When we're decorating for the holidays, it's easy to lose sight of anything that takes place after New Year's Day. But the truth is that with some smart choices and a little ingenuity, you can re-purpose your holiday decor to use all year long.

Easy Glam

Take a walk through Target and you'll find sparkly candles, metallic chargers, and plush throws and pillow. Yes, they're trotted out around the holidays each year - perfect timing for festive events and houseguests. But if you like a little glitter and glam in your home all the time, this is your happy day. Stock up during holiday sales and you'll have some festive new décor that will up the glamour profile in your house well past January.

If you can't buy it, make it

If you're the type that prefers to make it yourself, the home improvement store is the place to go for metallic specialty paints that you can use to transform planters, platters, or picture frames into holiday accessories. After the holidays, simple edits like changing out red bunches of flowers for a more neutral color and opting for family photos without matching ugly Christmas sweaters allow you to reuse your new décor.

The holiday aisle at Home Depot or Lowe's and Craft stores like Michaels and Joanne's are also great places to find hurricanes, vases, mercury glass, and filler like pebbles, marbles, metallic balls, and pinecones to create centerpieces or vignettes for the mantel or counter.

When you're done with the pinecones, spray paint them and turn them into candleholders like these form Crissy's Crafts.

Are glittery feathers part of your holiday décor? "Tucked into a napkin ring or floral arrangement or just on a coffee table, they are stunning," said Houzz.

 

After the holidays, the feathers can be used to transform a chair, a light fixture, or layered into a mercury glass jar to create a unique accessory.

Joanne's also has fabric. If you've got it in mind that you want throw pillows covered in tartan plaid or drapes of jacquard stripes - without spending your whole paycheck on each—you might be able to buy the materials here and make them yourselves with some meager sewing skills and a meager budget.

 

Dollar Store Holiday Décor

 

If you're looking to buy holiday decorations in bulk and aren't necessarily concerned about quality, the Dollar Store is a great place to go. And certain items can have surprising longevity. Those berry bunches you put up on your holiday mantle will work just as well mixed into your regular décor. Those strands of beads will add nicely to your daughter's dress-up box or make a great addition to your gift wrap area.

Lights and Ornaments Get New Life

Don't toss those ball ornaments into a bin - or the trashcan. Grab some fishing line and transform them into a gorgeous chandelier like this one from Twig Decor.

Check out another fun version here.

Make a unique piece of art with your Christmas lights. A piece of canvas and an old string of lights are all you need for this fun art project from Apartment Therapy. Choose an abstract design, or, for a kids' room, use their initials.

Check out Houzz for more items you can buy to decorate your house or set a festive table for the holidays and keep around all year round.

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