How-To Make a Beautiful Vintage-Style Christmas Ornament

How to make a vintage-style Christmas Ornament plus 30 other Handmade Christmas Ornament Ideas!

Hello everyone! If you're here from Yesterday on Tuesday (wasn't Malia's glittery popsicle stick ornament adorable?) welcome to the 3rd stop on the 31 Handmade Christmas Ornaments Blog Hop.  I am so happy to have you here.

31 Days of Handmade Christmas Ornaments - Don't miss these crafty Christmas idea for decorating the tree! #handmadechristmas #christmasornaments #decoratethetree

This year, I'm sharing an easy to make Vintage-Style Handmade Ornament.

How-to make a vintage-style Christmas Ornament plus 30 other Handmade Christmas Ornament Ideas!

I have an affinity for retro, 50-style, Christmas decor.  I love it and if I could, I would decorate with it and it alone for the holidays but since the real stuff is expensive, and so are the knock-offs, I decided to make my own vintage-y ornaments this year...well, one so far but the plan is to make more.  We'll see how that works out.

Handmade Ornament - vintage style

I raided my stash of supplies to make this particular ornament and I also snagged the lid off of a jar candle.  I couldn't find a big enough jar lid so I figured this would work (and I'm happy to report, it did!).

Handmade Ornament - vintage style

I measured my lid (base) and created a wreath that I printed out on paper and then used a circle cutter to cut it perfectly.

Handmade Ornament - vintage style

I glued my paper wreath to the lid.

Handmade Ornament - vintage style

I then glued some gold ricrac to the inner side of the lid.

Handmade Ornament - vintage style

Next, I glued red pom poms to the outer portion of the lid.  I later went back and glued the pom poms down on to the top of the rim - it just didn't look right with them sticking out all over the place.

Handmade Ornament - vintage style

The glitter Santa was part of a 3-D gift tag.  I gently pried Santa off from the back of the gift tag and then glued him to one side of the rim and glued a small bottle brush tree to the other side.

Handmade Ornament - vintage style

I then glued some fake snow to the center and placed a little plastic deer to the middle of the ornament.

Handmade Ornament - vintage style

I wanted a little more glittery bling so I used red Stickles to highlight the ribbon and the holly berries.

Handmade Ornament - vintage style

I also glued some small stars to the bottle brush can never have too many stars, sprinkles, or glitter, now can they?

Handmade Ornament - vintage style

Handmade Ornament - vintage style

I really like how this turned out...but I think I still need to add a bit more sparkle. What do you think?

Don't forget to come back every day to see what new ornaments are being shared!

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Here are all 31 Bloggers in order of their appearance:

Day 1 - Pet Scribbles | Day 2 - Yesterday on Tuesday
Day 3 - Cupcakes and Crinoline | Day 4 - An Extraordinary Day
Day 5 - Celebrating Everyday Life | Day 6 - Hunt and Host
Day 7 - Love of Home | Day 8 - Celebrate Creativity
Day 9 - Petticoat Junktion | Day 10 - What Meegan Makes
Day 11 - Atta Girl Says | Day 12 - Sweet Pea
Day 13 - Exquisitely Unremarkable | Day 14 - Imparting Grace
Day 15 - In My Own Style | Day 16 - 504 Main by Holly Lefevre
Day 17 - Inspiration for Moms | Day 18 - The Chelsea Project
Day 19 - I Should Be Mopping the Floor
Day 20 - My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia | Day 21 - Hearth and Vine
Day 22 - Shabby Art Boutique | Day 23 - Remodelando la Casa
Day 24 - Domestically Speaking | Day 25 - Swoodson Says
Day 26 - Stone Gable | Day 27 - My Creative Days
Day 28 - The Crafting Nook | Day 29 - Knick of Time
Day 30 - Lovely Etc. | Day 31 - Live Laugh Rowe

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  1. Laura / Pet Scribbles says:

    OMG I really adore this vintage style ornament Mary Beth! I pinned this tutorial because I want to make at least one this season for our tree. I love your style!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Laura! Your comment made me smile - I love your style so I'm glad this inspired you. 🙂

  2. What a beautiful ornament. One of my best friends adores vintage cards, angels and santas. I can't wait to show her this one. She'll love it. I have lot of vintage Christmas decor of my own and this ornament will fit right in. I'll have to put together a girls night out so we can gather and make these.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Patti! I love vintage cards as well. The other day I showed my sister this ornament and she told me that she had just thrown away boxes of vintage cards from the 1940's and 1950's - I almost screamed out loud!!! If you do have a girl's night and make something similar I would love to see them. 🙂 Have a lovely week.

  3. Diane@InMyOwnStyle says:

    I love to see ornaments made by repurposing items. Your ornament reminds me of the ole time vintage ornaments that my mom used to make and grace my tree every year. 🙂

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Diane! I'll bet the ornaments your mother made are beautiful. Anything with a memory always means so much more. I have some ornaments that I hang on my Christmas tree every year that were my Grandma's and some from when I was little. My tree never has a theme other than memories. Have a wonderful week!

  4. Diane | An Extraordinary Day says:

    Mary Beth your ornament is darling and truly vintage looking. When it comes to vintage ornaments, you're right, you can never have too much glitter. 😉 I love that you had all those goodies in your stash. You absolutely must make more to go with that one. Now I'm getting excited for Christmas!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Diane! I'm so glad you like it and I do hope I make more before Christmas. If I find more sparkly Santa gift tags I think I will. Have a wonderful week!

  5. This ornament is just my style! I love retro decor, particularly Christmas decor. You were smart to think of using a candle lid as the base for your ornament.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Paula! I was going to try to use a mason jar lid but I didn't want to have a jar without a lid....which is ridiculous because I have way too many mason jars to begin with but when I saw the candle I had a mini aha moment. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by.

  6. This is super charming! I am all about miniatures and vintage, lately and this fits the bill perfectly!


    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Kim, and I agree about the old Christmas Cards. I used to keep all of mine but I started recycling them a few years, I'm kicking myself!

  8. Meegan Fast says:

    Mary Beth,
    I just love all the details and thought that went into your handmade Christmas ornament. Just as cute as can be!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Meegan! <3

  9. Lisa at celebrate creativity says:

    Mary Beth, this is just the sweetest ornament. I love the little deer figure as the centerpiece. I actually have a few plastic deer like this that I bought years ago but never did anything with them.

    Great step by step instructions too. Thanks for the inspiration and happy day to you.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Lisa. I love the little deer figure as well. I have two left and I'm not quite sure what to do with them. I may put them in a glass ornament and create a mini snowglobe but not sure quite yet! Thanks so much for stopping by and happy day to you as well.

  10. Maryann @ Domestically Speaking says:

    So pretty! I love the layers on your ornament!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Maryann!

  11. First, I must agree with you. One can never have too much stars, sprinkles, or glitter. 🙂 Then I must say, you had me at the red pom poms. What adorable ribbon! Seriously! It's totally cute. And the how-to makes putting all of the elements together so easy. Even I can make this! Love the vintage vibe, too. Sharing all over! XO Susie from The Chelsea Project

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you SO MUCH, Chelsea!!! I love those red pom poms, too. I almost hated using it. I have this strange obsession with buying craft supplies but NOT using them...because they look so darn cute in bulk. I know....rolling eyes at myself! Thanks so much for sharing. xo

  12. kristin salazar says:

    this is so pretty, looks like an ornament my grandmother used to make, so beautiful!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Kristin! xo

  13. Jennifer at Celebrating Everyday Life says:

    Cue the Bing Crosby music, please!! These ornaments are so retro-ly delightful Mary Beth!! I love them!! Creative and nostalgic! What a wonderful job!! Thanks for being part of pulling together this great hop!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Jennifer, and it's almost like you read my mind! I love to play Bing Crosby and classic Christmas music when I'm decorating and's on my "must do" list! xoxo

  14. Kerryanne says:

    I love vintage Christmas and this little ornament is very sweet, especially with the addition of the snow and tiny deer. I hope you do make more Mary Beth because they would look darling hanging all over your tree.
    I'm excited to be on the ornament blog hop again this year xx

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Kerryanne! I am so excited to be in the hop with you as well - I've missed you! xo

  15. Stephanie says:

    This turned out so cute, I love the little fawn!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Stephanie!

  16. Love the retro vibe of the ornament and the the depth yo gave it with Santa up front and the little fawn in the background. Beautiful!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Cristina!

  17. Holly Lefevre says:

    Oh my goodness...this is speaking my love language. ADORABLE!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Holly, and it is SO GOOD to see you here 🙂 Have an awesome week.

  18. Laura @ Inspiration for Moms says:

    This is so cute, Mary Beth! My oldest would love making these!

  19. Just darling Mary Beth! They really do look vintage!

  20. I absolutely love what you did here, Mary Beth. They are charming, sweet and lovely!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, sweet friend!

  21. Atta Girl Amy says:

    The little deer on these ornaments remind me of some we made when I was just a child. I definitely want to follow your tutorial to make some of these for our tree. So special.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I'm so glad these brought back a good memory, Amy!

  22. Oh how special ! What a great keepsake. Stopping by from Tip Me Tuesday and pinning!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by Carol! Have a lovely week.

  23. Kelly S. Rowe says:

    Oh my goodness gracious -- this is just too cute! Vintage is my jam.... HUGS!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Kelly! I hope all is well with you and yours. xo

  24. Richella Parham says:

    I like vintage! I love the way you've stacked all these elements to create a three-dimensional ornament. It would look awesome on our tree; thank you for the tutorial!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      You're welcome, Richella, and I'm so glad you liked the ornament.

  25. Angie @Knick of Time says:

    I love vintage style, and the mixed media really makes it shine! Pinned!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Angie!

  26. Lindsay Eidahl says:

    I never know what to do with those candle lids! Great idea! This is so cute!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Lindsay! I usually recycle the glass but hate to throw the lids away so I was glad to find a use for them.

  27. Kristi Dominguez says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous, Mary Beth. I so love your style. The pom pom trim has to be my favorite!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Kristi! 🙂

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Carrie!

  28. Cami @ The Crafting Nook says:

    This is just adorable! It makes it look like it was a 3D ornament. So cute and easy!


    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Cami, and hugs to you as well. xo

  29. The way you stack all these elements to create dimensional ornaments. The little deer on these ornaments reminds me of when we were children. I never know what to do with these candle caps. It's just cute! It looks like a sack that encloses with a drawstring. So cute and easy.