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When thinking about Christmas, the husband and I knew one thing for sure – where possible we wanted to limit the amount of plastic decorations.
Which is easier said than done, especially when you’re working towards your first Christmas in your first house! The only decorations that we had between us, were a few Disney Cast Member tree decorations. Oh! And some stockings that my amazing Cousin made us a year or two ago. When a good friend let us know that her work were putting out last year’s decorations for literal pennies, and that they were wooden, I jumped at the chance. There was no way that these decorations were going to suit us out of the box. However, I was more than happy to have a go at a Christmas decoration flip!
Here’s how the decorations started. I bought roughly 12 of them, in silver and gold (the ribbons were different colours, and the edges of the big stars are painted to match). The only parts of these decorations that I didn’t reuse were the ribbons and twine. Unfortunately the ribbon bows were hot glued on, and the twine/hanging ribbon were too short to be reused. They just weren’t meant to be part of the Christmas decoration flip!
The first step was to deconstruct the decorations. Always fun being constructively destructive!
Next, I took some fine jewellery copper wire and threaded the tiny stars onto the wire. For the first star on the wire I wrapped the wire back around the through the star, and then twisted the wire around itself. This meant that the wire was a lot stronger, and could easily support the star to sit up at the top of the Christmas tree. It’s kind of hard to explain, so have a watch of the Instagram Reel!
I left about 2 inches between each little star until I ran out of stars to thread, and then repeated the same steps for the tiny bells. I loooooove how these strands turned out, and they’re perfect for our tiny table top tree. Not too heavy for the branches, and can hold themselves up – they don’t droop too much.
If you’d like to recreate this flip but don’t have similar decorations, I’ve hunted out some supplies that should cover the bases (affiliate links):
These “vintage” copper bells are lovely but there’s limited stock left.
These tiny gold bells are also a great option!
This golden copper wire is a great option.
Wooden star beads, or even round wooden beads would work.
Have you had a go at flipping old Christmas decorations into something new, or altering decorations to fit your current style? I had a movie playing in the background whilst making these and had so much fun! I’d love to see your Christmas decoration flips – link to your blog posts/photos in the comments!