5 New Uses for Ornaments

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woodland creature ornaments (from lowes)

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.)

  1. 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.)
    glass cloche for ornaments
  2. 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. woodland wreath
  3. 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.
    spray paint old ornaments for an inexpensive refresh
  4. 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!  christmas ornament to label stockings
  5. 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? XMAS0023
    (Ornament found here.)

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Sarah is founder of Emma magazine. Featured by West Elm and Design Sponge for her interior styling, she makes regular appearances on a variety of morning shows sharing culinary and design expertise. Born and raised in Arizona, she received her degree in broadcast journalism from Arizona State just before moving to Hollywood as the goody-goody roommate on the 20th season of MTV’s The Real World. She has since dabbled in culinary school and enjoys nesting and baking with her husband, son and daughter.

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