Upcycled Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers


Spread some holiday cheer in your office this year with DIY upcycled gifts for your co-workers!

Going green for the holidays doesn’t have to turn you into a Grinch. Spread some holiday cheer with your creativity by giving upcycled holiday gifts to your co-workers this year!

Tin Can Caddies
Upcycled tin cans make the perfect office caddies for storing pens, scissors, tape and other everyday desk needs. Using your old, clean tin cans, paint them or cover them with your favorite decorative paper or fabric. Add the finishing flair with cut-outs, lace, fabric, fake flowers or decals from your local craft store. Develop a theme and give your co-workers a completed set.

Courtesy of Shabby Chic Inspired

Magnetic Chalkboard
Scored a beautiful vintage mirror or frame and wondering what to do with it? Transform it with just a few coats of paint! Head to your local craft store and pick up magnetic spray paint and chalkboard paint. Cover the frame in painter’s tape and cover the mirror or back part of the frame with several coats of magnetic spray paint. Let dry completely before applying chalkboard paint. Voila!

Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

Cork Vases
Plants are a great way to brighten up any office, and these cork planters are both functional and fabulous! With old vases, Tupperware, tin cans, or any container you want to upcycle, you can create these cork planters within minutes. Take your container and spray paint the inside a color of your choosing. While the spray paint is drying, roll out your cork (you can find this at your local craft store). Measure the cork to the width of your container, and twice the length of the container. The length must be twice the length of the container so that the cork will be thick enough to use pushpins when on the vase. Once the container is dry, unroll your cork and place the container at the edge. Place a thick line of heavy-duty craft glue on one end of the cork, and proceed to roll the container up in the cork. When you reach the end of the cork, add another line of heavy-duty craft glue and clamp to the container using a clothespin. Let sit for 1-2 hours until the glue is dry. Last, add a few flowers and decorative pushpins into the vase for a complete gift!

Courtesy of Design Sponge

So don’t pout and don’t cry this holiday season with our upcycled green gift ideas!

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