8 great retro holiday craft tutorials — Merry Kitschmas fun

8-great-retro-christmas-craftyIn the past few years, we’ve built up a collection of quite a few Kitschmas Krafty tutorials — eight so far — ranging from cheap, cheerful and quick to our more time consuming, yet very rewarding projects — like vintage Christmas ornament wreaths. We’ll pulled them into this handy dandy deck the halls guide — time to get retro crafty!

1. Vintage Christmas ornament wreath

ornament-wreaths30+ tips to make your own vintage Christmas ornament wreath is our most popular retro crafty tutorial ever — but beware — it is addicting. Pam is on her 8th wreath, and I have made three.

2. Ornament wreath using new Christmas ornaments

christmas-ornament-wreath-1-500x502No hoard of vintage ornaments hiding in the attic? Get the look of a vintage Christmas ornament wreath using new ornaments you can buy at Target, Big Lots, Michaels, Kmart and Home Goods.

3. 1-2-3-EZ ornament wreath

vintage ornament wreathPam invented this nearly foolproof 1-2-3-EZ wreath — our tutorial is in the works. But as you can see, this wreath uses (1) ornaments along the outer ring and (if you like) inner ring… (2) three focal points… and (3) “polka dot” ornaments to perk up the tinsel. This one is  faster and almost foolproof, as long as you (1) have good, strong focal points and (2) control your color harmony.

 4. Shadow box dioramas using vintage Christmas ornament boxes

christmas-diorama-Don’t throw away all those vintage cardboard Christmas ornament boxes when you are done making vintage ornament wreaths — save them to decorate and make shadow box dioramas.

5. Retro Putz houses

butterfly-roof-ranch-house-putzEvery year I make three new retro Putz house designs complete with free downloadable patterns that print on standard 8.5″x11″ paper. We now have 9 different patterns available — enough to make a whole neighborhood for your mantel.

6. Shiny Brite ornament tree — ready in just 5 minutes

VintageStyleornamentTree1If your time for getting retro crafty is limited this holiday season, why not try this quick and easy ornament tree — based on the vintage Shiny Brite model — that comes together in as little as 5 minutes.

7. Vintage Christmas diorama ornament

vintage-style-house-ornament-500x577Cheap, cheerful and easy, these mini Christmas diorama ornaments are inspired by some originals we found on eBay — yup, we have a free downloadable pattern to help get you started.

8. Holiday yule log centerpiece

retro-modern-yule-log-centerpieceWith just a little greenery, a log from the wood pile and a few other bits, you can make a festive and fun retro holiday yule log centerpiece.

9. Mini Peacock tree

peacock-tree-with-putz-housesHere’s another quick and easy Kitschmas crafty that you can complete in just 5 minutes — a mini peacock style tree made from glittery pipe cleaners. This is a great retro crafty project for the weebits.

Which project are you going to work on next?

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Comments

  1. tammyCA says

    Ha, I already started some more little dioramas…in between cooking stuff. I had an empty jello box and thought it could be perfect for a diorama so I cut it up (the folds are already there)…gonna get crafting after Thanksgiving.

  2. Mary Elizabeth says

    Kate, taking off from your putz house idea, I have started collecting materials for a home for my Icelandic Yule Lad figurines, one of whom arrives each Christmas from my daughter’s mother-in-law in Iceland. Here is what they look like:

    http://shopicelandic.com/product-categories/christmas/yule-lads-figurines

    I’m hoping my grandson Siggi, who helped me build a fairy house this summer, will help build a model of a traditional Icelandic sod or turf house:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icelandic_turf_house

    Thanks for all your great ideas!

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