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Eclectic, Junk, And Vintage Christmas Decorating Ideas

Christmas decorating ideas featuring vintage and junk treasures from yours truly 2013-2019 all in one post. Looking at my past Christmas decor I can see how my decorating journey has evolved. I think it has evolved for the better but maybe you are a better judge of that. My Christmas mantel displays from from 2014-2019 are listed in order below.

Christmas decorating ideas featuring vintage and junk treasures from yours truly 2013-2019 all in one post.

7 Years of Christmas Decorating Ideas

Each post is basically as it was written at the time so I may repeat myself in some of the posts. I hope you guys enjoy and get some ideas from these. Thanks for being here!

2013 Silver Christmas Mantel Decor

Welcome to my first ever Christmas Home Tour. I should have none better! These things are a lot of work. I will say one thing though….this tour made me get myself in gear and get the decorating done. It seems I finish the decorating up later and later every Christmas.

Silver Christmas Mantel Decor 

Christmas Decorating Ideas

If you’re new here there is one thing you need to know. I love bold colors, the bolder the better.

christmas arrangement

I painted those house numbers and put them on the front door several years ago. I didn’t want to cover up my handy work so I added a Christmas arrangement to my favorite chair.

Starting the tour in our den. This is my favorite room in the house. At some point before we purchased our home which was built in 1967, someone enclosed the two car garage and made this large, large space.

mantel 12 days of christmas tour

You guys may recognize the large rusty metal piece leaning on my mantel. I purchased it at the Nashville Flea Market last month thinking it would look great on the mantel. It has little diamond design cut-outs and it’s perfect for hanging things…..like the wreath!

christmas mantel decor

My fireplace mantel is the favorite part of my décor this year. I had ideas for the mantel running through my head but I never know what look I will end up with. I used vintage lamps from my junk treasure stash and a few cut glass dishes from the house as accents.

green christmas tree

We broke down and purchased a new tree this year because all the lights in the middle of our old one died off over the years. We have this running debate (argument) over clear lights vs colored lights. This tree has both. You can turn on all white lights, or all colored lights, or have both types of lights alternate blinking! Now everyone in the family is happy. (I plan to do a whole post on the Christmas tree sometime soon)

glitter 12 days of christmas tour

A little bit of glitter with the tree from TJMAXX and my Christmas stamps for projects showcased in the vintage glass jar.

cabinet 12 days of christmas tour

As I mentioned this room is really large and the early American hutch is one I purchased a number of years ago just because I loved it. The décor changes with the seasons or on a whim! The small table is where my granddaughter and I play card games. She usually beats me.

red cabinet 12 days of christmas tour

More bright colors. I just throw in a few touches of Christmas with my vintage finds and painted furniture.

vintage scales 12 days of christmas tour

A pair of pretty angels on my rusty vintage kitchen scales and a candle holder circled with faux peppermints.

christmas kitchen decorations

Not too much decorating in the kitchen area. I like to keep the countertops clear…ok, mostly clear.

christmas dining room decor

The dining area is adjacent to the kitchen. I like using a lot of white or neutrals and add a bit of color here and there.

Christmas houses
Christmas houses


The little white Christmas village houses are sitting on vintage cake stands.

stocking 12 days of christmas tour

This is our spare bedroom that we refer to as the grandsons room. It used to be our son’s room.

snowman-12 days of christmas tour

I love this tacky snowman.

bedroom 12 days of christmas tour

From my quilt collection I selected a favorite of mine with greens and reds to throw across the bed. A few burlap stockings and a touch of green add the finishing touch.

fuchsia decor 12 days of christmas tour

And this over-the-top girly room is what we call the granddaughters room.

santa hat 12 days of christmas tour

You see the Santa hat with the word “spoiled”….that says it all.


2014 Green Christmas Decorating Ideas

Christmas mantel junk decorations Petticoat Junktion

Simple Christmas mantel display. I went for neutral and rustic this year. I tossed around colors and ideas for a month and finally decided not to go bold this year…understated all the way.


vintage snowman mantel decoration Petticoat Junktion

my vintage snowman

junk salvage Christmas mantel decorations Petticoat Junktion

You guys probably recognize the Partridge in a Pear Tree wall décor and the wreath. I separated them for the mantel display. I like that the project can be displayed multiple ways.


Simple Christmas Mantel Decor Display Petticoat Junktion

The wood glove and snowman are thrifty finds from long ago. I hope ya’ll aren’t tired of seeing the glass doors and rusty backdrop from the Nashville Flea Market. They  look great on the mantel and work with a wide variety of themes…and I’m not tired of them yet.

I’m assuming you guys realize that our homes do not always look like what you see in the photos. There are a lot of behind the scenes things that are just that….behind the couch…behind the doors…under tables..etc…..etc… This is what my home looked like while taking the mantel photos and writing this post…..

Christmas decorating in progress




Christmas decoration explosion


Christmas wrapping


unpacking Christmas decorations




decorating for Christmas

These photos don’t include the boxes of stuff in the workshop that never make it into the house.

I just riffle through them and get the good stuff.


Decorating the mantel for Christmas Petticoat Junktion

2015 Rustic Mantel Decor

If asked I would probably say this is my least favorite of my Christmas mantels. Probably because the colors are not bold and in your face.

Rustic mantel decor Petticoat JunktionI went with neutral colors. Those amber glass lamp bases got me thinking about browns and tans with a bit of gold thrown in for a subdued but warm look.


Amber glass oil lamp mantel decor Petticoat Junktion

Then I decided to go rustic with the decorations.

Rustic mantel decor Petticoat Junktion

Notice how I have a clash of holidays here. The pumpkins have made it through Halloween and Thanksgiving and are still hanging out for Christmas. However, they will be gone this week. This angle of the fireplace is what I see when I’m sitting in my favorite comfy spot on the couch (country word for sofa, I’m a little bit country as the song says).


Poinsettia Grapevine wreath Christmas Mantel decor Petticoat Junktion

I found the vintage amber glass oil lamp bases at My Favorite Junk Shop and I got them for a song. The star baskets, the amber Purex bottle, and the warped gold frame came from the same junk shop. The Merry Christmas sign is a DIY from a few years ago.


Rustic mantel decor Petticoat Junktion

I found the “cork” poinsettias at Old Time Pottery in Nashville. I love the natural look and they go well with my rustic theme.


Rustic mantel decor Petticoat Junktion

I got the grapevine wreath and all the goodies to put it together at Old Time Pottery. Wreath tutorial coming  later this week. What do you think of my amber, rustic, neutral, junky, mantel decor?? Leave me a little note and take the Mantel tour by clicking the “pink links” below.

2016 Christmas Mantel And How To Repurpose Home Decor

My Christmas mantel decorations and the ways I remake and repurpose home decor.


Decorating the mantel and hearth for Christmas with recycled upcycled reclaimed home decor

Loving the red and turquoise together. Every time I change the mantel décor I try to do something different. Hate to fall back on a past look. This year I decided to work with turquoise and red. I love that color combo. I didn’t add as much turquoise as I would have liked but it works. I put the game board on the mantel for my  fall display and liked it so much I left it up.

The glittery gold deer is a Goodwill find from a few years ago. Santa in his sleigh with reindeer ( flying off the photo to the left) is a gift the JTS sent me when he was stationed in Korea almost 30 years ago. The candle lantern filled with ornaments is ever changing. The $3 poinsettias I picked up at Lowes are beautiful. The Christmas tin contains a jigsaw puzzle and gives a boost to the poinsettia, adding height to the hearth display.


mantel decor repurposing and remaking home decor 3

You guys know I just pull stuff out of my workshop and go crazy with it. The two wood pieces in front of the game board are from my wood stash. Also notice I forgot and left the remote to our led heater on the corner of the mantel. It almost looks like the snowman ornament is saying “Hey, what’s this thing doing here??”,  hahaha.

The vintage thermos with the red top was a thrifty find I couldn’t resist. The snowman ornament is just too cute, There was something off balance about the whole mantel look so I placed the little welcome hanging thingie at the corner of the game board.


how to remake and repurpose home decor

It’s all a balancing act. I moved and placed things in various spots for an hour or two. I also had other items I tried out on the mantel but this is what I ended up with.

2017  Christmas Mantel Rust And Red Color Scheme

We’ve talked about choosing a color scheme when decorating the mantel….or anything else for that matter. Once I decide on a color scheme the decorating goes pretty fast.

Rust And Red Color Theme With A Bit Of Glitter Thrown In

The color scheme for this year’s Christmas mantel is rust and red with a little glitter thrown in. I can hear most of you going….”rust is a color”? For my purposes here I’m calling it a color.

red and rust color scheme for decorating the Christmas mantel

Once I pick the color scheme I shop my house, workshop, shed, everywhere, for stuff in those colors…..or close anyway.

stuff for decorating the mantel

S ee all the stuff in this photo! I gathered all of that and through trial and error, placing and removing, I came up with the perfect look.A lot of times I just know something will work in a certain place….and it doesn’t. When I was decorating the mantel the sun was shining bright. That’s why the photos look like they do.


whimsical addition to mantel decor

Another must-have for any of my decorating is something whimsical. I saw the stuffed rooster (?) at the local thrift store and had to have him. Look at those colors…..and that face. Who could pass that up.

poinsettias in wood box

I put two poinsettia plants in a reclaimed wood box and set them on the hearth. The green wreath was a last minute addition. I found it at Bargain Hunt. I laid it against a stained glass window my daughter bought me a few years ago in Pensacola Florida.

rusty vintage kitchen scale with red van topped with Christmas tree

The rusty green scale was sent to me by a reader. You guys are the greatest. You show me a lot of love. The red beetle with the tree topper is making another showing this year.

vintage mantel decorations

I don’t know why I love that green bottle so much….I just do. It came from my favorite junk shop and was about half full of liquor or what I guess was liquor. I opened the bottle and poured it out. The smell was awful and the liquid was dark brown. I washed the bottle on the inside and tried not to mess up the label any more than it already was.

The antique frame is one of a pair I bought at an antique shop in Arkansas. The pretty bold red wreath is from T.J. Maxx. I couldn’t resist it either. Red is my favorite color.

metal tree from salvaged junk

The angels were a last minute addition and the hardware Christmas tree I made this season is sold. I enjoy making the hardware trees and would love to get another one made this Christmas season but I don’t think it’s going to happen.

My Christmas tree is full of vintage glass ornaments, see it here…..Kathy’s Christmas Tree.

2018 Home And Mantel Christmas Decorating Ideas

Shiny Brite ornaments. Can you believe at one time I thought they were lame? Maybe you did too. The ornaments went out of style for a while. At least where I lived.

Well, now I had to investigate the demise of Shiny Brite. From what I can gather plastic ornaments began being produced in the 1950’s and they were cheaper than the glass ornaments. The Shiny Brite company closed in 1962. There is an interesting article about the founder of the company and the history of Shiny Brite ornaments here.

Shiny Brite Ornaments Christmas Tree Spectacular

I have dozens of Shiny Brite ornaments mostly thanks to hubby. I started collecting them a few years ago and last year the JTS bought a bunch of the ornaments at several auctions he went to. Thanks honey. I don’t have all of the original boxes. I think I like the boxes almost as much as the ornaments.

Spectacular Shiny Brite Ornaments Tree from Petticoat Junktion

Along with the Shiny Brite I have ornaments made in Germany and Poland and I’m not sure where else. In some cases the ornaments have faded or been scratched but a lot of them are in perfect condition.


mantel decorating ideas with vintage decor

I decorated my mantel and hearth the same day I did the tree. You might remember I bought the horse farm picture before Thanksgiving and decorated the mantel around it. I used the picture as the base for the Christmas décor. It took no time at all to find red and green junky décor to go with the picture. The plaid lunch boxes are fun and the vintage scales make a showing again.

decorating the mantel and the fireplace hearth

I bought the fancy burlap stockings at an after Christmas sale a number of years ago. They were highly discounted. The iron reindeer and Santa candle holders came from my favorite junks shop. I don’t know if they are handmade, old or new. or what. The little brown deer were in a box lot of stuff the hubby bought at an auction last Christmas season. I sorted through the box and kept some of the stuff and the rest went to Goodwill or the Salvation Army.

Fireplace decorating

I bought the red wreath at TJMaxx last year. I love red. Have I ever told you guys that? The stained glass window was a gift from my daughter many years ago.

vintage decorating ideas

I don’t remember where I got the little plastic house but it’s a favorite of mine. Sometimes it’s the littlest of things that makes you smile. The Santa Hat pins with our names were a gift from a neighbor. She made them!



junk Christmas decor with silver ornaments and silverplate

Fancy silver plate dishes are great for displaying ornaments.

vintage mistletoe bell

I think I got the vintage (new?) mistletoe bell at a flea market but can’t remember.

Christmas dishes in the cabinets for display

I put some of the Christmas dishes in the kitchen cabinets with the glass doors.

china cabinet with Christmas dishes

My Christmas dishes make it to the china cabinet every year. I used to spend hours setting up things just perfectly….or so I thought at the time. Now I put them in the cabinet along with any thing else that catches my fancy and it takes less than an hour.

decorative Christmas houses display

The Christmas houses look great displayed on vintage cake stands. I didn’t even try to come up with a new idea for a centerpiece this year. The houses work.

black and white striped box planter

There is that black and white stripe planter I just finished…..also a dropped poinsettia leaf. I really do like the planter, patting myself on the back. I’m wondering what type of plant or flowers I will find to put in the planter after the holidays?

fun holiday touches

I need my whimsical touches too….like the Mistletoe and Margaritas napkins.

Christmas tree display

Trees in an antique cheese box.

snowman snow scene globe diy


The red gumball machine I repurposed a few years ago into a winter snow scene is on the coffee table. The snowman is resting. He fell over at some point and I’m not taking the globe apart to stand him up.



Petticoat Junktion Technical Specialist looking at the tree


Hubby taking a break while I’m taking photos. I can’t resist getting a few pictures of him when I have the camera in hand.

Shiny Brite Christmas Tree and Decorating Extravaganza


2019 Red Wreath And Polka Dot Ribbon Mantel Decor

Polka dot decor may be out of style but not for me. I bought the black and white polka dot ribbon at the same time as my buffalo check ribbon.


silver plate Christmas decor for the mantel

Black and white ribbon with any design is a winner with me. The polka dot ribbon looks nice dressing up the vintage thermos and silver plate candle holder. You might not believe it when you see my all of my vintage Christmas decorations but I went simpler this year. There are 6 totes of stuff I didn’t unpack completely. I took my favorite things out of the totes and that was it.

I went back and sorted through the totes after the decorating was done and I have two big bags of stuff for Goodwill. No need in having so much stuff just taking up space. Now I’ll have 3-4 totes to put back in the attic after Christmas.

Decorating a fireplace and mantel with vintage Christmas decor

A look at the complete mantel and hearth decorations shows I have a mix of vintage and newer stuff. Red poinsettias are a staple of my Christmas displays.

vintage candle holder train Christmas decor

This little train is the only new Christmas thing I bought this year. And it’s not new, it’s vintage. Each piece of the train has a hole in the top for a candle. No candles for me but those colors….oh-la-la! The plastic train is covered in glitter and fabric trim. I paid $14 for it at my favorite junk shop. The price was a bit over my budget but I was in love.

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The red wreath was hanging on the front door but I swapped it out with a faux magnolia leaf and red berry wreath from the thrift store. The “Wow” Santa in the silverplate frame is on the inside of a Christmas card. The card is vintage and oh so naughty because on the opposite page of the card is a girly in a red negligee.

antique cast iron Christmas tree stand

The antique wrought iron tree stand is one of the best find the JTS has ever bought at an auction. It was in a box of stuff and I think it was less than $5.

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No holiday is complete without Hershey’s Kisses. The silver bowl with etched glass bowl insert is from the Salvation Army thrift store.


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The folk art candle holders are part of a set of 5. Not sure if these are old or new. I bought them last year at the junk shop.


Christmas ornament

Just a house ornament but it’s cute. I have ornaments sitting around the house. They don’t have to hang from the tree.

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Whimsical little pooping (candy) reindeer that makes Sofi laugh.

Petticoat Junktion Christmas tree decorated with vintage Shiny Brite ornaments

The tree decorated with shiny brites and other glass ornaments. As you can see there is a lot (two bags) of  fake plastic snow on the tree branches. I love it but I think the JTS hates it. I wouldn’t know why. I bought several of the shiny brite bell shaped tree ornaments in Texas a few years ago when the JTS was working out there.

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This china cabinet is in the den. I bought it about 25 years ago at a flea market. It gets decorated with Christmas dishes or other things every year. The little spaghetti angels are some of my favorite vintage figurines. The green metal tool box is a purchase from one of my favorite vendors at the Nashville Flea Market.



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More vintage goodness with the kitchen scale and Hartmann briefcase.



Christmas Decorating Ideas: 7 Years Of Vintage Christmas Displays

Moving on to the kitchen and dining area. I pulled out my Christmas dishes and all the red stuff I could find.

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Ths china cabinet is lighted and I leave the light on all day until bedtime. I have a vintage red recipe holder and vintage red cups.

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The Christmas houses are from a local home decor store. I bought them several years ago. The Spode Christmas dishes have been collected over the years mostly at after Christmas clearance sales and as gifts.


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The Santa plate in the plate holder cabinet is vintage and I don’t remember where I got it.

kids hand print wreath idea

My son made the handprint wreath at daycare. It has a handwritten date of 1990 which means my son was 7 years old. Hard to believe he is 36 now. I love these keepsakes. He also made a reindeer sweatshirt and his handprints are the antlers.

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Santa cookie jar I bought at the junk shop recently. I guess I told a fib. I bought 2 or maybe 3 vintage Christmas items this year to add to my stash.


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At one time the snowmen light up but not anymore. Still pretty. The blue house is a Hallmark ornament. It winds up and the man and woman pop in and out of the window.

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I placed the vintage nutcracker childs squeeze toy in the plant pot. Genius.


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A couple of old world Santas from Home Interior. The other Santa is still packed away.



Christmas Decorating Ideas: 7 Years Of Vintage Christmas Displays

Another vintage angel and a plastic house. Not sure if the house is vintage or new. I’m thinking vintage and I love the tree behind the angel. Not sure what you call that style of tree.

I know that was a ton of photos and decorations but maybe you have time to tell me your favorite mantel and which of the house decorations did you like the best.

I may not get a tree up this year or any Christmas decorations up at all but that doesn’t matter. I can’t wait to get back home and spend Christmas with my husband and family in Tennessee. Thanks for being here, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Pls accept my condolences on the passing of your Mom.
    Pls know you r in my thoughts and prayers. Love your blog and all the amazing ideas.
    Your r a gift.
    Be well.
    Ann Burke

  2. Sorry to hear about your Mom. Very hard for you and your family. I have liked reading your stories about your visits back home. HUgs and prayers.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing. I love the green December vintage angel, your Santa cookie jar, the plastic train is covered in glitter and fabric trim, and the little white Christmas village houses.

  4. Over the years I have become tired and stopped reading some blogs but never Petticoat Junktion. I love every mantel! So many ideas for me to try. I was so sorry to hear about your Mom. I lost my Mom 7 years ago and it left an empty spot in my heart never to be filled. Kathy I love and appreciate who you are and what you do. Gods blessings to you and your family.

  5. Dear Kathy
    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. It is so hard during the holidays when a family member passes away. My Mom passed on 12-11-72 at 55 yrs. old and I miss her everyday especially at Christmas time.
    I enjoy reading your posts everyday you are so talented in your painting of furniture and making all sorts of crafts.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family and stay healthy and safe.

  6. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I will keep you in my prayers. 2020 has just been a horrible year for losing loved ones.

    I love the tacky snowman in the wood crate – too cute! I’m going to steal your idea of putting out wrapped snack cakes as decor on the cake plates. I think that is very clever as they stay fresh that way and act as decor!

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you and your family.

  7. So very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I suspect a good deal of your mom lives on in you, and may all the years of happy memories provide comfort at this time.

    So many wonderful ideas for decorating for the holidays, including the lovely shot of your hubby’s head! I have coveted the red radio cabinet for years … red is my favorite color too, as is yellow … good thing I live in New Mexico!

    Have a wonderful Christmas with your family. Stay well and God bless!

  8. My condolences for your mother’s passing. I lost my mother in May of 2016. My heart goes out to you and your family. May the memories you have guide you through this difficult time.

  9. Thank you for sharing your beautiful Vintage Christmas decorations. I also love the creativity of the ? you made. I’m sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. May the memories you have bring you comfort during this time. ? You’re an AMAZING individual with remarkable creativity. I really enjoy your posts. Happy holidays!!

  10. I’m so sorry about your mom. Prayers for you and your family for peace of mind and heart during this difficult time. I lost my mom Dec 7, 2005, so I understand the loss you are feeling now.

    On a brighter note, I love all your Christmas through the years! I especially like how your little, as you refer to him, “tacky” snowman shows up every year in different places! The Christmas village houses on the cake stands are so adorable! I think I might do that! Your house is beautiful, and exceptionally so all dressed up for Christmas.

  11. I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Losing a loved during the holidays is especially difficult. Give yourself time to grieve and don’t worry about all the decorations. If it makes you happy put up the tree and leave it up as long as you like! I rarely take ours down until New Year’s day. There are no rules! Treasure all the special memories you have and you will keep your mom with you every day. You are in my prayers.

  12. Please accept my deepest condolences for your mother’s passing. I said a prayer for you and your family as soon as I read that. May you have peace soon.

    Oh my goodness!!!! I absolutely loved reminiscing with you back through the years. I seriously loved every single photo and all the amazing and beautiful pieces you have collected over the years. You’re home looks so cozy and welcoming. I have to tell you that my absolute favorite part of your story is where you showed us the table where you play games with your granddaughter and the wreath pillow your son made when he was 7. Wish you showed us the shirt he made too. ? Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us and for the wonderful stories. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!! ❣️???☃️❣️