Bristol Saint Vintage: December 2014

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Secondhand, Vintage and Handmade Christmas Decoration Ideas

I love decorating for christmas! It's a good excuse to get a bit crafty and creative :)
Here are a few of my ideas and things I'm loving this Christmas...

Bauble Wreaths

For last years' Christmas Pop Up Shop I made a bauble wreath from a mixture of vintage and new baubles. Its so easy! All you need is a wire coat hanger, lots of baubles and a piece of ribbon. Just form the hanger into a circle shape and undo the twisted part at the top. Start hooking the baubles onto the wire (i followed a simple pattern as best i could to give it an even look, but put them on however you want!) When it is completely full with baubles, refasten at the top and bend the hook downwards so its not seen. Then attach a ribbon and hang! Voila!

Vintage book Christmas Card Holder

These vintage book sculptures, again are pretty simple but definitely effective, if you've got the patience! Just get your hands on a decent length vintage book (i usually use ones where the hardbacks are a bit rough or damaged, so i dont feel too guilty!) You can either fold each page into a point (like your trying to make a paper aeroplane) or simply fold each page in half. There is definitely room for experimentation here! Follow us on Instagram to see more like this @bristolstvintage


Garlands are nice just haphazardly hung .....anywhere really!
Pom poms have made a real come back over the past few years. If you saw Kirstie Allsop's Crafty Christmas, you'll know what i'm about to mention. Yes, the amazing pom pom makers! No more cutting cardboard doughnuts, you can now have pom poms in mere minutes! 
Can you tell how much I love pom poms?! 

Wool Warehouse - Clover Pom Pom Maker

I also saw recently a clever way of reusing and bits of nice scrap paper (I'm sure I'm not the only one that collects different papers right?....hmm) These tree garlands are so sweet, you could also do star shapes, leaf shapes, reindeer shapes....any shapes! Just cut out your shapes, take 2, slot them together and attach to some thread a la this Pinterest image...


How could I not include the humble paper cut snowflake??? These are so much fun to make with the kids or with friends over wine on a crafty night. These are some of my favourite...

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So whether you put up your decorations on the 1st December or haven't started yet, some of these ideas can be made on an evening and added to your rooms! :)

What have you made this year for Christmas? Pop any pictures in the comments below!

Merry Christmas all!