Winter Décor Project Ideas: Repurposing, Vintage, Rustic, and Natural

Winter Décor Project Ideas: Repurposing, Vintage, Rustic, and Natural

Winter Décor.

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!Snowball yarn wreath for winter decor

Framed Branches: You know I love a good thrifted picture frame project! And I have plenty of branches…Thrifted picture frame and branches winter decor DIY craft project

A vintage toboggan repurposed into a bench– this is genius!Vintage toboggan repurposed into furniture bench

I think this mix of vintage tarnished silver and creamy milk glass looks wonderfully winter-esque…Vintage silver and milk glass winter decor

You could use these sheet music snowflakes in any number of ways for winter decorating…How to make paper snowflakes from sheet music or book page

Vintage Crystal Doorknobs…the perfect “icy” addition to a tablescape.Using vintage antique crystal glass doorknobs in winter decor or tablescape

A rustic collection of vintage metal pieces on a mantel? Winter perfection!Creating a rustic winter mantelscape with vintage metal pieces

DIY flannel coasters in winter hues (just avoid red and green!)DIY flannel coasters from thrifted flannel shirts

Create the coziest cuddle couch imaginable with pillows covered in thrifted sweaters.Cover pillows in thrift store sweaters for winter decor

Use a vintage basket/bowl/etc to fill with pinecones– like this amazing olive bucket.Vintage olive basket filled with pinecones for winter decor DIY

Acorns may be autumn-esque, but when painted silver, they definitely have a winter quality to them!How to add silver leaf to acorns for fall and winter decor

I just LOVE how these painted pine cones fit together into a fantastic snowflake wreath! Wonderful winter door décor.Painted pine cone snowflake wreath for winter door decor

Winter décor from the recycling bin and the yard– which basically makes it free!Painted feather tribal repurposed jars for winter decor

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”.

Winter porch decor with birch logs and cotton boll branches


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!DIY fire starters using pinecones covered in wax


I love how these thrifted & painted frames look like window panes…watching the snowflakes fall!Creating snowflakes on window panes using thrift store picture frames as winter decor


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!

PIN ME!DIY Winter Decor Project Ideas using Repurposed and Upcycled Vintage and Thrift Store pieces, plus natural elements from the backyard /


  1. I love every one of these! Excellent!

  2. I Love them all also. Great ideas with natural elements.

  3. Thanks for putting me in the winter decorating mood and for sharing my silver and milk glass.

  4. Thank you so much including my Winter Front Porch decor in this awesome roundup! Pinning and sharing!

  5. I saw a couple ideas that I may try myself!

  6. OMG! You found some AMAZING inspiration!! LOVE that wreath & so many more!! :o)

    • says:

      Thanks, girl!! I was always kind of “meh” when it comes to winter decor, but mannnnn, there are some GREAT ideas out there!!

  7. Wonderful decorating ideas! My favorites are the basket full of pinecones and the silver acorns! 🙂 Thanks for bringing to Throwback Thursday! 🙂

  8. thesummeryumbrella says:

    Oh my goodness all of these ideas are so stinking cute!! Absolutely adore the sleigh/toboggan bench. Thank you so much for sharing with us over at The Creative Circle link party. See ya next week 🙂

  9. Great round up of projects! Some I have pinned myself and others . . .such a fun find 🙂 Thanks for sharing on Snickerdoodle Sunday! Pinning and tweeting to share! Have a great week Sarah!

  10. Sarah, thank you so so much for including my jars in this round up! Love all the ideas!

  11. There are so many wonderful ideas for inspiration, the snowflakes under glass are wonderful, the sled for a stool, great!!

    Thank you for visiting to share your lovely blog this week on OMHGWW!!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Oh My Heartsie Girl♥

  12. Great roundup of winter projects Sarah! My favorite? the coasters! I love everything flannel!


  13. I wandered over from Work it Wednesday. These are all great ideas!

  14. Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty says:

    So many beautiful ideas here! I’m not sure which to pick first! Thanks for sharing with us on Merry Monday!

  15. I loved all your projects and how you rescued some thrifty finds. You are my kind of girl

  16. These are some really cute winter decorating projects! Thank you for sharing with us over at the Welcome Home Wednesdays Link Party!

  17. Good Morning!! I wanted to let you know that your post has been selected as a Feature for the Welcome Home Wednesdays Link Party!! Stop by this morning to see your post linked up and don’t forget to grab your “Featured” button too!!

  18. So much inspiration here! Love those painted frames the most though.


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