Upcycled Christmas Ornament Gift Idea

Don’t throw out your glass spice jars! Let me show you how to make the easiest and cutest upcycled Christmas ornament gift ever!

If you have an empty spice jar you can make an upcycled Christmas ornament using Epsom Salts, bottle brush trees, and a little ribbon.

I know you may have groaned or rolled your eyes right now.

It’s alright I totally understand. We haven’t even had our Thanksgiving pie yet, and here I am with an upcycled Christmas ornament gift idea.

Here’s the thing, if we blink twice, December will be knocking on our door, and you’ll start making that gift list.

If you are anything like me, you want to give everyone you know a little sample of the season, but sadly even the smallest of somethings add up in a hurry.

Before you know it, your budget has been cracked like so many holiday walnuts.

So please forgive me for the first intrusion into your season just this once.

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Save Those Glass Spice Jars!

If you purchase spices in glass jars, don’t ever throw them away. Like never.

Remove the labels and run them through the dishwasher. I have a whole stash of them.

Of course, you could purchase more spices and just refill them. (yawn)

I have a better idea.

Let’s make a cute ornament or maybe ten to give as a gift to that teacher, friend, or co-worker on your list.

Supply List

  • Epsom Salts or something that resembles snow
  • Funnel (optional)
  • Bottle Brush Trees
  • Ribbon or twine
  • Empty glass spice jars or any small jars

You can buy a carton of Epsom salts for under $3.00.  You will have more than enough leftover to add to a relaxing hot holiday bath. 🙂 #bonus

I purchased my bottle brush trees from the Target Dollar Spot this year.  You can find them almost anywhere Christmas decor is sold and they come in a variety of colors.

Using a funnel, fill your jar with just enough salts to make a layer of snow. The size of your jar will determine how much is needed.

Add your tree and kind of twist it down into the “snow.”

I used a hammer and a small nail to create a hole in the lid, then inserted and knotted my ribbon.

You may need to trim the excess ribbon so it won’t show.

You only need an empty glass jar, Epsom salts, a bottle brush tree, and a little ribbon to make an easy upcycled Christmas ornament.

That’s all there is to it!

Here's a budget friendly upcycled Christmas gift idea. All you need is an empty spice jar, Epsom salts, and a bottle brush tree to make an extra easy ornament to give or keep, or both!


Everything you see in the above photo I found in the Target Dollar Spot. (except the Epsom salts)

I love any project that is easy, inexpensive, and versatile.

I created a set of jars a couple of years ago that I use for my Christmas place settings.

An upcycled Target spice jar filled with Epsom salts and a bottle brush tree makes a cute addition to a Christmas table place setting.

It’s also cute enough to use as part of a holiday vignette.

(see my Simple Holiday Home from last year)

Of course, you could quickly create a more significant version using the beloved Mason jar.

Here's a suggestion, fill a mason jar with Epsom salts and add a bottle brush tree to create a wintry scene.

I hope this idea leaves you feeling inspired enough to make your own version.

Get creative and have fun with it.

Take one empty spice jar, add Epsom salts and a bottle brush tree to make an extra cute and inexpensive upcycled Christmas gift ornament.

Be sure to check out all the other early gift ideas from these talented ladies.



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