Vintage Snow Shoe Christmas Door Décor

Vintage Snow Shoe Christmas Door Décor

It’s hard to believe, but it was way back in March of this year when I spotted an old time-y snow shoe on the wall of a local shop. Even though I was in full Spring mode at the time, I snapped it up with a Christmas holiday idea in mind…the trick would be remembering where I stashed it for the rest of the year!

Vintage Lund Snow Shoe to be repurposed into a Christmas Card holder and holiday door decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Isn’t it nifty? WWII Military issue.

So I used my Christmas Gift Trick- and set a Google calendar alert for mid-November 2016, reminding myself where I tucked the snow shoe. Sure enough, my calendar pinged last month and here we are- ready to repurpose with snow shoe in hand! It’s a great trick when you buy presents year-round: just set an calendar alert (that reminds of you the hiding place) for several months down the road and you’ll be good to go. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

After happily retrieving it, I gathered up some materials to bring my idea to life. First up: selecting wired ribbon to create a large bow. After all, this IS going to hang on our front door…

Adding ribbon bow to vintage Lund Snow Shoe to be repurposed into a Christmas Card holder and holiday door decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

But, which one to choose?

I should make a caveat here- I plan on giving this snow shoe to my in laws for the mountain cabin they’re building, to use as wall décor. SO…that means that anything I do must be temporary so that it can all be undone after the holidays.

So with that in mind, I created a large bow using the plaid ribbon. But before I sealed up the center part, I stuck a twist tie (am I the only one that saves those?) under the flaps and then hot-glued the ribbon together. That way, I could stick the twist tie ends through the criss-crossed leather straps of the snow shoe to hold the bow on!

Adding ribbon bow to vintage Lund Snow Shoe to be repurposed into a Christmas Card holder and holiday door decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Shhhh…it’s a secret twist tie. No one but us will know…

Adding ribbon bow to vintage Lund Snow Shoe to be repurposed into a Christmas Card holder and holiday door decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A non-permanent solution!

Ta-da! Worked like a charm. AND I supposed I can save the bow for a future project when I’m done- bonus.

Adding ribbon bow to vintage Lund Snow Shoe to be repurposed into a Christmas Card holder and holiday door decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Worked perfectly!

Ok- now, to decorate the rest of the snow shoe, I gathered up some of my favorite vintage Christmas cards. Vintage post cards would work…modern cards, too. Really, any holiday paper ephemera would do…AND some miniature wooden clothespins.

Vintage Lund Snow Shoe to be repurposed into a Christmas Card holder and holiday door decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

See where I’m going with this?

Then, I simply clipped the cards to the snow shoe leather straps, adjusting as necessary to showcase the gorgeous old graphics.

Antique military Snow Shoe repurposed and upcycled into a vintage Christmas Card holder display and holiday door decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The little clips blend right in, you can hardly see them…

Again- nothing permanent! I can reuse the cards and clips after the holidays.

Now, it was assembled and ready to hang on the door…but it was missing something. Don’t you think?

Antique military Snow Shoe repurposed and upcycled into a vintage Christmas Card holder display and holiday door decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

ALMOST done…

Greenery! It was missing greenery…just a touch. I used natural pieces from the yard (which I can replace every few days). But if I had had faux greens that would have worked, that would have been perfection.

Antique military Snow Shoe repurposed and upcycled into a vintage Christmas Card holder display and holiday door decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The big reveal!

Doesn’t it look lovely? I’m so glad it worked out- I no longer have my patchwork flannel wreath from last year, so this is a festive and unique replacement “wreath”.

Craft on!

S

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PIN ME!Antique military Snow Shoe repurposed and upcycled into a vintage Christmas Card holder display and holiday door decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. I love the winter cabin look of this wreath! Such a clever way to display cards and reuse later.

  2. Great idea to use the calendar to remind you where things are!!!! P.S. Love the snowshoe wreath.

  3. What a smart idea for gift reminders. I can’t count the number of times I have found gifts tucked in obscure places around the house months after the holidays. Keep’n this idea in the old noggin, thanks! Great idea for hanging cards and I’m sure your in-laws will love their new snowshoe.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      That’s what prompted me to do it!!! I found several gifts the last time we moved and I was so peeved at myself for forgetting. So my Google calendar is littered with things in November like, “Jon’s stocking gift in top middle drawer of dresser”, LOL. Works like a charm!

  4. chris aka monkey says:

    ahhh sarah I love this, snowshoes and ice skates have been on my want really bad list forever, but alas the few I have seen have been way out of my budget, sigh maybe someday xx merry Christmas

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      They really are a hot commodity…and the sellers know it. 🙁 Thankfully, the snow shoe wasn’t too crazy-priced because it was just the one. Had it been a pair, though…pretty sure this project never would have happened!!!

  5. Love it! When I travel the thrift stores I try to find snow shoes , skis and skates but never any luck in these parts. Lisa@ Sweet Tea N’ Salty Air

  6. I’m not sure I can find a snow shoe here in southern Arizona but super creative idea…as always! Love those vintage Christmas cards. Visiting from Remodelaholic.

  7. Very nice idea and I like the fact it is a temporary decoration so it can be restyled all year long.

  8. What a clever repurpose, I hope you have a porch though or your cards are going to get wet! (I’m in the UK, we think about rain a lot!)
    The calendar prompt idea is genius, I always get thing in early and often temporarily misplace them !

  9. Yet another inspiring idea Sarah! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party! Would love to have you comment at the party!

  10. Cute idea! I love the added idea of using a programmable reminder when buying gifts early…. I shop year round and often forget what I’ve bought or where I’ve put it.

  11. What a unique find that snow shoe was, and an even more unique and cute way to use it as a wreath – pinned it!

  12. Lovely door décor! I love things that are different & this certainly fills the bill. The greenery is a perfect touch. I’ve never seen mini clothes pins. Is that something new or another vintage find? And no, you aren’t the only one that saves twist ties. I love to find the long ones which usually come in electronics boxes, but you can make longer ones just by twisting more than one together.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      The mini clothespins are a new item- you can find them online (I provided a link) or near the scrapbooking supplies at a crafts store. 🙂 Thanks so much!!!

  13. This is so adorable. I want a snowshoe now. LOL, Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party.

  14. What a fun repurposed project. It’s such a creative idea, Sarah. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle. Pinning to my Christmas Board.

  15. What a lovely idea. That snowshoe is gorgeous. Those cards a nice touch. Thanks for sharing.
    Marilyn

  16. This is adorable! Such a great idea and I am going to copy it. Thanks.

  17. Brenda Ackerman says:

    I really love what you have done with this snow shoe, Christmas cards and the pine branches along with the special bow! It really does make a lovely decoration! Thank you for sharing such a brilliant and beautiful idea! Have a fantastic creative day!

  18. What a great idea! I would have a difficult time disassembling it to give it away – I think I’d want to keep it! Oh yes, it’s better to give than to receive! 🙂 Blessings, Janet

  19. What a beautiful wreath! I love the Vintage look; it’s so charming 🙂

  20. Fun repurpose of a snow shoe for Christmas. You are full of surprises. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  21. Sarah, this is such a neat idea!! What a beautiful Christmas card display!

  22. Oh I love this!! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  23. Super original idea to hang on your door. Would have never thought of it. Would love if you can check out and link up to http://the-wardrobe-stylist.com/2016/12/11/favourite-diy-christmas-decorations/

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