Two Fun Themes Using Old Ornaments as Christmas Decorations
Festively trimmed evergreens are often the focal point of a room’s holiday décor. Using antique and collectible ornaments creates an unordinary, special look. These are ideas for decorating with vintage Christmas tree ornaments.
Vintage Bird Ornaments as Christmas Decorations
A fun theme to use for Christmas is vintage bird design decorations. Such a variety of colors, types, and materials of bird ornaments have been made through the years, that you can create a very unique tree. For instance, you might use a collection of blown glass ornaments, available from the 1920s – 60s. These are usually formed with a clip to attach the birds to tree branches, and you could trim the tree with a mixture of different styles. Maybe a brightly colored vintage peacock ornament, for example, or an Italian made silver bird with a red, green, and gold spun glass plume tail feathers.
You might use ornaments made of other materials as well, like a group of 1950s Japanese made gold glitter covered birds. Or a group of small red felt birds from the 40s, and mica glitter covered paper mache birds from the same era. A few whimsical or cute bird ornaments from any earlier period – multicolored lifelike looking colorful chenille birds for instance, would look great as part of the tree’s flock.
Vintage Pinecone Ornaments as Christmas Decorations
A second possible theme to use when decorating your Christmas tree is vintage pinecone design ornaments. Some of these older decoratives were shaped like pinecones, some were decorated with their images, and some were formed partially from natural cones. For instance, vintage ornaments shaped like pinecones were often made of molded or embossed looking colored glass. You might use cones of certain colors, red and silver, for instance, or blue and gold; or an assortment of many hues. Adding some frosted cone ornaments such as an early German gold glass cone with white glitter embellishments would be beautiful.
Cone ornaments from the 1950s and 60s were sometimes made of real pinecones with features added to form elf, snowman, and other characters. For instance, little pinecone bodied snowmen, with cotton head, arms and legs, carrying colorful candy canes. Or an entire miniature scene of a family skating atop a pinecone. In addition, some cones were simply decorated in earlier times, with paints, ribbons, etc., to create pretty ornaments These vintage pieces would look good mixed in with your more unusual pinecone ornaments.