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vowed last year  that I would add more vintage to my holiday decor.  (If you blog about it, it has to come true, right?  Now that’s accountability!)  Well, I’m happy to tell you that I’m following through.  I’ve stashed away some great winter vintage finds throughout the year, and now I’d like to share with you this incredibly easy winter decor project.  And if I say it’s easy, it is!  I am NOT Martha Stewart!

Vintage Holiday Sled : Pursuing Vintage

You’ll just need a few supplies for this project.  I found the vintage sled and skates at estate sales earlier in the year and stashed them away.  Craigslist and ETSY are also great resources for finding these items.

  • Vintage sled
  • Worn or vintage ice skates
  • 4 yards of ribbon (I used what I had on hand)
  • Small pine wreath or centerpiece (a Pine Centerpiece from Trader Joes works perfectly!)
  • (optional) Extra string to attach wreath

Vintage Sled Tutorial : Supplies : Pursuing Vintage

First, I took the old, grungy laces out of skates and re-laced them using approximately 2 yards of ribbon for each skate.  I used some red satin ribbon that I had stashed away from gifts-of-years-past, but you could use any type.  You can really adapt the look of the whole project depending on the color and texture of ribbon you choose.

DIY Vintage Sled Tutorial : Laced Skates : Pursuing Vintage

Once you’ve re-laced the skates, hold them together and let one fall about a foot lower than the other.  Tie a knot half-way between the skates and the end of the ribbon.

DIY Vintage Sled Tutorial : Ribbon Skates : Pursuing Vintage

Next, I attached the pine wreath just below the sled yolk.  My wreath had a wire attached to the back, which I just twisted around the metal part of the sled.  If your wreath doesn’t have the wire, you’ll have to attach some string (or leftover ribbon) to the back of the wreath and tie it onto the sled.

DIY Vintage Sled Tutorial : Wreath : Pursuing Vintage

Then, I took my newly laced skates and threaded the ribbon through the metal part of the sled under the yolk (where you attached the wreath), and tied a knot to secure it.

DIY Vintage Sled Tutorial : Affixing the Skates : Pursuing Vintage

Finally, I tied a bow with the length of ribbon that was left hanging.  I used what was left because I wanted to keep it simple and inexpensive.  Another option would be to trim the extra length of ribbon, and construct or purchase a large bow to affix to the wreath.

DIY Vintage Sled : Pursuing Vintage

There are so many ways to customize this project to fit your needs and coordinate with your existing decor.  I wanted to keep it simple and inexpensive, so I used what I had and tried not to purchase anything extra.

DIY Vintage Sled Holiday Decor : Pursuing Vintage

I placed my vintage holiday sled in front of my home – it looks great with the stone front and red door.  I love the vintage feel of it, and am so happy that I gave new life to a few forgotten winter toys!

Easy DIY Vintage Holiday Sled : Pursuing Vintage

For more wonderful vintage finds that are ready for a new life, check out the Pursuing Vintage Shop.  I’m adding unique and beautiful pieces daily!

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A person’s decorating taste and preferences change over time. Mine have changed a lot this past year. I’ve redecorated the majority of my downstairs living space. I’m finally happy with it!
But then the Christmas season happened. Or is happening.
I’ve pulled all of the holiday decor out of the plastic bins, and just kind of thrown it all up. My sons have loved having the whole nutcracker collection out on display. And the fabric snowman. And the Feliz Navidad singing chihuahua. And the miscellaneous other decorations that have accumulated through the years.
You don’t get a visual. I’m sorry. I’m too embarrassed at my lack of pretty holiday decorating to take a photo.

So, I’ve decided that it’s kind of too late to do anything about it this year.  It is what it is.  But next year, things will be a-changin’!

I’m going to try incorporate more vintage into my holiday decorating.  I love it every other time of the year, why not at Christmas?  I don’t have to be stuck with what I pick up on my weekly Target runs, I can scout Christmas decor all through the year as I’m out pursuing vintage.  I went to Etsy for some inspiration.

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Large Brass Deer, Vintage Ornament Wreath, Black Leather Skates, Gold Snowflake Tumblers, White Satin Ornaments, Vintage Books, Yankee Clipper Sled, Scalloped Bowl with Ornaments, Deer Candle Holders

Some of these ideas are so simple – the books, filling a pretty bowl pretty vintage ornaments.  And some require some hunting – the brass figures and glassware.  These are not rare items.  Just fun and beautiful vintage holiday decor.  Classic.  That’s what I want.  A sophisticated and classic Christmas home.

Do you think the Feliz Navidad chihuahua will need to find a new home next year?

~Kristen

 

 

What kind of lights do you put on your Christmas tree?  Or outside?

I like these small colored lights for my indoor tree.

I always used to give my mom a hard time for putting these large ones on our family tree.  “They’re for outside!!!” I always say to her.  But with these lights you can add these vintage bubble lights (below), which I always enjoyed.  Now I can’t imagine her not using these large lights.  Funny what you grow to count on, and look forward to (as long as it’s at her house!).

I love using white lights outside.  With the right mix of snow and green, they are a classic and beautiful look.

 

Which are your favorites?

~Kristen