I love incorporating antiques and vintage pieces into my everyday décor – so it’s probably no surprise that I like to use them for holiday decorating too. I always keep my eyes open for pretty vintage ornaments and nostalgic Christmas decorations when out antiquing, but I like using non-holiday antiques for Christmas decorating as well.
Here are a few of my favorites from this year…
Using an antique crate to hold a few presents adds texture and interest to the base of your tree. If you had a big enough crate (or a small enough tree) you could also place your tree and stand right inside the crate for a more custom looking tree stand.
Same goes for old buckets like this ash bucket – I think the mix of material adds just the right amount of interest around the tree without competing with the pretty wrapping paper or trimmings.
Looking at that picture reminds me of how much wrapping I still need to do…
I LOVE using old books around the house – the more yellow the pages the better. They are perfect for adding height to displays like this one on our mantel, and the pages and worn covers add beautiful depth and texture.
Also keep your eyes open for old copies of Christmas classics. This copy of A Christmas Carol was a surprise flea market find, and a real treasure of mine as it is one of my most favorite Christmas stories.
Every time I see a set of genuine old sleigh bells at an antique store my heart skips a beat and I get really excited.
Then I look at the price tag and I get really sad.
This partial set isn’t as large as some that I have seen – but it was at a price I could pay and I didn’t dare pass them up.
Yep, I had to include my trusty dough bowls (and no that blanket in the background is not hot pink 🙂 Does it look hot pink on your screen??) – they’re just so versatile! I used my smaller bowl to hold glittery pine cones on the coffee table this year, the bigger one will probably hold smaller presents – as soon as I get around to wrapping them. 🙂
Dough bowls are also great for a holiday centerpiece, as a candleholder, or use one to keep pretty ribbons for wrapping presents nearby – décor that’s both form and function. 🙂
The best thing about all of these (except for maybe the sleigh bells) is that they can be used around the house throughout the entire year – not just at Christmas. You’re getting more bang for your buck and it’s less to store away.
What are some vintage items you like to use in your holiday décor?