This year, our family is going to be celebrating Christmas at our cabin. Instead of bringing up the usual Christmas decorations from home, we are going to decorate a small tree with all new unique Christmas ornaments. Most of what I put on the tree will be rustic but I also wanted them to be unique. I came up with a couple of fun ideas.
I started looking for vintage items, that I have collected, which might be repurposed into a rustic Christmas ornament. It didn’t take long before I hit the jackpot! I found a box of vintage silver net floats that I had been saving for ……something!
All I did was tie some jute twine around the tops, which fit nice and snug into one of the grooves, and I now have about ten fun rustic ornaments…so far…for our tree!
Hudson Bay Inspired Fish Float Christmas Ornaments
I also took half of the net floats and painted them in a Hudson Bay inspired pattern.
I got the inspiration from my favorite Hudson Bay blanket that we have hanging at our cabin.
Luckily, I was able to find paint colors that matched the stripes on the blanket pretty well!
First, I painted the fish floats in an acrylic paint called Sheepskin. Then I painted on each stripe. Since my lines weren’t perfectly straight, I used a cream twine to fit between the colors. I just used Mod Podge to secure them in place.
While I was in the Christmas spirit, I also decided to whip up a garland using some of my larger vintage buttons and a section of jute twine.
Button garland is super easy to make. Just string buttons onto a section of twine and tie a knot underneath each button. Spread the buttons out every inch or two apart. I used all neutral cream buttons but you can change up the look with colored buttons.
Since I love re-using vintage or industrial items for decorating projects, this got me wondering about what other kinds of unique Christmas ornaments might be floating around. I did a search and this is what I found.
Unique Christmas Ornaments Around The Web
French industrial stencil as a Christmas ornament by Design Mom.
I don’t know about you, but I love silver and gold and…….rust! This makes a fun ornament, especially if you can find stencils of letters to match your family names.
Nuts and Bolts Snowman ornament by Shee Designs Originals.
This snowman is so cute! I think I will have to clean out my husband’s junk drawer and see what kinds of odds and ends I can find.
Rusty faucet handle ornament by The Homeless Finch.
What kinds of unique Christmas ornaments have you used?
I hope you have been inspired!