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Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Clearance Items Repurposed | Family Economics

By Cathe

Once the after-Christmas sales are in full swing, you can usually find me in the crowds when holiday-themed prices are drastically cut, often as much as 90 percent off. I certainly don’t need any more store-bought holiday decorations, but there are many ways to repurpose these items in other ways throughout the year.

Here are 10 simple ideas for repurposing holiday clearance sale items after Christmas:

use red items for Valentine's Day1. Silver, clear glass and mirrored decorations work beautifully to decorate for princess-themed parties, graduation, other celebrations and even a girl’s bedroom.

2. Red items are perfect for upcoming Valentine’s Day celebrations. I use a small red metallic tree to hold sweetheart dinner guests’ cookie ornaments. Also, look for red napkins, garland, and paper or plastic utensils.

3. Some holiday décor is only “holiday” because of its colors but may be neutral in style, such as woodland animals, angels, etc. Look for pieces that may be interesting or lovely in a solid overall color. Now that spray paint is available in so many awesome colors, you can spray a series of holiday sculptures or ornaments in monotone for beautiful everyday décor.

4. Many ornaments, such as birds and nature items, make great ceiling-hanging décor. Suspend from fishing line or create a lovely mobile. Sports figures and designs are fun for kids’ rooms as well.

5. Christmas photo albums and photo boxes can easily be re-covered with your favorite fabric or paper.

re-use beaded garland6. Beaded garland can be repurposed into all kinds of bead crafts. I used red wooden garland beads to create simple summer cherries.

7. Christmas serving trays can be beautifully transformed with découpage and decorative paper or vintage ephemera. Metal trays make fantastic magnet memo boards.

8. Holiday candlesticks can be transformed into serving plate pedestal legs, string spool holders, or craft fair displays pieces.

9. Boxed Christmas card envelopes are perfect companions to handmade all-occasion greeting cards. Spray paint the Christmas cards in different colors, cut into squares or random straight edge shapes and use for faux mosaic tiling of projects, or fold into small gift boxes for next year’s giving.

10. Holiday food tins are awesome for storing toiletries, craft supplies, office supplies, dry goods, and more. Again, spray paint or découpage to coordinate with your décor and remove the holiday theme.

Share your holiday repurposing ideas!

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On Saturday, January 26, 2013, Betty, from Betty's Bead Soup wrote

Two red banquet tablecloths look great for birthdays, Valentine's Day, 4th of July.... tiny white lights wrapped around the bathroom mirror make great nightlights and mood lighting for peaceful baths.... a lot of wrapping paper in plain colors, stripes, and snowflake designs work for other holidays.... a lovely tree topper angel became a decoration on the upstairs hall table.... and all sorts of candles can be picked up for next to nothing for use throughout the year.

On Sunday, February 20, 2011, Shelley from Ohio wrote

I use the white rope lights on my stairs to illuminate them at night. I run them along the top of the baseboard and turn them on in the evening and off in the am. It's a gentle light that doesn't shock your eyes and yet, you can see where you are going. I don't have to worry about holding onto a flashlight and I can still see if the cat is sleeping on the steps before I step on her!

On Tuesday, January 18, 2011, Holly in Tennessee wrote

I bought some smaller sized glittery red ornaments and a large glass vase at my local Dollar Tree and threw the ornaments in the vase. I have it sitting on my bookcase and it is a pretty decoration to my red-accented living room. You could also use the beaded garland mixed into the vase for a different look, and they are SO easy to change out if you need a different color! So easy.

On Friday, December 31, 2010, Skitzo Leezra Studio wrote

Take a look at my blog entry for revamping a tree skirt into a little girl skirt!">

On Tuesday, December 28, 2010, Juliet A wrote

I agree with Susan - the red is good for Valentine's Day, and the green is good for St Patrick's day. However, the holiday colors are so weird these days, you often aren't restricted in the colors you find.

On Tuesday, December 28, 2010, Cathe Holden wrote

Thank you everyone for sharing your creative holiday item repurposing ideas! They are fabulous- keep 'em coming, there's still some great sales to be picked over out there!

On Monday, December 27, 2010, L in AZ wrote

Perfect way to look at things in a new light. This will make the clearance racks a lot more fun!

On Monday, December 27, 2010, Mary wrote

I love spray paint. It makes a nice even covering!

On Monday, December 27, 2010, Saucy Chick Sherry wrote

Great ideas and I love how you "see" things with "different eyes". Thank you so much for sharing. Happy repurposing great holiday bargains...

On Monday, December 27, 2010, Wendy wrote

All are GREAT ideas!

On Monday, December 27, 2010, Jacquerose wrote

A lot of great ideas...I posted the link to Facebook. Thank you!

On Monday, December 27, 2010, RandomCreativity wrote

I love seasonal clearance! I bought fancy white tablecloths and serving dishes, etc for 75% off and used them when I got married. I also pick up gift sets with packaging that isn't seasonal for birthday gifts throughout the year.

On Monday, December 27, 2010, KB wrote

Great ideas. The holiday rope lights are great to use for all kinds of outdoor parties in the warmer months. Red white and blue rope lights are great for the 4th of July barbecues. The red rope lights can be used inside for a Valentine party. Green rope lights are great for St. Patrick's Day celebrations.

On Monday, December 27, 2010, Jenna wrote

Post Christmas, I usually pick up as much tissue paper I can find on clearance... white especially. Works great for every birthday/celebration throughout the rest of the year. Or turn them into tissue paper balls for decoration for parties or around the house.

On Monday, December 27, 2010, Susan from crafterhours wrote

I love assorted individually foil-wrapped christmas chocolates. Pull the red and silver out for Valentine's Day, the green and gold for St. Patrick's day.

On Monday, December 27, 2010, Megan wrote

I always look for super-clearance designer ribbons and trims to use in sewing projects. Target, especially, always has amazing spools of ric rac and feathery trims in gorgeous colors, all of which can be repurposed for doll clothes. And when they get to be 70%-90% off, it's pretty easy to justify buying them!


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