Since the beginning of December, I always anticipate fairy tales and miracles. All those sparkling lights, bright decorations, the feeling of upcoming Christmas, and the quest for finding the best gifts for my family and friends make my heart beat faster. I rejoice in shopping and finding Christmas decorating ideas to make my home even cozier. Often, we don’t like what’s in the stores, and our souls want something special. Fortunately, we can do a lot of things with our own hands, following simple instructions. If you are tired of traditional Christmas decorations or want your home to stand out from the thousands of others decorated with items from Walmart, IKEA, or Amazon, there is a simple solution. I’ve got DIYs for you on vintage Christmas decorations that anyone can easily craft at home. Who knows, maybe you’ll like it so much that it could become your hobby?

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Vintage Christmas decorations

Vintage has become insanely popular in the last 20 years. This applies not only to holiday decorations but also to clothing, jewelry, tableware, and interior elements. Quite often, antique Christmas ornaments can cost you a fortune at a flea-market. But don’t be in a hurry to spend half of your salary on the last-century garlands and gilded Christmas tree balls. You can easily create a Christmas atmosphere at home without spending your savings. So, make yourself a cup of tea, and let’s pick out some vintage Christmas decor we can create together.

Christmas wreath

Christmas wreath

It’s hard to imagine Christmas without a wreath — whether it’s on the door, the mantelpiece, or the table. It is an ancient and symbolic decoration. The circle symbolizes peace and eternal life, the green branches of the fir tree represent the color of life on Earth, and the candles represent the light that will illuminate the whole world at Christmas. In the XIX century, 24 small candles and 4 large ones were placed on the wreath. Thus, people lit a small candle every day and a large one on Sundays, counting down the month before Christmas. Today, we no longer need candles to count down the days until the holiday. But the tradition of decorating the house with a wreath remains. Variations of wreaths abound, from wine corks to straw and Xmas balls. We’ll try more traditional and vintage holiday decorations. 

You will need:

  • an embroidery frame or a bendable twig for the frame;
  • pine sprigs (you can buy artificial ones, but the real ones have such an incredible scent!);
  • dark-green sturdy thread or thin wire to bind the branches together;
  • red satin ribbon;
  • pinecones;
  • bells;
  • cinnamon sticks; 
  • Christmas balls. 

A step-by-step guide: 

  1. If you can not find an embroidery frame, construct a round frame of twigs and fasten it with thread or wire;
  2. Braid the prepared frame with pine sprigs clockwise, covering the bare part of the last sprig with the lush part of the next one. Braid the second layer in the opposite direction so that the wreath will be denser. Secure everything with wire or string;
  3. Unleash your imagination — make bows from satin ribbons, tie or glue pinecones and balls, hang bells. Decorate the wreath until you’re delighted. 

Dried oranges as vintage Christmas decorations

Dried oranges

If you ask what fragrance Christmas is associated with, you would probably say pine and citrus. Usually, the latter is seen as a Christmas treat, but today I suggest using their decorative qualities to their full potential. 

You’ll need:

  • Orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime (you can have one or the other, but different fruits will make multicolored ornaments);
  • parchment paper;
  • an oven and some time. 

A step-by-step guide:

  1. Cut the fruit into equal pieces, removing the seeds. It is important to try to make the cut no thicker than 3 mm;
  2. Place slices on a baking sheet and put them in the oven. Bake for 3-4 hours at 65-95 C° in convection mode, turning every hour. Watch the condition of the slices: they should dry out but not curl. 

You can hang the finished slices on a ribbon or string, decorate a Christmas tree or wreath, or use them in a table setting. 

Popcorn Garland

Popcorn Garland

In the 1960s, it was common to decorate Christmas trees with popcorn on a string. It served as a Christmas garland. It all came from the day when the live Christmas trees that grew in the streets were decorated with food for birds and other wildlife. You can add dried fruit, berries, or spices to the garland. 

You’ll need:

  • a thread and a needle;
  • popcorn and extra decorations if you want some variety.

A step-by-step guide:

  1. Thread popcorn on a string, alternating with berries or dried fruit (you can add a dried orange);
  2. Decorate your Christmas tree or mantelpiece. 

You can color your popcorn with gold, silver, or brighter colors. 

Snow Globes

Snow Globes

Do you remember how in the 2010 Coca-Cola commercial, Santa watched the world through a snow globe? In the middle of the XX century, this trinket became an attribute and one of the gifts for Christmas. It won’t be hard to make. 

You will need: 

  • a nice jar with a well-closed lid;
  • liquid glycerin not less than 1/3 of the jar volume (the amount also depends on how slowly you want the “snow” to fall; the more glycerin — the slower;
  • boiled water;
  • glue gun and all-purpose glue;
  • figurines to fill the jar;
  • glitter;
  • ribbon to decorate the jar.

A step-by-step guide:

  1. Wash the jar, lid, figurine, and any additional decorations well so that the water will not get muddy over time;
  2. Fix all the decorative elements to the lid with a glue gun;
  3. Pour 150-200 ml of glycerin and add water into a clean jar. Do not fill up to the edge. We still have to put there the figure, which will displace some of the water;
  4. Add glitter and stir with a clean spoon;
  5. Now, very carefully, better over a dish, we immerse our composition in a jar and twist it a little bit so that there are no air bubbles anywhere. Screw the lid on tightly. You should try to close so that there are no air bubbles in the jar;
  6. When the lid is closed, you can go over the joint at the top with universal glue (if available, you can use water-resistant).
  7. Decorate the lid with ribbon or leftover glitter as desired. 

Christmas Stockings as vintage Christmas decor

Christmas Stockings

According to legend, Santa Claus loved to do good and heard a story about three kind but very poor sisters. He decided to give them gifts unnoticed and put them in stockings that were drying on the mantelpiece. Do not be upset if you do not have a fireplace. You can hand Christmas stockings anywhere in the house. And you’ll be surprised how easy it is to make this decoration. 

You’ll need:

  • felt in three different colors of your choice;
  • thread, scissors, paper;
  • buttons, beads, ornaments. 

A step-by-step guide:

  1. Draw a stocking of the size you want on the paper. If it is difficult, use a ready-made drawing. Cut it out and trace two parts of the stocking onto the felt;
  2. Cut out figures from the remaining felt and decorate the front side of the sock with them. They can be Christmas trees, mistletoe sprigs, or snowflakes. If you don’t want to make a design of felt, you can paint with acrylic paints; 
  3. Sew all the design to the front of the sock;
  4. Sew the two parts of the stocking together and add decorative elements — beads, buttons, etc. 

Vintage Outdoor Christmas decorations

Vintage Outdoor Christmas decorations

The very first thing that comes to mind when planning the decorations for an adjoining property is the garlands. Remember how in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Whoville’s citizens competed for the best illumination for Christmas? The twinkling lights are sure to cheer you up. You should not forget about the Christmas wreath, a garland of popcorn or dried orange, and of course — a sprig of mistletoe. Kisses aren’t a bad idea, especially at Christmastime. There are lots of Christmas decorating ideas for the outdoors. The main thing is to turn on your imagination and remember that you can make a cool location from twigs, a bicycle, a couple of logs, and red Christmas balls. 

I hope you loved the ideas I had offered to you. I would be extremely happy if you could send me the photos of your creations via email or in the comment section below. Don’t hesitate to send me other Christmas decorating ideas.