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10 Creative Ways to Use Extra Christmas Ornaments

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Want a beautiful holiday home without spending a lot of money? Try some of these 10 creative ways to use extra Christmas ornaments for tips and ideas!


Every year it seems I’m full of conflicting emotions when it’s time to decorate for Christmas.

I’m excited to create a welcoming home full of sparkle and glitter. 

(The kind that stays in place, not the kind you have to clean up for days!)

Yet I also dread dragging out boxes full of Christmas decor and trying to decide how to change things up so everything is not just the SAME OL’ SAME OL’. 

Anyone else feel the same way?

And yes, I still need to do some more organizing and getting rid of stuff I don’t use (this post will help you, too!)

I started going through my pictures from years past and realized one of the easiest (and cheapest!) ways to decorate is probably also the most overlooked.

Ornaments. Those little balls and shapes that are almost always on sale dirt cheap or can be purchased at the dollar store.


They’re inexpensive, come in all different colors, shapes and sizes and are the perfect accessory for so many Christmas decorations.

I’m guessing you have a few, or tons like me, lying around and you don’t know what to do with them besides hanging them on your tree.

I’m here to help!

My Christmas gift to you this year is my list of 10 creative ways to use extra Christmas ornaments!

10 Creative Ways to Use Extra Christmas Ornaments

In case you want the comfort of shopping from your own home I’ve included some links to similar Christmas home decor items at the end of this post.

1. Decorate a mantel

After living in our home for almost 27 years we finally have a mantel! Still no fireplace but I’ll take the barn wood one my DIY hubby built for me any day. 

Before that I just used the top of my piano and pretended!

All you really need is a flat surface and some imagination. Here I added greenery and some burlap balls and ornament stars for variety.

A vase of flowers on a table

Easy and Inexpensive Christmas Mantel Decorating Ideas

2. Create a centerpiece bowl

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year to decorate my table. I don’t have a dining room so the kitchen table is it!

I used a giant glass bowl and filled it with greenery, pine cones and just about every type of ornament I could find, from vintage to dollar store. 

By adding some gold lamé fabric, pine cone candles and my DIY wood chargers, I created a charming rustic tablescape.

Food on a table, with Christmas ornament

Thrifty Tips for a Rustic Christmas Tablescape

3. Add to garland around a window frame

This is one of my favorite uses for my $10 yard sale cathedral window. I bought the garlands dirt cheap after Christmas and intertwined both the green and white with some beads, ornaments and lights and the result was a show stopper!

A vase of flowers on a table

Perfectly Imperfect Christmas Home Tour

4. Hang on an old window

Even though I don’t have a mantel I borrowed one for a project! I love these burlap stars I added to my chalkboard banner and another old window display.

A clock decorated room

How to Decorate a Christmas Mantel the Cheap Way!

5. Use in a vignette

What could be simpler than gathering some fresh greenery into an interesting container with natural elements such as pinecones and berries? Add some yarn balls and glittery ornaments for sparkle and you have a beautiful and cheap vignette!

A cup of coffee on a table, with Christmas ornament

Thrifty Christmas Home Tour

6. Collect different shapes and colors and display

I’ve always been a red and gold ornament girl but in recent years I’ve added in aqua as part of my color scheme. I always buy my ornaments at after Christmas sales for the best prices and stash them away for the following year.

I mixed my Christmas china with a milk glass bowl of aqua and red ornaments and loved the result!


Decorating with Red and Aqua in the Kitchen at Christmas

7. Fill a metal basket

If you can’t tell, I love shopping yard sales (you can read some of my best tips here) and try to pick up interesting containers and baskets for my decor even if I don’t have an immediate need. 

This metal basket was $1 and transitions through the seasons in my home.

A vase of flowers on a table

5 Cheap Christmas Decorations for a Simple Authentic Home

8. Make an ornament nest

Have you wondered about all the greenery in these pictures? My thrifty tip is to ask for cuttings when you go get your tree (if you have a real one.)

We use the same tree lot every year as part of our family tradition and I always take home an arm load of branches to use in different ways throughout my home.

Free and beautiful? Yes, please!

A close up of a cage

Inexpensive Christmas Mantel and Home Tour

9. Layer in a cloche or small glass cake dish

It’s taken me a long while to figure out how to arrange my chalk painted hutch. It still needs to store wedding china belonging to my mom and me but I also want it to look tasteful, not cluttered.

A few ornaments collected in a glass cake dish or cloche add a simple, elegant touch.


10. Use as a Christmas tree skirt

This is one of my cheapest and most favorite decorations, a $1 yard sale ornament wreath with inexpensive glitter stars and snowflakes on a tree that was passed down to me from my mom.

Inexpensive, bright and meaningful! Love it!

A christmas tree

Can you think of any other ways to use extra Christmas ornaments that I haven’t thought of? I’d love to know!

Home Decor Shopping List

(I’ve included some affiliate links for your convenience.  Click here to read my full disclosure policy.)

Ornament wreath
Rustic style natural pinecone candle holders
Shatterproof Christmas ornaments
Vintage Christmas ornaments
Burlap ball ornaments
Glass cloche

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  1. So pretty! I love the touch of aqua, too. I am regretting getting rid of ornaments we had kept from our wedding I hadn’t used in several years. And they were glass, which isn’t a great option in our house of kiddos. This year, I could have really used a few of them as I was decorating. But, they are inexpensive if I want more, I guess. I just had to keep things that go unused.

    1. Hi, Kim. Well, my comment reply plugin isn’t working! Ugh. It’s funny. I have special little ornaments from my childhood that are in the bag of ornaments that my kids refuse to put on the tree! It’s kind of the “ugly bag of ornaments”! I’d love to find more vintage ones but I think Amy at Atta Girl Says has snatched them all up! I actually think I have some in my tubs but I didn’t find them. Which means I need to organize more at the end of the season!

  2. So much to take in and process, you do a gorgeous job of decorating for holidays as well as every day.
    I too love red and aqua. Have aqua, white, light gray and just a touch of coral in living room. The coral comes and goes depending on season.
    We don’t have a mantel but have a shutter shelf Mr.Furry built for me few years ago now and boy does that shelf get a work out, redecorated several times a year. We have a single wide mfg.home so in spite of what we got when we bought it have tried to snazzy it up as much as a single wide can be.
    We don’t have an eating area at all so sold our table/chairs while after we bought this place. Is just us two old kids hanging out so we eat in living room. I got used to that when Mr.Furry was truck driver and I ate alone a lot. He used to be gone for weeks at a time when we lived in MT and KY. At least there we had dining area and table/chairs.
    At some point in life we have to make concessions according to situation. When we moved here to Grand Junction area we had no idea how expensive it was for real estate, especially after KY. Is more like So. CA prices here. We lived in San Diego areas for 21 yrs. before we moved to MT.
    Hope all in your life is what you need it to be. Sometimes we have bad times, we’ve been married 49 yrs.so believe me been there, done whatever. Guess you could say weathering hard times is a lesson in growing. But if a couple can hang on your marriage will be even better as it goes along after you get thru a hard time.
    Life’s never been easy for us financially but we seem to do better when life is harder.
    Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas. Happy daze

    1. Hi, JaneEllen. I love your story of perseverance in hard times and think you are exactly right. Sometimes it’s easier to be closer when you’re struggling together and “weathering” life together. I am rejoicing with you in your 49 years together. What a testimony you have and I know they weren’t all easy years! Marriage is about the commitment of two lives and the family you create together. God bless you for encouraging me today!

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