One of my most favourite finds from the thrift store last year was a vintage tin dollhouse! I spent many hours playing with one just like it when I was young. (maybe not so young…I was 13 when I finally stopped asking for a new baby doll for Christmas..haha) My husband was the one who spied this beauty, complete with furniture!…all for the whopping price of $12! So many memories came flooding back, I admit I had tears taking it up to the counter. When the check out lady said it was half price day, and I owed $6, I couldn’t believe it! That’s why the store was so busy!!
Well my mind was turning with possibilities…I knew it was going to be displayed on my mantel for Christmas!
I started by putting battery operated lights inside. I placed the switch on the little balcony behind a couple bottle brush trees, so it was easy to turn the lights on and off. The house just glowed.
A vintage bottle brush wreath was the perfect touch above the door. Two vintage plastic tree ornaments flanked each side of the door. The little pink truck was the perfect touch, it worked perfectly parked outside! The snowman was a wooden craft my daughter had made when she was young.
I filled in the rest of the mantel with bottle brush trees and three vintage ceramic light up trees, that were my grandmas. The garland was made with vintage post cards I had collected. After brushing some white glue around each of them, and sprinkling them with glitter, I hung them from little glitter sprinkled clothespins. Every time I looked at my mantel, it made me smile!
And of course Nutmeg had to check it out too…nothing was harmed haha.
I hope this inspires you to use different things for your Christmas decor. A special toy, book, the possibilities are endless! My mantel will be different this year, I love to change things up! One thing that always stays the same though, is my love for vintage treasures, and the memories they create. Thank you so much for stopping by! Happy Decorating!