How to Create a Cabinet Display Using Vintage Christmas Decorations


Do you have a china cabinet or curio and not sure how to decorate it? Let’s create a cabinet display using vintage Christmas decorations.

Better yet, I am going to show you how to mix old with the new items together. It will work perfectly in your cabinet.

Now there are two ways to approach your cabinet: 1) remove everything; or 2) leave most of the items and work in some Christmas decorations in.

decorating the inside of the cabinet

Here is a good example of all a few items to what you have in the cabinet. The books were already in the cabinet with the teal pitcher and Jadeite salt dishes. To bring in a Christmas look, a new bottle brush tree from the Target Dollar Spot was added along with a vintage Putz House.

Most of my vintage white Ironstone are displayed in this large cabinet. I worked in more new bottle brush trees with my Santa collection. I love picking up vintage looking Santa. They are reproductions, I just adore the look of them.

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On each shelf, you can tuck in some Christmas decorations. In the background, this red Westmoreland dish was my grandmother’s. It’s a treasured gift. My collections of Santas are throughout the cabinet. I try to place them in different placed like here in the dish.

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You can sprinkle ornaments in your cabinet too. Glass baskets and bowls are perfect to add extra ornaments in. I had some white pods and placed them in the glass basket. You could fill with bells. Can you have too many Santas?

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Again, I left the books, dishes and pie stand in here. A vintage Putz House is under the pie stand on top of the dishes.

Putz Houses and bottle brush trees of all colors are nestle on each of the shelves to display my collection of vintage Putz Houses and Santas.

Try adding some tea lights with battery operated tea lights. I have some on each of the shelves. A remote turns them on for an evening glow.

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Decorate the tops of your cabinets

Don’t forget to decorate the top of your cabinet. This is prime real estate for decorating.

This Gingerbread crate is perfect for on top of the cabinet to add a pop of color. To add some rustic charm, you can add green garland with some rusty old bells and pinecones along the top. Any garland would work! I have thumbtacks keeping it in place. My vintage cheese box brings in some natural wood element to the vignette.

A metal sign found at a local store hangs in front of the cabinet. I used some twine to hang it. I kept it simple. This cabinet display using vintage Christmas decorations looks charming and cozy.

favorite vintage or vintage inspired decorations

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  1. Hi Tammy.

    You’re so creative with your styling and I enjoy seeing everything g you do. But those Santas! ❤️ I like the way you sprinkle them throughout. Thanks for sharing. xo 😘

  2. Tammy, I love mixing old with the new too! Those little vintage Putz houses are adorable. I love the dish from your grandmother. A treasure to have for sure! A beautiful job, my friend!❤️🎄

    1. Thank you, Kim. I love your style. I have been collecting those Putz for a while. I have newer ones that were put out last year. They were a lot larger. I did not put them out this year.

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