I’m all about romantic, dreamy, decor right now. There’s a time and place for pizzazz, sparkles, glitter, and glamor. I love it all. But I also have a very diversified decor Pallett. This is why I’ve always struggled to decorate my home. I love modern, farmhouse, glam, and all the things. It’s hard for me to settle. But thankfully, for holiday decor you don’t have to! You can switch it up and go glam one year, and then old-time vintage Christmas the next. And that my friends, is what I’m doing this year.
I use to think dried flowers were old lady things. But the more I garden, the more I live, the more the years go by my appreciation for dried floral has deepened. And the key to a vintage Christmas (to me anyhow) is a lot of organic, beautiful treasures from the earth, like dried flowers and citrus.
I found a photo on Pinterest of a beautiful Christmas tree filled with dried roses, citrus, and babies breath. And I swooned hard. It was romantic and glorious. I was in love. And so, I’m going to recreate it with my own twist.
Blog Hop Welcome
If you’re here because of the blog hop I’m participating in, welcome! I partnered with a few other amazing gals to share some Christmas inspiration today. Kimberly from Farmhouse Florida showed an amazing festive centerpiece, and now, it’s my turn to talk vintage Christmas! At the end of this post, you’ll find the other blog to click over too and check out, and if you keep doing that eventually you’ll complete a full circle, ending back here with so many Christmas ideas in your head!
Off to the store I scooted and purchased four dozen peach, creamy blush pink, orange, and rosé colored roses. I tied them up in bunches of three and hung them to dry by our kitchen table.
I know they’re for the tree, but when the time comes I’ll be sad to take them down. They look so delicate and stunning swaying from their string.
For this project, I’ll be drying them for two weeks, and then securing to the tree with floral wire. I’ll then fill in the other spots to balance it with babies breath, citrus, and candles.
Other flowers that dry well and could also be used:
- Globe THISTLE
I’ve done this before, actually, I have a whole post about it. And while that way worked great, this time around I experimented with drying them in a food dehydrated versus the oven. And what I found with the dehydrator is that it keeps the color of the orange so much brighter. Where in the oven they came out a more golden brown color. So, depending on what you’re going for, you may want to use one or the other.
I also decided to do more than just oranges, and also dried limes, lemons, and grapefruit. I tried to find blood oranges, but our store was out at the time.
They are in the dryer right this very moment and I can tell you, the shades of colors are absolutely dreamy! I’ll use these in the tree, in garland, and maybe also string them up in front of a window, almost like stained glass.
Old Fashioned Candles
Candles are always a way to capture that old-time vintage feel. I purchased these candles that are battery-operated with remotes, and can’t wait to get them and attach them to my tree.
They would also be great sitting in all your front-facing home windows, or on a wreath, or table center.
Those are just a few of the ways to get a more vintage, old-time Christmas feel in your home. Would you do any of them? Follow along on Instagram in real-time as I assemble them all over the next few weeks!
To continue with the blog hop and all the fun ideas, head on over to Sweet Valley Acres where Crystal is going to show you how to paint a stunningly beautiful winter scene, and she makes it so easy!
More vintage fun finds
I purchased this little gentleman deer and he’s adorable. I did have to hot glue the horns, glasses, and pipe on. Not sure how they had planned on having them attached? No instructions were included. But, when I got it I just went with my gut, grabbed my glue gun, and in a few minutes he was constructed.
I also purchased these adorable bells, and plan to make a garland with them.
Also doing something with these stars, not sure what yet. Stay tuned.