Two words that send a shockwave of fear through me. Ok, well, maybe it’s not that severe. But I really, truly struggle to add pizzazz to our home in January and February.
As I looked through Pinterest for ideas and inspiration, I started to sense the trends that I was drawn to:
- Metal and tarnished silver elements
- Nature- pinecones, blue-green foliage (think juniper and blue spruce), and naked branches
- Neutral plaids
- The juxtaposition between hard and soft
If the last one confounds you, here’s what I mean- think fluffy cotton boll branches in a rusty milk pail. Delicate snowflakes on scratchy tree bark.
So, I collected a few ideas from some fellow bloggers- DIY winter décor ideas using repurposed vintage items, thrift store treasures, and nature’s bounty! I think you’ll find some inspiration here…
A snowball wreath from yarn balls in cool neutrals. Time to raid your stash or even a thrift store’s craft section!
Framed Branches: You know I love a good thrifted picture frame project! And I have plenty of branches…
A vintage toboggan repurposed into a bench– this is genius!
I think this mix of vintage tarnished silver and creamy milk glass looks wonderfully winter-esque…
You could use these sheet music snowflakes in any number of ways for winter decorating…
Vintage Crystal Doorknobs…the perfect “icy” addition to a tablescape.
A rustic collection of vintage metal pieces on a mantel? Winter perfection!
DIY flannel coasters in winter hues (just avoid red and green!)
Create the coziest cuddle couch imaginable with pillows covered in thrifted sweaters.
Use a vintage basket/bowl/etc to fill with pinecones– like this amazing olive bucket.
Acorns may be autumn-esque, but when painted silver, they definitely have a winter quality to them!
I just LOVE how these painted pine cones fit together into a fantastic snowflake wreath! Wonderful winter door décor.
Winter décor from the recycling bin and the yard– which basically makes it free!
I am so jealous of folks that have easy access to birch logs and cotton boll branches…because I love the combination of fluffy and “bark-y”.
I think a bowl full of these waxed pinecone fire starters would be adorable décor…as long as you kept them far away from the fireplace!
I love how these thrifted & painted frames look like window panes…watching the snowflakes fall!
Moral of the story? Winter décor is completely DOABLE- and can be done really inexpensively, to boot! I really do love all of the nature/yard elements (just check toxicity to pets/children of anything you bring inside first)…combined with unusual vintage (or thrifted) pieces.
Craft (and Decorate) On!
Here are some affiliate links to help you get started on creating your own winter decor!