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Vintage Christmas Decorating Ideas

old oak hutch with white ironstone platters

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Vintage Christmas Decorating Ideas

If you’ve ever visited here before, then you probably know that I’m a big fan of decorating with vintage items, especially at Christmas. There’s just something about using an item that’s been around a long time that makes a home feel cozy and interesting. Those old pieces usually have character and, if your lucky, you know the stories behind them. 

vintage metal library cabinet with Christmas decorations

Today I’m teaming up with a few of my home decor friends and we’re sharing some home tours and ideas for making your home festive and cozy for the Christmas season. The tour is hosted by Leigh at The Little by Little Home and you’re sure to find ideas that you can use.

I’m sharing a few areas I’ve decorated for Christmas along with some easy ways you can incorporate vintage items in your Christmas decor. Many of these items can be found at thrift stores or yard sales so they’re budget friendly too! Here are my favorite ways to have a vintage Christmas. 

1. Vintage dishes

table with white dishes, red and white stripe napkins, and preserved boxwood wreaths

I love using vintage dishes on our table any time of the year, but especially during the holidays. Although I have some red transferware dishes and some with a winter scene, I always seem to end up with white dishes. They’re easy to find and they go with everything!

table set with white dishes, red and white striped napkins, and little preserved boxwood wreaths

This year I used some fun red and white striped napkins, little preserved boxwood wreaths, and my carved white wooden chargers. It’s a fresh and festive way to decorate the table, and I already had everything on hand. (I’ve been collecting/hoarding for years, lol)

2. Vintage ornaments

table with chunky knit table runner and vintage ornaments with cedar and holly branches

Vintage Christmas ornaments aren’t just for the tree. I like to use them in bowls, on trays, in jars, or
scattered on our table. There’s no limit to where you can use them and they’re so fun and colorful. 

See many more creative ways to use colorful vintage ornaments here: Shiny Brites – Creative Display Ideas, History, & Best Sources

3. Vintage milk glass

milk glass pedestal with boxwood and vintage ornaments

Milk glass is so affordable, easy to find, and fun to decorate with. This milk glass cake pedestal (see similar one here → milk glass cake stand) is the perfect place to set some plates and add a little Christmas decor with the boxwood wreath and vintage ornaments. Milk glass vases are
pretty with holly and pine sprigs tucked into them too. 

4. Vintage ironstone

old oak hutch with vintage white ironstone platters

Vintage ironstone looks so pretty with red and green accents at Christmas. I’ve been collecting
ironstone platters, plates and pitchers for years and love how versatile they are. I have mine
in our old hutch all year and added some festive accents for the holidays. A few holly sprigs, colorful vintage ornaments, and boxwood accents are all it took to make it Christmas-y. 

blue mantel with white ironstone pitchers and arched wooden church window frame

And in our family room, I borrowed my ironstone pitchers from the hutch and decorated our mantel with them. It was something I did on a whim, but really like the way they look here. They might just stay here for a while. 

5. Vintage silverware

vintage silver with holly in a ironstone creamer

For a little sparkle, I like to add old silverware pieces to little ironstone creamers and bowls. A little holly was added to make it ideal for the holidays. 

6. Vintage transferware

2 tier wood tray with Christmas decorations

On my coffee and cocoa tiered tray, I’m using my vintage red transferware sugar bowl. The red is perfect with my reproduction Santa mugs. A few preserved boxwood and faux eucalyptus accents add some texture and contrasting color. And I picked up some pomegranates at the grocery store for a natural element.

7. Vintage metal cabinet

vintage Hobart metal cabinet with Christmas decor

Admittedly, this vintage piece by our basement entry isn’t your typical Christmas item. But it’s one of my favorite recent finds and it has a greenish hue so I couldn’t resist adding some Christmas decor. Most of the items here are from my little shop, but the plaid throw blanket and wooden crate are vintage. I can’t wait to decorate it for different seasons throughout the year.

8. Vintage Jadeite

vintage jadeite pieces in hutch with blue accents

Vintage jadeite looks good with red, or you can go a different direction and use it with blue and white for Christmas. See more of our vintage jadeite with blue and white here: Cozy Christmas decor with blue, green, and hydrangeas

More Vintage Christmas Decorating Ideas

If you like the vintage decorating ideas I shared today, you’ll also like this post that I wrote last year → 21 Ways to Use Vintage Items in Your Christmas Decor.

And please visit these tours of different areas of our home that I shared
earlier this month:

And you can see all of my vintage decor ideas since 2011 here: 

And now, be sure to visit my friends for their beautiful Christmas
home tours and ideas:

Gracefully Home //
Pine and Prospect Home
// Postcards from the Ridge (that’s me!)

The Homemaking Momma // The Tattered Pew

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  1. Angie I love your home!! Your ironstone in that beautiful hutch is GORGEOUS with all of the Christmas touches!! 🙂

  2. I love all of your Christmas decor this year it is so pretty and i love your white ironstone collection, especially the pitchers on your mantel, great idea.

    1. Thank you, Marlene! I added those pitchers on a whim and really like the look! I might just leave them there after Christmas.

  3. Oh my golly, I love everything about your tour! The vintage ornaments perfectly placed and the fantastic cabinet decorated so festively and of course all that ironstone – Wowza! Merry Christmas

    1. Thanks so much, Cindy. Vintage ornaments are just one of many things that I collect/hoard and I love it when I get to use them.

  4. You have so many beautiful pieces on display! I especially love all of the red and white! So glad we could "hop" together this Chrismtas season!

    1. Thank you so much! The red and white adds such a fun pop of color. I'm also glad to be on this blog hop!

  5. I am in love with your ironstone collection! Your use of vintage decor is inspiring. Thank you for sharing your Christmas inspiration with us. Merry Christmas!

  6. We need to go shopping together, I love all of these vintage finds! Especially the milk glass cake dish! Pinning!

  7. Your home looks so warm and cosy Angie. Love how you've used a chunky knitted table runner. Pinned for future inspiration

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