Two Dozen Upcycled Crafts for Christmas

Let’s have a very merry upcycled Christmas! Check out this list of upcycled crafts for Christmas for plenty of projects that you can make from upcycled and recycled materials.

Let's have a very merry upcycled Christmas! Check out this list of upcycled crafts for Christmas for plenty of projects that you can make from upcycled and recycled materials.

24 Upcycled Crafts for Christmas

1. coffee can gift boxIt’s a great size for gift-giving, and pretty paper makes it festive!

2. cookie canIf you know of someone with a Pringles addiction, have them save you some cans to upcycle for your holiday cookie gifts.

3. egg carton reindeerUpcycled crafts are great for little kids, because you don’t have to buy a lot of stuff for their process-oriented work.

4. fabric scrap pom pomYou won’t believe that your old fabric scraps can make an ornament this pretty!

Upcycled Christmas Crafts: Filling clear glass ornaments is no sweat for most crafters. But I've got some out of the "globe" ideas that will set yours apart from the rest!5. filled Christmas ornamentsFabric scraps, wool scraps, stash scrapbook paper–there are lots of ideas for what would look pretty in these ornaments.

6. framed Christmas cardsShow off the beautiful artwork on those cards!

7. holiday T-shirtHere’s an easy way to cover up a stain AND make a festive, holiday-themed shirt.

8. Mason jar lid wreathsThis tutorial shows you how to make several Mason jar lid wreaths, so you should be able to use up all of your old Mason jar lids!

Upcycled Crafts for Christmas9. painted sheet musicYou can often find ratty vintage pieces in thrift stores or at garage sales. Give it a new life as holiday decorations!

10. pallet board Nativity sceneUse a stencil instead of vinyl for an even more eco-friendly project.

11. papier mache ornamentUpcycled newspaper is the base for this cute, kid-friendly ornament.

12. puzzle Christmas ornament. Turn a puzzle with missing pieces into a set of super-cute Christmas ornaments.

13. reclaimed wood snowman ornamentYou can use all kinds of reclaimed wood for these ornaments.

Upcycled Christmas Crafts14. record album cover ornamentSnag those vintage Christmas records whenever you see them, and upcycle the covers into ornaments!

15. sandwich bag Christmas ornamentJust do this outside, okay?

16. sock snowmanPut those orphaned socks to work!

17. toilet paper tube Christmas lightsThese would look festive in a classroom or child’s bedroom, or wherever you don’t want to put “real” lights.

18. toilet paper tube Christmas treeYou could make an entire kids’ holiday party with just toilet paper tube Christmas crafts!

19. toilet paper tube gingerbread manThis cute little guy sits on your mantle.

20. toilet paper tube RudolphThis would be a super-easy craft to do with a bunch of kids.

21. T-shirt tree skirtWhat do you do with all of those holiday T-shirts that you don’t wear? Make them into a tree skirt!

22. upcycled CD ornamentDo something productive with that scratched CD.

23. vintage button sign. Those vintage pearly white buttons would make an especially lovely sign.

24. vintage button snowflake ornamentsHere’s a quick way to de-stash your giant button collection.

Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

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