Of course I love decking the tree in bright lights and colorful trinkets, but I found a few new uses for ornaments this year – including a way to up-cycle a set that has seen better days. (Mouse ornament found here and flocked white tree found here.)
- Stow those babies inside a cloche. Something about a glass cloche makes whatever is beneath it feel extra pulled together and just pretty. With a prelit garland behind it, and “snow” beneath, I arranged three metallic ornaments inside to place on our mantle. (Ornaments found here and here.)
- Next up, tucked in a wreath. I love this prelit wreath, especially after my three-year-old commented, “Look that’s the mommy owl and the Hudson owl!” The owls, jingle bell ornaments and pine cones tie together a festive woodland feel.
- Spray paint them! Pink ornaments are tough to find in the right shade, plus I had a set whose color was chipping away, so I picked up a can of spray paint and could not be happier with the result. You could even spray old ornaments in varying shades of the same hue for an ombre tree, which would be very chic.
- Chalkboard ornaments make perfect stocking labels. I do recommend using a chalk marker as opposed to plain old chalk for a more polished ornament. These would also make darling place-cards at a Christmas dinner party!
- Finally, I set out bowls full of ornaments around the house – the coffee table, the mantle, a bar cart – to bring pops of color and glitter anywhere that needs a little extra oomph. The tree can get a little lonely being the only one wearing all of the Christmas spirit, don’t you think?
(Ornament found here.)