Winter Scenes in Silver Plate

Winter Scenes in Silver Plate

Ever since I put together this collection of ways to repurpose silver plate, I’ve been itching to add a new project to it. So, when I found these silver-plated goblets while thrifting, I decided they’d be fun to play with. And putting together winter scenes in the tarnished silver seemed perfect for this time of year.

vintage silver plate goblets

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While I was at the same thrift store, I found even more pieces of silver plate. Goblets, creamers, cups and more.

silver plate cups and creamers

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And while I have made winter snow globes before, I had one more trick up my “sleeve” this time around.

Winter snow globes in jelly jar light fixtures

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Yes, that’s a hint at what’s to come. And it turned out so cute, I think you’ll want to file this idea away now and maybe use it closer to Christmas!

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Foundations for Winter Scenes

Ultimately, these are the pieces of silver plate that I thrifted that day (plus an additional goblet). I wiped them down and removed price tags, but didn’t polish away their tarnish.

silver plate for upcycle ideas

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From there, I gathered some of the craft supplies I wanted to use for my snow or winter scenes. Miniature deer, bottlebrush trees, and…coffee cup sleeves that I’d saved.

craft supplies for making winter scenes in silver plate

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Now, to create my winter scenes, I needed to create a flat(ish) foundation for my accoutrements. And to do so, I planned to repurpose some Styrofoam from a recent purchase (we finally bought an Air Fryer!).

The best way to cut styrofoam

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Next, I used a Styrofoam cutter to slice off pieces to sit inside each piece of silver plate. The cutter made this process SO MUCH EASIER than a knife.

bases for winter scenes with styrofoam

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From there, I gathered some bottlebrush trees that I had in my Christmas stash. Since I had some without wooden bases (and some with), I opted to use the baseless ones first.

Vintage bottle brush trees without bases

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Snow Scenes with Bottlebrush Trees

Then, using the baseless bottlebrush trees, I simply pushed the wire into the Styrofoam. No glue needed!

bottlebrush trees for snow scenes

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After that, I spooned some artificial snow into the silver plate goblet, covering the Styrofoam base. Since this can be a messy process, I did it over a piece of newsprint, which made it easy to clean up.

adding faux snow to winter scenes

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Now, I wanted to add a miniature deer in front of the trees. I had plastic deer, but opted to use a miniature ceramic deer that I’d found on Etsy.

It was then that I noticed that it had a small hole underneath; not a flaw-hole, but from the production process. 

miniature ceramic deer for snow scenes

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So, instead of gluing the deer, I snipped off a short piece of jewelry wire and stuck it through the snow into the Styrofoam. It’s hard to see but I circled it in the photo.

anchoring a miniature deer to a snow scene

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Then, I simply placed the deer on top of the wire, which went inside the deer to hold it in place.

snow scene in a silver plate goblet

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And that was it! The first of my winter scenes was completed and none of it was permanent, by design. Now onto the next one…

Making a Log Cabin Putz House

Ok, remember the hint I gave at the beginning of this post about a “sleeve”? Well, here’s where that comes into play.

I decided I wanted to create a winter scene with a log cabin in the woods. But small log cabin Putz houses are few and far between. (Unfamiliar with Putz houses? I discuss them a bit in this post about Vintage Christmas decorations.)

Anyway, I decided to create my own log cabin Putz house. Especially once I realized that the small corrugations on some cardboard coffee cup sleeves (like these from a Starbucks run) would mimic the look of a log cabin quite nicely.

cardboard craft with coffee cup sleeves

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As you may have noticed in the above photo, I’d already created a template on cardstock of the Putz house. I traced them on a coffee cup sleeve and cut them out (carefully!) with an X-Acto knife and a small self-healing cutting mat.

cutting out the pieces of a diy putz house

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On one of the pitched pieces, I also carefully sliced out a doorway and two windows.

cutting out a door and windows in a diy putz house

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Then, I glued black card stock and white parchment paper behind the doorway and windows, respectively, using a glue stick.

cardboard craft idea

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From there, I glued the four pieces of log cabin together, using my hot glue gun sparingly. Trying to avoid big globules of hot glue at the seams…

diy cabin putz house for christmas and winter crafts

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Lastly, I made a roof from glittery black cardstock and rolled a piece of cardboard sleeve into a chimney shape. These were also attached with hot glue.

cardboard craft for winter scene

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And just like that, I had a delightful little log cabin Putz house for my winter scenes. The cuteness was almost too much to bear (in a good way!).

Winter Scenes in Silver Plate

Lastly, I assembled another winter scene similar to the first one. And I simply nestled the log cabin Putz house into the snow. 

winter scene with a log cabin putz house

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In the end, I made three different winter scenes. This one in the silver-plated creamer involved bottlebrush trees and metal pinecone jewelry findings in the snow.

pinecone charms for a winter scene

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I love all three of them and how they convey everything I love about winter. And now that I’ve made one tiny Putz house, I may be compelled to make more come Christmastime!

winter decor ideas with silver plate

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Speaking of which, think you’ll be looking for pieces of dainty corrugated cardboard now?

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed these ideas for winter decor! And since nothing is permanent or glued on, I can reuse the silver plate again in the future.

AND, today is the second Wednesday of the month, which means it’s Thrift Store Decor Team day! Check out what my blogging gal-pals have been up to.

thrift store craft ideas

1. Metallic Gold and Clear Glass Vases – Petticoat Junktion

2. Valentines Puzzle Heart Decor – Shop at Blu

3. Updating a Thrift Store Lamp – Our Southern Home

4. DIY Hobnail Milk Glass Candle – Domestically Speaking

5. Bar Stools into Nightstands – My Repurposed Life

6. DIY Floral Mosaic Side Table – My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

7. Winter Scenes in Silver Plate – Sadie Seasongoods

8. Teak Wooden Bowl Makeover – House of Hawthornes

It feels so good to be creating again after a much-needed sabbatical. Thank you for your patience with that, by the way! I needed to step away from project work to do some other tech-related blog work, but it feels so good to be thrifting and upcycling again.

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.

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