Upcycle | Vintage Door Plates into Christmas Ornaments

There is a big trend in decorating right now to make things look old and distressed. To get this look a little easier, why use some vintage elements and incorporate into your home decor. Decorating with architectural salvage is a great way to add character and vintage charm into your home. 

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 door plates.

I love incorporating vintage items into my decor. A while ago I picked up these vintage door plates at one of my favorite shops, The Green Brick in Ogden, Utah. 

I’ve been waiting for the perfect project to use the door plates on and this was it! Upcycling vintage door plates  into Christmas ornaments was the perfect project for them. Along with using my grandma’s vintage costume jewelry, I also incorporated crystals from an old chandelier.

Supplies for Upcycle Christmas Ornaments

Upcycle Vintage Door Plates

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Assemble Upcycle Christmas Ornament

Upcycle Vintage Door Plates
Upcycle Vintage Door Plates

Place the headpin through the hold in the chandelier crystal.

Upcycle Vintage Door Plates

Next place the headpin through the bottom hole of the door plate.

Upcycle Vintage Door Plates
Upcycle Vintage Door Plates

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 door plate.

Upcycle Vintage Door Plates
Upcycle Vintage Door Plates

The bead will be on the backside of the door plate. 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 chandelier crystal in place.

Upcycle Vintage Door Plates

Here you can see the wire twisted around the bead on the backside of the door plate.

Upcycle Vintage Door Plates
Upcycle Vintage Door Plates

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

Upcycle Vintage Door Plates
Upcycle Vintage Door Plates

The final step is attaching the vintage jewelry. I used my grandma’s vintage brooches. Place a bead of E6000 glue on the rim where the door handle would have been. Then place the brooch on top and let it dry for several hours.

Upcycle Vintage Door Plates

This is a super quick and easy project! I was able to make 5 door plate ornaments in about 30 minutes. Gotta love that this time of year! And best of all it was so fun Upcycling vintage door plates and jewelry into these Christmas Ornaments!

Upcycle Door Plates into Christmas Ornaments

Upcycle Vintage Door Plates
Upcycle Vintage Door Plates

Each upcycled door plate Christmas ornament is unique. For this particular one I attached the chandelier crystal with a piece from an old chain necklace. I attached the crystal to the chain with the existing wire that was on the crystal. I then wired the chain together on the backside of the door plate.

Upcycle Vintage Door Plates
Upcycle Vintage Door Plates

This doorplate had 2 holes at the bottom, so I attached the crystals with  craft wire, securing it on the backside.

Upcycle Vintage Door Plates

I am so please with the way these Christmas ornaments turned out, a little rustic and a little glam. A fun combination and I also love how quickly they came together.

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

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