I Rescued Orphaned Teddy Bears and Find Them Home Right before Christmas!

Teddy Bear-Themed Christmas Tree
Have you ever realized that Christmas is almost here?!

And for all our friends around the world (yes, including you!) don’t feel shy if you are starting to collect all your Christmas décor in your storage, and getting busy browsing more Christmas décor theme online (Pinterest is a heaven-sent for this department), because hey, we are not here to judge.

Guilty as I charged, my phone has full of Pinterest-inspiration of Christmas things, my husband drives me to various shops for my window-shopping therapy of Christmas knick-knacks, and going home with full of ideas.

Recently, I made a clever idea to upcycled my free Disney+ ooshies that I’ve got from my weekend grocery shopping trips. That little project gives me an amazing feeling, even my stepchildren love the idea (no more ooshies laying around the house!). 



I also made some cozy crochet Christmas baubles, and these crafts keep me occupied, I love crafting and designing, and my creations will be this year’s Christmas décor.

Aside from Pinterest, Facebook Marketplace is also a wonderful source of items especially if you are on a tight budget, or you just decided not to spend crazy money on Christmas items. I am telling you; it became my go-to place online!

That being said, I recently found these orphaned vintage teddy bears posted on Facebook Marketplace, and the moment I saw them I knew it was meant to be!

Teddy Bear-Themed Christmas Tree

My face lit up and they all give me instant joy, and I knew instantly that I must have them.

Without wasting my time (like I am rushing for a work deadline), I immediately contact the former owner, and thank goodness, there are still available, and they are all for FREE!

I can’t believe it. They are FREE!

And yes, I adopted them all!

Teddy Bear-Themed Christmas Tree

They are vintage. And one of them got a really hard time, but still, I find it beautiful. Just like this handmade doll, I found a label from its dress that dated back to 1998. She is an incredibly special teddy bear.



So after we drove 15mins to their former old house, picked them up, and immediately checked their condition, I gave them a loving bath and used my reliable Varnish powder to remove all the dirt and dust they’ve got for years.

After hours of washing and drying, these orphaned teddy bears are not orphaned anymore.

They finally found a new home!

Teddy Bear-Themed Christmas Tree
They are now sitting on my 8-foot tall main Christmas tree located in our main lounge room.

Teddy Bear-Themed Christmas Tree

Teddy Bear-Themed Christmas Tree

Teddy Bear-Themed Christmas Tree

I find them so adorable and cuddly, especially at night when we light-up our main Christmas tree. They are all ready for the holiday season, and I so glad that I stumbled them from Facebook Marketplace.

Did I mention that I got my 8-foot tall Christmas tree for free?!

Yup, from Facebook Marketplace as well back in January. 

Who would have thought that I could manage to get all these amazing Christmas items without spending a single cent?!

Teddy Bear-Themed Christmas Tree

I am excited more about what I could find from FB Marketplace, right after the Christmas holiday!
Watch my TikTok video here for all the deeds (*wink, wink).


How about you? Have you been checking Facebook Marketplace? Are you starting decorating for the Christmas holiday?



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  1. This is a very creative, resourceful way to decorate your home for Christmas!:) Instead of buying new decors, it would be better to use what we have at home, it has value, less cost and will also enhance our creativity! great work!

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    1. Thank you Momma! I thought it would be not a good idea to make a 'revenge shopping' for Christmas decors. Living here in Australia gave me opportunity to be more sustainable, and ma-diskarte :)

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  2. I must say, you have a huge christmas tree para mag-fit yung mga cute teddy bears diyan. Ang saya!!! Di pa namin nakakabit ang christmas tree dito sa bahay pero excited na ko kung anong magiging theme namin ngayon :)

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    1. Thank you Karla! I have another 6-foot tall Christmas tree waiting to setup!

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  3. This is a great idea! Especially, if you have many toddlers at home, they would love to see toy-decorated Christmas Trees. I remember we have many old teddy bears already hidden.

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    1. I agree! Although we don't have a toddler here (except the cat), it is nice to have this kind of Christmas décor. Christmas is a season that we are free to feel like a kid again :)

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  4. We used to do this when we were kids as well. Our christmas tree would be decorated with our old stuff toys just like you did! Kinda thinking of donating our old stuff toys now. Maybe somebody would use them like that as well. Haha

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    1. That's awesome! Our old toys gave us many memories, and it is nice to put them up in your Christmas tree!

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  5. This is a unique and great idea! Since I have a little daughter, I will borrow this idea and will also decorate the Christmas tree in this style this year. Thanks for the originality!
    Nina

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  6. Thats so nice of you, beautiful way of bringing home the beautiful teddies and decor them up. I liked your idea.

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  7. Grabe ang galeng mo! Who would have thought you can get a Christmas tree for FREE from online! Sana makahanap din ako haha our Christmas tree is about to give up na after 15 years or so lol! I'd love to decorate it with bears too para maiba! :D

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    1. Wow that is a good age for your Christmas tree! Don't throw it away, you can turn those leaves into wreath :)

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  8. omg! that is so cute! Great decoration idea!

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  9. I try NOT to check out the facebook marketplace cause I know that I'm definitely buying something if I check hahahaha! I love this, and this can also be a nice project for the kids. In case they want a care bears themed christmas tree, they can iron on or make patches for the teddy bears just like those series too.

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    1. Ohh I love Care Bears! I have a cotton duvet with Care Bear prints that I will upcycle soon as my new summer dress :)

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  10. Oh wow I've never heard of anyone doing this before - it's such a great idea too! I love how you decorate the tree with them as well.

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  11. If only these bears could talk, I bet they would say thank you to you and hug you :P Love the creativity and the Christmas tree feels and looks so cozy.

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    1. Salamat Jowell! I have this thing with teddy bears! I know that they had an amazing time with their previous owner, and I am happy to continue their life with me. After all, I have a huge storage here :)

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  12. Your Christmas tree looks so fabulous. I'd never noticed (or seen) teddybears as part of one but I think I'll try it out, too.

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    1. Yes you should! Don't throw your kids' toys coz they are nice to turn as Christmas decor.

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  13. Vintage makes them really special. I'm not into stuff toys, but these are priceless. If we have room, I would've raced you for them.

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    1. Aww that is true! I took advantage of this bigger space here in our new place. The (stepchildren) are not much into toys, but they like the idea of decorating the house during Christmas :)

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  14. I love this idea! I'm sure kids would have a lot of fun with it.

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  15. first of all.. i was so amazed of the free Christmas tree and the free teddy bears and looks like the bears are really special! and yep. you didnt put up your tree early. i put up mine earlier LOL i think september pa naka put up na sya hahaha!! pero im so happy that you got your Christmas spirits up already!

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    1. Hahaha yeah! I am amazed too how possible that I got three Christmas tree all for free! Apparently, it Australians are not accustomed of using the same Christmas tree through the years. I expect that this coming January 2021, there will be TONS of Christmas decors throwing out in Facebook Marketplace for FREE. I am excited for that idea :)

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  16. I love christmas and everything that has to do with christmas plus my birthday is around that time ! Those pics look really good with those teddies, I should definitely give that a try

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  17. This is such a cute and warm giving article. I would have never imagined teddy bears as part of a Christmas tree decor. That's really creative. I am glad the teddies found a home!

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    1. Thank you! If I haven't got them, and no one wants them, they will be all ended to the trash bins! That is horrible for them.

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  18. I have never checked Facebook marketplace but now I am going to check it out. I loved your Christmas tree, it’s giving me positive and festive vibe.

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  19. This is such an awesome idea. I would welcome some with pleasure. Beautiful Christmas tree!

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  20. Hala!! These teddy bears gave more meaning to your Christmas tree. I mean, imagine how those were once love by children.. so you are putting up all these love for Christmas. Great idea! :)

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    1. Yes, and I love to retain their love and beauty as long as I can.

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  21. This is so cute and unique! Love this teddy bear idea a lot but imagine might need a lot of storage space after taking it down

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    1. hahaha, yeah I thought about it, but I already manage their future storage!

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  22. Hi Blair, I hope it’s okay that I saved one photo from this post so that my mom could see it. I keep on insisting to her kase about doing something like this for our Christmas tree cuz we have a lot of small plush toys sa bahay. It’s all in my head though of how it would look like but this one’s pretty nailed on how I imagined it would be. You’re very creative and resourceful! Aaah I love how beuatiful your mind works. ☺️💕

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    1. No worries! You can share this post to your Mom! Don't throw your toys coz they are great decor especially during Christmas :) And your old toys have full of memories, and that's make Christmas more beautiful!

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  23. They are adorable and you did a great job rescuing them. They look beautiful on the tree and I would love to do the same for mine! - Knycx Journeying

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    1. Thanks for visiting! Hope you can share us your Christmas tree!

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  24. This is amazing, and for free!! You are very inspiring, have a great Christmas :)

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    1. Thank you Karen! We can celebrate Christmas without spending extravagantly.

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  25. I heard a lot about Facebook Market Place but have never tried it. I must say you are creative and you decorated Christmas tree well.

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  26. This year has been unprecedented, did not realize that we are so close to Christmas! Great to see those cute Teddys,now find a home on your Christmas Tree.

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  27. You did an amazing job. And indeed they look so cute.

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  28. This is a great idea to minimize the waste during the holidays.

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  29. OMG I love that idea. My kids would freak if thy had a teddy bear christmas tree. Thanks so much for this

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  30. I wanted to rescue a Teddy Bear too! I love this idea and the cause of this campaign.

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    1. You can also opt for a stuff toy theme like Disney characters, or maybe Care bear!

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  31. They looked amazing afterwards. A teddy bear christmas tree is super cute!

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    1. Thank you dear! Maybe next year, this teddy bear family will be bigger :)

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  32. Not going to lie... this made my cry. I always get so upset to see toys thrown away. This gives them a new life and it is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing this and for doing what you do!

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    1. I still wonder why many still doesn't mind throwing things away easily. Next year, I will expect more FREE goodies online after the Christmas season.

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