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Santa’s Recap of 25 Days of an Upcycled Christmas Crafts

A year filled with many firsts, this was our very first-ever 25 days of an upcycled Christmas where we shared new and creative Christmas crafts every day in December using materials we found around the house.

The Joy of Christmas Crafting

I’m sure we’re not alone when we say Christmas crafting has always been our favorite kind of crafting. Whether it’s to make handmade gifts or to add decorations for the house, those Christmas crafts (more often than not) possess an extra special quality about them.

This year we wanted to try something a little different, by creating crafts using upcycled materials, items we found around the house to bring out our most creative selves while sticking to a budget. Everything from cereal boxes and lightbulbs, to gift wrap and scrap fabric were used in some way for Christmas, either for an ornament, a decor item or even a handmade gift.

That being said, let the Christmas crafting begin!

It was a busy month and if you missed any of these fun projects we’ve collected them all together. Many of them will also make great winter crafts ideas, so it’s not to late to start creating!

Days 1-5 of an Upcycled Christmas

Making a Wood Block Snowman
Add a touch of playfulness to your space with this stackable wood block snowman craft.
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How to Make Light Bulb Christmas Ornaments (and where to buy)
Making upcycled Santa light bulb Christmas ornaments for the holidays.
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Frosted Wine Bottle Centerpiece Idea
Upcycling those empties into beautiful frosted wine bottle centerpieces.
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DIY Gnome Christmas Ornaments
Create your own set of adorable gnome Christmas ornaments using leftover scrap yarn.
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Pickle Jar Christmas Terrarium
Turn an empty glass pickle jar into an adorable Christmas terrarium.
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Days 6-10 of an Upcycled Christmas

Repurposed Paper Napkin Wood Slice Ornaments
Make a set of wood slice ornaments using napkins and mod podge.
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With gift giving in mind, we shared this round-up of creative upcycled gift wrapping ideas using items found around the house.

No Sew Canvas DIY Christmas Tree
This no-sew DIY Christmas tree using a heavy-weight cotton canvas fabric may just be the perfect holiday decor to add to your home!
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Making Resin Jewelry using Gift Wrap
Instead of tossing that pretty wrapping paper away this holiday season, reuse the gift wrap for making resin jewelry.
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DIY Snowman Wreath
A fun nature craft, this DIY snowman wreath will hang cheerfully on your front door all Winter long.
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Days 11-15 of an Upcycled Christmas

Popsicle Stick Winter Craft: DIY Plant Picks
Making adorable miniature signs is just one fun popsicle stick Winter craft idea you can try this year.
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DIY Charlie Brown Christmas Tree
Add some nostalgia to your home with this classic DIY Charlie Brown Christmas tree.
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Nutcracker Cinnamon Stick Ornaments
Make your own adorable set of nutcracker ornaments using cinnamon sticks.
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Scrap Fabric Decoupage Ornaments
Making one-of-a-kind decoupage ornaments using leftover scrap fabrics.
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Since we love mason jar crafts, that also means we especially love Christmas maosn jar crafts so we included a fun and festive round-up of projects made with upcycled jars.

Days 16-20 of an Upcycled Christmas

Knitted Candle Cozy Pattern using Tshirt Yarn
This knitted candle cozy adds an extra touch of coziness and comfort that is both enjoyable and soothing.
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Painted Pinecone Christmas Ornaments
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Christmas Canning Jar Lid Ornaments
Using leftover jar lids to make a set of homemade canning jar lid ornaments for Christmas.
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Canning jar lid ornament hanging from a tree.
DIY Christmas Game: Water Bottle Bowling
Made with empty plastic water bottles along with a bit of paint and some felt scraps, this DIY Christmas game is also a fun upcycling craft.
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DIY Flannel Christmas Tree Ornaments
Sharing the tutorial for making a set of flannel christmas tree ornaments.
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Days 21-24 of an Upcycled Christmas

Christmas Tree Cereal Box Craft
Grab some empty boxes, pretty paper and glitter paint to make a pair of decorative Christmas trees.
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No Sew Elastic Book Band
Using scrap denim to make practical and adorable elastic book bands.
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We included this fun round-up of wine bottle crafts to make…cheers!

Last but not least, we even made a piece of personalized decor for the home using a child’s old bed rail!

As an appreciation for all those that participated in our 25 days of upcycled Christmas crafts, we created this free printable 2020 journaling pages.

Thank you and enjoy: we wish you all a safe and healthy 2021!

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