Looking for ideas for original and unique Christmas decorating ideas? Do you love to reuse, recycle or repurpose your decor? Then you’ll love these wonderful Upcycled Christmas Decorations you can totally DIY too.
Upcycled Christmas decorations usually means using everyday items in unexpected ways. Using things you’d otherwise throw away and turning them into something new and exciting requires a bit of imagination, some courage to do the unexpected and quite a lot of free spirit thinking to step out of the box. But when you do end up with totally unique, one of a kind upcycled Christmas decorations you will not only have saved some things from ending up in the waste. You will also have avoided the trap of buying new all the time. Your wallet and the earth will be grateful.
Through my years of blogging I have gotten to know some real up cycling, junk style, steampunk loving queens of decorating. Today I present a collection of my favorite upcycled Christmas decorations from fellow bloggers. Enjoy!
DIY recycled Christmas Wreath Ideas
What is a properly decorated Christmas home without at least one Christmas wreath? Right! Here are some truly original recycled Christmas wreath ideas.
What is Christmas decor without at least one pretty wreath. And this Christmas kitchen wreath by Blue Willow House made from small baking tins is just too much fun.
Diana shares her holiday home. And just look at this vintage door decor: I love those vintage skis with the wreath. There is so much beauty inside too!
A rusty milk bottle holder forms the base for this four Candle Advent Wreath.
Anything can be turned into a lovely wreath, as is demonstrated by this recycled clock wreath.
A front door wreath doesn’t need to be round. Just look at how cut this mason jar lids with ornaments wreath idea is.
Upcycled Christmas Tree Decorations (without a tree)
Christmas without a Christmas tree seems impossible. But sometimes there isn’t room for a big tree, or maybe one tree is just not enough. You can make big and small Christmas trees out of all kind of materials. Here a some junk-style Christmas tree ideas for a rustic Christmas.
I just can’t get enough of all the variations of repurposed wood Christmas trees. This version by Joan from Scavenger Chic is very beautiful and makes for fun wall decoration.
Another wood Christmas tree by Julie from Restyle Relove. She reinvented last years project into this beauty of a farmhouse wooden tree.
Did I say anything can become a Christmas tree? These pinecone Christmas trees are crafted from pinecones with upcyled bases from lamp parts.
Rustic pallet wood Christmas tree DIY idea that is much easier than it looks but definitely packs a punch in the wow factor.
Another pallet wood tree idea. This one looks a bit more sophisticated but is still totally DIY-able with the instructions from Karianne.
This reclaimed wood Christmas tree is not only gorgeous in its rustic character. I am also totally digging the steampunk Christmas decorations it is showing off. Tree by Junk-Style queen Donna.
DIY Rustic Christmas Ornament Ideas
If you have a Christmas tree, you will need some Christmas ornaments too. These upcycled Christmas tree decorations are totally up my ally. They add glamour and glitz while at the same time being truly one of a kind originals.
Carlene from Organized Clutter made these Christmas ornament that started life as a very ordinary drawer pull. Great vision and perfect execution!
These mason jar lids ornaments are like tiny wreaths for your Christmas tree. What a fun upcyling idea.
We saw cake forms tuned into a wreath. But when you find tiny tart tins you can totally transform them into these super cute tart tin ornaments.
Crochet blankets and doilies are not hard to find in thrift stores. That those usually have stains and damages is not a problem at all when you turn the good bits into upcycled crochet ornaments.
Who doesn’t love a family game at Christmas? Well turn the incomplete set of your favorite game into these fu scrabble tile ornaments for a good upcycle Christmas project.
DIY Upcycled Signs and Letters
Christmas comes with a message of peace and harmony. Maybe that’s way Christmas decorations featuring letters and signs are so popular. And if those Christmas signs are made from repurposed materials all the better. Here are my favorite examples of Christmas signs and letters.
Simple and effective this NOEL letters DIY project featuring repurposed wood and a leftover grapevine wreath.
This lovely Noel sign gives you a glimpse of a lovely Christmas home tour. The sign by Old Things New is made by repurposing an old silver plated tray.
Leftover bits of ribbon and a piece of an old floor board have been refashioned into a fun and useful Christmas card holder.
Talk about unexpected. This upcycled Christmas countdown sign is made form an old wooden ironing board. How fun!
Plaid and letter stencils are used to turn an old cabinet door into this beautiful Joy Sign.
Upcycled Christmas Decorating Ideas
Sometimes your home just needs a little something something in a corner or two. These DIY rustic Christmas decorations are quirky and fun and beautiful and inspiring at the same time.
I have no idea what a laundry stumper is, all I know is that this angel is super cute. Wonderful ‘see through it’ vision by Organized Clutter
Repurposing at its best: mini molds turned Christmas bells, simply too cute. Go see it at My Thrift Store Addiction.
If you have been around you know I just love doilies. So how could I resist featuring the lovely doily tree skirt that JunkinJane made.
Sometimes the materials to use for your Christmas decorating are totally free. Like when you use twigs from the garden to turn into rustic Christmas decor. These twig Christmas decorations might give you some inspirations to get started.
Steampunk Christmas Decor
Steampunk and Junk Style decorating are two sides of the same coin. Using old and rustic industrial tidbits and turning them into truly original decor pieces or even artwork is truly the highest level of up cycling and repurposing. Have fun with these steampunk Christmas decorating ideas.
From garage to Christmas. This rusty gear candle holder is a true original masterpiece of steampunk Christmas decor.
A repurpose of a repurpose. The bedsprings were made into a Christmas tree and then Cecilia from My Thriftstore Addiction refashioned the tree into this lovely ornament tree wreath.
Oil can ornament holders! Who would have thought about that. Aren’t they lovely!
This project proves that old bed springs are beautiful in their simplicity. Who would think that it would be so easy to create this rusty bed spring Christmas decor.
A Christmas tree from steamers. Steamers from the thriftstore as disassembled and put together again int the shape of a Christmas tree. It is rustic and shiny at the same time. Love it.
This steampunk mini Christmas tree has all kinds of rusty things as decorations. But the star of the show is the strainer repurposed into a Christmas tree stand. Brilliant!
Rustic OUtdoor Christmas Decorating Ideas
When turning our homes into a Christmas extravaganza we shouldn’t forget about the front door, porch and garden. So here are some upcycled outdoor Christmas decorations for you to be inspired by.
Create a pretty Christmas display on your porch in true upcycled style. I am loving these examples of Christmas outdoor decorations in junkstyle especially the use of rusty old milk and oil jugs.
Christmas and winter decor go together like a hand and a glove. And what better way to decorate the outdoor spaces of your home with accessories from winter games and sports. This recycled winter fun outdoor decor is a wonderful inspiration.
Rustic rope and burlap, repurposed pinecones and branches are all fashioned into a rustic Christmas swag you can totally make yourself with the instructions given.
What a fun little decoration for your front door. These upscaled ice-skates from Prodigal Pieces can stand in for a front door wreath anytime.
The mittens are handmade from a recycled scarf or sweater and the sled is repurposed into a wreath holder. Loving this sled and mittens Christmas outdoor decor.
Mixed Media Vintage Christmas Decorations
Not all upcycled Christmas decorations need to be show stopping big. Sometimes just making a little Christmas craft is all you want. Using recycled materials for your Christmas crafting is the way to go in my book. You’ll end up with a mix of materials and some vintage style decorations. What is there not to love.
Vintage paper gift tags made from stained cardboard, paper scraps and a bit of damaged evergreen wreath.
Old books that are destined for the bin are not hard to find. Turn them into these altered books for a truly fun Christmas decor project.
This Advent Calendar is made by adding all kinds off repurposed tidbits to tags that are decorated with leftover craft materials. Great way to use up lots of your crafting stash.
Tiny bits of leftover lace, ribbon and doilies are repurposed into these lovely vintage paper angel wings. What a sweet Christmas paper project.
My heart belongs to: Mixed Media. I don’t get around to it much but I always love projects in this style. These mixed media ornaments by Dutct Tape and Denim are simply gorgeous.
I hope you liked my collection of upcycled Christmas decorations and that you are inspired to take a second look at that thriftstore find and turn it into your next Christmas decorating project. Let’s save the planet, one DIY project at the time 😄.
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