Thursday, December 7, 2023

Vintage Christmas Ornament Boxes

From the very first vintage ornament I saw many years, I fell in love. With the tarnished, chipped, and worn metallic finishes especially of Shiny Brite ornaments, they reflected my love for timeworn beauty.  I started out with every color I could find, then began to focus on the metal colors of silver, white, and gold. 

Soon I was drawn to not only the ornaments themselves but the fun cardboard packaging with vintage graphics they had been lovingly nestled in year after year.

After 60 or 70 years most of the packaging has been torn, smashed, and crumpled as they were packed and unpacked each year. I've tried to restore a few of the ones that I've found. The fact that the packaging itself is still around is a testimony to how we lovingly pack away each Christmas bauble with care.

Usually I just stack a few of the better preserved boxes for a quick add on display, but this year I thought I'd bring most of them out and incorporate them in a grouping here on the old farmhouse desk. Seeing them all together makes a statement.

As you can see above where the reindeer is perched, many of the thin cellophane "windows" in the packaging was missing and shredded. I just removed it carefully and re-taped the cardboard packaging as best I could. 

Above is one of my little vintage elf ornaments that I found on my many flea market adventures. He's made of pipe cleaners like so many ornaments from the early to mid 1900's. 

One of my larger reindeer is keeping watch over the display. He was a gift from my sis several years ago. His grass covering looks amazingly like fur dusted with snow and frost. My little felt gingerbread friend comes out each year to bring a smile to everyone's face.

I love using the old metal garden gate as a backdrop throughout the seasons here behind the desk. So many vignettes and displays on this desk are garden related, it always adds some vintage goodness to this spot.

This red frosted bottle brush wreath is probably from the 50's. It's seen much better days, but it's always fun to put this up each year.

Be sure to come back on Saturday as our Lifestyle of Love Vintage Hop Group will be sharing our Christmas collections. I'll be sharing more ornaments and fun Christmas vintage items.

Vintage Step Ladder

Christmas Plaid in the Garden Room

 Joining in here:
The House on Silverado  Love Your Creativity at Life and Linda
Inspire Me Monday at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch  
 Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life  
 Wonderful Wednesday at Eclectic Red Barn 
Turnabout Tuesday at My Wee Abode,  
Share Your Style at French Ethereal
Centerpiece Wednesday at Karin's Kottage  
Vintage Charm at Our Hopeful Home and My Thrift Store Addiction
 Thursday Favorite Things at Follow the Yellow Brick Home,  
Create, Bake, and Grow at Shabby Art Boutique,
 Farmhouse Friday at County Road 407


  1. Magical and beautiful!

  2. This is such fun -- so whimsical and charming. I love how you incorporated the vintage boxes with the woodland creatures. It's festive and has this marvelous nostalgic feel to it. You're so very clever, Debra. And I love this!

  3. I so enjoyed the vintage boxes. What a great idea. You have a part of beautiful history. It's true they don't make many things like they used to. These are an example. I too love boxes that things come in and my girls have always picked at me, but never have I kept those beauties. Love them...Dolly

  4. Love all your vintage ornament boxes. That is a great collection. I remember as a kid getting all the shiny bright boxes out for Christmas for the tree decorating. Have a great day today. Hugs. Kris

  5. Lovely as always Debra.

  6. Love your all vintage ornament boxes. Great way to store jewelry. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I loved seeing your vintage treasures. Several of the boxes reminded me of the same ones I had in the early 70's! The older I get, the more I treasure old stuff!

  8. This is outstandingly beautiful love it. I visited you via Happy December on WWBH
    I linked up this week with = 53+54. It would be awesome if you care to share your own links with us M-S at SeniorSalonPitStop. You will find it under BLOGGING.

  9. How do you make the simplest of boxes look incredible?! You are so talented, Debra. This display is LOVELY and is the epitome of vintage Christmas!!

  10. I enjoy seeing and displaying vintage things, too. Yours are lovely!

  11. Love the vintage boxes and vignette. To give boxes support, I cut cardboard and glue inside to avoid crushing.

  12. Hi Debra - As an antiques dealer, I have had customers ask if they can buy vintage Shiny Brite boxes even if there are no ornaments in them! Your post clearly shows us how charming the graphic designs are on these boxes. Thank you for linking up with the Home Imagined Link Party.


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