Vintage Florentine Coaster Christmas Ornaments

Vintage Florentine Coaster Christmas Ornaments

Vintage “Florentine” pieces are pretty common at antiques shops- you know what I’m talking about, right? The gold painted pieces like trays, jewelry boxes, etc.? Well, for years I’ve admired Florentine coasters and always secretly thought about turning them into ornaments. But I couldn’t bear the thought of purchasing a perfectly good, full-priced set and doing that. However…I stumbled upon a baggie of plain gold coasters at a favorite thrift store earlier this year. So, I decided I could DEFINITELY upcycle these without a second thought!

Vintage Florentine gold coasters to be upcycled and repurposed into DIY Christmas ornaments by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Hmm…these look promising…

My thrifted coasters were very pretty and just a tad beat-up…making them perfect candidates for a project. I decided I would add a little paint and an embellishment as an homage to authentic Florentine coasters…but to hang on my Christmas tree instead. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Vintage Florentine gold coasters to be upcycled and repurposed into DIY Christmas ornaments by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ornaments-to-be, wouldn’t you say?

First things first, I needed to alter the coasters in a way so that I could add a hanging mechanism. After giving various ideas some thought, I decided the simplest thing to do would be to drill a small hole in the lip of each coaster.

Drilling holes in vintage wooden coasters to be upcycled into vintage Florentine style Christmas ornaments by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Just a dainty little hole…

Once that was done, I gathered some various things for painting- jewel colored craft paints, stencils, and brushes.

Painting and stenciling vintage wood coasters to repurpose them into vintage Florentine style Christmas ornaments by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let’s decorate these coasters!

Painting and stenciling vintage wood coasters to repurpose them into vintage Florentine style Christmas ornaments by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Time to embellish…

In the end, I actually didn’t care for the stenciled look (the purple one)…so, I simply painted the flat surface of each coaster in different colors, giving each one 3 coats of paint for good, opaque coverage.

Adding a topcoat to upcycled Florentine style Christmas ornaments from wooden coasters by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Projecting the paint…

Now for the embellishment part! Since these would no longer be coasters, I could use brass filigree jewelry findings on my ornaments…similar to the ornate painted designs of Florentine coasters, but without the talent needed to do so! I had a pair of old filigree earrings (the two with rhinestones in the center after clipping off the earring part), and some plain brass filigree findings that I purchased from Etsy. I gave them all a quick (and light) coat of gold paint so that they matched the gold of the coasters.

Adding brass filigree jewelry findings to centers of upcycled Florentine style ornaments from repurposed wooden coasters by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Adding some pretty findings…

I used a bit of super glue to carefully attach each piece of filigree to the center of the Florentine coasters…then I added a coordinating rhinestone to each, for just a bit more glitz. Totally optional, of course, but I just loved how the earring pieces looked with their gemstones in the center.

Adding brass filigree jewelry findings to centers of upcycled Florentine style ornaments from repurposed wooden coasters by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A touch of bling!

To finish it up, I just needed to add some hanging string. I threaded some gold embroidery floss (with a knot tied in the middle) through the drilled hole and then tied the ends together.

Adding embroidery floss for hanging upcycled Florentine Christmas ornaments made with repurposed wooden coasters by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Using embroidery floss for hanging…

And voila! A set of ornaments that look kinda-sorta similar to vintage Florentine coasters! Each one different but a coordinating set nonetheless.

Creating vintage Florentine style Christmas ornaments with upcycled wooden coasters by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The entire set!

Hanging on a Christmas tree, my Florentine coasters look like fetching ornaments, don’t you think? Plus, they won’t break and will be super easy to store since they’re flat.

Creating vintage Florentine style Christmas ornaments with upcycled wooden coasters by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

They work wonderfully as ornaments!

And yes, no one (including me) would stop you from just drilling small holes through actual Florentine coasters and using them as ornaments- they’d be positively gorgeous! I just don’t find them in shops very often…and you could get a similar effect with plain wooden coasters if you just paint them gold and distress them a bit. All kinds of possibilities with these!

Before you go, please check out my full collection of repurposed Christmas projects for even more DIY inspiration!

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. love the gold!

  2. Oh wow, these are so beautiful!

  3. What an easy project, and they turned out really pretty. I love the bright colors with the gold, and the jewelry filigree finding is the perfect touch for the center.

  4. This is another beautiful project. They are Christmasy and so elegant!! Love them.

  5. Very nice. The jewel in the center dresses them up so much. I did like the stencilling on the purple one; I think it only needs a rhinestone in the center, but I like the jewelry fixtures best. I have used them as trays and cake plate pedestals for the dollhouse people; they like bling, too!

  6. Love these, Sarah–especially the colors you chose! They look fantastic hanging on the tree. Another great idea from Sadie Seasongoods 🙂

  7. These are so pretty, Sarah – the jewel tone paint behind the gold painted filigree is just gorgeous!

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