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November 24, 2014

How many Repurposeful Mondays do we have before Christmas?  Not enough!  There are just too many adorable upcycling ideas for one holiday season.

Today we're going to start out with a KISS:
Keep It Simple & Sweet!
Whether planned or used in a 'tablescape emergency'
cookie cutters make precious holiday napkin rings.

The beauty of this porch decoration is that you can use a
suitcase that isn't too old.  Lots of thrift shops have them
for sale and they're still reasonably priced.

A styrofoam ball, buttons, long white push pins, and grosgrain ribbon
are all you need to assemble this precious holiday ornament.

Do you have just a few buttons lying around?
Little button trees make charming pendants,
mini-ornaments, and lapel pins.

It's that time of year to think about sweater repurposing.
 The internet is crowded with video tutorials on how to convert old sweaters into stockings. An Extraordinary Day shows how to make a sweater stocking in 12 easy steps.  Click here for the instructions.

The simple directions for making this stocking can
be found here along with a pattern to download.

Stockings aren't the only decorations
you can create from old sweaters:

Hands down, these Christmas sweater trees are THE easiest to make
holiday decorations ever.  Click here for the super simple instructions.

I adore this sweater wreath idea but I'd probably
use a different type of bow.  What do you think?
Click here for the step-by-step instructions.

Candle cozies guarantee that you'll use
every part of the sweater:

But possibly the most elegant and ingenious
use of a sweater sleeve:
Such a clever and inexpensive way to wrap a gift.

Using a rusty lantern is a charming way to display holly.

This ornament doesn't seem very special at first glance:
If you have costume jewelry necklace from your mother, grandmother or aunt, place it in a clear glass ball (available at just about all craft stores.)  And, you don't even have to un-string the necklace.  What a special way to make them a part of your Christmas even if they might not be with you.

Looking for a primitive and rustic holiday tree
idea with a little beach-iness tossed in?
Nailed it!

Know where you can buy used stair spindles?
At the Habitat For Humanity thrift store in your area.

If you don't have a fireplace mantel you can still hang stockings:
Many thrift shops offer headboards under $30 - carry this idea a little further by painting family names over the knobs.  Great gift idea!

The scuffs and patina on old skates add texture to the decoration.

Ask your favorite buckaroo if you can borrow
one of his boots for a few weeks:

Show your appreciate of the loan of the boot
by making him a Texas Hold 'Em wreath:

Excellent holiday uses of old fence gates.

I saved my favorite holiday repurposing for last:
Beth, of Olde Tyme Market Place, posted this rusty wheel wreath a couple of years ago.  She found this farm equipment tire in an antique shop but you might find one in a salvage yard.  It perfectly expresses my love of old repurposed Holiday decorations.  Hope you're inspired, too!


  1. I love all these ideas and will be using a few of them ...

  2. Oh, please don't stop! These are so fun to look at and maybe attempt a few.

  3. Way to much fun.
    Love the old gate idea.
    I have made a wooden Christmas tree this year and it is looking great.

    cheers, parsnip