I seem to have a vintage Christmas ornament addiction and I am totally okay with it!! :) They are just so festive!
It could be because, as a child, my mother only allowed handmade or wooden ornaments on our tree. So growing up I thought that glass bulb ornaments were just not the way to go. So as an adult I am now getting my glass bulb fix by using them in a lot of our holiday creations.
Here are some ideas for loving and repurposing those amazing vintage glass Christmas bulbs:
1. Chair Spring Tree.
This is our version of the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree. For these I used small glass bulbs, a bit of Christmas greens and an old chair spring. Looks great on a Mantle!!
2. Barn Wood Bulbs.
For these we used vintage barn wood and cut out a hole. A bit of greens and these fabulous glass bulbs and you have a great rustic piece of history to add to your holiday decor!
You can also use a vintage rosette block moulding as well. And if you can't find an old one like we have here you can purchase these new and distress them!
3. Bulbs in a frame!
These are probably my favorite! Now, these pedestal frames are so darling but they are also very hard to come by, at least the vintage ones.
I found these at an old estate sale and they actually had very old family photos in them! A normal wooden frame also works and then it can be hung or if you find a chunky one that can stand on its own. For these I find the detailed bulbs to look the best but again those can also be hard to come by!
4. Christmas Bulbs as a Centerpiece.
I love the way bulbs look in our centerpiece boxes. You can pile them in there, then add some Christmas greens or a candle. If you don't have enough or you have fragile ones, you can also place them in a shallow bowl as I did in the photo below.
5. Bulb Wreath
This last one is not one of our creations but I know that it has been a very popular one this holiday season. This image comes courtesy of my favorite crafty lady - Martha Stewart - this was created by her amazing creative team - to see the details go to https://www.marthastewart.com/1043681/ornament-wreath.
However you choose to decorate for the holidays, I hope it includes some vintage bulbs!
Any ideas we haven't thought of? Share them in the comments!