Vintage Ephemera Christmas Ornaments

 Sometimes I just like to play and create with things I already have in my workshop. 

Today I'm making easy Christmas ornaments using vintage ephemera I've been collecting for years. 

Many of the supplies for these cute ornaments can be found in the dollar store too! 

Take a look...

vintage ephemera ornaments

Vintage ephemera is defined as items of collectible memorabilia, typically written or printed ones, that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity.

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I've collected Bingo numbers, Scrabble letters, old measuring tape pieces, old buttons, and assorted other scrap book pieces. 

Many of these items can also be found as reproductions on Amazon. 

As you're reading through this post please visit the bold blue links for the products I used and more links to related DIY projects. Also visit the READ MORE sections for bonus projects! 

supplies for ornaments

I gathered my supplies including galvanized steel tags and wooden stars from the Dollar Tree. 

The first thing I did was to spray the galvanized tags with a matte sealer. It tones down the shine and makes them look older. 

galvanized tags on rack


I spelled out JOY, HOPE and LOVE with Scrabble letters then began creating. 

hope ornament with vintage items

I added vintage measuring tape pieces, buttons, Bingo numbers, and the wooden stars from the dollar store. 

JOY ornament

At the top I attached a length of twine that came with the galvanized tags. 

love ornament

They are so cute and would be great sellers at craft sales this season! 

ornament on wreath

I love the process of creating, not knowing where my projects will end up but having fun adding to them until they look like what I want them too. 

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love ornament with overlay

These ornaments remind me a lot of the Mixed Media Hearts I made last year. They would actually make great ornaments too! 

mixed media hearts


I hope you'll give this easy ornament project a try and have fun! 

hope ornament on wreath

three vintage ornaments

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wreath on peg hook with ornaments


I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .