Easy & Inexpensive DIY Christmas Decorating Ideas

Home Stager with Sharon Tara Transformations

The holidays are a very busy time for everyone,

so I will keep this Christmas decor tip very short and simple...



Rather than throw away (or donate) your old Christmas decorations, sometimes you can still use them if you give them a new look.

I was visiting my parents in Florida recently and I found a sad looking old Christmas wreath and small stash of ornaments in their garage.

Dad was planning on throwing them away.


Arts and Crafts time! 


The wreath had factory attached lights on it that no longer worked

so Dad's job was to remove them.

Once Dad was done with the lights, I used wire to clump together the ornaments and attached them to the wreath.


Now, instead of going in the trash, their new wreath is on the front door.




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Comments (31)

Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sharon- you've given me a great idea for some of our old ornament that I was going to ditch!!!!! Thank you!

Dec 07, 2018 06:12 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

What a difference, Sharon!  I have done a little Christmas decoration reworking myself this season.

Dec 07, 2018 06:45 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Good for you Sharon. Thanks for taking the time to repurpose an old wreath. Too often we think the answer is to discard something. I love that you and your Dad worked on it together too.  To me, that is the most special aspect of it. 

Dec 08, 2018 06:29 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You are so artsy and creative!  Even though I may never try one of your artsy projects, I still enjoy seeing what you have done!

Dec 08, 2018 10:29 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I love your reconstructed wreath.

Thanks for your suggestions.

Dec 08, 2018 10:36 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


                                    Thank you, Sharon. 

Dec 08, 2018 05:52 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Sharon Tara wow...what a wonderful transformation....I couldn't do that if my life depended on it.... you have the magic touch!!!

Dec 09, 2018 04:16 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Sharon - what was once ready to be tossed has a new life. Good tip.

Dec 09, 2018 05:19 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Lovely, Sharon. What a huge difference; recycling at its finest.

Dec 09, 2018 06:57 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Sharon, I agree with Barbara. You have the magic touch.

Dec 09, 2018 06:58 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Sharon - you made an excellent transformation of an old wreath.

Dec 09, 2018 12:17 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

My husband just finished attaching new lights to our old "wire" tree and reindeer. What a job! Just cutting all the old lights off took hours.

But now - when the sun goes down the lights come on and I get a treat out my kitchen window.

Dec 09, 2018 01:45 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Recycle and re-purpose are two words that are epitomized in your post. Your creativity gave new life to stale decorations.

Dec 09, 2018 03:40 PM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Sharon, what's more odd than the artistic ability to refurbish a Florida wreath? To do it without the aid of a hammer. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Dec 09, 2018 04:23 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Wonderful! Keep the wreath out of the landfill and on the door!

Dec 10, 2018 03:24 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Kathy Streib  I hope you share what your idea is once you do it.

Thanks for including me in your post this week!

Myrl Jeffcoat  It's a fun thing to do...I love the challenge and the satisfaction!

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD  My favorite part was working with Dad...I think he was very happy with the results.

Brian England  I like to think that some day you will remember one of my ideas and actually take my lead and give it a try. You never know! At the very least you can make suggestions to your clients and make them think you are artsy!

Roy Kelley  Thank you! Imagine it with live flowers!


Dec 10, 2018 07:07 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Barbara Todaro  I think you could, even if your life didn't depend on it. You are a pretty creative woman!

Michael Jacobs  It's got to be pretty bad for me to toss it out. LOL

Lottie Kendall  Thank you! If I haven't already told you...I love the new profile picture!

 Gita Bantwal  Thank you, but it just seems so basic to me. LOL

Grant Schneider  And had fun doing it! Win Win!


Dec 10, 2018 07:08 AM
Michael Jacobs

Reigning Recycling Royalty,  Right? 

Dec 10, 2018 12:30 PM
Lottie Kendall

This is my "informal" head shot -- one of the benefits of having our company merge with Compass - new head shots not paid by me! 

Dec 10, 2018 01:25 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Marte Cliff  Well worth the effort! Easy for me to say. LOL

John Juarez  Thank you! I enjoy using whatever is available whenever possible. 

That is one of my favorite parts of owner occupied home staging consults!

Kevin J. May There were no hammers harmed in the repurposing of this wreath! LOL 

Kat Palmiotti  At the very least I told Dad he could sell it if we fixed it up. For all I know that is what he did with it after I left. LOL



Dec 10, 2018 07:13 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Sharon Tara,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week! I love this recycling effort..perfect! Not only did you get to spend some quality time with our dad you created an exciting new wreath for their front door.

Dec 11, 2018 02:45 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR  Thank you! It was a nice day and we both enjoyed it. 

Dec 12, 2018 08:21 AM