How To Decorate For Christmas – Vintage Style

If you have followed along for a while you know I collect vintage Christmas goodies.


 I want to share some ideas about how to use those vintage goodies in Christmas decor to flaunt your vintage style.

Doll Suitcase

Do you remember this adorable little vintage doll suitcase with the green print inside?  It is perfect to hold a bit of greenery and some vintage Christmas ornaments for a vignette in a suitcase.

Christmas Lunchbox

One of my favorite finds this year was this cute vintage red plaid child’s lunch box.  Here I accessorize it with a bottle brush tree and a Standard stamp holder adorned with vintage Christmas tree light bulbs to create a fun vignette.

Christmas Deer Planter

You knew I would use this charming fellow at Christmas.  He is holding two vintage bottle brush trees.  You could put him anywhere for instant Christmas cheer.

Favorite Shiny Brite 4

A simple display using a vintage ironstone creamer and a vintage Shiny Brite ornament is quite charming.

TST Santa Plate

Another simple display using a single vintage Christmas plate makes its own statement effortlessly .

Enamel Basin Vignette

This vintage red rimmed enamel basin holds two tiny Christmas trees, a bunch of red and green apples, and a vintage Horlick’s Malted Milk Jar.  Another simple but enchanting vignette.

Decorate Vintage Style Collage

I’ll be back soon to share a few more ideas for decorating with vintage Christmas goodies and be sure to come back on Thursday for Vintage Charm.

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  1. My son has those red suitcases as storage in his room, love them. Never thought to use them for a Christmas vignette! I almost bought one of those stamp holders recently in an antique mall in MI but something held me back. Wish I would have bought it now, those bulbs look so darn cute in yours!

    • I passed up a stamp holder just like the one in the photo a few years ago at a thrift store and regretted it every day until I found another. Unfortunately, the one I did buy was at the Country Living Fair at a much higher price. They are getting harder and harder to find.

  2. Hi Sharon … I have some of the same Christmas decorations that you do. I am anxious to get started with Christmas decorating and you have inspired me to dig out my old ornaments this year. Things around here for the past three years has been pretty crazy, so have not used the old ornaments. Cheese graters look pretty with candles inside. Love the little deer planter with the bottle brush trees.
    Thanks for hosting Vintage Charms every week.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

    • Thank you Audrey. I need to purge some of my Christmas decorations this year. Maybe while I’m decorating a purge box should be handy so once I decide not to use it into the donation box it will go.

  3. Sharon, I love all of these, but especially that office stamp wheel with plaid lunchbox.I have kept that one in mind, since I have all those vintage items (and the bulbs!). I really like the idea of keeping with the things we have. Great ideas, all.

  4. Cute ideas! I really like the suitcase with the greenery and ornaments!
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Cecilia B.

  5. Love it all but especially little deer planter, so precious. You have such incredible vintage collections, makes we wish I”d kept more of things we’d brought from MT and KY. Due to our present home being somewhat smaller than previous ones had to dispose of few things could kick myself for now. Like my home made hoosier from KY could have used in kitchen here if I’d thought better about it. Loved that old hoosier even if it was a handmade one.
    You have wonderful talent for making little arrangements that tell a story in your home. I’ll enjoy them with you when you show them to us all. Every week I look forward to seeing what you’ve found and the vintage hop.
    Took Fall decorations down today, packed up nicely so can find things next year. Will be busy week and next week will be trying to finish up any gifts making and maybe do little decorating for Christmas. Will be having right shoulder replaced on Dec. 7th so will have to rely on hubs to do decorating, hopefully with my direction, lol. Well I can dream can’t I? Not sure how I’ll be doing after this surgery. At least after knees replaced could still get around and keep things decent to some degree. Harder to do things with one arm. When I had left knee replaced on Dec 14th of 2009 the doc came in when i was going home to tell me, no house cleaning, laundry, making beds, washing dishes. Now how in world did he think this house would stay habitable? My physical therapist must have tattled on me.
    Have a wonderful happy Thanksgiving

  6. Pinned! Your vignettes are so cute. Vintage Christmas warms my heart. That deer planter is dear! thanks

  7. The child’s suitcase is just darling filled with greens and vintage bulbs 🙂 And hanging bulbs from the stamp holder–what a cute idea. Like everyone else, I’ll be on the look out for one now. Happy Thanksgiving, Sharon!

  8. I love vintage Christmas, too…love all of your decorations! Hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving!

  9. I love your ideas and I can easily recreate them. I have similar items to what you show here. Except the plaid lunch box….I sold it 🙁

  10. Love all of your ideas! I have such a hard time putting my vintage ornaments and decor away after the holidays. Is it legal to leave it out all year long? Thanks for sharing your ideas at VIParty.

  11. You have some wonderful decorating ideas for Christmas….love them! Thanks so much for sharing!

  12. Love all your vignettes! I collect the Shiny Brite ornaments and have decorated one of my trees in kind of an ombre’ effect. Love it! Looking forward to seeing more of your ideas!

  13. Super cute ideas Sharon! I love adding vintage to my Christmas décor. I am creating a little scene in my plaid lunch pail. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  14. My dear Sharon, what charming and sweet pictures. How I love Christmas and this week I am looking forward to getting my home ready for this delightful holiday. Thank you so much for the inspiration and thank you for joining Roses of Inspiration. Hugs and blessings!

  15. I love vintage and this was a fun post to see! 🙂

  16. Jann Olson says:

    Always cute and creative ideas Sharon. Love them all! I especially love the shiny brites with the writing on them. None of mine have that. I am going to create a scene in my little plaid lunch box. I have a stamp holder like that. I think I need to add a few bulbs. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  17. Sharon, you always post fabulous finds, but this is one of my favorites of yours. Love that sweet little deer and the plaid lunch box filled with ornaments–perfection! Thank you for sharing @ A Very Thrifty Christmas! Blessings, Cecilia

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