4 Creative Ways to Recycle Your Holiday Decorations

Holidays just aren’t the same without a little bit of décor to deck your halls. But it can be exhausting and expensive to continually buy new decorations for your home. For a fresh, unique look, try recycling household objects and decorations from other holidays to make the days cheery and bright or spooky and festive throughout the year.

Decorative Jars

Gather together old canning or mason jars from your cupboard to create a festive holiday look for your home.

Repurpose your jars by covering them in colored tissue paper to match the season. For Valentine’s Day a red, pink, and white striped pattern would work well. St. Patrick’s Day just screams green with white spots. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, you can even attempt to make a monster or vampire for Halloween.

Stuffing jars with glitter and miniature statuettes makes for great impromptu snow globes. Fill a jar with seasonal glitter or confetti of your choice. Often there are after-holiday sales where you can find small holiday figurines or trinkets you can use to add to your makeshift snow globe.

Repurposed Wreaths

Wreaths aren’t just for Christmas. Take out one of your old wreaths, and cover it in cobwebs and plastic spiders for a “Nightmare Before Christmas” feel on Halloween. As a fun New Year’s activity, write resolutions on index cards and pin them to a wreath for a friendly reminder of your goals. 

If you want to have a fresh after-Christmas wreath to keep the spirit of giving with you, you can make one out of your used Christmas tree. Cut off some of the branches, and use wire to guide and tie them together in a circular pattern. A unique, homemade wreath is sure to look great hanging on your front door. With just a little creativity, you can transform your wreath to fit almost any holiday.


You can light up any holiday, and show your excitement by using leftover (or new) lights around the house. Hanging up lights can be tricky and sometimes dangerous. So you can keep it simple by illuminating your front door or walkway using bottles filled with small tree lights.

Red lights are versatile and can be used for both Valentine’s Day and the 4th of July. White lights can be used for almost any holiday, especially if you dress up the bottle with a colored ribbon. You can also place these in your front windows to add a welcoming glow to your home.

Leftover Holiday Decorations

With a little creativity and effort, you can also transform decorations from other holidays into festive new décor.

Got leftover plastic Easter eggs? You can do more with them than just fill them with candy and hide them around the house. For almost any holiday you can paint and decorate these Easter eggs to fit the season. Paint one brown and add a face with a red nose, then fashion some antlers out of pipe cleaners to make Rudolph. For Thanksgiving, add a turkey face with colorful paper on the back as a tail.

Holiday decorations don’t have to break the bank. All you have to do is be creative to transform everyday objects into festive new decor. These unique decorations will be the envy of every neighbor on your street.

Melanie Hargrave is a wife and homemaker whose pride and joy is her family. In addition to spending time with her husband and daughters, she loves being outdoors, playing sports, and sharing her experiences with others. Melanie enjoys helping decorate homes and windows in Vancouver. For more information on window replacement and installation, visit http://www.retroteckwindow.ca/.

By: Melanie Hargrave

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