We all are getting into the holiday spirit and we thought we would help.

Don’t spend a fortune on home decorations and creations to make your home festive. We’ve compiled over 20 ideas that you can make from common household items and things you might normally throw out. We’ve included a picture of each and the respective sites where you can get more details on how to make each one.  Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

Wine Corks

Instead of just throwing out those wine corks, use them for home decor. You can also have local wineries or restaurants collect them for you. If you are still short or don’t have access to any of these methods, you can always buy the corks for any of the projects below.

Wine Cork Candle Holder


This idea comes from Two Twenty One. Using two different sizes of glass cylinders, you can create a unique candle holder. She notes that using smaller cylinders (reducing the number of corks between them) allows more light to get through.

Cork Wreath


If you want to show off your wine cork creation outdoors, Living Savvy has the right decoration for you. Tiffany outlines how to create a great looking cork wreath. You can even add some festive decor for the holidays.  She added fake leaves and pumpkins for November. For December, you could add holly, pinecones or pine boughs. If you want something a bit more simple, you can checkout the cork wreath here.

Wine Cork Christmas Trees


Like the glow, but not the candle by the corks? Use wine corks to make a Christmas tree. Team EcoEtsy outlines all the materials needed and how to make this yourself.

Small Wine Cork Christmas Trees


This wine cork Christmas trees are a little bit smaller than above and lack the lights.  However, they make for a nice decoration for your Christmas tree! Checkout Between the Lines for more details.

Wine Cork Reindeer


Here’s another great Christmas tree decoration, a reindeer! The Homeless Finch shows this reindeer and many other wine cork decorations for you to make. You should definitely check them out!

Wine Bottles

There’s lots to do with wine corks, but what about the bottles?  Well, we don’t want to throw those out either.  You can always have them recycled at a local facility, or you can upcycle them yourself.  This next section outlines some great ideas to transform your wine bottles. Once again, if you don’t have any wine bottles of your own, you can always buy them if you feel so inclined.

Wine Bottle Christmas Tree


This tree is one of the many DIY Christmas tree alternatives found at Shelterness. Check out all the other ideas if your looking for something other than the traditional tree.

Wine Bottle Christmas Lights


We really liked this idea! Put lights in a wine bottle to put under the tree, on the counter or any other place you want to display them. You can see how Kris from Blog Your Wine did them, or you can checkout another method at Active for Fashion. Those methods show how to create a hole in the bottom or the side.  If you just want to remove the bottom of the bottle, go here.

Epsom Salt & Styrofoam

Epsom salt is great for soaks, facials and other uses, but you can also use it for upcycling. These next few crafts use Epsom salt and/or Styrofoam as a way to winter-fy your decorations and whiten things up a bit.

Wine Bottle Christmas Centerpiece


This fits in the section above as well, because you use wine bottles. Using some old wine bottles, Epsom salt, craft bond glue and some silver pics and ornaments, you can have a beautiful centerpiece or Christmas display. Cleverly Inspired outlines all the details here.

Epsom Salt Snowman


Make this snowman with Epsom salt, styrofoam balls, glitter and some other things that are most likely laying around your house. Vivienne gives an in-depth tutorial on how to make this snowman and has some great tips over on The Table and Dreaming blog.

Snow Globes


Why buy snow globes when you can make your own? Laura from the Corner House blog shows exactly how to make your own snow globe out of jars and the snow is made from rubbing Styrofoam together…not a bad way to reduce that waste. Go ahead and use that next pickle, salsa, baby food or other jar to make some cool snow globes.

Books & Paper

With everything going digital, you may just find that you don’t need your hard copies of your books anymore. We have some ideas on how to upcycle your books for the holidays. You’ll also find some tips on how to use other types of paper as well.

Paper Tree


Emily from 52 Mantels talks about seeing these trees for $45! That’s a good bit of money for something so small, right? She decided to make her own paper tree out of printed paper (your old books) and shows us how here.

Paper Ball Ornaments


Let’s add to the ornament mix with some paper ball ornaments. These ornaments were made from an old encyclopedia, but you could use any other old book you have, or even newspaper. Head on over to Rhymes With Magic to learn how to make these unique Christmas ornaments.

More Paper Trees


This tree is a little bit different from the one listed above. Still using old book paper, you can create some unique paper trees to decorate your home for the holidays. The options to decorate these trees are endless. Samantha outlines how to make these trees and has more pictures of other trees she’s made on her blog Crafty Texas Girls.

Juice/Milk Carton & Paper Houses


This Christmas ornament uses a juice or milk carton and some old paper from a newspaper or book along with some popsicle sticks. Instead of throwing these things in the trash, make a quick, simple craft out of them. You can get Bethany’s plans and tips over on her blog at Pitter & Glink.

Newspaper Gift Wrap


We all know the comics make some good wrapping paper, but what about the rest of the Sunday paper? Using the old black and white newspaper by itself might be a bit boring.  But, add some colored letters and Baker’s twine…not so boring anymore, plus, we just reused some newspaper. See the exact materials that Jess uses and how to create your own newspaper gift wrap here.

Sheet Music Wreath


Some of us may have tons of old books, others may have tons of old sheet music. Use that old sheet music to make a custom holiday wreath. Heather doesn’t spell out exactly how she makes this wreath, but she does have some pictures of this wreath and a couple of other holiday crafts at The Lovely Cupboard.

Paper Star Wreath


These paper stars are pretty awesome. You can put them on this wreath or make them for some other decoration. Good House Keeping shows the wreath and has the link for how to make the stars here.


Mod Podge Ornaments


This one is for the crafters and seamsters that have a bunch of fabric scraps scattered about.  No need to throw them away, you can make some shabby shic mod podge ornaments like the ones found at Crafty Texas Girls. Samantha shows off some her creations and shows you just how simple these unique ornaments are to make. You can even get some little hands to help you out.

Ribbon Garland


When wrapping those gifts, don’t throw away your ribbon scraps, you can use them for a garland.  The possibilities and uses are endless with this project.  Head on over to Whitney Caroline Designs to learn how to make your own.

Ornament Wreath


For those of you changing out your decor and have some old ornaments you don’t think you’ll be using anymore…you can still use them to make an ornament wreath. Tiffany breaks the whole creation down over on her blog, Living Savvy.

Scrabble Tile Ornament


If you just don’t get around to playing Scrabble anymore or if you have an extra set laying around, make a Scrabble tile ornament. With a few tiles, a drill and a few other things, you can have yourself a simple decoration. See everything you need and how to make it at Atypical Type A.

Snowman Ornament



Be careful with this creation. This uses a standard light bulb to create a snowman ornament, but the downside is that lightbulbs can easily break.  Then again, other bulb ornaments can break just as easily. Thus, if you are careful with them, we know you can be careful with these. You can see how to make them here.

Big Spring Environmental is a waste management and recycling company in Huntsville, AL.  We gathered the above ideas to help others create something from trash instead of just throwing it out.  These ideas are not our own and the ideas and images came from the links above.