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Five Things to do with Christmas Ornaments


Yesterday I showed you a new use for Christmas bows and today I’ve rounded up five new things to do with those infamous Christmas bulbs. “Five things to do with…” will be a new series here on DIY, and why not kick it off with a holiday addition!? So, if you have extra ornaments lying around (or you feel the impulse to by some on your next target run), no need to overcrowd that tree, try one of these instead.

1. Centerpieces: Take those extra bulbs and your favorite glass (or milk glass!) vase, cloche or bowl and you have a perfectly festive and super simple centerpiece for your holiday table.


Christmas Bulbs via The Oldies and the Goodies

2. Garland: String those pretty bulbs on a ribbon and hang along the fireplace, in front of the window or anywhere really.. because everything in your home could use a pretty garland like this.


Ornament Garland by Pretty Quirky

3. Chandelier: I can never turn down a new object turned into a chandelier and this ornament one certainly makes me weak in the knees! If you’re lucky enough to have a place to hang one of these beauties, please make one so I can live vicariously through you.

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Ornament Chandelier by Sweet Paul

4. Hot Cocoa Holders: Beacuse why use one of those old-fashioned mugs when you get drink out of an ornament? There’s really no need for explanation here.


Hot Cocoa Ornaments via Project Wedding

5. Wreaths: Greet your guests with this shiny wreath and they may not want to come in, they’ll be too busy staring at your Christmas bulb creation to walk through the door!


Ornament Wreath by Matt & Becky

What are you going to make with your extra ornaments?


  • Q

    I love this! The hot cocoa ornaments are really cool, but are they safe to drink out of? I’m a little worried about that and would like a response from anyone ASAP.

    • Kelly

      Hi there! I would recommend using the hot cocoa ornaments as favors rather than drinks at an event. Put all the ingredients for the hot cocoa in them, with the intention of it being made later at home in a real mug. And of course be sure to clean out the ornaments thoroughly before filling them!

      Hope that helps!


  • di

    I’ve always wanted to make a garland strand of bulbs….but how the heck do you do it ???

    • Kelly

      Hi di!

      I’ve never personally made one myself but from what I’ve seen you simply (and very carefully!) string a ton of bulb ornaments onto a sturdy ribbon. I know the dollar stores tend to have have a good selection of bulb ornaments and sometimes they’re even plastic which would prevent any risk of breaking!

      Hope that helps!


      • Jill

        I made a small version to put in my bathroom & it’s very easy Di! Exactly as Kelly said, find bulbs of sizes you want to use & a sturdy ribbon & just slide them through til you have the length & width of what you are wanting in a garland. It took less than half an hour & that’s with watching TV!

  • Ashlee

    I want to make the ornament garland but i just don’t understand. Are you suppose to super glue them? And if you do will it lay right? OR How do you make it look like that without glue?

    • Kelly

      Hi Ashlee!

      No glue needed! As you string more and more ornaments onto your ribbon they will stack up on their own to give the look you see! Hope that helps!


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