I love the nostalgia of Christmas, and that shows in all the vintage decor I use when I’m decking the halls.
Recently, my son told me he likes how I make things look “old fashioned” at Christmas.
That’s one of the highest compliments he could have paid me.
As much as I enjoy browsing stores, magazines, catalogs and even blogs looking at all the gorgeous, brand-new designer Christmas displays, I can’t resist old, previously loved, timeless vintage decor pieces.
I’m joining the third annual Home for the Holidays blog tour sponsored by Sondra Lyn at Home! today. Since I’m still putting the finishing touches on my home tour, I’m sharing some a few sneak peeks and my favorite vintage Christmas looks.
The Home for the Holidays tour features some of the most awesome decor, craft and recipe ideas you’ll find anywhere with 30 blogs sharing over the week. Be sure you come back here every day to get the links for that day’s featured blogs! Here’s a run-down of the topics and featured blogs:
Monday – Holiday Mantels
Tuesday – Holiday Recipes
Wednesday – Holiday Crafts
Thursday – Holiday Decor
Friday – Holiday Tablescapes
Now let’s get back to my vintage decor for Christmas.
I shop yard sales, barn sales, thrift stores, antique shops and my mama’s house looking for vintage items I can use to decorate at Christmas and throughout the year.
Sometimes, the things I find are definitely Christmasy, like this vintage sports gear.
Or my collection of Shiny Brite ornaments.
But more often than not, the vintage decor pieces I use at Christmas are just everyday items, like a pile of old books, a plaid Scotch tape tin and a green seltzer bottle.
The colors, and the addition of things like greenery or bottlebrush trees, make them seasonally appropriate.
A milk glass bowl is perfect for setting a holiday scene.
I love old trucks and cars. Add some trees and snowballs, and you’re set. And the quilt? My mom bought it decades ago at a yard sale for 75 cents!
I love filling old vases and bowls at Christmas with florals, ornaments and greenery.
A silver ice bucket makes a nice planter for a poinsettia.
And this old tennis trophy bowl looks really festive filled with greenery, antlers and sleigh bells.
Olive buckets are great for snowballs, pinecones or greenery.
This chippy crock sits on my kitchen island year round, but at Christmas, I’ll add a mini tree and ornaments to it.
And this enamel bowl from my Christmas front porch won’t be going into the attic on Dec. 26.
Neither will this vintage dough bowl that’s part of my Christmas mantel decor.
Sometimes, it’s all in how you style things.
This old silver tray isn’t Christmasy, but it sure looks that way with the addition of a boxwood wreath, jingle bell ribbon and other accessories.
Old books, especially green and red ones, make pretty Christmas displays.
Santa’s naughty and nice list is an old piano roll.
And did you see the Christmas wreath I made from vintage rhinestone jewelry?
These stockings are made from old burlap bags.
A message of joy turns a vintage child’s chalkboard into Christmas decor.
Vintage kitchen utensils and linens in a wire basket are a fun holiday touch on the kitchen table.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas for using vintage decor at Christmastime.
Now, be sure to visit the other bloggers on the Christmas tour. Start with today’s category, Home Decor, then come back and visit all the other participants.
Home for the Holidays 2016