament and duck tape it to the top of the window.

Easy peasy Christmas breezy.

3. Repurpose leftover greenery

I always have leftover greenery. Sometimes it used to be part of a tree. Sometimes it lived another life as part of a wreath. Sometimes it was just cast aside for new, cuter greenery.

Why not use it to make something completely new?

Like this tree.

It’s the easiest DIY ever.

Simply glue pieces of greenery in a graduated pattern to a canvas or board (or a chalkboard).

Then top with an ornament.

4. Repurpose Christmas Carol pages

I found an old vintage book of Christmas carols in the bottom of one of my tubs.

Don’t worry.

No Christmas carols were harmed in the making of this craft.

I made copies of the pages and used them to make a set of Christmas carol trees.

You can see the entire DIY here.

5. Repurpose garland

I had spools of this wired boxwood garland left over in one of my Christmas tubs.

Instead of tossing it, I cut it into 18″ strips and made it into mini wreaths.

I wrapped each boxwood strip twice and tied it off with a ribbon.

Then I decorated the wire rack in my kitchen.

(total aside: I also used it like ribbon on packages and added these wreaths as package toppers.

6. Repurpose stockings

These stockings are just simple, basic dollar store stockings.

I think they were actually a dollar each.

I used them for another project and then they just sat in the Christmas tubs.


Until I had the brilliant idea to add pom poms to them.

You can see the entire stocking how to here.

7. Repurpose jingle bells

If you have extra jingle bells left over from ornaments and garlands and wreaths?

This is the perfect project.

Why not remake them into a jingle bell tree?

You can see the step-by-step instructions for the project here.

8. Repurpose a wreath

This is one of the simplest ways I update a wreath.

I wire in fresh greenery like magnolia.

Here’s a wreath that I had for several years that was looking a little tired.

I just cut fresh magnolia and wired it into the existing wreath.

9. Repurpose a garland

If you have a garland that has seen better Christmas days, don’t get rid of it.

Embellish it.

Add in dried hydrangeas and burlap ribbon and pine cones and layers of other greenery.

Your mantel will thank you.

I hope you enjoyed day one of 12 Days of (Getting Ready For) Christmas.

Be sure and stop by Leslie’s for even more Christmas decor repurposing ideas.

And come back tomorrow where we’ll get our pantry ready for December.

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  1. Image for Betty in Arlington Betty in Arlington

    Dearest Karianne, Love, love the white ironstone and red ornaments! I just repainted my living room decor with mostly white, so that's an idea I can use! We are home (DH just retired and with Covid looming, we stay home only once for shopping and once to donate plasma (1x/mo.), we need to brighten-up the place! I may try the colored lights on the Christmas tree this year! I have an idea for paper stars; The White Cottage Company (https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=the+white+cottage+company&&view=detail&mid=78D527DDD233D905B11978D527DDD233D905B119&&FORM=VRDGAR&ru=%2Fvideos%2Fsearch%3Fq%3Dthe%2Bwhite%2Bcottage%2Bcompany%26qpvt%3Dthe%2Bwhite%2Bcottage%2Bcompany%26FORM%3DVDRE) start at 1:02,

  2. Image for Kathy Menold Kathy Menold

    Love the idea of using fresh Magnolia to refurbish an old wreath. I have a beautiful magnolia tree on our property and it is small enough to easily clip some branches. Will also use to enhance my mantle Garland. Have you ever preserved Magnolia with glycerin?

  3. Image for Michele M / Finch Rest Michele M / Finch Rest

    Great ideas. I always have leftover stuff- even after purging many many MANY boxes the last two years. Have fun with your classes. I know you will Rock It - esp in your new craft space studio!!!!! Hugs.

  4. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    These are wonderful ideas, i know i have a some pieces in my decor i don't use and these ideas will be so cute. I have a piece of garland and a stocking and some bells, no telling what else,lol!! Thank you and have a great week.

  5. Image for pamela smith pamela smith

    I love putting out my extra ornaments in bowls and other containers. But I really love them hanging on a ribbon! I will have to try that with some of mine this year!


    Great ideas, KariAnne! I love the jingle bell trees and I am going to make some! They are so cute -- and so different! Have a great week! Again, thanks for always bringing us such fabulous ideas!

  7. Image for Juliet Juliet

    Ok, I'm ready ... after nearly 6 years of living in build and renovation mode ... plus 5 moves ... I'm all about this year's Christmas decor at Snowberry! Bins are pulled down and I'm ready to go ... so Bring. It. On! What a fun series ... love the ornaments in the window idea. I'll definitely be doing that! Fa la la la la ... xo

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  9. Image for Eloisa Eloisa

    Hi! Thank you for sharing this ideas, I can definitely do this re-purposing with all my stuff. I love the idea of jingle bells making it as a tree and your wreath actually everything you shared just amazed me. I will definitely try everything and save a lot specially on this current situation of our economy we lost our job and no extra money to pay new pieces for decoration. Thank you so much!

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