7 great retro holiday craft tutorials — Merry Kitschmas fun

In 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

retro-putz-houses-on-mantelEvery 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 several patterns available — enough to make a whole neighborhood for your mantel.

6. 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.

7. 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?

  1. 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:


    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:


    Thanks for all your great ideas!

  2. 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.

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