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.

Like now.

It’s July.

December isn’t even a blip on the horizon yet.

But then?

I blink.

And December 25 knocks at the door.

So this year I’m sharing Christmas in July. So we have time to prepare. So we have time to get ready. So we have time to be mindful. This week we’ve already shared 17 ideas for decorating Christmas trees and 7 ideas for Christmas wreaths and 14 ways to wrap your gifts with extra personality.

And today?

Today is 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:

  • Glue them to a canvas or board and make a tree
  • Tuck them into a bookcase or hutch
  • Fill a bowl with them and set them on the counter (you could also add little fairy lights to the bowl of ornaments, too)
  • Add them to a yard sale sleigh that you painted white
  • 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 pine cones

Depending on where you live? Pinecones are free.

Around here we have to save them from year to year. Each year I pull out last year’s pinecones and reimagine them. Here are a few of the ways I use them to decorate:

  • Make wreaths from them
  • Wire them into garlands
  • Add them to bowls around the house
  • Use them as place card holders
  • Glue them to a board and make a snowflake
  • Make them into ornaments
  • Fill a dough bowl

And on and on and pine cone on.

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 this post inspires you.

Christmas decorating doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.

All you need is a little imagination and these ideas.

Good thing you are prepared.

Christmas is 170 days away.

But who’s counting? 🙂

Happy Christmas in July To You

(come back tomorrow for tons of ideas on different Christmas color schemes)

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  1. Image for Robin Plummer Robin Plummer

    Wow, thank you so much for sharing all these terrific Christmas ideas. I will make some of the stockings and jingle bell trees with my grandchildren. I always like to pin or sew in a jingle bell to the edge of a dress hem for my granddaughters. Everybody loves a little jingle when they walk and twirl their dress!

  2. Image for Kris Kris

    Fun ideas. I have some antique ornaments from my grandma. I have a couple of clear glass vases with a gauzy ribbon tied on it and I place the ornaments in them for display. Just mentioning that in case there are folks out there with delicate ornaments that they want to display. I have found it to be a good solution when you have kids and pets in your house. 😉

  3. Image for Jan Jan

    This was a fun! I hate to rush seasons but with the extremely hot summer I’m kind of ready to move on- Great ideas! Thank you!

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