Vintage Doorknob Plate Christmas Decorations

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 have taken off on Pinterest.

It’s a craft that I sold a number of at the Shaker Craft Fair this year–an upcycled vintage doorknob plate Christmas Decoration.

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-Christmasfied it for winter decorating as well.

You'll never look at vintage door plates the same againIt’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 πŸ™‚ ]

vintage door platesIt all began with this batch of door plates that I picked up at a garage sale for 75Β’ each.

supplies to decorate vintage door platesTo 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.

mini-wreathsThese are the supplies you’ll need to make your own mini wreaths, or like I said, contact me about buying some.

close up of upcycled vintage door plate
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.

close up of bells on upcycled vintage door plateUse more of the wire to attach two bells to the bottom of the door plate for a little jingle, jingle, jingle action.

vintage door plate decorationIt’s that simple!

antique- door-platesAlong the way, I picked up these two plates, both of which are pretty fabulous colors for Christmas.

vintage upcycled door plateHere 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.
vintage upcycled door plate decorEight of the plates sold at the fair for $10.00 each, with only two pale blue ones remaining.

antique-door-plateI recently came across this plate and decided to decorate it similarly (after cleaning it up a bit using my metal cleaning tips).

vintage door plate decorationI’m not ready to part with this one yet.

vintage door plate decoration
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 πŸ™‚

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  1. When I saw “what sold” I had no doubt these did. They are that simplistic vintage with a touch of elegance that I love. Its too bad vintage door plates aren’t out there in large #’s. I think there may be repros though. In the last pic on your post, I see the bottom of one of my favorite hooks. I call them old school cloak room hooks. I lucked up on a bag of 12 of these for a quarter last year! I’m just waiting on the perfect project for them. We don’t have a mudroom so I have no need for a coat rack. Living in Florida though, I’m thinking of a towel rack for my daughter to hang outside around the pool. I haven’t taken it serious but seeing this has prompted me to search for the perfect pallet towel rack. Have a wonderful day Diana! Its in the high 20’s here this morning so I know how cold it must be in your neck of the woods. Stay safe and warm. ☺

    1. Hi Jeri–so glad you liked this project. I used the “cloak room” hooks on my yardstick coat (or anything) rack and also on my vintage level rack. I think both would work outside if under cover. We are finally warming up here–30 degrees today!! Take care–

  2. They’re adorable & simple-perfect Pinterest combo, plus your photography & styling is always amazing:) Congrats!

    1. I hope you do too, Tania! I need to find some more myself for next year’s craft fair πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for the pin–

  3. Very cute project. I love finding a bunch of industrial things and making something out of them. I have quite a few jars of stuff but I need inspiration! I will be keeping my eyes open for door plates.

    1. I’ve piles of “junk” too AnnMarie, waiting, just like you said, for inspiration πŸ™‚ I’m glad we can help each other out with new ideas every now and again.

  4. Gotta hit my local Restore and see if they have any! door plates. The only thing I would do differently is use either red or plaid bows caz I am a color lover! Some of them look like birdhouses to me; I might stick a dowel in the keyhole and add a couple of cardinals (or Maine chickadees!). I love jingle bells on doors; keep my jb strap on my front doorknob all year as I have no doorbell and I love knowing when someone is coming in (actually, we have to keep the door locked as the latch doesn’t always work and we don’t want the housecats escaping!). When my Nativity set gets packed up, my new HLobby cast resin swan is going on the coffee table with white feather boas and pink Valentine hearts in the hollow . Sick of winter already!

    1. The Restore is a great place to look for door plates, Kathy–thanks for the idea πŸ™‚ Love the “bird house” idea, too. Glad your Valentine’s Day decorating is helping you slog through this cold and snowy winter–

  5. Kudos to your creativity Diana….I made a bunch of the wreaths for the Barbie Houses and I think I will be making some as giveaways to my doll community next year…So much fun, love all your ideas…! Thanks for your blogging, all the time

    1. That makes me smile Sandi!! Have you sent me pics of your wreaths yet? Forgive me if you have #over50 Thanks so much for your encouraging words; they mean SO much!!

  6. I’ve always loved your mini wreaths! Didn’t think they could look cuter–I was wrong! Xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

  7. Nicely doneπŸ‘πŸΌ
    You might consider using the rusty orangey-yellowy backplate
    for an autumn themeπŸ€”.
    My favorite seasonπŸ‚

  8. The two bells on the bottom remind me of feet…gives it a humany shape. I love this idea. What a steal at 75cents each for the doorplates. I’ve paid a dollar each for thin metal decor piece items (not sure what they are called but I think they go behind dresser knobs) at the local Restore and they weren’t as awesome as your doorplates. Pinning to my Christmas board in case I find some the next time I’m at the Restore.

    1. Ha ha–they do look like feet! Here’s hoping we all get our hands on some of these luscious door plates sometime this year πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for the pin, Audra–

  9. hi diana, i look forward to your emails. they’re full of inspiration. i have a couple of door plates that i found in my dad’s workshop when we were cleaning out the house. i’d like to try this project to have a keepsake from my childhood home but i have a couple of questions.

    where do i find the ribbon you used? i tried searching the internet but quickly got confused and overwhelmed. what is the the brand and the width? also, being in my 70’s i’m not very good on the computer and was wondering if you could post your “merry christmas” word page that could be printed out. i don’t know how to figure out how to do that on the computer. love your youtube too!

    1. Hi Deb! I’m so glad you liked this project. In the blog post where I describe how to make the mini wreaths, I’ve linked to a product on Amazon that came as close as I could find to the 3/8 to 1/2″ seam binding I use. I’ll send you a copy of my “merry christmas” word page via email. I’m so glad you’re enjoying my resources–you’ve made my day!!

  10. oh diana, i’m having so much fun playing with making the wreaths, door knob plates and the ruler stars. i admit it took some patience to get the knack of getting the stars so they didn’t look wonky but they’re starting to look like yours. i only have 2 door knob plates and i’ll give one to my brother and keep one for myself. nice memory of our dad’s workshop. the ruler stars will be my christmas gifts to the rest of the family. thank you so much in helping me make this happen. i appreciate you sharing your merry christmas print out with me. now i’ll have a grandson help me with printing it out. lol. i’m not good at this computer electronic stuff at all. i always look forward to receiving email updates from you and even though i don’t deal with selling antiques (i’m a retired nurse) i like vintage and collecting and find your youtube entries fun to watch. thank you again. deb

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