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Fabulous Finds Friday: Displaying Vintage Ornaments

Displaying Vintage Ornaments

One of the things I enjoy most about the Christmas thrifting season is finding vintage ornaments.

They don’t have to be fancy, or rare, or even worth a ton of money.

They just have to be pretty.

It’s very unusual to find complete sets of vintage ornaments at the thrift stores around here, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t cool stuff to be found.


vintage glass colored Christmas ornaments

Like these two boxes of colorful glass ornaments.

The one without the cover didn’t have a price on it so when I asked the lady said, “How’s 50 cents”.

Um, Yes. That’ll do.

The smaller one with only 6 ornaments was 25 cents. You can see the price written in pencil in the upper left corner.

So for 75 cents I have me the makings of a colorful Christmas display.


vintage glass ornaments Made In USA and Germany

This box is a mixed lot with 6 larger ornaments with caps marked Made in U.S.A., and 5 smaller ones marked Germany.

The bluish/green ornament, second from the left in the front row,Β  has a golden cap and isn’t marked.


Made in Poland vintage glass ornaments

This is a matched set of 6, but the box is missing 3. That’s assuming that this was the original box, which you can’t always be certain of.

These ornaments have smaller caps and they’re all marked Poland.


thrifted lot of Made in USA Germany and Poland glass ornaments

So what do you do with a 75 cent mixed lot of colorful very fragile vintage glass ornaments?

When you have playful cats like we do you look for a fun way of displaying vintage ornaments that doesn’t include a Christmas tree.

Like this framed ornaments treeΒ and this folding ruler and ornaments tree.

Even though we tie our trees we don’t put too many glass ornaments on them, especially vintage ones.

Accidents have been known to occur.

Not blaming anyone, (Salty), but just saying.Β lol.


vintage cupcake holder repurposed as vintage glass ornaments display

So through the snow I went to my greenhouse-turned-storage in the back of the yard in search of this. A cupcake holder that I found a couple of years ago.

I knew it was in there somewhere, just waiting for its some day project to finally come along.

And Eureka! I found it.

Will wonders never cease? lol.


Displaying Vintage Ornaments on a Cupcake Holder

Repurposed cupcake holder used to display of vintage glass ornaments 1

This was so easy it’s almost not a project, but after all the searching I did for the cupcake holder I’m definitely counting it as one. lol.

A fun thing about this cupcake holder is that it’s a lazy susan, so it can be turned to see all sides.


Repurposed cupcake holder used to display of vintage glass ornaments 5

So simple for such a huge impact.


Repurposed cupcake holder used to display of vintage glass ornaments 4

Look at those colors.


Repurposed cupcake holder used to display of vintage glass ornaments 2new

How serendipitous that this cupcake holder has 18 holders and I found 18 ornaments.

What are the odds of that?

Sounds like fate to me. I think they were made for each other.

Now I just have to find a place to put this where curious paws can’t reach. lol.

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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Cupcake holder repurposed for displaying vintage ornaments


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  1. What an amazing idea! Again , I am very jealous of the prices you pay for your vintage finds. I’m hoping you find the perfect spot out of reach of curious kitties!

    1. Thanks Pam! Vintage ornaments don’t seem to be highly regarded here so I can often find them for very cheap.

  2. Cristine Meixner says:

    How perfect! And if you ever tire of it the way it is you can always add some greenery, ribbons, whatever.

    1. That’s so right Cristine! It would be very easy to change up the look for sure.

  3. Awesome idea. I have 6 sets of curious paws, not sure these would be safe anywhere. You have the best ideas.

    1. Thanks Carol! I can certainly relate. We keep most breakable things are kept in cabinets with. Some with glass doors so we can still enjoy seeing them. This display is too large though so it might have to stay in my craft studio just for me to enjoy.

  4. You really have a win-win!! The cupcake holder seems to have been made for this very reason. Much better to use for ornaments,you can feast with your eyes and never consume calories!!Another win!!Have a blessed Christmas and. A fruitful new year.

    1. Thanks so much Charleen! You are so right. Much better on the waist line that’s for sure. πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you.

  5. Mary Boger says:

    Nifty! And no cal to boot!

  6. What a great solution!!!! My only suggestion- when you find a safe spot is…… add miss Pinky to the mix?

  7. The colors of those ornaments are fantastic! If I ever see a cupcake holder like yours, I’m gonna grab it! I have some ornaments that were my mom’s and one that belonged to my dad’s mom. Thanks again for the great idea! Dona

    1. Thanks so much Dona! I hope you find one soon. It would be an awesome way to display those special ornaments. πŸ™‚

  8. Linda Gordon says:

    It’s amazing how much harder Christmas decorating is when you have cats!!!! With 8 there is always 1 who finds a way to get at the breakable stuff! Can’t have too many glass front cabinets!
    Merry Christmas and the may your New Year be creative and bright!

    1. Thanks very much Linda! Oh my gosh I know exactly what you mean. Pixie and Monkey don’t really care about the trees too much, but Salty tends to be a little mischievous… especially when he gets bored. lol.

  9. And I have one of those cupcake things & I’ve never known what to do with it! Certainly not for cupcakes!

    1. lol. I agree with you about the cupcakes Florence. I can’t remember the last time I had one. But these cupcake holders are great for so many things. πŸ™‚

  10. Tuula, I love this idea! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm–pinned!

  11. Carolyn G says:

    I’m SO glad I found your website, you have great ideas that are actually doable!!

  12. Rebecca Payne says:

    I love this idea.