Christmas Merry-go-Round: Vintage Postcard Carousel

Christmas Merry-go-Round: Vintage Postcard Carousel

Back in January of this year, I was thrifting at my local Habitat ReStore and spotted a spinning photo frame that was in excellent condition. I was fresh off a Christmas high, with several “coulda, shoulda, woulda” holiday project ideas bouncing around in my head. But it was January and time to move on, right?

Nope. I put the frame in my cart and filed away this Christmas idea for a later time…and finally, FINALLY, that time is now.

Spinning photo picture frame to be repurposed and upcycled into a spinning display for vintage Christmas postcards by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A year’s worth of dust removed!

My idea was to use this spinning frame to display some of my vintage Christmas postcards. I just love a Victorian postcard, and Christmas versions (especially with Santa) are a particular favorite.

Vintage Christmas postcards from the Victorian era by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Some of my favorites…

And since I have no intention of altering my postcards (cutting, Mod-Podging, etc.), then finding new and improved ways to display them is a constant struggle. But a postcard carousel with this photo frame? That could definitely work! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Like I mentioned before, the frame was in like-new condition and was easily dismantled for cleaning…

Spinning photo picture frame to be repurposed and upcycled into a carousel display for vintage Christmas postcards by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Getting ready for a makeover…

…and, well, painting. You know I had to paint it, right? And to emulate a Christmas tree, I went with a rich Kelly green.

Spinning photo picture frame to be repurposed and upcycled into a carousel display for vintage Christmas postcards by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A little green paint never hurts, right?

And I should note that, while not pictured, I sanded down the actual frames and centerpiece a tad…just to help the paint adhere better.

Once the paint had dried overnight, I cleaned the glass plates and re-gathered all the moving parts.

Spinning photo picture frame to be repurposed and upcycled into a carousel display for vintage Christmas postcards by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Isn’t that festive?

I selected my favorite postcards and then set each one (back to back) between two plates of glass, and then slipped the glass into each frame. Now- I will mention that because postcards are thicker than photos, it was a tight squeeze from time to time. So, if you recreate a similar project, you may want to consider scanning and color printing some of the postcards to streamline the process.

Spinning photo picture frame from thrift store painted and repurposed and upcycled into a carousel display for vintage Christmas postcards by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Putting it back together again…

And there you have it- a Vintage Christmas Postcard Carousel! Perfect for displaying 8 postcards, and people can spin it to view them all.

Spinning photo picture frame from thrift store painted and repurposed and upcycled into a carousel display for vintage Christmas postcards by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A fresh way to display my favorite postcards.

A postcard carousel is a nice variation on a tabletop tree, isn’t it? Plus, each postcard is protected from prying fingers or curious cats (I’m not mentioning names…Cottonball!). And you know? I went back and forth between red paint or green paint…but I’m quite happy with the green.

Spinning photo picture frame from thrift store painted and upcycled into a carousel display for vintage Christmas postcards by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Pretty!

Christmas is such a whirlwind time for everyone, so if you missed any of my holiday-themed projects from this year (or before), you can check them all out here.

Craft on!

S


PIN ME!Spinning photo picture frame from thrift store painted and upcycled into a carousel display for vintage Christmas postcards by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. Fonda Rush says:

    First, you had a great find. Then, you painted it and used it in an unusual way. I’m going to keep this in mind. Hopefully, I will find a picture frame set like you did! It’s quite attractive!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you so very much!! Hard to believe it’s my last Christmas project until late next year. Merry Christmas to you!

    • If you check out eBay, there are several nice spinning picture frames, none like hers, but very nice and usable, maybe you could find one

  2. Fantastic makeover and such a creative idea. I have never seen one of these carousels before. Marvelous way to keep displaying the prettiest of the cards received!

  3. Laura Carder says:

    Wow! What a beautiful job you did-LOVE it!

  4. Oh, I love this!! I totally would have left that behind, you are so creative!!

    Tania

  5. This is such a great idea! I’m a sucker for Victorian Christmas Cards too and ornaments with vintage Santa’s. Love this idea and guess what I’ll be looking for during my thrift store haunts in 2017.

  6. LOVE this fabulous idea and your awesome results! I love Victorian postcards, too so yes, I will also be looking for one of these cool gizmos in my local thrift stores! BTW, I also LOVE the green colour you selected! Nice change from all of the red! Brilliant!

  7. What a great idea. Thank You for sharing. I love vintage post cards.
    MERRY CHRISTMAS.
    Marilyn

  8. OVER the top this time!! LOVE it! 😉

  9. Good Morning Sarah! Your spinning picture frame idea is SUPERB! I absolutely love what you did and sure hope that hubby and I will be lucky enough to come across one or two of these (great gift for my parents idea…who have everything). I also think you chose the right color, it does so make you think of a spinning Christmas tree. Thank you for another brilliant idea! Have a fantastic creative day!

  10. This is adorable!

  11. Love this idea and I will be looking for a photo carousel for displaying some of my vintage post cards. Thank you for sharing your clever idea with us at Vintage Charm.

  12. I’ve left you a very long message on your feature this weekend on DIY Salvaged Junk 360… I think you should consider what I said! 🙂 LOVE this, girl.

  13. Great idea! I also struggle to display my post cards. I have vintage postcard holders and my husband has made me some stained glass ones but this one is fantastic. I will now have to find one.

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