Thursday, December 09, 2010

Create a Vintage Style Holiday Wreath

Create a Vintage Style Holiday Wreath

Vintage holiday style and decorations are back in fashion this season for home décor. It is once again hip to pay tribute to holidays past. Soft hues of pinks and peaches mixed with pastel blues and warm lime greens are being paired with traditional cranberry and forest green. Gold and silver metallic tinsel are also being used to complete a color pallet that is warm and inviting.

It is easy to achieve a vintage look on a budget. For tree decorating, all you need is simple white lights, colored ornament balls, strings of tinsel and a star topper. If you want to add a little glitz to the ornaments, add a little white glue to the top with a foam paintbrush, sprinkle a little glitter into the glue and tap of the excess.

For tabletop decorations, try wrapping Styrofoam cones with tinsel and hot gluing a few small ornament balls around the cone. If you have clear vases or bowls, fill them to the rim with ornament balls and bits of tinsel.

For mantles, create your own signature style vintage wreath with the simple instructions below. All the items needed are readily available at any craft store. Have fun decorating this season and get creative expressing your vintage style.

Small wood birdhouse
FolkArt Craft paint: Belle Blush, Taffy and Fresh Foliage
Foam paintbrush
Mod Podge
Tissue paper: cream; peach and light green
Decorative paper
Folk Art Texture Paint
Rhinestones and ribbon
Hot glue
Silver tinsel
2 square Styrofoam wreaths
Small glittered plastic snowflakes
Velvet flowers & small ornaments
Small decorative tree


1. Paint the birdhouse. (for this project I am using the back of the house as the front) paint the roof taffy, the base fresh foliage and the house belle blush.

2. Cut the tissue paper into small random shaped squares. Apply the squares to the house with Mod Podge. Add the cream to the roof, the peach to the house and the green to the base. Topcoat with a layer of Mod Podge. Add additional layers of tissue if needed. Allow for dry time between layers.

3. Cut the decorative paper into a rounded door shape. Mod Podge to the front of the house.

4. Using a toothpick, add sparkle Texture Paint to the roof and base of the house. Poke the ends of the snowflakes into the Texture paint. Allow to dry.

5. Hot glue a rhinestone for a door handle and a ribbon embellishment to the top of the house.

6. Hot glue the two wreaths together. Glue and wrap the tinsel around the wreath base. Hot glue small ornaments into the tinsel and a flower into the corner. Attach the house and the decorative tree to the center of the wreath with hot glue.

Happy Holidays!



  1. Lovely-beautiful wreath love all that glitters!

  2. Anonymous9:22 AM

    I really love this idea, I was never one for the round wreaths, but this I can totally imagine having on my door or wall!

    Thanks a bunch!

  3. How stunning! Thanks for sharing! :)

  4. SO fab! And I have some perfect old decorations to add to one... hmmm....

  5. Oh heck in a handbasket...I've been collecting ornaments for a similar project on my blog! I'll hot link to this when I post mine! Great minds and all that...


  6. Wow!! I love this! Thanks for the tutorial!

  7. I adore this ! all I need is the tinsel and styro I have the rest!
    You have the best projects!!

  8. I love this, it reminds me of christmas when I was a kid.... my mom made almost all of her decorations and she was very talented and crafty... we had alot of what is now called vintage... ornaments, wreaths like this, and other 50's and 60's sort of decor. This takes me way back... thank you, it brings great christmas memories... I love swanky 50's and 60's type decor.
    very groovy!!!

  9. Cathy, this is gorgeous! I think I will be making one before long. I have a ton of ornaments in our shed and don't even use the majority of them. I even have some old fashioned wood ones that would look great in one of these wreaths! Thanks for the idea!

  10. This is AMAZING! I love it - thanks for sharing!

  11. So glad I found your blog! I am going to make this. Love the vintage feel. kath

  12. This is such a unique take on a holiday wreath! Great job!

  13. OH Cathie, what a BEAUTIFUL wreath!!! Love it!

  14. It's vintage, yet unique. The square shape is a great touch. Just lovely, Cathie!

    I've been doing the Christmas balls in a bowl decoration for years. Visitors always marvel at it.

    I use a punch bowl and fill the center with balled-up red and gold metallic wrapping paper. That way I only have to use ornaments around the inside (right against the glass) and to cover the top. Shhh, don't tell!

  15. Ok - this is totally vintage! I would know! And I just love it! I thought silver tinsel was completely in my past - but just look how beautiful this is! Silver tinsel is back in my life!

  16. What a great wreath! I will be trying something similar since I just came across some great vintage christmas stuff.

  17. This is a great project Cathie! I'll add a link to it on my blog tomorrow!

    love, Violette

  18. This is so cute! I love how the wreath becomes an adorable frame... great project!!

  19. Cathie, I love, love, love this! I have to make one. I just had to show this off on my blog. Its wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

  20. That is adorable. I love it and would love to have you post to my party on Monday-Its SO Very Creative.
    I am signing up to follow.
    Love you Blog,
    Cheri from Its So Very Cheri

  21. Hi Cathie :) I am new to your site but have fallen in LOVE with your gorgeous square wreath - but I need HELP ...

    I cannot find where to buy/find square styrofoam forms to make this ANYWHERE!!! (would prefer a bulk supplier online, but no luck there either, only wire forms)

    Can anyone direct me to a source to find these square wreath forms????

    Thanks bunches :)

  22. Hi Mary Ann,

    I get mine directly from Styrofoam/Dow. I am sure they have a way for you to purchase in bulk.

    Hope this helps!


  23. Cathie - thank you so much for the info! :)

  24. I truely love this clean, fresh, vintage-like wreath. Every time it pops up in the bottom of the blog posts - I just have to look at it again. :-D

  25. Anonymous5:58 PM

    Fantabulous and Fresh! I love it!

  26. Wow! I guess I'm not the only one who loves this! It's unusual because it's square, & I like the tree & house idea. I'm definetly going to try to make this one.


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