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A Very Etsy Holiday

Dec 20, 2013

by Alison Feldmann handmade and vintage goods

Each holiday season, my fellow editors and I look around and think, what would an Etsy occasion look and feel like? How would the mantel be decorated, the table set? In a marketplace jam-packed with so many incredible handmade, vintage and craft supplies, the possibilities for creative holiday decorating are never-ending.

Our comrades on the Etsy UK team have collaborated with the talented stylists at Knot + Pop to showcase an array of festive finds that feel distinctly Etsy. Looking for a modern palette? We’ve got a blue and silver tablescape, accented with snowflakes and metallic flair. Seeking something more whimsical? Our colorful, animal-bedecked mantel might just do the trick. Take a peek below, and get ready to be inspired.


[Items pictured: Polar bear and penguin gift tags by ModernManual; Red and green baker’s twine from chambyandcor; Wizard cat card by Melody Seal; Polar bear card by Emily Hogarth; Cityscape washi tape from chambyandcor; Santa dot washi tape from OHMYBUY.]

Brown paper packages tied up with string have their charms, but we’d like our packages wrapped in hand-printed paper decked with striped twine, cityscape washi tape and penguin tags, please.


[Items pictured: Wooden table and benches by WickedBoxcar; Nordic cushion cover by HipsterSpinster1; Red bird print by marutdesign; Nordic banner by picocrafts; Felted acorns by ZMFelt; Red and white mugs by summersville; Reusable Christmas crackers by KateSprostonDesign; Illustrated plates by ohnorachio; Ceramic plates by LittleWrenPottery; Cream napkins by KnockKnockLinen; Name tags by CuriousMeDesign; Name tag decorations by Melsturkishdelight; Large baubles by skittishdesign; Paper decorations by sarahlouisematthews; Star cut ribbon from CloudCraftShop; Laser cut snowflakes by CleancutWood; Red striped ribbon and reindeer print ribbon from BigFish.]

Cheery red wares and an array of winter greenery artfully arranged on a handmade table create a holiday vignette with a modern Nordic sensibility.


[Items pictured:  Laser cut stag’s head by Forward and Bone; Vintage baubles from ChixycocoAll These Pretty Things and Rose & Water Vintage; Pink Poodle, Blue Bird, Jumping Deer and Lamb from All These Pretty Things; Vintage unicorn ornament from Found in the Ground; Felted polar bears by Lizzie Pearce; Christmas pudding softies by Clara and Macy; Pink glass dishes from DamsonAndWhite; Stockings by freespiritdesigns2; Candy canes and lollipops from sophiavictoriajoy; Paper wreath and custom mantel decoration by FrancesandFrancis; Blue glass vase from RumFellow; Pair of blue glass candle holders from SecondHome; Green glass candle holder from Stylefinds.]

A custom paper mantel decoration by Frances and Francis sets the tone for this colorful and crafty Christmas scene.


[Items pictured: Snowflake wall hanging by sarahlouisematthews; White pom poms by PomPomStudioUK; Star garland by FunkyFrillsUK; Black and white cushion cover by Andshine; Mini chalk board by DinkyDrewDesigns; Cake topper by MissSarahCake; Black spotted plates from VerasTreasures; Menu from CuriousMeDesign; Porcelain bowls and vases with gold edges and deer and tree illustrations by madebymanos; Scalloped plates by ohnorachio; Black striped plate by madebymememe; Blue glass vase from afterglowretro; Navy and white vase by chaurie; Paper mitten decoration by sarahlouisematthews; Personalized baubles by joheckett; Chalk-bottomed wine glasses from andallthatcraft; Table runner by MxMagpie; Gothic decoration by AlteredEras.]

A cascading curtain of snowflakes and a rich, sapphire-hued color scheme create a rich and vibrant setting for holiday revelry.

Images styled by Knot & Pop.

[Items pictured in the header: Terrariums by RavensStainedGlass; Brass deer from Rondle; Miniature snowflake buttons from Overspill; Miniature polar bears from SweetMiniature1; Christmas trees with lights from restrospectvintage2; Brass Christmas trees from blueberribeads.]


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