Genius Up-Cycled Christmas Bling

Up-cycling just about anything gets me excited. As a kid, my Dad would take me to the dump with him. Way back when, it was permitted to rummage through the outskirts of the dump to find things that people had tossed, but were still useful or could be made into something better. It is mind blowing to see everything that people throw away only to be buried in a land fill. Such a waste hurts my heart to this day.

I truly believe that the dump experience was what led my young mind into reading – the free books and comic books were amazing gold to me. It also led me into the world of crafts. It particularly made me see the possibilities of  up-cycling that has stayed with me through all of these years.

I’ve gathered a few excellent examples of DIY Christmas bling made from cast-offs to share with you. Just click on the pictures to get the full instructions for each project.

This adorable and super simple idea for up-cycling glass ornaments comes from Peaches on the ETSY blog.upcycled glass ornamentsBetter Homes and Garden uses old Christmas cards to make delightful canning jar lid ornaments. The kids love making these too so it can definitely be a family project.up-cycled ornamentsA garland of  wood shingles looks really cool with artsy sketches on them.wood shingle garlandAnother goodie from better Homes and gardens are these rustic wooden coasters. So cute!wood coastersI WISH that I had not already given away my old embroidery hoops! This sock wreath is too, too fun!wreathHappy Holiday Crafting!

S McCall

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