Old + New: Vintage Christmas Ornaments

I’ve always been a lover of mixing vintage pieces with new, even when it comes to the tree.

Tradition is a word almost synonymous with holiday. So for me, tradition comes in a brown paper box, with a hand-painted, Shiny Brite vintage ornament inside. Each year I find myself anxiously waiting to see which ornament (or two) I will be adding to my collection. Aged from the 40s and 50s, they are delicate — almost so fragile that, if you so much as move the wrong way with your hand, a tiny glass ball of history shatters between your fingertips. Each painted in such a sweet, vintage way. The patina and sparkles get better and shinier with age and, simply, I’ve begun to really love this little collection of mine.

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Along with continuing my old traditions, this year I decided to start a new one. I wanted to add these vintage ornaments to my tree, but begin to incorporate a new collection of ornaments that reflect my history. To maintain my tree’s vintage vibe, but still look current and modern, I’ve began mixing the eras together. That’s where I got a bit creative. I added sparkles to my branches, sprayed snow on a few, and tied vintage ornaments onto a couple new ornaments that have quickly become some of my most-prized. One of my first and favorite combinations resulted from tying vintage ornaments to my star ornament. It really created a story for the tree and helped blend the look I was going for.

+ Your holiday traditions — what are they? How are you mixing up your ornaments this year? Let me know in the comments!

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6 years ago

I love vintage Christmas ornaments, although they are pretty expensive. But they have that special look!

6 years ago

These pictures are dreamy! I love the detail on vintage ornaments..My grandmother had a number of beautiful ones that I hope to have one day.

6 years ago

I love this! I need to hire you to come decorate my tree for me next year. Most of the time I don’t use a lot of color but I love the tones in you used <3

6 years ago

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing <3

6 years ago

Oh, thank you for this article. These ornaments remind me of my grandmother, whom i miss dearly. She used to go all-out with her holiday decorations. Some of them were kind of cheesy, but most of them were beautiful. I miss those days.