As you may remember from this post, we’re saving up empty jars chez Jessen & Hiser for our wedding reception decor. So far, I think the count is up to 30 – 35 (plus a hefty 50+ baby food jars donated by my good friend Jen – suhweet!). In addition to saving us beaucoup dollars on decoration costs, I’m finding that having a bunch of empty jars hanging around the house is awesome. Need somewhere to collect stray pencils and pens? I’ve got a jar for that! Need a new toothbrush/paste holder? There’s a jar for that. How about a fun candy dish for my desk at work? You guessed it – jar.
A couple of weeks ago, I put up our Christmas tree and while unpacking everything from last year, I was pleased to find a box full of ornaments we bought in a post-Christmas sale. Score! It was like finding a dollar bill in a jacket you haven’t worn in a while. I had completely forgot about these ornaments. So, with the tree loaded with these “new” ornaments, I had some extras lying around. I also found myself with some extra space on the mantel, having removed this DIYed Thanksgiving project.
Of course, I went straight to my reserve of extra jars. I placed the extra ornaments (which happen to be a smaller size) in the jars and even hung a couple ornaments off the edge of the jars and lined them up on the mantel. Then, I grabbed an extra string of lights and draped it over the mantel, letting it curl around the jars. What do you think?
The best part about this project is that is was F-R-E-E! I already owned everything, from the lights, to the ornaments, to the jars. Also, it only took about 10 – 15 minutes to whip-up and arrange to my liking. Quite the perfect Christmas decoration, if you ask me. Especially for a couple who have very little decorations to start.
So, what about you? Have you ever recycled old decorations to make something new? Are you looking to try a new holiday decor project? Share!