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21 Ways to Use Vintage Items in Your Christmas Decor

Ideas for using vintage items in your Christmas decor

vintage silver spoons with red velvet ribbon

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Hello, friends. Do you love using vintage items for your Christmas decorating as much as I do? There are so many unique ways to use them and today I'm sharing some of my favorites. Take a stroll through the past few holiday seasons at our house and hopefully you'll get some great ideas.

1. Vintage Christmas Ornaments


vintage mercury glass ornaments on a Christmas tree


It goes without saying that vintage ornaments are perfect on your tree. They're so colorful and festive. 


wood lantern with vintage mercury glass ornaments


But you can also just place them around the house to add a pop of festive color. 


old glass bottles and mercury glass ornaments


The vibrant hues make any area ready for the holidays.


old mercury glass ornaments in a wooden dough bowl


They're also great in a wooden bowl with a strand of garland thrown over them.


wood bowl full of old mercury glass ornaments


colorful old mercury glass ornaments in a wooden bowl


vintage mercury glass ornaments and jello molds


2. Vintage Silver


ironstone creamer with old silver spoons


Another great vintage item to use at Christmas is vintage silverware. Place a few pieces in a little ironstone creamer with some sprigs of boxwood for a simple and quick vignette. 


old silver spoons and red velvet ribbon


Or tie an strand of elegant velvet ribbon around a few pieces.


old silverware with green velvet ribbon Christmas place setting

small tree with baby silverware attached

A few years ago I tied some childrens' silverware and sugar spoons to a little tree in the kitchen. 


3. Vintage Glassware


white dishes with vintage green goblets


Green vintage glassware adds a nice punch of color to a holiday table. These were favorites of my late mother-in-law and they're perfect with this tablescape


vintage red goblets on a cart


Dress up a rolling cart with some red glasses and candy canes. 


candy canes in vintage red goblets

4. Vintage Milk Glass


milk glass vases with vintage mercury glass ornaments


Milk glass goes with any season and is a fun way to display vintage ornaments. 


5. Vintage Glass Cake Pedestal


glass cake stand as centerpiece

Add some sparkle to your table by using a vintage glass cake pedestal as a centerpiece. 


6. Vintage Glass Candle Holders


glass cake stand and candle holders

Old glass candle holders are another great vintage item to use at Christmas. Little tart tins are perfect votive holders too. 


7. Vintage Dishes


vintage oak hutch with ironstone dishes


Christmas is the perfect time to dress up a hutch or shelf with some holiday dishes. 

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vintage oak hutch with Christmas dishes


These red and white dishes and red trimmed glasses look so festive. 


vintage oak hutch with brown transferware

And the winter scene on these dishes have a more subtle effect but still have a holiday vibe.


8. Vintage Ironstone



white creamer with peppermint sticks


Ironstone goes with any color and looks especially pretty with reds and greens at Christmas. I simply added some candy canes to a little ironstone creamer above.


little boxwood wreath on glass door

old ironstone sugar bowl and mini Christmas ornament

white ironstone mugs at hot cocoa station


Vintage ironstone mugs are the perfect way to offer hot chocolate mix-ins. 


old bowl with wrapped gifts

And large ironstone bowls are good for so many things like holding small packages. 


9. Vintage Olive Basket


vintage olive bucket with tree in red wagon

Vintage metal olive baskets are nice for small trees and branches. They're also great for storing logs, blankets, and toilet paper!


10. Vintage Tobacco Basket


tobacco basket on wall of porch

A vintage tobacco basket fills up a large wall space with character and charm. Layer a wreath for a more festive look. 

11. Vintage Throw Blankets


cozy Christmas tree


Plaid throw blankets are so cozy at the holidays. Hang them from ladders or simply fold them up and set them out for Christmas charm.

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hot cocoa cart

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12. Vintage Sled & Skates


ice skates and sled on front porch


Whether or not you get a white Christmas, it's still fun to decorate with vintage wooden sleds and ice skates. 



My friend Laurie at Vin Yet Etc made her old hocky skates look pretty with a sprig of holly.  She always has the most amazing ideas for vintage items.


13. Vintage Stoneware Crocks


old crock with green branches and wood bead strand


Old stoneware crocks are so versatile are make wonderful places for branch clippings and small trees. 


red wagon with Christmas tree and branches

old ironstone crock with rosemary tree

14. Vintage Red Wagon




My dad's old red wagon is my all-time favorite thing to decorate our porch with. It's especially nice at Christmas. 

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15. Vintage Sheet Music


small gift wrapped with vintage sheet music


Small gifts look so pretty wrapped in vintage sheet music. Red velvet ribbon finishes it off so nicely. 


16. Vintage Quilt Used as Tree Skirt




old quilt used as Christmas tree skirt


Got a pretty vintage quilt? Wrap it around the base of your tree for a cozy tree skirt. 


Christmas tree with colorful ornaments at night

17. Vintage Linens


vintage red stripe kitchen towel


Vintage linens add such warmth and character at Christmas and any time. Red grain sack linens are especially pretty for the holidays. 


old baby silverware and red velvet ribbon

old oak hutch with white ironstone dishes


Place them on a flat surface, hang them on a towel bar, or tuck them into bowls and pitchers for a soft touch. 


18. Jadeite


Serendipity Refined

Jadeite dishes and bowls look perfect with this collection of vintage santa mugs belonging to Kimberly at Serendipity Refined. Isn't it adorable?


19. Picnic Baskets


Pam at House of Hawthornes always has the best vintage goodies. And her vintage plaid metal picnic basket makes a great addition to her Christmas decor. 


20. Vintage Thermoses


Vintage thermoses are another fun thing to use at Christmas and Kristy at Robb Restyle has a great set of them. 

21. Holiday Punch Bowl Set


My friend Paula at Sweet Pea has so many wonderful vintage items, including several holiday punch bowl sets. Aren't they festive?


22. Santa Mugs


Santa Christmas mugs

For some whimsical fun, use some Santa mugs. Mine aren't vintage but are close reproductions. Found HERE.


Christmas tree with red ribbon at night


What are some ways you use vintage items in your Christmas decor? Leave me a comment below and let me know!


P.S. Here are my favorite sources for vintage finds
  • Thrift stores (when I'm lucky)
  • Estate sales - go HERE to see my estate sale shopping tips
  • Etsy


See all of my Christmas projects and decorating ideas HERE.




Want more ideas for using vintage finds in your home? Here are more than 20 ways to use them to oraganize.




See all of my vintage decorating ideas HERE.




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16 comments

  1. I’ve died and gone to holiday heaven. I don’t come visit here enough!
    All of your images are off the charts - your styling, your photography, your design! All so good.
    Thanks for the inspiration. The flatware used with the red velvet ribbon and in another place setting is the same pattern As some hand-me-downs from my grandmother. I’m totally going to polish it up to use in holiday decorating! Brilliant ideas!

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    1. Awww, thank you so much Jeri! I'm glad you like it and please visit here more often! You're so lucky to have nice hand-me-down flatware. I've had to buy all of mine and although it's nice, it doesn't have the same sentimental value as a family item. Have a great day and happy holiday decorating! ~ Angie

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  2. Hi Angie Oh my! I love it. you had me at the sterling silverware and ribbon. Love it all! Have a great Thanksgiving! laura

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    1. Hi Laura! Thanks so much! That silverware and ribbon is one of my favorite little holiday touches. You have a great Thanksgiving too! ~ Angie

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  3. These are such wonderful ideas! Very creative...Christmas at your house must be wonderful! Thanks very much for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Mimi! Christmas is my favorite time of year so I love to decorate the house for it. Thanks for dropping by. ~ Angie

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  4. I love love the vintage ideas!! I have some of the items like the Tom and Jerry punch bowls. I loved the silverware ideas too. Thank you so much for the ideas. Rhonda Godwin

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    1. Thank you, Rhonda! Those punch bowls are so fun and festive. Thanks for dropping by! ~ Angie

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  5. I pinned it so when i get through with Thanksgiving i can look again. Thanks and have a great Thanksgiving.

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    1. You have a great Thanksgiving too, Marlene! Thanks for dropping by! ~ Angie

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  6. What lovely ideas & they are something that I already have! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, Karen! It's always nice when you can use what you have and not have to worry about buying something new. Thanks for dropping by. ~ Angie

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  7. Love the ideas! Now I know what to do with all of my old silver pieces, totally inspired, thank you! :D

    Lori Jo - 50 With Flair

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  8. Your vintage post warms my heart. So many great ideas and I love your ironstone collection decorated for the holidays! Perfect holiday decor. Pinning!

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  9. You know that I LOVE me some vintage style. Angie, your ideas and creativity are always inspiring me. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. All of these ideas are wonderful, but you had me at ironstone.🎄🎄🎄

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