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28 Easy Antique Christmas Decorating Ideas

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Adding antiques to Christmas decor creates such a charming and unique home for the holidays. Here are 28 easy antique Christmas decorating ideas you can incorporate in your home!

Wreath on an antique cabinet.

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How to Decorate for an Old Fashioned Christmas

Using antique Christmas decorating ideas to recreate an old fashioned Christmas is such a fun way to bring nostalgia into your home.

Growing up, my mom always created the most magical Christmases. This year, I gave a tour of her home, plus 60+ ways to create an old fashioned Christmas for your family.

Head to see her home tour, with loads of beautiful antiques, decorated for Christmas!

What Are Old Fashioned Christmas Colors?

Traditional Christmas colors are the classics: red and green.

There is a reason we associate red and green with Christmas year after year. It’s the classic Christmas combo. We see it in plaids, ornaments, winter greens and more.

Christmas winter wreath on a door.

Additionally, the traditional metals like silver and gold have been staples Christmas colors for centuries.

Blue and white are also classic accent colors you’ll find in many antique Christmas decorating ideas. These are easy to incorporate with bows, snowy elements and artwork.

How Do You Display Antique Christmas Ornaments?

Antique Christmas ornaments are becoming harder to find. As these fragile pieces get shuffled from one place to another, inevitably they can break.

Antique Christmas decorating ideas with ornaments.

However, if you are blessed enough to have a collection, here are a few ways to display them.

  • One antique-only Christmas tree. Group all your antique ornaments onto one beautiful tree.
  • Nestled in a bowl. Gently place them in a bowl and display on your coffee table or buffet.
  • Hanging from ribbon, lining a window. Hang them at varying heights for interest.
  • Create your own antique ornament mistletoe.
  • Attach as embellishments to presents for an extra special add-on gift.

15+ Antique Christmas Decorating Ideas

Beyond the tree and color scheme, here are 15 simple antique Christmas decorating ideas you can easily incorporate into your holiday home.

  1. Use antique marmalade jars as bottle brush tree bases.
Antique marmalade jars in Christmas decor.

2. Antique copper vessels are perfect to add a warm glow to a fun and whimsical ornament display.

Antique copper vessel with ornaments.

3. Create an antique-only Christmas tree with antique ornaments.

Antique Christmas ornaments on a tinsel tree.

4. Display vintage artwork with winter scenes.

Vintage artwork in a bathroom.

5. Dress up antique transferware collections with winter greenery.

Antiques used in Christmas decor.

6. Set antique photographs out with rare Christmas captures to peruse.

Antique furniture with Christmas tree in the background.

7. Scatter vintage Christmas tchotchkes in with newer items to add charm.

Antique Christmas decorating ideas.

8. Create mini vintage Christmas trees atop antique furniture.

Mini vintage Christmas tree.

9. Arrange antique handkerchiefs in windows or on drawer fronts.

Kitchen decorated with antiques for Christmas.

10. Set up a vintage nativity or village under the tree.

Antique nativity under a tree.

11. Hang vintage stockings with care.

Vintage stockings.

12. Use antique vessels to hold a collection of pine cones or ornaments.

Dining room chandelier decorated for Christmas.

13. Mix in greenery with antique collections or architectural pieces.

Family room decorated with antiques for Christmas.

14. Use simple bottle brush trees to dress up a bedroom for Christmas.

Bottle brush trees in a bedroom.
Wall of antique photos.

If you missed this project, see how my mom and I hand built over 70 frames to create this antique gallery wall.

15. Assemble a vintage tinsel tree for added festivity.

Tinsel tree in a corner.

See 13 more antique Christmas decorating ideas in this article!

More Christmas Decorating Ideas

I hope you enjoyed browsing through these simple antique Christmas decorating ideas!

28 Easy Antique Christmas Decorating Ideas

If you’re looking for more inspiration, peruse my archive of Christmas decorating posts across design styles.

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  1. These antique ornament display ideas are pure magic! ✨ I love the idea of dedicating a whole tree to my vintage treasures – it would be like stepping into a nostalgic Christmas wonderland. That nestled-in-a-bowl concept is also adorable, perfect for showcasing a few special pieces on a side table. And hanging them from ribbon by the window? So whimsical and charming!

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