Upcycle Vintage Doorplates Into Christmas Ornaments

6 Materials
30 Minutes

A few days ago I was thinking about making some ornaments for my Christmas tree using my grandma’s vintage costume jewelry. As I thought about how I would put it all together, inspiration hit! I remembered I had some vintage doorplates.

I love  incorporating vintage items into my decor. I’ve been waiting for the perfect project to use the doorplates on and this was it! For these ornaments I used the vintage doorplates, grandma’s costume jewelry and crystals from an old chandelier.

Materials Used for the Christmas Ornaments

  • Vintage doorplates
  • Vintage Costume Jewelry
  • Chandelier crystals
  • Headpins
  • beads
  • E6000 glue
  • Ribbon or cord
  • Craft wire

I first attached the crystal from the chandelier by placing a beading headpin through the hole in the crystal piece.

I then placed the headpin through the bottom hole of the doorplate.

I then placed a bead on the headpin. The bead should be large enough that it will not go through the hole that is in the doorplate.

The bead will be on the backside of the doorplate. I then used pliers to twist the wire around the bead. This does not need to be fancy, it will not show. It is just meant to hold the bead in position and keep the crystal in place.

Tie a ribbon or cord through top hole for a hanger for the ornament.

The last part will be attaching the vintage jewelry. I used my grandma’s vintage brooches. I placed a bead of E6000 glue on the rim where the door handle would have been. I then placed the brooch on top and let it dry for several hours.

I love the way these ornaments turned out, a little rustic and a little glam. A fun combination and I also love how quickly they came together. I was able to create 5 ornaments in 30 minutes! Gotta love that!

For more photos with different styles of doorplates, please see my blog post here.

What do you think of my Vintage Doorplate Christmas Ornaments? Is this something you would like to try? Do you love incorporating vintage items into you decor?

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  • Way4602905 Way4602905 on Dec 09, 2019
    Don'tt you think that would be extremely heavy to hang from a tree??

  • Belinda Smith Belinda Smith on Dec 27, 2019

    Would look great in a frame with vintage sepia paper.. and hung as a collection .. very nice love them


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  • Kimberly Valentino Kimberly Valentino on Dec 09, 2020

    omg! this is soooo unique and sooooooo beautiful! I am totally doing this and never buying another Christmas ornament. you put your own personal touch on it and I think it is sooooooooo awesome!

    • Sunny Side Design Sunny Side Design on Dec 09, 2020

      Awe, thank you Kimberly. I’m so happy that you enjoyed these ornaments. They are my favorite too. In fact, I made some for my sisters and they went crazy for them too. Merry Christmas!

  • Diane Diane on Dec 10, 2020

    Beautiful. What a clever idea!