Upcycled Salt and Pepper Shaker Ornaments

Easy DIY Upcycled Salt and Pepper Ornaments

You can create so many different things from upcycled salt and pepper sets.

Upcycled Salt and Pepper Christmas Ornaments

There are literally endless styles and sizes of salt and peppers out there in thrift store land, and plain metal and glass sets can be very inexpensive.

I recently found a cool vintage aluminum set for $1 and I knew it would be perfect for an easy Christmas ornaments project.

Supplies for Upcycled Salt & Pepper Ornaments

This is one of those projects where you can use up some little bits and pieces of your crafting stash.

Supplies needed for salt & pepper ornaments

  • Small salt & Pepper set
  • baker’s twine
  • small beads
  • bits of ribbon/trim
  • glue gun
  • glue sticks

vintage aluminum salt and pepper set

This aluminum salt and pepper set is probably from the mid century. The shakers are super light making them perfect for upcycled ornaments.

Adding hanger to salt & pepper shakers

threading baker's twine through cap as hanger

The first thing I did was thread some blue baker’s twine through a blue bead and knotted the twine (see next pic). Then I threaded the twine through the main hole in the top of one of the shakers through a clear bead and I knotted the twine.

I just used beads that I already had in my stash. The important thing is to make sure the hole in the bead is large enough to get the baker’s twine through, or whatever twine you use. You can also use a needle if that will help.

Adding embellishments to salt & pepper shakers

adding lace and decorative trim to salt and pepper

Here you can see the bead at the top of the shaker. Having a bead on the outside and the inside keeps the twine in place. With my glue gun, I applied some very light pink lace and then a turquoise and hot pink trim over that.

adding decorative trim and lace to salt and pepper ornament

I like this color combo with the soft silver color of the aluminum shaker, but whatever you like will work just fine depending on the shaker you use.

upcycled salt and pepper ornament decorated with lace and trim

I added same lace and trim around the bottom, but pointing it up instead of down.

upcycled salt and pepper ornament decorated with trim and lace

For the second shaker I used some pink baker’s twine, a pink bead, and blue lace with the same colorful trim.

Easy upcycled salt & pepper ornaments

easy DIY upcycled salt and pepper ornaments

I love how they’re slightly different, but they relate to each other at the same time. When I got to this point they felt done to me, so I decided not to use the pink or blue rhinestone pieces that were in the supplies pic. This is totally a personal thing. I like seeing a lot of that vintage aluminum sheen.

This was such a fun and easy project, and the possibilities are limitless depending on the salt and pepper you use, and what colors and bits and pieces you choose to embellish them with.

I hope this project has inspired you to create your own upcycled salt and pepper ornaments. If you enjoyed this project check out my upcycled salt & pepper snow people, and my upcycled salt & pepper angels.

It would be greatly appreciated if you would pin this project to your favorite Pinterest board, and also share it with your friends.

Easy DIY Salt & Pepper Ornaments

Thanks so much for reading and until next time,

keep on keepin’ on!


Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  1. Debra Hubbs says:

    So cute. You are so creative!

  2. MaryEllen says:

    These are adorable! Thank you for sharing this idea.

  3. Great idea of threading the twine through the holes. Yours look like silver bells. I love shaker sets, and have bought most of mine at thrift stores and yard sales. In fact, I bought a set today. I am going to look at mine in a whole new way. Thank you Tuula. 😊

    1. Thanks Vonda! Salt and peppers are a favorite thing of mine to craft with. They’re so versatile.

  4. I fell in love with the shape of those shakers as soon as I saw them!! I knew you would do something amazing with them…..and you did! I agree with your decision to leave the middle bare and let the aluminum be the star! Your posts really do kick start my ‘craft gene’! Thanks again!

    1. Thanks Dona! I’ve always liked the soft look of silver aluminum. Not sure why, but it’s always appealed to me.

  5. They are so pretty Tuula and such a good idea recycling idea. How cute would a bunch of vintage salt & pepper shaker ornaments look on a kitchen or dining room Christmas tree?