Ideas for using vintage items in your Christmas decor
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Hello, friends. Do you love using vintage items for your Christmas decorating as much as I do? There are so many unique ways to use them and today I’m sharing some of my favorites. Take a stroll through the past few holiday seasons at our house and hopefully you’ll get some great ideas.
1. Vintage Christmas Ornaments
It goes without saying that vintage ornaments are perfect on your tree. They’re so colorful and festive.
But you can also just place them around the house to add a pop of festive color.
The vibrant hues make any area ready for the holidays.
They’re also great in a wooden bowl with a strand of garland thrown over them.
Find vintage ornaments here: Vintage Mercury Glass Christmas Ornaments
See more creative ways to use colorful vintage Christmas ornaments here: Shiny Brites history, sources, and creative display ideas
2. Vintage Silver
Another great vintage item to use at Christmas is vintage silverware. Place a few pieces in a little ironstone creamer with some sprigs of boxwood for a simple and quick vignette.
Or tie an strand of elegant velvet ribbon around a few pieces.
A few years ago I tied some childrens’ silverware and sugar spoons to a little tree in the kitchen.
Find vintage silver here: Vintage Silverware Pieces
3. Vintage Glassware
Dress up a rolling cart with some red glasses and candy canes.
4. Vintage Milk Glass
Milk glass goes with any season and is a fun way to display vintage ornaments.
Find vintage milk glass here: Vintage Milk Glass
5. Vintage Glass Cake Pedestal
Add some sparkle to your table by using a vintage glass cake pedestal as a centerpiece.
6. Vintage Glass Candle Holders
Old glass candle holders are another great vintage item to use at Christmas. Little tart tins are
perfect votive holders too.
7. Vintage Dishes
Christmas is the perfect time to dress up a hutch or shelf with some holiday dishes.
And the winter scene on these dishes have a more subtle effect but still have a holiday vibe.
8. Vintage Ironstone
Ironstone goes with any color and looks especially pretty with reds and greens at Christmas. I simply added some candy canes to a little ironstone creamer above.
Vintage ironstone mugs are the perfect way to offer hot chocolate mix-ins.
Shop for vintage mugs here: Vintage Stoneware Mugs
And large ironstone bowls are good for so many things like holding small packages.
9. Vintage Olive Basket
Vintage metal olive baskets are nice for small trees and branches. They’re also great for storing logs, blankets, and toilet paper!
10. Vintage Tobacco Basket
A vintage tobacco basket fills up a large wall space with character and charm. Layer a wreath for a
more festive look.
11. Vintage Throw Blankets
Plaid throw blankets are so cozy at the holidays. Hang them from ladders or simply fold them up and set them out for Christmas charm.
12. Vintage Sled & Skates
My friend Laurie at Vin Yet Etc made her old hocky skates look pretty with a sprig of holly. She
always has the most amazing ideas for vintage items.
13. Vintage Stoneware Crocks
Old stoneware crocks are so versatile are make wonderful places for branch clippings and small
14. Vintage Red Wagon
My dad’s old red wagon is my all-time favorite thing to decorate our porch with. It’s especially nice
15. Vintage Sheet Music
16. Vintage Quilt Used as Tree Skirt
Got a pretty vintage quilt? Wrap it around the base of your tree for a cozy tree skirt.
17. Vintage Linens
Vintage linens add such warmth and character at Christmas and any time. Red grain sack linens
are especially pretty for the holidays.
Place them on a flat surface, hang them on a towel bar, or tuck them into bowls and pitchers for a soft touch.
Jadeite dishes and bowls look perfect with this collection of vintage santa mugs belonging to Kimberly at Serendipity Refined. Isn’t it adorable?
19. Picnic Baskets
Pam at House of Hawthornes always has the best vintage goodies. And her vintage plaid metal
picnic basket makes a great addition to her Christmas decor.
20. Vintage Thermoses
Vintage thermoses are another fun thing to use at Christmas. I added my collection to a little wood crate and they look perfect on our living room coffee table. See more of them here: Vintage Thermos Christmas Vignette
Find vintage thermoses here: Vintage Red Thermoses
21. Holiday Punch Bowl Set
My friend Paula at Sweet Pea has so many wonderful vintage items, including several holiday punch
bowl sets. Aren’t they festive?
22. Santa Mugs
For some whimsical fun, use some Santa mugs. Mine aren’t vintage but are close reproductions.
Shop for vintage Santa Mugs here: Vintage Santa Mugs
What are some ways you use vintage items in your Christmas decor? Leave me a
comment below and let me know!
P.S. Here are my favorite sources for vintage finds
- Thrift stores (when I’m lucky)
- Estate sales – go here for tips – How to shop estate sales like a pro
See all of my Christmas projects and decorating ideas here: Christmas Archives.
Want more ideas for using vintage finds in your home? Here are more than 20
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See all of my vintage decorating ideas here: Vintage Decor Ideas.