Use your wedding decorations for double-duty Christmas decor

December 2 |

There are any number of ways you could resuse your offbeat wedding stuff on your offbeat Christmas set up. We have a few ideas to use your RSVP cards, those ubiquitous mason jars, and more — thanks to Offbeat Bride's DIY editor Jess for her help!

Here are three thoughts on ways to use wedding decor as Christmas fancyness:

1. My wedding used handmade crepe paper flowers — which would be lovely ornaments, too.

2. Paint a snowscape on some of those mason jars. Just grab a paint pen and draw wintery things on the outside of the glass, like trees, snowflakes and snow drifts. Drop a tea light in and watch as your upgraded mason jars throw awesome shadows on the walls!

3. 3D forest cards are as straightforward as they look. Cut tree shapes out of two RSVP cards at a time, then slice down toward the middle on one, up toward the middle on the other. Slide them into each other and stand them on a flat surface; keep them away from open flame (duh).

Get to decorating, Homies! If you come up with a brilliant thought, I want to hear about it.

  1. I LOVE the mason jars idea! Maybe you paint over them again or clean them off to keep using them throughout the year.

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    • You definitely could if you use acryclic paint – that stuff washes right off with water. I'm not sure how it would react to heat from the candle though…

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      • Decent acrylic should be okay since those candles are so bitty. AND it'd be on the outside.

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      • Battery Powered Tea Lights – no heat no problem!

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    • You can also gently scrub the paint pen off the mason jars after soaking them a few hours in an OxyClean bath.

      Acrylics are awesome if you have them around; paint pens are great if you don't want to commit to more supplies, plus they're practically mess-proof. It's up to you which is best for your home and lifestyle :)

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  2. I took the felt flowers I made for my bouquet and turned them into Christmas balls. They turned out well!

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  3. I used my wedding deco in my master bedroom but I keep my Halloween deco up until NYE for Gothmas. And yes, I have a black tree, with an eyeball garland…

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    • Are there photos of this? I would love to see a black tree with eyeball garlands

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  4. Cat, I hadn't seen your wedding profile before, and I need to tell you it looks like it was an awesome, amazing, fun time.

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  5. I am planning on using my metal bouquet as the tree topper for our Christmas tree!
    it came from Refinerii on etsy

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  6. My wedding used 1/2 mile of ribbon – so obviously I decorated my tree with the leftovers. Margaret from "Dennis the Menace" would be so jealous of my ribbon & bows tree!

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  7. Phew! You just reminded me to make ornaments with the remaining vintage keys from making boutonierres! Yay! We decorated last night with hand me down decorations, craft swap tiny Weasley sweaters, local straw ornaments, a tin Mexican orange, and some homemade ones. Only about 20 ornaments all told, but whatever. They'll accumulate!

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    • That you decorate with "tiny Weasley sweaters" makes me far more happy and jealous than it probably should.

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  8. We had guests write well wishes on paper hearts as they arrived at our wedding, then they tied them onto the arch we were married under. We used the paper hearts to decorate our tree (in addition to ornaments). It was so cool to read all those lovey, kind comments again and be reminded of how much love was in the air on our wedding day.

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    • I adore this idea! I may have to borrow it.

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  9. Friends of ours gave out little silver bells as favors – instead of clanging on glasses to get them to kiss (which wasn't feasible given that their glassware was actually plastic), everyone rang the little bells. Shortly after their autumn wedding, they moved into a house. As a housewarming, I incorporated the silver bells into a wreath for them.

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  10. For my wedding (11 years ago), I'd made a ton of aisle bows from burgundy satin wired ribbon. In the following years, I used some of these ribbons to decorate xmas garlands that I hung in our house — pix are here:

    http://fishcat.com/home/pix/xmas05-lr-mantle.jpg

    http://fishcat.com/home/pix/xmas05-lr-garland.jpg

    http://fishcat.com/home/pix/xmas05-dr-garland.jpg

    I've also wrapped some of these ribbons around a grapevine wreath for the front door & used some loose nestled among pinecones in a table centerpiece, all very Gothic Martha Stewart-y (as is my nature ;-).

    Nothing gets wasted!

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  11. This makes me want to make more things to have strewn about for the wedding just so I can put them on my tree! Our venue is a decoration in of itself and requires little from us to add. But, now I can think of all sorts of things to make and know they will have a future other than a dusty box in the attic.

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