Unique Christmas Ornaments From Industrial Items

This year, our family is going to be celebrating Christmas at our cabin. Instead of bringing up the usual Christmas decorations from home, we are going to decorate a small tree with all new unique Christmas ornaments. Most of what I put on the tree will be rustic but I also wanted them to be unique. I came up with a couple of fun ideas.

I started looking for vintage items, that I have collected, which might be repurposed into a rustic Christmas ornament. It didn’t take long before I hit the jackpot! I found a box of vintage silver net floats that I had been saving for ……something!

All I did was tie some jute twine around the tops, which fit nice and snug into one of the grooves, and I now have about ten fun rustic ornaments…so far…for our tree!

unique Christmas ornaments

Hudson Bay Inspired Fish Float Christmas Ornaments

I also took half of the net floats and painted them in a Hudson Bay inspired pattern.

upcycyled industrial Christmas ornaments

I got the inspiration from my favorite Hudson Bay blanket that we have hanging at our cabin.

hudson bay blanket

Luckily, I was able to find paint colors that matched the stripes on the blanket pretty well!

upcycled industrial Christmas ornaments

First, I painted the fish floats in an acrylic paint called Sheepskin. Then I painted on each stripe. Since my lines weren’t perfectly straight, I used a cream twine to fit between the colors. I just used Mod Podge to secure them in place.

While I was in the Christmas spirit, I also decided to whip up a garland using some of my larger vintage buttons and a section of jute twine.

Button garland is super easy to make. Just string buttons onto a section of twine and tie a knot underneath each button. Spread the buttons out every inch or two apart. I used all neutral cream buttons but you can change up the look with colored buttons.

Since I love re-using vintage or industrial items for decorating projects, this got me wondering about what other kinds of unique Christmas ornaments might be floating around.  I did a search and this is what I found.

Unique Christmas Ornaments Around The Web

French industrial stencil as a Christmas ornament by Design Mom.

French industrial stencil ornament
French industrial stencil as an ornament by Design Mom

I don’t know about you, but I love silver and gold and…….rust!  This makes a fun ornament, especially if you can find stencils of letters to match your family names.

Nuts and Bolts Snowman ornament by Shee Designs Originals.

nuts and bolts snowman ornament
Nuts and bolts snowman ornament by Shee Designs Originals

This snowman is so cute!  I think I will have to clean out my husband’s junk drawer and see what kinds of odds and ends I can find.

Rusty faucet handle ornament by The Homeless Finch.

hose handle ornament
Faucet handle ornament by The Homeless Finch

What kinds of unique Christmas ornaments have you used?

I hope you have been inspired!

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