A Very Vintage Christmas

A Very Vintage Christmas

When it comes to decorating for Christmas, I’m all about a Vintage Christmas. Sometimes that means actual vintage Christmas decor, but that also means upcycling vintage pieces in a festive, merry way. And if you also enjoy vintage holiday trimmings, then this collection of decorating ideas and upcycle projects is definitely for you.

Brass Candlestick Ornament Display

vintage brass candlesticks as a christmas ornament display

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The best part about collecting brass candlesticks is that they all coordinate perfectly together without needing a matching pair. And look how FABULOUS they are as a unique way to display your favorite vintage Christmas ornaments?

Vintage Toy Trucks as Christmas Decor

christmas red truck

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An old toy truck from your childhood (or even a newer one) is such a great piece of potential Christmas decor! You can outfit it with mini wreaths or little LED light strands. Or in this case, fill up the bed with fresh-cut (bottlebrush) trees. No matter how you decorate it, your little truck was meant to be used at Christmastime.

DIY Ice Skates for a Vintage Christmas

Christmas sled decor with baby ice skates

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An old-fashioned sled adorned with ice skates has become a favorite pairing when it comes to holiday decor. And if you find a small decorative sled like this, you can recreate that look as door decoration for the holidays. The vintage part? Those “ice skates” started out as vintage baby shoes!

Vintage Christmas Decor on the Porch

Wooden sled decor with sweater mittens

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An old sled isn’t the preferred way to glide down a snowy hill anymore. But it sure is cute when propped up on your front porch during the holiday season! You can decorate it with all sorts of things: a wreath, a pair of skates, or even mittens like these (which were made from a thrift store sweater!).

Displaying Antique Postcards

Display ideas for vintage Christmas postcards

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Vintage Christmas postcards are a favorite collectible, and there are lots of ways to display them. This one utilizes vintage scrub brushes as display stands, but old flower frogs (the sharp kind) are another favorite method.

Waterless Snow Globes

DIY waterless snow globe in a vintage glass jar

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Waterless snow globes are the easiest snow globes to make, and they really are just as cute! And while you can use new jars and decorations from the craft store, I’m partial to old jars and vintage decorative bits like these.

Vintage Flocked Wreath

vintage bottlebrush wreath that has been decorated with vintage ornaments

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This vintage flocked wreath was adorable plain, but had gotten slightly damaged over the years. Gaps had formed in the bristles and other areas had flattened out. But with the addition of a few vintage ornaments, it looks full and festive once again! 

DIY Christmas Ornaments from Paper Coasters

Wooden ornaments with paper coasters on wood cutouts with decoupage glue

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Remember those paper coasters that stores like Hallmark would sell throughout the year? They were certainly cute and festive, but not all that proficient at being, well…a coaster. The good news is that they’re absolutely perfect as a craft supply for this DIY Christmas ornament idea.

Ornament-Topped Bottles

decorating for christmas with vintage ornaments and antique bottles

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Pretty bottles- old or new- aren’t normally considered something to use as Christmas decor. But they’re the perfect base to display a few of your favorite (or perhaps most delicate) ornaments. Imagine a Christmas mantel filled with these ornament-topped bottles…wouldn’t that be absolutely stunning?

Vintage Snow Shoe

Vintage snow shoe as a rustic Christmas wreath

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A vintage snow shoe- or even a newer one- is definitely not the typical Christmas wreath. But, not only is it fun to decorate with greenery and ribbon, but the shoe itself is a fun way to show off a few of your favorite Christmas cards, as well.

Upcycled Paper Trees

neutral christmas decor with a receipt spike

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These recycled paper trees are fun Christmas craft ideas to make with all sorts of paper. Book pages, sheet music, old Christmas cards- you name it. These secret to their cuteness is the torn edges and the vintage receipt spikes that you use to make them.

Vintage Christmas Decor with Ornament Boxes

Vintage ornament boxes as thrifty Christmas decor

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Once your vintage ornaments are hung on the tree, the empty boxes might be festive enough to use as Christmas decor, as well. Stacked like a Christmas tree so you can appreciate the graphics printed on the sides, it’s a fun and unexpected way to decorate for the holidays. And yes, that’s a vintage cookie cutter on top, too.

Retro Wreath

santa wreath from a christmas tray

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This Christmas wreath has a retro feel, thanks to the vintage decorations and old fashioned Santa graphic in the center. But the best part is that it was made by upcycling a plastic tray from the thrift store.

Vintage Soda Crate Display

vintage soda crate as a christmas ornament display

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A vintage soda crate with large enough openings is the perfect thing for displaying some of your most prized ornaments. And here’s a bonus- you can use the crate to store the ornaments throughout the rest of the year, too!

Framed Vintage Christmas Postcards

Displaying vintage Christmas postcards in a rotating photo frame

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Victorian-era Christmas postcards really are like little pieces of art with their delightful graphics and festive greetings. Which means they’re perfect as Christmas decor, either framed like this or displayed in other ways. Plus, they’re small and flat which makes them incredibly easy to store throughout the rest of the year.

Peg Bag Door Decor

Unique Christmas wreath with a clothespin bag

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A vintage clothespin bag or peg bag wouldn’t normally scream “Christmas wreath”. Unless, of course, it was already sporting some Christmas colors! Then it’s the perfect thing to repurpose into a Christmas plaid door hanger during the holidays.

Decorating Ideas for a Vintage Christmas

vintage truck as christmas decor

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this cheery collection of vintage Christmas decorating ideas! There are so many ways to add some nostalgia to your holiday decorations and hopefully some of these ideas inspire your own vintage Christmas decor this year.

Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. I was so inspired by your clothespin snowflakes that I made four of them last year. I left them as is and used them hanging from a frame with greenery. yesterday I fished out all of my late MIL’s vintage earrings and I “blinged” them up. They came out so beautifully and this year I will display them on my Christmas tree. Thanks for the inspiration!

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