Upcycled Christmas Decor into Farmhouse Decor

Here we are with another month passing by and it’s time for Trash to Treasure Tuesday! {{applause}} It’s a fun time to be had with my blogger friends sharing our latest inspiration with you. You will see there work in bit. However, today I’m going to share a sort of encore to my project last year about upcycled Christmas decor.

Snowman Winter Decor Before Upcycled Fun by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Let me introduce you to my snowmen friends. They’re metal ladles, an import product, that I believe were picked up at a large craft store and then painted with these cuties. If you remember last year, I made over more snowman art for the sake of showing you upcycling fun.

Snowman Faces on Upcycled Art by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

For the record, I adore snowmen and all their wintery fun, so I am not out to relive the world of snowmen. I just found these ladles fun and perfect for a new life. Let’s say you own something like this and are tired of using it in your holiday decor year after year. Most would readily either (1) toss them in the trash or (2) donate them to a thrift store.

I say, if it still have life in it, make your own upcycled Christmas decor. Am I right? You know it. tsk.

For added fun, I’ve created a step-by-step video tutorial for you below. However, I’ve also outlined the steps for you here too so you can have the best of both worlds.


This project is similar to my recent makeover of a hot pink trash can. First, we’re going to begin with a bit of embossing to create texture and depth.

Hot Glue Embossing for Crafty Fun by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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I’ve taken my Sharpie marker and drawn on number on each of the snowmen. Then, after my hot glue gun is heated up, I run a bead filling in the number. These are my preferred glue sticks. They stick to anything!


If you take a closer peek, you’ll see that originally someone sponge-pounced the white paint for the snowmen. I’m going to use that texture to my advantage.

Texture Paint on Snowman Art | prodigalpieces.com

Much like my past zincified makeovers, I’m using this zinc in a can to give an aged appeal. See the video for it in action.

Cold Galvanizing Compound is Zinc in a Can | prodigalpieces.com

I set them up in my small spray shelter and place them on my turn table and give them two coat of the paint, letting cure in between.

Then, once the paint is dry, I want to add a bit of whimsy with these free printable vintage seed packets. You can see how I also have used them on my curbside picket fence upcycle HERE.

Free Vintage Seed Packet Printables | prodigalpieces.com

For my purposes, I have resized them to fit my upcycled Christmas decor. Next, I tear them out so they have a ragged edge and decoupage them on with thinned school glue (much cheaper way to do than the name brand stuff).

Once the decoupage is dry, I then use 4 different color waxes to add depth – black, brown, gray, and white. Last, I add a bit of twine and fill them up for a sweet vignette.


Dried Floral Farmhouse Decor from Upcycled Christmas Decor | Video Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #upcycled #floral

DIY Dried Floral Arrangements in Upcycled Christmas Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #home #homedecor

My heart is happy when I see flowers in any form. Isn’t this fun? I whipped up that rack out of scrap that was already pretty much the exact lengths I needed. Then, I stained it and did a wash of paint for aged appeal.

While I could have done really anything with these: bathroom toiletries, fresh herbs, kitchen essentials…you get the idea.

Simple Farmhouse Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #home #homedecor

Dried Floral Arrangement Created from Upcycled Christmas Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #flowers #home #homedecor

Buh-bye snowman and hello floral fun! Can you tell I had a blast working with these?

Subscribe to Prodigal Pieces on YouTube for DIY video tutorials and a whole lotta fun | prodigalpieces.com

Dried Hydrangeas and Roses in Upcycled Christmas Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #flowers #diy #home #homedecor #farmhouse

Upcycled Thrifted Finds Made into Farmhouse Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #upcycled #home #cottage #farmhouse #homedecor

Are you inspired yet? woot! I eagerly hope so. It’s just fun for me to share what pops into my head when I see cast-off decor. I’m curious…what would you have use the happy snowmen for?

Handmade Flower Display from Upcycled Christmas Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #home #homedecor

If you’d like to make this set your own, you can find it and more available in my online shop. Sign up for my free email newsletter to get instant discount on your first purchase.

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Cottage Style Flower Display Created from Upcycled Christmas Decor | Video Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #cottage #home #farmhouse #homedecor

Also, pin and share my upcycled Christmas decor. Let’s inspire and have fun!

Don't trash or donate your old Christmas decor. Upcycle it! Larissa of Prodigal Pieces shows you how at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #upcycle #home #homedecor

Time to check out what my blogger gal friends have for you today for Trash to Treasure Tuesday.

Trash to Treasure Tuesdays - Thrifted Makeover Fun | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Trash to Treasure January 2020 | prodigalpieces.com

  1. Confessions of a Serial DIYer
  2. Girl in the Garage
  3. Artsy Chicks Rule

Up next, I’ll be sharing how this thrifted table and few thrifted finds help me create a happy place. See HERE!

Thrifted Vintage Desk Before Repurposed Use by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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More projects like my upcycled Christmas decor:

WAIT! Don't throw out or donate your old Christmas Decor! Come see how Larissa of Prodigal Pieces shows you how to upcycle your old Christmas Decor | Video tutorial at prodigalpieces.comCheck out how Larissa of Prodigal Pieces created this Upcycled Hymn Board for her home with Salvaged Parts | Details at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #home #antique #homedecor #farmhouse

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  • Carolyn G

    These are adorable, Larissa! I was SO happy to see your email in my inbox!!
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    January 14, 2020 at 7:20 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay! That makes my day, Carolyn. Thanks!

      January 14, 2020 at 8:05 am Reply
  • ColleenB.-Tx.

    OMG. Love the whole new look of these.
    When I first seen the top photo and before I read that they where actually ladles, I thought they where buckets that you had secured wreath holders to, to use for hanging.
    Cute & clever make-over; just in time for the Spring season

    January 14, 2020 at 7:37 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Hooray! haha…they are kinda funky fun. I couldn’t resist making them new. Thanks, Colleen!

      January 14, 2020 at 8:05 am Reply
  • Tracey

    Continuing to lift you up in prayer sweet Larissa! So thankful for you! And this DIY is wonderful! I really want Spring now haha! X0

    January 14, 2020 at 7:42 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much! 😀 I know…I have been bitten by the bug. I blame all the seed catalogs in my mailbox. hee hee!

      January 14, 2020 at 8:06 am Reply
  • Christy James

    These turned out SO good, Larissa!! I never think to reimagine Christmas cast-offs! XOXO

    January 14, 2020 at 9:06 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! You know the thrift stores are loaded with potential of old holiday decor. Especially on clearance after the fact. 😀

      January 14, 2020 at 9:16 am Reply
  • Marie

    Such a fantastic upcycle, Larissa, they look wonderful! I am holding you in my thoughts and prayers as you undergo all the tests. xo

    January 14, 2020 at 9:14 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Woot! This was fun and has me in the mood for spring. Thanks, Marie.

      January 14, 2020 at 9:32 am Reply
  • Cheryl Atkinson

    Hi Larissa! I love the look that zinc in a can gives. So very cool. Where did you get the dried flowers? You are so good at just thinking outside of the box. Continued prayers for you and thank you for sharing. Zinc in a can. hmmm

    January 14, 2020 at 9:45 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Cheryl. I dry my own flowers throughout the growing season so I can enjoy them thru winter. Super easy to do.

      January 14, 2020 at 9:51 am Reply
  • Mary Loveland

    Very cute, love the seed packets! Well done and keep it up! Thanks for posting.

    January 14, 2020 at 9:57 am Reply
    • Larissa

      They are a favorite vintage find of mine…any and all. 😀 Thanks, Mary!

      January 14, 2020 at 10:12 am Reply
  • Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule

    Those are absolutely adorable, Larissa!! Love them. 🙂 xoxo

    January 14, 2020 at 10:16 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You know I had to! 😀 Thanks, Nancy.

      January 14, 2020 at 10:36 am Reply
  • Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    Such a perfect way to transition from winter to spring! Love this. xo

    January 14, 2020 at 11:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m smitten with the blooms! Thanks, Jen.

      January 14, 2020 at 12:05 pm Reply
  • Becky

    These came out so cute! Your painting skills… You amaze me still!
    Still praying for your health. We moms-of-many stand together in a special way. It may just be the angle of Mount Laundrymore piled behind us, but something tilts our hearts toward each other. 😊

    January 14, 2020 at 11:26 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, girl! You are so right. We have to stick together! 😀

      January 14, 2020 at 12:06 pm Reply
  • Cate

    All I can say is KEEEE-UTE! You did a great job and these are very special!
    You are still in my prayers, Larissa. See yourself as whole, perfect, smiling as you will be at 70–or 80!

    January 14, 2020 at 11:51 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Happy dance! 😀 Thank you, Cate. God’s got this!

      January 14, 2020 at 12:07 pm Reply
  • Linda C Johnston

    Ingenious! I swear girl, your imagination never ceases to amaze me. I love these ladles. Will keep praying for you. We love you to pieces!

    January 14, 2020 at 12:11 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      hahaha…woot! You just made my day and made me laugh, Linda. Thanks so much!!

      January 14, 2020 at 1:39 pm Reply
  • Terri Hughes

    Very nice, I love what you did with the ladles. Keeping you in my prayers. God can do anything.

    January 15, 2020 at 12:55 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Terri. He sure can! 😀

      January 15, 2020 at 5:51 pm Reply
  • Cheryl

    Larissa I always love your projects, they are doable for most folks. You are an inspiration and I hope you are feeling better! Prayers arrows sent your way

    January 15, 2020 at 11:06 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! I have fun sharing my creations. Hugs!

      January 16, 2020 at 5:39 am Reply

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