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How to Refresh Old Holiday Decor

Are you looking to save some money during the holiday season? The best way to decorate is to refresh old holiday decor! Want to learn how? Follow along!

Also check out these other holiday decoration ideas:


The holidays can be a really stressful time of year and it can get really expensive when you start adding up all of the expenses of the holidays. As part of the Michael’s Makers challenge this month, we were given 5 common holiday hiccups to choose from and we went with “how to refresh old holiday decor.” We’re excited because we think this is valuable information to save you money this holiday season!


Every year the stores are flooded with new, trendy, hip holiday decor that we all need! Marketing pros convince us that we need the newest, on trend decor for every. single. holiday! Am I right? While we LOVE finding new, beautiful decor for each and every holiday, there is something special about reusing our old decor. Today we are going to show you three ways that we refreshed our old holiday decor to make it match our new decor and keep it looking fresh and new!

Holiday Decor Refresh

How to Update Old Holiday Decorations

  1. Spray Paint is Your Best Friend!

    Use spray paint to upgrade old holiday decor. You can instantly make decor look modern by turning pieces into a solid color that matches your style.

  2. Use Unlike Household Items.

    Sometimes the best decorations come from the most random places! Use your imagination and creativity and you can make super simple holiday decor from scratch!

  3. Dig Through Old Craft Supplies.

    You can make so many amazing pieces from items in your craft drawer. Wether it is for table centerpieces or to hang up on the wall, get creative!

Updated Holiday Decorations


  • Use spray paint! I (Mallory) had this adorable Santa that doesn’t fit my decor style anymore but I think he is so cute! His hat was a little broken and his berries had seen better days!
  • We grabbed some new berry branches in wintery white and gave Santa a few coats of Brushed Nickel spray paint. After his mini makeover, he looked modern and fresh!


  • Use unlikely household items. We had some picture hanging wire and found these glittery bells and decided they would make the most adorable napkin rings! Also, the easiest craft known to man.
  • We strung the bells on the wire and wrapped it around a simple white napkin for a stunning new napkin ring! We love how simple and beautiful it is.


  • Dig through your old craft supplies. We found these old clear bulbs we had laying around from a craft from last year and decided it would be fun to fill them with different types of snow for a little snow globe effect.
  • We added them to the tables-cape and love the wintery touch to the table.
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  • These items we had on hand really added to the elegance of our Christmas table this year and I love that it costs us next to nothing! We really love how it all came together and looks really classy!

Michaels has tons of holiday project ideas and instructions on their Michaels.com, including gift wrapping, home décor, last minute gift ideas, hostess gifts and more.

Check out the other four holiday hack topics and the unique ideas all of the makers came up with on Michaels’ blog, The Glue String.

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