Hi there! I hope you’ve had a good week. Just when I thought I had Christmas mentally tied up with a perfect bow and put on the shelf for next year, a photo of mine seems to be taking off on Pinterest.
It’s of one of my crafts that I sold a number of at the Shaker Christmas Craft Fair this year–an upcycled vintage doorplate. So I decided to provide a tutorial so you can make one of your own, even though it’s January and Christmas is over. At the end of the post, you can see how I de-Christmas-ed it for winter decorating as well.
It’s not a terribly complicated craft. It just hit me one day, as projects often do, while the vintage door plates happened to be sitting on my work bench, right next to some of my mini wreaths.
[Which, by the way, I’ll be offering for sale shortly–six for $5.00. I’ve had a number of people ask where to buy them(!). Send me a note on my side-bar contact form or DM via Facebook to let me know if you’d like a set 🙂 ]
It all began with this batch of door plates that I picked up at a garage sale for 75¢ each.
To complete the project you’ll need some wire, bells, pine mini wreaths, and a glue gun. You’ll notice that I chose rust-colored wire and bells since the door plates are vintage.
These are the supplies you’ll need to make your own mini wreaths, or like I said, contact me about buying some.
Once you have your wreath in hand, glue it onto the door plate like so, and then use some wire to make a hanger. I made sure to leave excess on each end, which I then wound around a pencil, to create a decorative coil.
Use more of the wire to attach two bells to the bottom of the door plate for a little jingle, jingle, jingle action.
It’s that simple!
Along the way, I picked up these two plates, both of which are pretty fabulous colors for Christmas.
Here you see the green one on display in my Shaker Craft Fair booth. This is the photo that’s kind of going crazy on Pinterest. I included it in my post about What Sold at the Shaker Craft Fair.
Eight of the plates sold at the fair for $10.00 each, with only two pale blue ones remaining.
I recently came across this plate and decided to decorate it similarly (after cleaning it up a bit using my metal cleaning tips).
I’m not ready to part with this one yet.
To take the Christmas out of these decorations, simply remove the “Merry Christmas” tag and you’ve got a vintage-y bit of winter home decor.
I hope you enjoyed reading about how I put these pieces together. I know you love getting creative with vintage “junk” as I do. That makes us kindred vintage spirits 🙂
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