Since living on my own as an "adult" I've only gotten a Christmas tree twice, but I've received a number ornaments as gifts, which clearly haven't hung on many branches. My favorite non-holiday themed ones have however stayed up throughout the year as home décor. Real Simple magazine's blog, Simply Stated, was thinking the same thing and has rounded up a nice collection of images showing ways to reuse ornaments throughout your house.
Simply Stated suggests, "After you've taken down your tree, look through all of your ornaments and see which ones are not holiday specific but that simply have a more wintertime aesthetic -- mittens, pine cones, snowflakes, birds, icicles, etc. Then look at the colors of what you have laying there before you -- will any match your current home decor?"
If so, try some of these ideas:
• In a large window take an odd number of ornaments, tie elastic transparent wire to each one and hang them from your window at different lengths.
• Take a pretty branch from outdoors and hang it in your window and suspend your ornaments from that too.
• If you have a single window that you'd like to adorn but you would also like to keep it simple, hang a single ornament on transparent wire, cutting the wire long enough so that your ornament falls at eye level or slightly above.
• Tie ornaments to transparent wire, thread, yard or some other type of string (depending on the look you're going for) and make a garland out them.
• Hang a collection of ornaments on a wall or from the ceiling.
Read the full post and see more inspiring images over at Simply Stated.
Do you use ornaments around the house after the holidays? Let us know how in the comments.
(Images via Simply Stated)