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Simple Vintage Inspired Ornaments

We’re sharing simple vintage-inspired ornaments today as we team up with fellow creatives for the Christmas Cheer Holiday Hop hosted by Chas of Chas’ Crazy Creations!

If you’re visiting from Andrea’s blog, Design Morsels, welcome, we’re happy to have you here!

Our Inspiration…

Over the holiday weekend, we surprised my sweet aunt with new Christmas ornaments.

She’s been battling an aggressive form of breast cancer since May. While it hasn’t been an easy road, my aunt continues to show up for our family day after day.

To say we were shocked when she was diagnosed is an understatement. No one in our family has ever had breast cancer. My aunt never even had a lump or knew anything was wrong.

In fact, the cancer was so tiny it would have been missed on her mammogram had it not been for a seasoned radiologist.

In the months since my aunt’s diagnosis, our family has showered her with love, cards, food, gifts, phone calls, text messages, video messages, and prayers as she recovered from surgery and chemotherapy treatments.

My aunt is getting ready to start radiation treatments now and she LOVES Christmas.

So, my Mom asked each family member to pick an ornament for a special blessings tree.

I knew I wanted to do something unique for my aunt who is like a mother to me and searched high and low for the perfect ornament.

But I never found quite what I was looking for.

I finally decided to make a simple vintage-inspired ornament using items you can find at most craft supply stores, including ready-made ornaments.

DIY Vintage Inspired Christmas Ornament-The Crowned Goat

Here’s a look at how the simple vintage-inspired ornaments came together…

Simple Vintage Inspired Ornaments Supplies:

  • Christmas ornaments
  • Decorative trim
  • Embellishment, optional
  • Glue Gun
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape, optional
  • Ribbon to hang the ornament, optional
  • Tarp

Simple Vintage Inspired Ornaments Steps:

Gather your supplies and lay a tarp down to protect your work surface. Make sure your ornament is free from dirt and debris.

Simple Vintage Inspired Ornaments Using Store Bought Ornaments-The Crowned Goat

Decide in advance how you want to embellish your simple vintage-inspired ornament. We picked up these ornaments, as well as the trim from Joann’s.

Use a measuring tape or the trim to estimate the length of trim you’ll need to wrap around the widest part of the ornament.

Then using caution and care as scissors will be sharp, cut the trim to size.

Once you’re trim has been cut, again using caution and care as glue gun and glue will be hot, glue the decorative trim to the ornament.

Depending on your style, you could easily say the simple vintage-inspired ornament was finished at this point.

Especially, if you like subtle touches as we do.

But after all my aunt has been through, I wanted to do something extra special.

So, I dug through in my late Granny’s jewelry box and found a clip-on earring I knew would be the perfect embellishment for our vintage-inspired ornament.

After removing the clip part of the earring, I added a bit of Rub n Buff to an old button and glued the earring to the button.

Next, I hot glued the earring/button to the trim on the ornament.

Using Decorative Trim and Pearl Embellishments to Make a Store Bought Ornament Look Vintage-The Crowned Goat

The process of creating this vintage-inspired ornament didn’t take long at all, and my aunt was overjoyed to have her Mom represented on the blessings tree.

Creating a Vintage Inspired Ornament from a Store Bought Ornament-The Crowned Goat

Another Christmas Ornament Idea…

At the time we found the ornaments, we weren’t sure if we were supposed to pick something breast cancer-related or not, so we also bought this pretty gold deer.

Again, it was a beautiful ornament already.

We wanted at least a tiny pop of pink to help symbolize her breast cancer journey though and this sequin trim seemed like a perfect fit.  

I know these past few years haven’t been easy but I’m hoping we can all find special ways to lift each other up this holiday season.  

How to Make a Simple Vintage Inspired Deer Ornament-The Crowned Goat

It might be a night out, an unexpected gift, or a simple vintage-inspired ornament. It doesn’t have to be anything big or elaborate just something a little extra to say, “I see you…I love you…I care about you.”

How to Make a Simple Vintage Inspired Christmas Ornament-The Crowned Goat

Up next on the Christmas Cheer Holiday Hop is Regina from Saved by Salvage. Once you’re finished there be sure to stop by and see what the rest of these fabulous creatives are sharing for the holidays!

Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

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Many blessings,


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  1. Sending prayers for your aunt, CoCo. When someone in our family is diagnosed with a serious illness we find a new perspective on life and what is truly important. I am sure she will love the beautiful ornament you made. Hugs, Laura

    1. That is so true, Laura! She found out she had breast cancer the day after her birthday and we were SHOCKED. It’s still rocking our world but we’re doing everything we can to rally around her so she’ll feel all the extra love we have to give. Thank you so much for adding your prayers to ours. It means so much! Hugs, CoCo

  2. So pretty, CoCo. What a special ornament for your sweet aunt. Prayers for her and your family for God’s healing hand.

    1. Thank you so much, Debra! We’ve had a great time these past few months cheering her on. She’s such a great lady and we’re definitely blessed to have her. Thank you for your prayers. We appreciate them so much! Big hugs, CoCo

  3. Those really turned out lovely. They LOOK vintage and anything similar would have been really pricey. I love your natural-looking Christmas decor. Looks very cozy. Thanks for being in the hop.

    1. Thank you so much for all your sweet and kind words, Andrea, and for making this hop such an organized one. It’s been so much fun to make new friends and visit each other today! Hope your holiday season is a special on, CoCo

  4. Absolutely beautiful ornament for a very special person by the sounds of it. I hope your aunt responds well to her treatments and gets healthy again, the love of a good family is the perfect medicine to. Bless you all.xx

    1. Thank you so much, Janette, I really appreciate it! I talk to my aunt all the time so it was super hard to keep the secret knowing everyone was collecting ornaments for her. She was definitely blown away which makes our hearts happy. We’re praying right alongside you her treatments continue to be successful and we’ll be able to kick cancer to the curb! Sending you hugs, CoCo

  5. Beautiful ornaments! Prayers for your aunt! Vee

    1. I really appreciate it, Vee, thank you so much! She’s definitely a special lady and will be grateful to hear you’re praying right along with us. Sending you lots of hugs, CoCo

  6. Both ornaments are beautiful! And I love how simple they are to make. Prayers for your aunt!

    1. Thank you so much, Michelle! They were both super easy and relatively inexpensive to make which is always nice. I really appreciate you adding your prayers to ours and I know my aunt will too. Hugs, CoCo

  7. Hi Coco, these are great ideas for ornaments but more importantly a lovely thought for your Aunt. We will be sending good thoughts and prayers her way. I hope she has a wonderful Christmas with you and the rest of your family. Great hopping with you.
    Lynne, Thrifting Wonderland

    1. Thank you for all your prayers and kind words, Lynne! We definitely need and appreciate them. We’ll get to see my aunt in a few weeks and we’re already looking forward to extra hugs. I had so much fun hopping with you today too and I hope your holiday season is richly blessed, CoCo

  8. These are amazing, and I really love the frosted ice bulb that you started with and embellished. Each one is so elegant and beautiful. I love how they turned out and I’m inspired. Thanks for hopping with us!

    1. I really appreciate it, Chas, thank you so much! And thank you for asking me to be a part of your blog hop too. It’s always fun to see the creative projects people are sharing especially for the holidays! Hugs, CoCo

  9. The embellishments on both of the ornaments are beautiful! I know your Aunt will love and appreciate them! You are so fortunate to be a part of such a loving family! Donna

    1. I appreciate your sweet words so much, Donna, thank you! It was fun to surprise my aunt with these ornaments and I’m excited they’ll bring her a bit of comfort throughout the season. Having a big family is totally bananas at times and trying to keep everyone’s schedule straight is like the wild wild west but we really do enjoy each other. While we’re far from perfect, there’s always heaps of grace and heaps of grace to go around. Hugs, CoCo

  10. I love Vintage and your ornaments turned out fantastic! Such a cute variety. Thank you for blog hopping with us.

    1. Thank you so much, Amy, I really appreciate it! Hope your holiday season is merry and bright, CoCo

  11. Coco, I am so sorry for the journey your Aunt and your family are going through. These are such beautiful and thoughtful ornaments that you have created. I know that these will be treasured by your Aunt and the rest of your family too! What lovely little gifts!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Chloe! Her diagnosis has definitely thrown us for a loop but we’re excited to love and support her in any way we can. She’s such a great lady. I hope you and your family have a blessed holiday season. I’m still not over your gorgeous bowls – gah – they are so beautiful! Hugs, CoCo

  12. Penny Phillips says:

    A blessing tree is such a thoughtful idea and I am sure that it will be a blessing to your Aunt. I’ll keep her in my prayers……..Penny, Penny’s Vintage Home

    1. Thank you, Penny! She’s such a great lady and we are lucky to have her in our lives. Thank you for adding your prayers to ours. We appreciate it so much! Sending you and your family lots of hugs for a happy and healthy holiday season, CoCo

  13. CoCo, your ornament is so beautiful! So sorry to hear about your Aunt’s battle. I will add her to my prayers. I’m sure she is very blessed by the love you and your family are showering her with. Merry Christmas! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    1. Thank you so much, Kathryn! My aunt is such a great lady and we’re so blessed to have her in our lives. Thank you for adding your prayers to ours. She will be so appreciative and the rest of my family will too. I hope you and your family have a merry and bright holiday season. It’s so hard to believe it’s already here! Hugs, CoCo

  14. CoCo,

    I love these ornaments so much! I like the idea with the earing and the Rub N Buff. Vey pretty

    You aunt is continued in my prayers! Pinned!

    1. Thank you, Cindy! I wanted to find a way to include my Granny because I knew my aunt would appreciate it. Even though she’s not physically here I know she’s all around us in spirit. As always we appreciate your prayers. You’ve been a huge support from the beginning and it means so much. Big hugs and thank yous, CoCo

  15. CoCo – prayers for your aunt and family.
    I absolutely love these, actually I love everything I see with “The Crowned Goat” on it. You are an inspiration.
    Honored to “Hop” with you.

    1. You are so sweet to say that, Regina, thank you! I swear if we lived closer we could totally shop, DIY and craft together. We definitely appreciate all your prayers. She’s such a great lady and I know she’s thankful for them too. Big hugs, CoCo

    1. Thank you bunches, Kim! It’s fun to know every time my aunt looks at her tree she’ll be able to see how much we love and care about her. Thank you for adding your prayers to ours. We appreciate it so much! Sending you lots of hugs, CoCo

  16. Your ornaments are absolutely gorgeous, CoCo! And what a blessing you all must be for your precious aunt! I love the idea of creating such a special and personalized gift that will last for many years to come. Continued prayers and many hugs to your dear, sweet aunt.

    1. Thank you so much, Christine! I just spoke to my aunt a few days ago and she said every morning she wakes up and walks in the living room she gets so much enjoyment out of seeing all our ornaments on the tree. I love how individual they all were too. She said she can pick out which family members gave her which ornament just by the style, color, and shape which is fun. On a few more weeks of radiation and she’ll be done! Thanks so much for adding your prayres to ours. They are greatly appreciated! Big hugs, CoCo

  17. So sorry to hear the news about your aunt. She must feel so loved and cherished by all of you as you support her through this tough journey. Prayers sent for her and for each of you.

  18. These are absolutely gorgeous, CoCo, and all the more special because you made them with love! I’m very sorry to hear about your aunt but it sounds like she is on the mend and that is the most important thing. My own sister had the same thing happen to her this year. Routine mammogram. Radiologist saw nothing unusual. It was her family doctor who reviewed the results and said “I have a feeling . . . ” even though there wasn’t anything on the films. She went for an MRI and they detected a tiny stage 1 cancer. After biopsy and weeks of radiation she, too, is on the mend. Like your family we are very grateful. Your aunt is lucky to have you and the rest of your wonderful family to support her. Again, your ornaments are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. Pinned! xo Kathleen

  19. Really lovely thoughts behind your gifts, CoCo!! I know your aunt really appreciated this Blessing tree and all of your beautiful ornaments… Thank you for sharing at SYS and I’m happy to feature your post this evening at Share Your Style #330 for you. <3

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas,
    Barb 🙂

  20. Oh CoCo…. this was just the sweetest thing to do for your Aunt and your ornaments are both beautiful, but including your Granny’s earring as an embellishment is the extra special touch. I hope things improve for your aunt.
    Thank you for sharing your vintage inspired ornaments at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather. I’m delighted to be featuring them at tonight’s party and pinning too.
    Happy New Year!

  21. CoCo, how kind of you to make something extra special for your aunt. I’m sure she appreciates the talent and love that went into each one. I hope she has a better year in 2022.

    Really looking forward to the new year and getting back to the FWF party! I always enjoy seeing what you have created!

    Happy New Year

  22. Hello, CoCo! Congrats! Your DIY vintage ornaments will be featured at the Fabulous Friday Link Party tomorrow! Thank you and have a great day!

    1. That is amazing, Donna, thank you so much! I really appreciate it! You guys totally made my week! Big hugs and thank yous, CoCo

  23. I LOVE These ornaments, CoCo!! They look vintage and FEEL vintage, just from the photos. What a blessing to your sweet aunt! Happy Christmas!

    1. Thank you, Rachel! Breast cancer and cancer, in general, is so much more common than we ever realized because we have no family history so we didn’t really know how to deal with everything that comes with it either. Thankfully several survivors walked us through everything and while it was a tough fight we celebrate having her here each and every day. Sending you lots of hugs and heading over to read your fabulous posts now, CoCo

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