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12 Cool Upcycled Christmas Ornaments

Updated on December 11, 2012
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ButtonsPopsicle sticksPlastic bottle bottomsPlastic bottle bottomsCorksFabric covered Newspaper coveredPaper towel rollsChandelier beadsDiscarded light bulbsDiscarded light bulbsEgg cartonsEgg cartonsPaperFelt & popsicle sticksScrabble letters
Popsicle sticks
Popsicle sticks
Plastic bottle bottoms
Plastic bottle bottoms
Plastic bottle bottoms
Plastic bottle bottoms
Fabric covered
Fabric covered
Newspaper covered
Newspaper covered
Paper towel rolls
Paper towel rolls
Chandelier beads
Chandelier beads
Discarded light bulbs
Discarded light bulbs
Discarded light bulbs
Discarded light bulbs
Egg cartons
Egg cartons
Egg cartons
Egg cartons
Felt & popsicle sticks
Felt & popsicle sticks
Scrabble letters
Scrabble letters

Looking for new ideas for ornaments this year? Look no further than around your house.

No need to buy new ornaments. You have all the decorations you need if you look around. And if you have the same ones from last year, you can easily turn them into brand new ones and no one will be the wiser. A fun way to get the family together and children will love creating some of these. Here are 12 of the coolest ideas for your Christmas tree.


String your favorite buttons with a thin gauge wire, tie at ends and top with bow and string on tree.

Popsicle Sticks:

All you need is acrylic paint or colored markers and glue. Make your own style, even a star.

Plastic Bottle Bottoms:

Cut the bottoms off your water bottles and paint using acrylic, then add glitter. Spray on works best for this project in glitter and the paint as well. Cut or burn a hole on the top and add string or bow.


Cork is so versatile. To make an angel like the one shown, glue a bow or paper wings you cut out yourself or better yet, if you have feathers, use those instead. You can use anything for the head that's round or try tissue, scrunch it up into a ball, then layer it with another piece to smooth over and glue to top of cork.

TIP: Thread spools are another great idea to use for this project.

Fabric and Newspaper Covered Balls:

Fabric - Use the same ornaments from last year and upcycle by covering it with fabric, no need to glue, just tie at the top end and you're done.

Newspaper - Spray on or regular glue will do fine. Tear newspaper into strips and cover the balls, add a little glue over them and roll in glitter for some bling.

TIP: If you want to make them special or personalized, add a tag and write a special message or name, then tie to tops.

Paper Towel Rolls:

Cut the tubes into strips about 1" apart, squeeze each strip together until they look like an eye shape, glue ends to each other in center to form the star/flower and paint, add glitter if you like or you may like the rustic look of leaving them alone in their original cardboard color.

TIP: For smaller star/flowers, use toilet paper rolls.

Chandelier Beads:

Take off the beads and string them on tree. They look pretty by the lights.

Old Light Bulbs:

Don't throw them out! Paint them, cover them in glitter and you have wonderful ornaments. Tie the strings around the necks and hang. Add a bow for an extra visual appeal.

Egg Cartons:

Cardboard cartons work best because they are easier to paint. Cut the cups out and paint, add a bell on the inside, use a thin wire and pull it through, tie it to a string to hand or use the same wire.

If you don't have the cardboard cartons but the colored ones that are shinier, use those for the lights. Cut holes on the tops, pull the lights thru.

TIP: If you don't have lights, did you check your Halloween lights? If you have skulls or pumpkins attached, remove them and guess you have lights for the tree.


Cut 4 strips of paper, 2 long, 2 short and sandwich the 2 shorter ones inside with the longer ones on the outside, then push into each other until it looks like the picture. You can connect the ends with anything, even tape or glue. Paint or add glitter and tie a string to the tops to hand.

Felt Lollipops:

One popsicle for each loli, paint how you like and with a thin strip of felt, roll up and glue to the top of the stick. You can glue the sting to the backs of the stick to hand. Add a bow for a cuter look.

Scrabble Pieces:

Find a ribbon or fabric you like and glue words of your choice to the fabric, then gluestring or ribbon to the back of the fabric to hang. A great way to personalize the tree, add your pets name, your child's name or your own special message. It doesn't have to be one word. It depends on how long you want the fabric.

TIP: No fabric? No worries. Glue the letters to each other and glue a ribbon or string to the backs. Another great idea is make like a crossword puzzle effect by crossing one word over the other to make two words or more.

Have fun and Merry Christmas!


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  • Rosana Modugno profile imageAUTHOR

    Rosana Modugno 

    6 years ago from 10th Kingdom

    Thanks for the comment. :)

  • Mellonyy profile image


    6 years ago

    Wonderful Christmas ideas, thanks for sharing, Rosana!

    Voted up!


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