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Fantastic Holiday Up Cycling Ideas from friends, clients and readers of the Get Organized column Naples Daily News

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My gift to you this holiday season is to share some fantastic holiday up-cycling ideas that clients, friends and readers of this column, have sent to me throughout the year.

For more inspiration, visit www.Pinterest.com. You’ll be amazed by all the DIY ideas you’ll find for repurposing anything from used corks and muselets (the wire cage that fits over the cork on a bottle of Champagne) to holiday greeting cards, buttons and ribbons.

If, for example, you’ve been holding onto a loved one’s neckties for 30, 40 or 50 years, and it's just adding to the stress of having way too much stuff in your life, why not select the ones that mean the most to you and create something that will bring you and your loved ones joy during the holiday season? Remember, you don’t have to hold onto all the ties in order to keep the memories alive.

Wishing you a clutter-free and meaningful holiday season.

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Tie one on

Sisters Denise Kluthe of Naples and Karen Elliott of Silver Spring, Maryland, created this gorgeous holiday skirt using a collection of old holiday-themed neckties. The number of ties used to make the skirt and the finished hem length depends upon the size of the person wearing it. The waistband was fashioned using the skinny part of a tie with a snap closure. The attention to detail is very impressive, as each necktie point is perfectly even with the next. The workmanship on this skirt would make any home education teacher proud (for those of us who remember taking home economics classes).

Ornamental hanging

Taking a collection of vintage glass ornaments and turning them into a wall hanging was another submission from Elliott and Kluthe. Using a radiator screen, which they purchased at a local hardware store, the sisters created a three-dimensional Christmas tree wall hanging by gently attaching the delicate ornaments to the screen with colorful pipe cleaners. Using an inexpensive picture frame, they replaced the glass with the metal screen and finished the design with a piece of grosgrain ribbon.

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Precious memories

Soon after her beloved husband passed away, Margie Carlson of Naples wondered what to do with a closetful of neckties. Together we researched Pinterest and other DIY craft websites and came up with the idea of making a Christmas tree skirt out of a carefully curated collection of her husband’s favorite animal- and golf-themed neckties. The beauty of this solution is that the “skirt” keeps the memory of her husband alive for her and her family, while at the same time not taking up an inordinate amount of space once the tree and decorations come down.

‘Vintage’ creation

While cleaning out a client’s off-site storage unit, I discovered four very large moving boxes filled with old wine bottle corks. Searching Pinterest for interesting ways to reuse the corks, I came across several examples of holiday garlands using corks, monofilament thread and decorative beads.

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There are so many other possibilities for decorative pieces made with wine corks: How do you like this clever reindeer head silhouette? 

Naples’ Premier Professional Organizer Marla Ottenstein offers expert residential and corporate professional organizing services. Licensed & Insured. Member: National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals (NAPO). Her column appears on the first Friday of each month. For more information: ProfessionalOrganizerFlorida.com or on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/ProfessionalOrganizerFlorida. Send questions about how to get and stay organized, to be addressed in future columns.

A time to give

This holiday season, I challenge you to forgo the holiday shopping frenzy, choosing instead to adopt and shop for a family in need, prepare a gift basket for an elderly person, or buy clothes and toys for a foster child. Everywhere you look, local charities are putting up “giving trees” in shops, cafes and community clubhouses, making it easy to give the gift of love to those less fortunate than ourselves.

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