Hello Dear Creatives! My name is Addison and I am honored to be contributing a post for you while our lovely host is enjoying some time off for the holidays.
Every year I sort through my Christmas decor and weed some things out. It might be some old fraying garland, or perhaps a few ornaments that are falling apart. I’m a big fan of only keeping the things you love, especially if there is a story/memory attached. I’m also passionate about re-purposing things to give them a new life around the house. So this year, while digging through my holiday goodies, I found these simple wood ornaments I purchased a while back. I had planned to decorate a ‘natural’, rustic tree one year.
The simple design has a tendency to disappear on the tree so I never used them, which is a shame because they’re really delicate and pretty.
After much thought, I came up with a few ways to give them new life. These options also work great as fun little gifts for friends and coworkers.
Option 1: Magnets
The magnets were very quick and simple to make. If you already have the ornaments, paint, and hot glue then the only cost would be the magnets which you can buy at a craft store. The package I bought was $6 for 50 magnets, on sale for 40% off, making them only about $4. Your new ornament magnets would cost mere pennies each.
Step 1: Collect your supplies.
- Craft or Spray Paint (optional – you could always go au natural)
- Hot Glue
- Other decorations, such as glitter (optional)
Step 2: Remove hangers and paint the ornaments
There are a lot of options when it comes to holiday colors these days, so let your imagination go wild.
You can go with a simple white. These were spray painted with Satin White.
Or even break out the all purpose Oil Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint.
Step 3: Attach the Magnet
Use hot glue to attach the magnet.
Tip: Paint the glue side of the magnet the same color as your ornament. That way the magnet will essentially disappear after being attached.
Step 4: Decorate
So the simple painted ornament is too simple for you? That’s okay, break out the glitter!
You can paint them traditional Christmas colors…
cover them with your homemade mod podge…
and make them sparkle!
Don’t forget all the other color options too…
Option 2: Push Pins
So not everyone wants a fridge full of snowflakes…I get it. Another options would be to use them on your bulletin board!
These were just as simple as the magnets. Using hot glue, attach a thumb tack to the back of the ornament.
Paint and decorate them any way you want.
Option 3: Gift Tags
Don’t underestimate the power of a homemade gift tag these days.
These wood snowflakes would make great gift tags and the recipient can use the snowflake as an ornament on their tree. Or attach a ornament magnet as the gift tag so they can use it on their fridge.
Tip: The gift tag option is a great time to pull our your chalkboard paint, so you can write the recipients name.
Even though I used a wood snowflake in this tutorial, you don’t need to be limited to flat wood ornaments. You can glue small magnets to almost any light ornament; including small globe ornaments and even bells!
Good Luck with your crafting and Happy Holidays!
Addison is a lifestyle blogger who realized that she wasn’t satisfied with where her life was headed as a unhappy, unfulfilled cubicle employee. Her blog was created to track the journey she takes to find her smile again…and decorate her new home along the way. She lives in Southern California with her Chocolate Lab and attempts to do something everyday that brings her closer to living a life that she loves. She is a self proclaimed home decor addict, healthy living amateur, doggie mama, and yogi wannabe. Follow her misadventures of weight loss, healthy living, home design, crafting, recipe creating, and more over at Changing My Destiny.