If you follow me on facebook, you might know I’ve decided to go with a vintage inspired Christmas theme this year. After shopping for vintage ornaments this weekend, I was feeling a little worried. They’re tricky to find, to put it mildly. I did have some already. And over the next few weeks, I’m planning to visit my local thrift stores on a very regular basis. I did have a little luck on Friday. I visited a fairly new thrift store nearby, and since this is their first Christmas to be open, it seems they were saving up Christmas items until the day after Halloween. I didn’t find the beautiful glass balls I was hoping for, but I did pick up a few vintage plastic ornaments. They weren’t in mint conditions, but grouped with other things on the wreath is the perfect way to hide their flaws.
I was inspired by this piece with the pink satin balls. It was .49 cents…and I could see the potential. I remembered that there were tinsel wreaths at the dollar store for 2 bucks.
I started out removing the vintage picks and adding them to the tinsel wreath. Then I added the vintage plastic ornaments. I wanted to add some vintage pink glass ornaments, but they’re so hard to find, and expensive that I didn’t want to use too many. I ended up adding some plain pink and silver balls -some old and some not so old. Then I added in only about four of my super special vintage glass ornaments. With the picks, the vintage plastic ornaments, some plainer balls, and a few vintage ornaments, it looked nice and full and all shiny and pretty. 😉
One other little trick, I used white floral wire to attach everything, so it isn’t permanent, if I want to remove the vintage pieces later I can.
I love how it turned out. After feeling earlier this weekend that maybe I should have gone another direction for my Christmas decorations this year, I am now fully sold on the vintage direction.
I’m also convinced that it doesn’t need to be all vintage. I can take my few old pieces and showcase them, and mix them in with some new vintage inspired pieces, and some other plainer pieces.
With a pretty, pink, shiny Christmas wreath like this, life really is a party!