It happens to everyone, sooner or later. That well-intentioned gift that just doesn’t fit your style. Or maybe it just doesn’t fit! But if you think creatively, you don’t have to abandon these unwanted gifts to the charity shop. Instead, you can upcycle the item into something you’ll actually enjoy using long after Christmas is over.

Clothing

If you’ve received a clothing item that doesn’t really match your style, don’t despair! There are lots of ways to add a personal touch to clothing, from simple appliqués to complete refashioning.

Upcycling

Sources: H is For Handmade, Bunny Baubles and Pinterest.

Jumpers

Jumpers are plentiful at Christmas, and also one of the easiest items to upcycle. Whether it’s something for the home, such as pillows or a blanket, or handy winter accessories, it’s easy to find a way to reuse those cozy knits. Who doesn’t need another winter hat?

Upcycling

Sources: A Beautiful Mess, BHG and Crafts Collection.

Fashion Accessories

Scarves and neckties come in some really beautiful fabrics, but they’re not necessarily patterns you want to wear. Why not transform them into something you can use? Home décor items like pillow covers and placemats are easy to whip up, and can be enjoyed for years to come.

Upcycling

Sources: Ouno Design, Aletha Israels and Craft Stylish.

This and That

With paint and glue, you can transform forgettable knickknacks into useful items for your home. An oversized mug becomes a pretty planter. Dispose of the Christmas-scented wax and transform a candle jar into elegant bathroom storage. And those tea towels gathering dust in the kitchen drawer? Use them to wrap packages for creative year-round gift giving.

Upcycling

Sources: Green Redeem, Dwell Beautiful and My Poppet.