Fabulous Finds Friday: Vintage Beadwork Ornaments Giveaway

For me there’s a real charm to handmade Christmas ornaments, especially the vintage beadwork ornaments.

For this month’s Fabulous Finds Friday giveaway I found a bag of six of these handmade beauties at my local thrift store, and I couldn’t resist bringing them home.

But since we already have some of these wonderfully charming ornaments, made by John’s mother years ago, I’m looking for a new home for this lot.

And that home could be yours!


Vintage beaded ornaments including 2 ladies, 2 wreaths, a tree and a candle

I always get excited when I find things like this because they’re so colorful and Christmassy, and the plastic beading has such a lovely sparkle.

These are probably from the 70s or 80s, but I don’t really know for sure.


vintage beaded lady ornaments with red and white dresses

These two pretty ladies are about 3 1/2″ tall and are wearing lovely red dresses with white detailing.

The beaded lady on the right lost her muff somewhere along the way and she needs a replacement, but I thought she was still worthy of staying with her twin.


view inside safety pin dress of vintage beaded lady ornaments

Here’s a look at the safety pin construction inside the dress.

Very cool!


back of vintage beaded lady ornaments with red and white dresses

This is a craft that I’ve never tried and I find it really interesting. I love detail work like this.

The gold safety pins go so beautifully with the red.


vintage beaded wreath ornaments with Santa and Snowman

These two wreaths are made using what looks like fishing line or clear nylon thread.

I’ve never seen beaded ornaments like this before.

They’re so fun and colorful and were made into shadow boxes for a Santa and a Snowman.


back of vintage beaded wreath ornaments with Santa and Snowman

The backs are quite beautiful too!

They’re about 3 1/2″ tall including the hangers.


vintage beaded tree and candle ornaments

The tree and the candle are also made with clear nylon thread or line.


vintage beaded candle and tree ornaments

The candle is about 4″ tall, and the tree is about 3″ tall.


Vintage beaded ornaments including 2 ladies, 2 wreaths, a tree and a candle

These just scream Christmas to me.

They really bring back the most wonderful memories, especially the two ladies.

For your chance to win this Christmassy beaded lot leave a comment and enter through Rafflecopter below.


(Disclosure: This giveaway is open to Thrifty Rebel Vintage subscribers only who are residents of the continental US and Canada, 18 years of age or older only, and will end at 12 am EST on  January 5th, 2019. The winner will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter and notified by email by me. The winner will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. Thrifty Rebel Vintage is responsible for the shipping cost, but not responsible for any loss or damage during shipping. Thanks for understanding.)

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Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

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  1. My sister collects these type of vintage beaded ornaments. I am sure it took quite a bit of patience to make these.

    1. I couldn’t agree more Mary. I’m sure these took a lot of time and patience. I wish you luck in the giveaway.

  2. Polly Moyer says:

    So cute and so vintage! We made something similar but not so ornate at church one year, at a craft night for our kids many years ago, probably in the 1980’s. Brings back memories!

    1. What a cool thing to do on a craft night Polly. I’d love to take part in something like that. Good luck in the giveaway.

  3. Pauletta Leckie says:

    These are so cute. What a nice find.

  4. Gwen Jackson says:

    I have made nightlight covers with the safety pins and beads but have never seen this type….very nice.

    1. I’ve never seen beaded night lights Gwen. Sounds very cool. Good luck in the giveaway!

  5. LINDA N. SCHRADER says:

    These cuties remind me of things from the 50’s, that shows how old I am.
    Hoping you had a blessed Christmas & celebrated Christ’s birth.
    May you have a healthy New Year…am thinking Canada’s New Year is different than ours, IF I’m thinking correct. Take care…looking fwd. to new things on you blog.
    Linda Lu

    1. Thanks Linda! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas too. I wish you luck in the giveaway!

  6. These are super cute! Reminds me of decorations we had when I was a kid (many years ago in the 60s)

  7. Jewel Kelley says:

    These lovelies remind me of crafting with my children in the 60’s. How’s that for old?

    1. How wonderful that you crafted with your children Jewel. Such wonderful memories. And you sound young at heart to me. Good luck in the giveaway!

  8. Stephanie Mendel says:

    These are really a lost art. I found a red bell , about an inch and a half big! Super sweet Ive had it since the early 70’s. Would love to add another and have a “collection” ? thanks for sharing, great find!

  9. Annetta Francis says:

    I love these little bead ornaments. They make me think of simpler times. They used to sell kits that made little bead bells that I loved to put together.

    1. That’s a great memory Annetta. I think I remember seeing kits for the candles way back when. Good luck in the giveaway!

  10. I have a Christmas tree made with clear beads and safety pins. It also has lace. From the opening in the bottom a string of small electric colored lights are inside. Really pretty with the lights shining through the beads. These would be nice displayed next to my tree. The tree is also a thrift store find.

    1. Beaded safety pin trees are so pretty too Olivia. Good luck in the giveaway!

  11. Sherry Fram says:

    These are definitely from the 70s!! I remember these type of ornaments from my junior high/high school years. I think one of my aunts used to have some.

  12. Maria Orozco says:

    I would I love see some so I can some craft with 1st gr. Class from Church

    1. That would be a wonderful use for these Maria. I wish you luck in the giveaway!

  13. Gorgeous!! I love vintage Christmas ornaments. I rarely find them.

    1. I don’t seem to find them as much as I used to Brenda, but sometimes I get lucky. Good luck in the giveaway!

  14. Dear Tuula – all of the decorations are adorable! You definitely have the thrifting “genie “ in your pocket! Great finds?

  15. Those are precious! Someone took a lot of time to make those. I can picture them crafting these , possibly making them in a women’s group and selling them at a craft sale, to make money for a charity of some sort!

    1. I love rescuing things like this at thrift stores because they are just as you say… precious. Good luck in the giveaway Tracey!

  16. Rebecca Wright says:

    I love,love old handmade ornaments,especially beaded ones and would really love to win these.

    1. I love old handmade ornaments too Rebecca. I wish you luck in the giveaway!

  17. Evelyn Fear says:

    These are just SO CUTE!!!! Actually have one similar to the wreath ones that was my Aunt’s and surely dates back to the 50s or 60s. I LOVE them!!!!

    1. Wow Evelyn! That’s so interesting. I wonder if these date back that far. Good luck in the giveaway!

  18. Elaine Hopper says:

    Lovely old fashioned ornaments! I think somewhere in my stash I have a book telling how to make some beaded ornaments.

    1. I think I might start looking for an old project book for this craft. It’s something I’d like to try in the future. Good luck in the giveaway Elaine!

  19. Definitely reminds me of my childhood. I made beaded wreaths when I was little. Very simple. The above thrift find is so sweet & the lucky winner will have a wonderful collection to add to their Christmas decor.

    1. I had never seem wreaths like this before Michele. So very cool. Good luck in the giveaway!

  20. What a coincidence! I work and volunteer for my county’s commission on aging/senior center. We are hosting a Countdown to Noon party on Monday and are decorating our own party hats so I was searching through a mountain of crafting items that have been donated over the years. Guess what I found in that mountain, pushed all the way to the back? An entire 5-gallon tote filled with these beads, pins, lines, and everything else needed to make these!! I wrote immediately on my November 2019 calendar to pull it out and have a craft class making these ornaments!
    I remember these very well as one of our babysitters in the 70s use to make these. She also made ornaments using these beads and straight pins, along with ribbon, on styrofoam shapes. What memories you’ve sparked!! Thank you!

    1. Wow Debbie! That was quite the amazing find. Sounds like oodles of ornaments could be made from your stash. Good luck in the giveaway!

  21. Pam Lansky says:

    Another great find Tuula! Keep up the good work! lol!

  22. Debra Hubbs says:

    Those are very cute. Hope you had a very Merry Christmas.

  23. Terri Austill says:

    Seeing these beaded ornaments brings back wonderful memories of my grandmother! Thank you!

  24. I’ve made a couple of ornaments like this in the past but would love to have these to add to the collection!

    1. That’s awesome Jada. I’d love to learn how to make these. I wish you luck in the givewawy!

  25. Tuula Happy New Year! Thank you for the fun giveaway. The beaded Christmas ornaments are so cute. You might wonder if a family gathered around the kitchen one year and made these ornaments for Christmas presents or to use on their tree. Thanks for sharing and the giveaway.

  26. Debra A Wise says:

    These are so gorgeous! I would love to have them to display as I love, love, love Christmas and decorate everything!! Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. It’s such fun to decorate with vintage Christmas pieces. Good luck in the giveaway Debra!

  27. I love these ornaments. Not only do I make them, I have the original pattern book for them. I love making them, they’re a lot easier to make than you might think! Keep on looking, they’re out there!