Making Recycled Christmas Decorations

Make Christmas decorations by recycling items you have on hand. This is a guide about making recycled Christmas decorations.


December 12, 2005 Flag
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Recycled material Christmas swags.

These are some swags I made for our porch where we keep our firewood. For each swag I took two branches from our old artificial Christmas tree. I laid them on top of each other, with one slightly higher. To hold them together I tore a piece of duct tape in half widthwise so it was narrow and then taped them together. I then hot glued on the pinecones which I got from my neighbor. For the bows I used an old jumper dress that I cut strips out of. I also painted the tips of the pinecones with a little bit of white paint after they were all assembled.

I think they're a little Martha Stewartish and even better because they were completely free to make:) My local thrift store sells the trees for $6. So maybe if you don't have a tree to work with you can pick one up for cheap.

By Mom 2_5 from IL

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December 12, 20050 found this helpful

These are gorgeous, so beautiful and elegant! And I love your thriftiness the way you made them! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!

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December 12, 20050 found this helpful

LOVE THEM!! You are very creative! Impressive. RATS!! Just gave my ole "Charlie Brown" tree away. There are old trees EVERYWHERE in the thrift shops. Will have to pick one up! Thanks for the great photo and instructions. Mitzi

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December 12, 20050 found this helpful

Sooo cute!! I love 'em!

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December 13, 20050 found this helpful

You put Martha Stewart to shame. I don't think she would have ever bought a thrift store tree and used what she had on hand like you did.

You did a great job, keep up the good work.


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September 12, 20070 found this helpful

December 20, 2011 Flag

Instead of trashing those broken Christmas decorations, try to create something useful and meaningful. The leaves were a total waste because of being dirty and very old. Some of the Christmas balls were broken and not good for hanging.

Unique Christmas arrangement

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November 7, 2007 Flag

What do you do with the milk and soda caps nobody wants? I believe I pretty much covered before their use as game pieces. How about Holiday Decorations or just small vessels that can be used to decorate holiday decorations?

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November 13, 2011 Flag

The "wreath" is a captured quilled wreath. The two little bulbs are recycled burned out bulbs with glitter (tape/glitter) and the round recycled light bulb is quilled tight coils! Fun and easy peasy!

Three clear Christmas ornaments with decorative inclusions.

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November 2, 2004 Flag
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My friend made me two Christmas ornaments from shoulder pads, she had removed from her clothing. Really cute.

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