When it comes to making Christmas decor of our own, we find that we really enjoy putting a slightly different spin on the style of things we like creating best compared to a lot of people we know. See, rather than making things that look shiny, new, and fresly made, we’ve gotten really obsessed lately with the concept of making things that look like they’re vintage and old fashioned even if we just made them! That’s why we’ve had our eyes peeled for vintage style DIY Christmas ornaments for the past few weeks.
Are you feeling just as interested as we are, if not more, in the idea of making vintage style Christmas ornaments of your very own? Check out these 15 stunning ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration and guidance!
1. DIY vintage jar lid Christmas ornaments
If you’ve never made beautiful crafts out of upcycled jar lids before then we’re sorry to tell you that you’ve been missing out on something very cool indeed! In fact, this first design is an idea that actually is quite old fashioned and traditional in many places. Check out how Hello Little Home made beautiful little winter scenes in side their jar lids and hung them on the tree like cheerful dioramas.
2. Sparkly acorn ornaments
Are you pretty taken with this whole idea of making some vintage looking Christmas pieces from unconventional supplies but you’re looking for a vintage idea that’s somehow also quite natural? In that case, this next idea from Curious and Catcat might just be the perfect one for you! They show you how they fully glittered actual acorns from the park nearby in order to make something that’s vintage and glam all at once.
3. Twine and button wreath ornament
If you ask us, rustic looking jute twine is an automatic marker of something that has beautiful vintage style. That’s probably why we adored this lovely Christmas wreath ornament from One Crazy Mom so much! Their technique is clearly outlined and simple enough that even your kids will be able to help you out with this one.
4. Cookie cutter cinnamon Christmas ornaments
If you’re going to put in all the time and effort it takes to make an old fashioned Christmas ornament from scratch, would you much rather make it something that people decades ago actually would have done, rather than something more new-fangled that you’d just styled to look quite vintage? In that case, we think you simply must take a look at the way Clean & Scentsible used actual cookie cutters to make this lovely gingerbread man ornament that’s covered in real cinnamon!
5. Christmas sheet music wreath ornament
Do you come from the kind of household who loves music just about as much as they love crafting? Then we’d be willing to bet that you’ll get along quite magically indeed with this next idea from Lovely Etc! They show you how to twirl little cones of printed sheet music and affix them in the centre, where their pointed ends meet, with a series of small silver bells. The finished product looks like a little Christmas wreath!
6. Wood slice tree ornaments
If you ask us, making any kind of wood slice project (of which there are fortunately many) adds an immediate sense of rustic and vintage atmosphere to any space. It’s natural, authentic, and always a fun process to do. That’s why we loved these stunning hand cut and drawn season’s greetings wood slice ornaments outlined step by simple step on The Simply Crafted Life.
7. Crochet star ornaments
When it comes to the kinds of crafts that you actually normally do outside of themed holiday pieces, are you a total yarn enthusiast with a big stash that you use for crochet and knitting projects all year round? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Darice made these gorgeous crochet stars! They’re simply enough to do that even beginners can handle them, and quick enough that you can probably churn out a whole batch of them in one night by the fire.
8. Clothespin snowflake ornament
Just in case you’re still interested in doing a little bit of upcycling in your crafting process, but preferably of the kind that people might have done long enough ago that what they created would be considered vintage now, here’s a beautiful idea from Virginia Sweet Pea that you’ll have to make a trip to your laundry room for! Check out their tutorial to see how these sparkling clothespin snowflake ornaments were made.
9. Simple, old fashioned pinecone ornaments
Did we actually really pique your attention when we started talking about the idea of crafting with nature but neither the acorns nor the branch slices quite have you convinced? Then perhaps you’d prefer to gather some pinecones in your backyard instead and give these beautifully simple ornaments from Make It, Love It a try! They show you how to attach a hanging loop at the top and affix a lovely ribbon tied in a bow to make something that is, once again, in an authentic vintage style.
10. Vintage spindle ornaments
What’s even better than making something of your own new creation to look vintage, you ask? Well, we’d say it’s even better to find vintage things and give them a holiday makeover! We’re completely obsessed, for example, with the way Lolly Jane thrifted some genuine old fashioned spindles like the kind wool workers would have used in decades past and then gave them a coat of paint to suit their holiday scheme and hung them up in bundles to complement a chalkboard holiday greeting.
11. Twiggy snowflake ornament
Perhaps we’ve still got you thinking about just how much you’ve always loved making snowflake shaped pieces in the past because you’ve always just loved their shape and intricacies, but you’re still searching for a project along those lines that looks just as vintage as you were picturing in your head? In that case, we have a feeling you might get a kick out of the way U Create created this wonderfully vintage looking snowflake out of simple twigs! The glitter layer they added for impact might just be our favourite part, though.
12. Vintage salt shaker ornaments
Have we actually got you feeling totally enamoured with the idea of making some kind of lovely holiday decor out of vintage things, rather than making new things that look vintage, but you haven’t been able to find spindles like we suggested before? In that case, we think perhaps you’ll have some better luck with these beautiful upcycled vintage salt shaker ornaments that are made to look as though they’re filled with snow! Get the full details for making some of your own on Duct Tape & Denim.
13. Vintage Christmas ornament wreath
Now that we’ve started talking about using actual vintage things in your holiday crafting endeavours, have we actually got you feeling very enthusiastic indeed about the concept of thrifting vintage holiday pieces and putting those to good use? In that case, we’d be willing to bet that you’ll adore the way Inspired By Charm gathered as many genuine vintage ornaments and Christmas baubles they could find and made them into this stunning, brightly coloured wreath!
14. Looped paper snowflakes
Did we catch your attention with the idea of making ornaments from sheet music earlier because you just love working with paper, but you’ve actually always been more of a book worm than anything else? Well, if you’ve ever come across vintage books before that were too damaged to read or missing pages, then here’s a beautiful way to repurpose them! Tifani Lyn shows you how these intricate looking but surprisingly easy looped paper snowflakes were made from old book pages. You could also use strips from old newspapers if you prefer!
15. Pretty paper acorn ornaments
Perhaps we’ve still got you thinking about how much you like the idea of pinecone ornaments but you’ve actually already got several of them hanging on your tree, so you’re looking for a slight variation on the idea, just to keep things interesting? Well, if you do adore paper crafts like we mentioned previously then we’re pretty sure you’re going to love the way DIY Inspired made these lovely little pinecone shaped ornaments from layered and fan folded paper in plaid and lace printed patterns that still lend that vintage look you’ve been aiming for from the start.
Have you made other kinds of beautiful, vintage inspired DIY Christmas ornaments before that you were very happy with indeed but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you created in the comments section or link us to photos of your finished work!