Tips on Recycling and Reusing Glass Ornaments

One of the most popular forms of Christmas tree decor, glass ornaments are staples of traditional tree trimming. Because of the significance and abundance of these little trinkets, it’s important to think about their ultimate disposal.

Start From the Source

When looking to purchase glass ornaments, make the extra effort to buy recycled glass ornaments. There are hundreds of varieties, offering a creative twist to this holiday favorite.


Thinking about making your own ornaments? Save your burned out incandescent lightbulbs throughout the year, and use them to make your own ornaments. Their shape and size are perfect for tree decoration. This is also a great project for the kids.

You can also use the pieces from broken ornaments to adorn holiday-themed decorations around your home. Use to decorate picture frames or mirrors, making unique collages of various holiday themes and colors. Just be sure to safely handle that broken glass.

Mr. Fix-it

So, you just can’t part with that broken ornament, or don’t want to run out to the store to buy a new one. You can easily repair your ornament if it has been broken into easily handled pieces.

Saying Goodbye?

If you’re ready to say goodbye to your old glass ornaments, consider donating them to a local charity or Goodwill. Package them carefully to avoid breakage during transport. Inform your donation location that there are fragile items in your container. Even though your old glass E.T. ornament from 1982 may not hold the same magic for you, it might be the delight of another tree.

For ornament recycling, check if your local recycler accepts painted glass. The decorations added to your ornaments, such as feathers, glitter, sequins or other plastic items, could pose a problem for recycling.