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26 Designs for Christmas Decorating with Antiques

How to Decorate for Christmas with Old Skis, Skates, Sleighs and Toys

Its obviously not the Christmas season yet, but it is garage sale season. Have you ever tried Christmas decorating with antiques? Christmas decorating vintage skis, or decorating snow shoes. Garage sales and thrift stores are the perfect place to explore and search for affordable antiques or copycats you can use for Christmas decor.  I am sure you’re going to enjoy this post, there are so many talented bloggers who take antiques, toys, vintage items and create fantastic Christmas decor for the holidays.

Incorporating vintage elements into decor is very popular but using Christmas toys is particularly wonderful, because it brings back those childhood memories during the holidays. In this collection of vintage Christmas decorating idea I collected them vintage toy themes.   You will notice that in several of the Christmas arrangements you will find several different vintage toy ideas grouped together.

Christmas Decorating with Antiques is great, but where can you find the vintage decor.

Antique stores is the best bet, but typically the most expensive. My lower cost alternatives are estate sales, garage sales, thrift stores, and Facebook marketplace. Garage sales are my favorite because often you can make the seller happy letting them know their old cast off is much loved again.

Christmas Rocking Horse Ideas

Rocking horses have been giving children joy for four hundred years, and are still loved.  The oldest ones come from Europe but you can often find reproductions of them at estate sales.  If your budget allows you can purchase a new one and make it your own like Marian from Miss Mustard Seed did.

 Decorating for Christmas with antiques using an old rocking horse thats been painted and chip painted,  A beautiful vintage Christmas decorating idea.

Rocking Horse | Miss Mustard Seed

Or repair an old rocking horse, refinish and paint it.

A vintage rocking horse thats been made over for Christmas decorating.   Christmas decorating vintage style with an old rocking horse.

Rocking Horse Makeover | The Navage Patch

This riding horse has been in my guest room since last Christmas, I love it perched up on the dresser.  It’s been painted dapple grey as they are my favorite type of thoroughbred. This is a $20 estate sale find I couldn’t scoop up fast enough.

A refinished riding horse tricycle toy in dapple grey with black wheels. A kids Christmas bedroom decoration. An old vintage toy antique Christmas decoration idea that been giving new life as a Christmas ornament.

Riding Horse Makeover for Christmas Decorating | Pretty DIY Home

When I was a little girl large Spring horses were in style and I remembered loving mine.  Rocking horses weren’t as popular when I was a kid so its wonderful to have one now.  Are there any old vintage toys that you would like to find that I haven’t mentioned?  If so please let us know in the comments.

Christmas Decorating with Ice Skates

Christmas decorating with antiques doesn’t need to be expensive. Antiques can be very inexpensive if they aren’t rare. Vintage or antique skates are often easy to find for a reasonable price.

Worthing Court blog shows us a fun vintage example featuring fun vintage colours.  She has a vintage sleigh and skis in this arrangement.  So retro and fun.

Foyer with thrifted skates for Christmas decorating.  A beautiful example of a antique sled decorated for Christmas, as well inspiration for decorating with antiques and collectivles.

 Most Popular Christmas Posts | Worthington Court

A beautiful old child’s sleigh and skates don’t need much more adornment to be festive.  I found some vintage sleighbells at a garage sale that would really suit this arrangement as well.  This vignette reminds of us of the wonderful Christmases gone by.

Decorating an old sled for Christmas with vintage skates, Christmas bells and greenery.  A beautiful Christmas front porch using an antique sleigh.

Front Porch Decorated for Christmas | Between Naps on the Porch

This post from South House Designs has an entire collection of various old skates painted for Christmas, including this fun candy cane themed skate. Its a joyous post to read.

Vintage skates painted with candy canes for Christmas decor.  A unique vintage Christmas toy ideas that been painted and placed on a stand for display.

Vintage Ice Skates | South House Designs

The contrast between the dark evergreen wreath and snow white skates is really striking. This is such a simple Christmas wreath idea for the front door of your home.

A DIY Christmas  wreath with dark greenery and bright white skates, beautiful outdoor chirstmas decoration with skates.

DIY Ice Skate Wreath Decor | Setting for Four

Decorating Sleighs for Christmas

Funky Junk Interiors is a treasure trove of Christmas decorating with antiques ideas. Here she shows us that a child’s sleigh can be used in almost any room.  This Christmas sleigh is obviously in the washroom, but I love this idea for anywhere in the home, or even in a corporate office for festive Christmas shelving.

A antique sleigh is turned into a bathroom shelf for Christmas. Beautiful vintage style Christmas decor.  A vintage Christmas theme for in the bathroom.

Christmas Snow Sleigh | Funky Junk Interiors

While looking for vintage sleighs, skates or toys, you may be able to locate vintage lightbulbs or handknit mittens like the Lora Bloomquist blog used.

A vintage sled being decorated for Christmas with old mittens, tartan scarf and vintage lightbulbs.

10 Ways to Decorate a Vintage Sleigh | Lora Bloomquist

This front porch from Hoosier Handmade uses an older style Christmas sled, but also the much larger tobaggan. Doesn’t it make a fantastic backdrop on her front porch. Using the enamel canner is brilliant, especially since the black matches the edge of her tobaggan. Another example of how decorating with antiques or vintage items can be done for less. I wish I had my sons old tobaggan to recreate this!

A Christmas porch decorated with vintage sled, tobaggan, and lantern.  A gorgeous vintage style christmas decor theme.

Christmas Porch Decor | Hoosier Homemade

Christmas Decorating with Antiques – Teddy Bears

When my children were little I collected Teddy Bears, as I aged so have they, but I still keep my favorites to place under our Christmas tree. It may not be exactly Christmas decorating with antiques but its way too close for comfort. These are Gund teddy bears, there is one small Steiff antique bear in my collection. They are a simple way to fill in under the Christmas tree once the presents have been opened. This year I also used a vintage sleigh I got at a garage sale for $7. Do you have a set of collectibles you could display for Christmas?

A vintage teddy bear and antique sleigh sitting in front of a Christmas tree.  DIY vintage decorating idea for indoors.

Christmas Home Tour | Faeries and Fauna / Pretty DIY Home

Blair from Urban Women went thrift store shopping and created a Teddy Bear Christmas Tree on a budget. This would be fantastic in a kid’s Christmas bedroom as well.

A Christmas tree decorated with vintage teddy bears.  Christmas decorating with just a bit of vintage style using an old teddybear and old Christmas ornmanets on the Christmas tree in traditional red, white, green and gold.

I Rescued Orphaned Teddy Bears for Christmas | For Urban Women

Unfortunately after spending a couple of hours and seeing oodles of shopping images I was not able to find anymore posts about decorating with teddy bears for Christmas. I did find two unsourced images with examples.

These his and her teddy bears on a sleigh are so soft and cozy looking sitting alongside a roaring fireplace. The teddy bears remind me of several Gunds from the 80s. I love how they were given matching PJs, so cute.

Two vintage toy teddy bears on a vintage sleigh as Christmas decor for a fireplace

A cute little teddy bear arrangement you could add to any empty corner in your home.

Two antique teddy bears sitting on a chair in front of a Christmas tree.

Decorating with Skis for Christmas

Can you believe these were in the trash?  Christy from Confessions of a Serial DIYer didn’t even have to garage sale to find these.  They were tossed to the curb right next door.  When you see how they turned out, they certainly are worth garage saling for though.  Skiis are on my garage sale list right now, wish me luck finding some.

Decorating a Christmas front porch using thrift store skis,  An easy way to use vintage Christmas outside decor  on the front porch.

Christmas Skis | Confessions of a Serial DIYer

When you open this post from House of Hawthornes you will see all kinds of vintage items.  Pam makes a pretty Christmas porch using a sleigh, thermos, coolers etc.  So pretty.

Christmas front porch decorated with vintage outdoor Christmas skiis painted in bright red.

Holiday Front Porch by House of Hawthornes

Update: I wasn’t able to find wood or vintage skis for cheap, so I did the next best thing. I purchased some old fiberglass skis and updated them with wood grain paper.

Front door Christmas decorations with repurposed skis. The skis are faux wood grain and there are two small trees.

Decorative Christmas Ski Upcycle | Pretty DIY Home

Christmas Decorating with Snowshoes

Thrift snowshoes don’t need to be in perfect shape to be used for Christmas decorating.  Snowshoes are wonderful for decorating, they add a little bit of playfulness to any decor arrangement, especially nordic, ski lodge, or rustic Christmas themes.

Using vintage items for Christmas decorating. A fun way of decorating with snow shoes for Christmas.  Front entrance decoratied with vintage snow shoes, a Christmas countdown, and a  hall tree is a fantastic example of Christmas decorating with antiques.

Ski Lodge Christmas Home Tour | Lily Pad Cottage

Vintage Christmas porch decorated with  antiques, collectables andvintage items, like snowshoes, old mailbox,skates, and sleighs.

Cottage Christmas Front Porch | Cottage in the Oaks

These snowshoes have a feminine softness to them. The soft golden tone of the wood has a soft look in her very welcoming Christmas entryway.

Closeup of a snowshoe with a soft green and white Christmas arrangement.

How to Create a Welcoming Entryway for Christmas | Fletcher Creek Cottage

Toy Trucks

By now everyone is aware of the white-hot red truck trend for Christmas decorating, but any kind of old toy truck works well.  I prefer these two examples to the replica red truck I bought for hubs last year.

Vintage toy truck decorated for Christmas on a front porch.

Christmas Front Porch | Lolly Jane Blog

The Robbestyle blog post shows several different examples of toy trucks decorated for Christmas.  I picked this green one, but she has red, yellow and other pretty toy trucks as well.

Vintage green toy truck for Christmas decorating

Vintage Toy Trucks | Robb Style

More Vintage Ideas to look for Garage Saling

This Christmas decor idea using platters is so simple to put together. It brings a touch of nostalgia to the kitchen, and imagine if they were heirlooms.

Using thrifted vintage dishware to decorate for Christmas

Everygreen and Antiques Free Christmas Decorating | Knick of Time

This whole shelf of Christmas collectibles makes me happy. So many fun and interesting things to look at and wonder about their history. I had a plaid thermos like the one on the upper shelf, and in Canada the canned maple syrup is always thought of as the most authentic. I wonder how old the little Santa is on the bottom shelf? Imagine gazing at these collectibles from the kitchen table and daydreaming about all the stories they could tell.

Thrifted kitchen wares for Christmas

Vintage Inspired Vignette | Fynes Designs

You can take just about anything you love as a collectible and display it for Christmas. These vintage bowls, and thermos look so cheerful snuggled up on this shelf.

How to decorate a kitchen with thrifted finds.

Vintage Collectors Holiday Kitchen | Robbs Design

Toy Trains

Decorating the bottom of your tree with a vintage toy train set is almost as classic as the Christmas tree itself. Although its very unlikely you will find one at a thrift store, sometimes you can find them at auctions. This Vintage Toy Christmas Family Room for Ella Claire has not only a train at the bottom, you may see a bicycle snuggled into the branches as well as the teddy bear. Don’t you find this Christmas tree whimsical and fantastic? I spent a long time searching it for different touches she used. What lucky children.

A Christmas tree decorated with vintage toys including a vintage train set around the bottom.

Vintage Toy Christmas Family Room Play Room | Ella Claire

The best scenario for finding vintage toys would be to ask family if they have any laying around.  Long ago I donated all my boys real metal tonka trucks to another abused Mom who needed them.  I hope she still has them as I certainly wish I did.  Ask and see what you can find that someone may have an attachment to.  If they aren’t willing to share it with you, maybe you can convince them to use them again.

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A collage of several country christmas decor ideas using vintage items A snowshoe decorated to hold a wreath, a vintage sleigh holding parcels under a Christmas tree, vintage skiis on a front porch, and a refurbished rocking horse on a sideboard for Christmas decor.

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