Christmas is over and it’s time to start taking the decorations down. You’ve figured out what to do with the tree, and even created an efficient way to store your lights using repurposed materials. But wait! Before you wrap up and store all those ornaments, take another look at them.
Ornaments that aren’t super Christmassy can be used in other places throughout the year – why should they only come out once a year, for one month? Decorative ornaments can brighten your day, all year long. And for those that are super Christmassy? Make notes of your favorite ideas here to add to your holiday décor next year!Snowflakes and snowmen are appropriate all winter long. Metallic bells and colorful bows can be used all year long, as can stars, birds and most other animal ornaments.
At the table
Dress up a napkin ring with a pretty ornament or two for a festive place setting. Fill a hurricane vase with small ornaments, or silvery stars and snowflakes for a cool winter display. You can change out the color of the ornaments to keep seasonal all year long.
Around the house
Hang small ornaments on planters, or nestle them in plants for a shot of color even when there are no flowers. Try hanging pretty ornaments on chandeliers, or in those dark corners of your bookshelf. If you have glass or crystal ornaments that will catch light, hang them in your windows as suncatchers.
Make a mobile from simple felt ornaments for a child’s room, or for a rustic touch to a screened porch. If you have exposed beam ceilings, consider hanging pretty ornaments from the rafters. Take it outside and hang a favorite ornament from your rearview mirror, or in the rear window.
Not just for Christmastime
If you have ornaments with sentimental value, use them to decorate birthday or anniversary gifts to people they’ll mean a lot to. They’ll cherish the memories, and get a double dose of nostalgia when they go to decorate their tree.
What are some other non-holiday uses for Christmas ornaments?