Retro Christmas Wreath from a Christmas Cookie Tray

Retro Christmas Wreath from a Christmas Cookie Tray

Funny story- throughout the past year, I found one Christmas cookie tray after another. Some were vintage-y, some less so. They were cheap and festive, so I bought several with no actual project ideas in mind. That is, until I found this kitschy Santa Claus tray. He had great vintage style, and round…so I wondered if I could upcycle him into a retro Christmas wreath.

Christmas cookie trays for upcycling ideas

I had a clear vision in mind. I would center the food tray or cookie tray underneath some Christmas garland or a plain green wreath.

And when that was done, I’d decorate the wreath with vintage Christmas decorations!

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Transforming a Cookie Tray into a Wreath

First things first, I used my power drill to create a small hole at the top of the cookie tray or Christmas platter. This would be where I would ultimately add a loop of ribbon for hanging.

Hole in a cookie tray for hanging as a wreath

Then, using low-grit (rough) sandpaper, I gently sanded the flat rim of the tray.

Why sand it? To rough up the surface where I would adhere an evergreen wreath, making it a better surface for glue to adhere to.

Next, it was time to wreath-ify my tray. BUT, finding the perfect faux Christmas wreath proved difficult. I tried 20”, 22”, 24” wreaths and so on- but it was a Goldilocks situation…too big, too small, etc.

FINALLY, I resorted to plain wreath-making garland so that I could size my “just right” wreath.

Decorating a plastic tray with pine Christmas garland

With wire cutters and my hot glue gun on standby, I created a perfectly (or near perfectly) sized “wreath” that framed the cookie tray.

I used basic hot glue to attach the garland-wreath to the tray edge.

Making a retro Christmas wreath with pine Christmas garland

Decorating a Retro Christmas Wreath

Next, I threaded a loop of ribbon through the hole I had drilled. I wanted to make sure I didn’t cover up that hole once I decorated my retro Christmas wreath!

Hanging ribbon for a retro Christmas wreath

NOW for the fun decorating part. I was sure that I’d find all kinds of classic plastic Christmas “bits” while thrifting, but I came up short.

So, I turned to one of my favorite Instagram sellers, Vintage Junk in My Trunk, and purchased a huge box of vintage Christmas decorations.

Vintage Christmas decorations to go on a retro Christmas wreath

First, I “floofed” up my wreath garland, moving the little branches/arms around to create a relatively “flat” surface” for the vintage Christmas decorations.

Then, I arranged several of the retro Christmas decor bits on my wreath. When I was finally satisfied, I hot glued them in place.

Decorating a DIY wreath with retro Christmas decorations

When I was happy with all the retro decorations, it was ready to be hung up for display!

Retro Christmas Wreath from a Christmas Cookie Tray

Doesn’t that look fabulous? What a fun retro Christmas wreath- all by upcycling a cookie tray with vintage Christmas decorations.

Vintage Christmas wreath from a plastic cookie tray

I am absolutely in love with my retro Christmas decor. I’ve made several Christmas wreaths before and am just tickled to add this one to my collection!

It’s so kitschy that it’s not just a retro Christmas wreath…it’s a Kitschmas Wreath!

And if you enjoyed this upcycling idea for vintage Christmas decorations, then you may also love this Boho Christmas tree I made for my Shiny Brite ornaments!

Boho Christmas tree from a bamboo wine rack

Craft on and Merry Kitschmas!

S

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Comments

  1. Karen McGuire says

    Omygoodness – I was just looking at the exact. same. tray. that I have and wondering what to do with it. Now I know – how cute is this idea! Thank you very much for the inspiration!

  2. What a great upcycle idea! Love it!

  3. Tonia Fuller says

    Cute, cute idea. I have a few trays. You are an inspiration.

  4. You knocked this one out of the park! I really love that – I see those sort of trays all the time. You have inspired me once again – thanks!

  5. Cute wreath!

  6. this so reminds me of my childhood growing up in the late 60’s early 70’s, i love it thanks for the memories.

  7. Adorable, this turned out perfect!

  8. That’s fantastic! Love it 🙂

  9. Love this vintage Santa wreath!!! I’ve loved vintage all my life. When I was young, everything was about Santa Claus with the big beard and cherry cheeks; just like this tray. I’ll have to try and find some. I love this project. You are soooo talented and I love your blog site. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas.
    jean

  10. This turned out so cute! Very clever way to repurpose a Christmas tray.

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