Shiny Brite Ornaments in a Bottle Crate for Vintage Christmas Decorations

Shiny Brite Ornaments in a Bottle Crate for Vintage Christmas Decorations

If you ever find yourself in our house during the month of December, you’ll quickly realize that I love vintage Christmas decorations. From Shiny Brite ornaments, to Putz houses, to old sleigh bells on cracked leather straps- I love it all. And making a project to display some of my vintage ornaments – an ornament stand, if you will – from a bottle crate has been on my to-do list for a while.

For a few years now, I’ve been passively looking for the perfect vintage soda crate. But I kept coming up short-handed…

Finally, after much searching, I found a bottle crate that was ideal to work with. Now, it’s not as old as some of the crates I’ve admired (there’s a “77” stamped inside, which makes it just two years younger than me!).

BUT, it’s designed for 1-liter bottles. So the openings are large enough for plump ornaments…

Bottle crate or vintage wooden crates to use as an ornament stand for shiny brite ornaments

Plus it’s red…AND the RC could stand for either Royal Crown or Retro Christmas. SOLD!

Now I could finally upcycle a bottle crate into an ornament stand for some of my Shiny Brite Ornaments! These red and green glass balls are exactly what I had in mind.

Shiny Brite Ornaments in original box for displaying in a bottle crate

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Upcycling a Bottle Crate into an Ornament Stand for Shiny Brite Ornaments

Transforming my wooden crate into an ornament stand was going to be SUPER easy. First, I purchased some small brass cup hooks– other than the shiny gold color, they were perfect.

Why? I needed the screw end to be short, as to not poke through the narrow dividers of the bottle crate.

Cup hooks to be spray painted and screwed into a bottle crate to use as an ornament stand

Personally, I didn’t want the cup hooks to be overly visible inside the bottle crate. But that brassy gold color was going to stick out like a sore thumb.

So, I did a quick-and-dirty spray paint job to tone down the brassiness using an antique bronze paint.

Not only did that make them look more vintage-y, but they were darker and would blend into the background better.

And then I just set to work- screwing in a tiny cup hook in each opening of the bottle crate.

Now, I could have spent time measuring and marking, ensuring each hook was in the very center. But I was way too excited and guesstimated the center in each of the 12 openings.

I also used a small craft hammer and small pliers, as well.

Cup hooks that are screwed into a bottle crate to use as vintage Christmas decorations with Shiny Brite Ornaments

Shiny Brite Ornaments in a Bottle Crate for Vintage Christmas Decorations

When all 12 hooks were attached, I grabbed my beloved ornaments to hang in each cubby hole. My Shiny Brite Ornaments looked PERFECT inside the bottle crate.

Shiny Brite Ornaments in a bottle crate as an ornament stand for retro Christmas decorations

I finally had an alternative way to display the Shiny Brite ornaments. I love them in bowls and hanging on a tree, but this is a fun new way to display them.

Vintage Christmas decorations with Shiny Brite Ornaments and a bottle crate or wooden crate

Plus, this ornament stand in a bottle crate is such a safe way to display your Shiny Brite ornaments. Place this on a bookcase or table top – away from the tree and curious paws (or small hands).

Wooden crate or bottle crate as an ornament stand for Shiny Brite Ornaments

Heck, you could even store your Shiny Brite ornaments in the bottle crate for the other 11 months of the year. Just wrap them in soft paper or cloth and tuck away in a safe place! Because let’s face it – we ALL need good Christmas storage, am I right?

And if you enjoyed this upcycling idea for vintage Christmas decorations, then you’ll love these retro Christmas ornaments made with vintage Christmas wrapping paper!

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  1. Melissa @ Simply Sweets by Honeybee says

    I love this! My mom has handed me down a lot of her ornaments. They would great in a display like this. I’m on the lookout for a crate now.

  2. Now I just hav to find a cute crate. Awesome idea!

  3. I would love to find a crate like that. The cool thing is you can change out what’s in it throughout the year.

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. This is so cute!!!

  5. Sadie, what you made is adorable! TFS 🙂

  6. Definitely cuteness!

    Thanks so much for sharing on Show-Licious!
    ~ Ashley

  7. That is what I call organised Christmas! 😉
    Love that you used the old crate!

    Thanks for linking up with Big Christmas Link Party:)
    [email protected]

  8. So,so cute! What a great idea! I would love if you would share this at my blog party, Celebrate It! It is all about celebrating our wonderful, everyday lives!

  9. betnice haryman says

    so love this


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