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Repurposing Christmas Ornaments: How to Turn those Trinkets into Year-Round Décor
December 15, 2016 | By Punky Dario

The Holidays are over. It’s time to pack up the Christmas tree, take down the lights, and stuff the wreath into its box. On the other, this shouldn’t be the necessary scenario. Décor that is usually reserved for the Yuletide season can beautify your home all-year round, and lend it that extra festive and glimmering look and feel. With a little craftiness and creativity, here are some easy ideas and projects to try:


Magical Ceilings and Light-Filled Jars


Trees aren’t the only things that Christmas lights look good on. You can also use them on ceilings to create a glittering effect that calls to mind starry skies. Use removable, adhesive-based plastic hooks to keep the lights in place. As for picking a spot, narrow hallways are a great choice for a full ceiling of lights.


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Christmas lights can also be placed inside large mason jars to serve as a unique light source. Take extra care to drill the jar by using drilling oil, safety goggles and gloves, and controlled pressure when drilling. Alternatively, you can use a line up punch and hammer to create a hole on the mason jar’s metal lid. As an alternative to mason jars, you can opt for a metal birdcage or empty wine bottles from that last Noche Buena.


Not-so-Basic Banderitas


Liven up sleeping areas with a Christmas ball banderitas hung over the bed. All you need is string or ribbon (use one in a sturdy material like fabric) and decorative balls in your favorite colors. Experiment with different color combinations that are not usually associated with Christmas like the ubiquitous red and green. Some fun combinations include using crimson ribbon with a combination of pink and purple balls, or plain string adorned with silver (or gold) balls in various finishes (matte, metallic) to create a textured yet uniform look.


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Faux Dessert Stand


Here’s a playful idea for a child’s bedroom or play area. Pick out fun Christmas ornaments in dessert-inspired designs such as cupcakes, donuts, and candy. Next, take a round cupcake stands with multiple tiers, then fill each level with several “sweet treats.” Alternative, completely fill a mason jar or glass vase with candy-shaped décor. Place your dessert-themed piece on top of a chest of drawers, a study table, or in a bookshelf, alongside your child’s reading materials.


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Make your Christmas décor work for you anytime of the year!


Punky Dario-Villena loves playing with cats, whipping up home-cooked meals, and decorating the rental apartment she shares with her husband. She documents the joys of domestic life on her blog, Punky Plays House (https://punkyplayshouse.wordpress.com/). When she's not doing DIY artwork, Punky occupies herself with her work in advertising and real estate brokerage.

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