Repurposed Ornaments


Most of the time our adorable Mac is well behaved.  At home he likes to lounge around, hunkered down beside us.

Doesn’t he look so calm and innocent here?

Well, during the holidays it’s a different story.  All of the excitement tends to bring out the more naughty side of Mac.  For instance, last Christmas I caught him chewing off the point of one of my favorite ornaments.  And I must admit, this definitely upset me since I had no way of replacing it.  The good part though…the more important part…is that Mac didn’t get sick from his chewing episode.

Moving on…as I was walking over to the garbage to throw away the broken evidence, I noticed that the points of the star looked like mini Christmas trees…cute, little bottle brush ones.  So, needless to say I hung on to the leftover pieces all year long.  And just the other day, I reworked them into these itty-bitty things.

These tree ornaments are so tiny that they’re just a few fingertips long.  I LOVE miniature things, don’t you?

This lightweight ornament has a simple yet festive looking handle – the candy cane striped string sings a happy tune.

A vintage thimble makes the perfect base, and is just the right size for the teeny “2011″ label.

Here’s a close-up of the other one that I made.

The rustic top of an old salt shaker makes for a charming tree base.  Plus, it looks like a hefty bucket, grounding the entire piece.

To dress up this tree I sprinkled on some mica flakes and artificial snow (used craft glue to keep the flakes in place.)  Then I added a single star (slightly dulled down with Staz-On ink pad) onto a simple string handle.

It feels good to take something broken and turn it into something new.

I wonder what kind of trouble Mac might get into this holiday season.  Whatever it is, I’ll be ready…with some glue, glitter, saved up spare parts and hopefully, a good attitude.



31 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. miss lynn

    love this, becky!
    you are inspiring, as always!!!
    i seriously love your pretties
    and so admire your gift of
    creativity.

    these are darling.

    happy day to you!

    December 2nd, 2011

  2. This just made me laugh Becky…only because your Mac looks so innocent. You are so clever turning the damaged ornament in to the little trees. You now still have some of your original, special piece and a good story and holiday memories of your sweet little Mac. I wonder what ornament he will help you with this year? Our tree has lights but we’ve decided it will remain naked this year since Little Lucy is a climber and has been caught hanging out half way up looking out at us. We try to teach her, No, but it is kind of cute looking at those little eyes through the branches.., oh well, maybe next year she will have grown out of it!

    December 2nd, 2011

  3. oh becky, THIS is what you do.
    you bring LIFE. newness.
    you are a pinnochio-maker.
    xox

    December 2nd, 2011

  4. Hmmm….I think Mac may have done you a favor. The ornament was very nice but these little trees are so very sweet! And as Rachel said – this is totally what you do! Trash to treasures indeed!

    December 2nd, 2011

  5. Precious little trees, thanks to you and a bit of help from a precious little dog!

    Hope you have a happy December!

    December 2nd, 2011

  6. both ornaments are lovely, so give your dog a hug for inspiring you ;-)

    December 2nd, 2011

  7. I am SO glad you didn’t throw those away! The new ornaments are so super adorable! I love them!

    December 2nd, 2011

  8. Love, love love these little trees! everything about them is wonderful!

    December 2nd, 2011

  9. Ann Marie

    Oh come on! That is so stinkin cute! Back out to the store for thimbles tomorrow ….. You are so awesome!

    December 2nd, 2011

  10. rush

    good save!

    December 3rd, 2011

  11. Mac is sooo cut, I bet you couldn’t stay mad for too log! And he “inspired” you to make these beautiful ornaments! :) I love what you did, the thimble and the salt shaker’s top are such a great idea and add a vintage feel to the ornaments. Wonderful, as always.

    December 3rd, 2011

  12. Oh, Becky, sweet!!! And I’m so glad that the little naughty guy didn’t get sick. Oh, those eyes….they tell the whole story though! He looks so penitent!

    Hugs, Dialne

    December 3rd, 2011

  13. Linda K

    What a sweetie Mac is!! And Becky,these are the sweetest,most adorable little trees I have seen! You truly are inspiring me to look around and repurpose more -you have such wonderful creative ideas! :)

    December 3rd, 2011

  14. What a wonderful idea! They are the cutest little trees and how lucky you saw that before they got pitched…. marvellous!

    December 3rd, 2011

  15. Jani Howe

    Oh, Becky, don’t you feel virtuous when you come up with such a clever idea?? I love doing things like that; my long-suffering husband only shakes his head when I do it! Keep it up, that is a fabulous idea!

    December 3rd, 2011

  16. I love the thimble and salt shaker bases they are gorgeous!!

    December 3rd, 2011

  17. Awesome save!!! These are charming, I love how you used the salt shaker tops as bases, that is SO clever!

    ~Scarlett

    December 3rd, 2011

  18. Hmmm… perhaps Mac knew just what he was doing after all. ;) The new decorations you’ve made are simple wonderful!

    December 3rd, 2011

  19. Linda Abbott

    I absolutely love these little mini’s. What a delightful way to repurpose a slightly damaged item. Oops! I am a saver of all good things as well and just love to repurpose items. Thanks for sharing your wonderful and beautiful items and ideas.

    December 3rd, 2011

  20. I love how you save the fractured ornament and made new miniature ones~I love the little tree, especially the one with the star!

    Wow, what an amazing photo of Mac~ Hounds do have a mischief side, sometimes. I wonder what caper he will get into this year! I know you will find an inspirational, creative way to repair it~

    December 3rd, 2011

  21. Tracy

    Precious! That salt shaker top is just pure genius!

    December 3rd, 2011

  22. Becky,
    This post was exactly what I needed this Sunday morning.
    A fabulous dog with the most innocent (although I am convinced that innocent look is an act!) and how to find the positive from a negative.
    Then the ornaments. Full of Becky adorableness. You have a such a special touch.
    If Mac ever has a doze of the Wanderlust please pass the message on that there is a home awaiting him right here in Scotland :)
    Wishes
    Lynne

    December 4th, 2011

  23. Thank you for the lovely comments ladies. And I’m so excited to learn that many of you enjoy repurposing old parts too!

    December 4th, 2011

  24. laura huffman

    oh, love the ornaments you were able to make with pieces of your ruined ornament are awesome. love how tiny they are. love tiny things. the bases are very clever. and funny story about your dog.

    December 4th, 2011

  25. Just perfect, Becky! Silly dog!
    Hugs,
    Suz

    December 4th, 2011

  26. lol…Oh, Mac. You are just like my two bassets. They are both well behaved and spend most of their time at our sides or on the couch asleep. However, they are extremely mischievous when you turn your back! Zoey has learned to open my glass closet doors off the studio and I come home to supplies that have been “heavily distressed” scattered all over the floor. Can’ t figure out how to keep her from using her paw to slide the door open! Today, I tried to sleep past 6:30 which offended them (it was breakfast time) so they teamed up and pushed open my closet door. I heard some bags crinkling and boxes being scratched on then they both shoot out of the closet with stuffed pumpkins in their mouths from the Thanksgiving decor I had not finished putting away. lol So glad you repurposed your ornament. They are adorable!

    December 4th, 2011

  27. Dorothy C.

    While your original ornament was very pretty I love what you created from the leftover piece. Mac is sure a cutie. Thanks for sharing.

    December 5th, 2011

  28. a heARTful life

    heheheheeee…loooove these whimsical trees and their story!! It was also fun to hear all of the doggie doings that bring us joy even when they take some time to “clean” up. Thanks, as always, Becky for sharing your art!

    December 6th, 2011

  29. Deb

    Mac is adorable ♥ Love those hound eyes …so glad he was ok after his little snack :-(
    Your miniatures are perfect & so creative as always! Love the repurposed salt shaker top idea and tiny dated label.

    December 8th, 2011

  30. Last Minute Lynn

    It looks like Mac did you a favor. You had one ornament and now you have several and they are adorable. I love the use of the salt shaker top as a base for the tree. You never cease to amaze!

    December 11th, 2011

  31. Ivy

    Love these!!!

    December 11th, 2011

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