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Oodles of Ornaments

Nov 26, 2013

by Mallory McInnis

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I’m not one for a minimalist Christmas tree. A tree in its natural state is a wonderful thing, but I prefer to bog down those green boughs with ornament after ornament after ornament: I’ll appreciate nature outdoors. With each year and each new ornament it becomes harder for my family’s Christmas tree to hold up to the strain, but a great crew bedecks those branches — the Jack Frost ornament who used to “date” one of my dolls during the holiday season; the enormous (and horrifying) Santa head my sister bought when she was about seven (and still insists upon hanging); the bobble-head turtle my friend brought me back from Puerto Rico; the potato (why not? they’re delicious).

My love of ornaments meets its match in my love of compiling a soundtrack for the ornament hanging, so let’s find some new (and vintage) ornaments to weigh down your tree and discover some tree-related tunes to play while you festoon.

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[1. Deer ornament by Andrea Smith; 2. Vintage mushroom ornament from Retro Kombinat; 3. Vintage horse ornament from Ursa Minor Forever; 4. Toucan ornament by An Astrid Endeavor; 5. Tree image from a card by BANQUET; 6. Knitted baubles by Sara Carr;  7. Felt fox ornament by Samantha Stas; 8. Face ornament by My Little Belleville.]

Tree-themed tune: “The Happiest Christmas Tree” written by Cathy Lynn, performed by Nat King Cole (1959).

My favorite tree-related song. Perhaps the cheeriest Christmas song ever recorded (second place: “Suzy Snowflake” sung by Rosemary Clooney). It may be too intense for some to bear, in which case you should probably avoid me during the month of December.

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[1. Wooden bauble decoration by Louise Smurthwaite; 2. Vintage house ornament from Mister True; 3. Bear ornament by Gingiber; 4. Vintage Santa ornament from Betty & June; 5. Mini oar ornaments by Gold Teeth Brooklyn; 6. Star ornament by Bombshell Kitty; 7. Vintage sequin ornaments from Rank & File Vintage; 8. Vintage gift tag from Independence Vintage.]

Tree-themed tune: “Tiny Tree Christmas” written and performed by Guster (2010).

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[1. Geometric ornaments by Sketch Inc.; 2. Ceramic bird ornament by Galia Bernstein; 3. Make your own Christmas pudding ornament kit by Clara and Macy; 4. Vintage ornament from reservoires; 5. Vintage plastic Christmas tree from Ratty and Catty; 6. Fox decoration by And Smile; 7. Make your own Christmas decorations by Bread and Jam; 8. Rain cloud ornament by Elizabeth Benotti; 9. Sachet ornament by Fulana Beltrana Sicrana.]

Tree-themed tune: “I’d Like to Trim a Tree with You” written by Goetchius Tishman, performed by the McGuire Sisters (1955).

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[1. Three felt ornaments by down home amy; 2. Skunk ornament by roBoat; 3. Vintage ornament from Soviet Vintage; 4. House ornament by Hook n’ Loop; 5. Two wooden ornaments by Abigail Brown; 6. Glass owl ornament by Happy Owl Glass; 7. Frida ornament set by MIKODESIGN; 8. Tree from a Christmas card by Tim Easley.]

Tree-themed tune: “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” written by Johnny Marks, performed by Brenda Lee (1958).

Brenda Lee was only thirteen years old when she recorded this song. Thirteen! Maybe that’s why it’s such a merry holiday classic — she still had some of that childhood Christmas joy.

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[1. Wooden christmas balls by 10 ante meridiem; 2. Let it snow decoration by Gabrielle Reith; 3. Red apple ornament by Oread Objects; 4. Vintage felt animal ornaments from The Glass Lily; 5. Octopus ornament by Gretchen Kramp; 6. Felt raccoon by Stitched Creatures; 7. Reindeer ornament by poosac; 8. Wooden tree puzzle toy by The Wandering Workshop.]

Tree-themed tune: “Trim Up the Tree” from How the Grinch Stole Christmas, music by Dr. Seuss, Albert Hague and Eugene Poddany (1966).

Embrace your inner Who, ignore your inner Grinch, and have a wonderful time decorating your tree… even if you don’t have any bingle balls.

What’s your favorite holiday song?

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73 comments

  • EdelweissPost

    Patrick from EdelweissPost said 4 years ago

    My favorite thing about holiday ornaments: They become precious heirlooms which become more meaningful with each passing season. I delight in the thought that my colorful postage ornaments will be dangling from evergreen trees generations from now~

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 4 years ago

    Definitely found some new favorites!!! These are great ornaments!

  • LittleGussy

    Kasia B from ShesGUtSSY said 4 years ago

    These are beautiful ornaments. I love unique, handmade decorations. I've been getting my children a new and special Christmas ornament every year since they were born. This way when they are older and move out I can give them a box of their, special Christmas ornaments. Rule is: must be handmade.

  • BarbaraMagana

    Barbara Magaña from objeteria said 4 years ago

    Wow, really cool ideas for any type of tree :) In my family we still use the same ones since I can recall, wondering if now that I just got married my mom will let me steal some… if not, here I spot some new family traditions!

  • babsfsu

    Barbara Gable from CrazyLovely said 4 years ago

    I love a tree full of beautiful handmade ornaments. What a great collection!

  • dbabcock

    Deb Babcock from BlueSkyPotteryCO said 4 years ago

    I love to use ornaments as gift tags or decorations as well rather than ribbon and bow. This is a great collection of ornaments.

  • agebo

    Ann Cosgrove from acbcDesign said 4 years ago

    So many cute ornaments! My Grandma bought me a new ornament every year - each one is so special and they are still some of my favorites.

  • CellarWoodworking

    Trevor Pratt from FrogInThePlane said 4 years ago

    Neat ornaments

  • jewelflip

    Chrysalet from Chrysalet said 4 years ago

    I love this season so much! This collection fills me with that kind of jump up and down happy feeling. Growing up I had friends with two trees, one for the family decorated with the adorable kid crafted decorations and one for the mum with the beautiful themed decorations.

  • msb37

    Susan from DesignsbyMSusan said 4 years ago

    Love the soft ornaments. Easy for my toddler to handle and no worries about anything breaking when they are "admired" by small hands.

  • SeptemberHouse

    Corinne from SeptemberHouse said 4 years ago

    Cute! and such variety too - there is something for everyone here :)

  • LedaDesign

    Leda Design from LedaDesign said 4 years ago

    Great finds! Love it!

  • Parachute425

    Terry from Parachute425 said 4 years ago

    What a great selection of ornaments and music. Suzy Snowflake will be stuck in my head for hours.

  • Themissingtagvintage

    Caroline and Brandon Matey from TheMissingTagVintage said 4 years ago

    This is wonderful!!! This is our first Christmas in our home and the first time we will be buying a tree. I'm making a conscious effort to buy only vintage or handmade or gifted to us ornaments for our tree. One of my fondest memories is decorating the tree with my family. I loved all of the unique ornaments my mom had and the ones we made and brought home from school. I'm excited to check out the shops!

  • jessgreenleaf

    Jess Greenleaf from GREENLEAFblueberry said 4 years ago

    Love homemade ornaments, and, of course, the infinitely messy... tinsel!

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    Judith and Raymond from AnnaOliveDesigns said 4 years ago

    Love the collections. It is a treat to see so many ornaments that are so very different from each other and from the standard round, ball, glass, shiny type. It is fun to decorate with such a large assortment of unique ornaments made from the creative minds of talented artists.

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  • jnkellen5

    Jessica Kellen from JKellenPhotography said 4 years ago

    These are adorable! Love the bright fun colors to get you into the holiday spirit!

  • OneLittleStar

    OneLittleStar from OneLittleStar said 4 years ago

    I love getting a couple of special keepsake ornaments each year that can remind me of years past when I put them on the tree.

  • therustyhummingbird

    JoAnn Hartwell from rustyhummingbird said 4 years ago

    Reading this definitely boosted my holiday spirit. Every year I do the tree a little different.....you've given me lots of "food for thought". Fun, fun, fun. Thanks.

  • vintagejane

    Stacey McCaffrey from vintagejane said 4 years ago

    So inspiring!

  • PepitasStudio

    Pepitas House from PepitasStudio said 4 years ago

    Vintage ornaments never loose their charm

  • MyGreenBottoms

    Kelly Ellis from UniqueApplique said 4 years ago

    I love homemade ornaments. Great items!

  • BirdEnergy

    Genise Park from GeniseParkArts said 4 years ago

    So many to choose from…problem I like them all.

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 4 years ago

    Ye Gods, it's still November! Christmas is bad enough when it comes round, don't inflict it on us a whole month early!

  • realfaery

    realfaery from realfaery said 4 years ago

    Really cool collection!

  • bpdmso

    Mary from MarySanzJewelry said 4 years ago

    This is wonderful, great selection of ornaments. Great collection!!!

  • heatherfuture

    Heather from heatherfuture said 4 years ago

    I'm in love with those oar-naments! Super cute.

  • PhotoCeramics

    Kate A from PhotoCeramics said 4 years ago

    These are beautiful! =) We let each kid pick an ornament each year, and they also get a photo ornament each year. Aaaand now that they are bigger, they are making their own ornaments every year, too! They will probably all have their own full tree worth of ornaments by the time they are married. =)

  • snowflakesara20

    Sara from UrbanFarmhouseTampa said 4 years ago

    What a great display of ornaments. That wooden deer is sooo cute!

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    D George from GeorgieGirlLLC said 4 years ago

    Love the ornaments, they bring back such wonderful memories!!

  • DesignerPillowShop

    Samantha from DesignerPillowShop said 4 years ago

    Love this! I can't wait to get all the holiday stuff out this weekend :)

  • AmandaJHoffman

    Amanda Hoffman from AJHStudio said 4 years ago

    I love collecting ornaments. Each one brings me back to a special Christmas memory!

  • designerheadboardsho

    Michelle from DesignerHeadboards said 4 years ago

    Lovely ornaments!

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  • brokenasphalt

    Chris from brokenasphalt said 4 years ago

    so beautiful. you see the love that go into this little darling!

  • littleshopofphotos

    Michele Iljazi from OneDecember said 4 years ago

    Awesome decorations!!!

  • FRANCEillustration

    FRANCEillustration from FRANCEillustration said 4 years ago

    I agree with Patrick. I hadn't really considered it until he mentioned it, but it's true... Your ornaments really do become heirlooms and precious keepsakes. Beautiful finds <3

  • 8point8

    8point8 from ThinkEco2 said 4 years ago

    I love these handmade creations.

  • trishjesse

    tricia michael from TriciaAnneMichael said 4 years ago

    This is the first time I've visited the blog, but I'm so glad I finally did! Great ornaments, and I'm not sure which song is my favorite, but Christmas With the Kranks is my fave Xmas movie!

  • Powerofflower

    Lorena Balea-Raitz from BaleaRaitzART said 4 years ago

    Gorgeous finds :)

  • BirdhouseBlessings

    Steve and Kate Kreisman from BirdhouseBlessings said 4 years ago

    I love homemade ornaments, they give the decor such a warm, inviting feeling.

  • debvasbinder

    Deb Vasbinder from BabyCuteBaby said 4 years ago

    I Love Christmas ornaments as many as will fit on those branches - homemade - vintage - antique ornaments - keepsakes - they all go on. This weekend - they will all be coming out . Tunes .." Rockin Around The Christmas Tree " for sure !

  • iloveludwig

    Astrid R. from AnAstridEndeavor said 4 years ago

    I am in love with all these ornaments and so thrilled you included one of mine- the little funky toucan! We just put up our little apartment sized tree last Sunday and it is weighted down by the abundance of ornaments collected over the years. I LOVE it! I used to think I would have these lovely coordinated themed trees each year- HA! I quickly realized that all the fun is pulling out the nostalgic, sometimes cheezy and weird ornaments collected over the years- piled on in whatever way my little 5 year old wants- half of them hanging on one branch- who cares. This is what makes Christmas. Every year we collect a few more, something special, or handmade, or gifted. Who knows. That's the fun and what creates the lasting memories. Love!

  • papercraftcreatures

    Cathy from PaperCraftCreatures said 4 years ago

    What a great collection of Christmas ornaments, I just love the handmade ones, but the vintage are my favourites! Love this collection.

  • mudpiesandrainbows

    Mudpies And Rainbows from mudpiesandrainbows said 4 years ago

    Love the toadstool and Beatrix potter decorations both are where I draw inspiration for my magical products ;), I've yet to hear those Christmas tunes, will have to Google them n take a listen. Sparkle Bright, The Fairy's

  • kaspikuri

    Elias from KaspiKuri said 4 years ago

    So many cool ornaments! I love all the wood ones :D

  • katherinedooren

    katherine Lenz from 214EVER said 4 years ago

    When i was a child, i try to make all kinds of handmade laterns and they are really beautiful. Your designs are very special. :)

  • katherinedooren

    katherine Lenz from 214EVER said 4 years ago

    when i was a child, i try to make all kinds of laterns to decorate my room. Really funny and memorable. I love your design. come on. :-)

  • WintergreenDesign

    Christa Cunningham from WintergreenDesign said 4 years ago

    I have deep love of paper ornaments... obviously... there are some great ones listed here : )

  • catherinemaria

    Catherine Maria Charalambous from BouncyTree said 4 years ago

    I decorate the tree to the Nightmare before christmas soundtrack and sing at the top of my lungs

  • lindyjean

    Linda from bitsokits said 4 years ago

    my tree is a mishmash of things that caught my eye through the years, or things my children made....or ornaments my husband, a teacher, was given. one of our odd favorites is an ornament of Muhammed Ali, by Hallmark. My husband insists that it belongs on the tree, as Ali is a man of peace. I guess so....we also have an array of Dodgers ornaments, which have no connection to the holiday but are a pretty blue among the green and red... if i don't hang the Kitty Cucumber ones, my now-31 year old daughter will ask where they are. My newlywed 27 year old son still hunts for the pickle. many of the ornaments are out of style, broken, or otherwise not the prettiest, but they all belong on the tree---it's tradition, and even though they are grown, the kids want to see those things every year.

  • Agasart

    Aga from AgasJourney said 4 years ago

    sweet and beautiful selection.

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 4 years ago

    Looking very festive... :)

  • FulBelSic

    Benedetta Maxia from FulBelSic said 4 years ago

    Great! Thank you for including my sachet mini dolls!

  • MagpieWorkshop

    Jeanne Berg from MagpieWorkshop said 4 years ago

    I can't wait to decorate my tree!

  • TheGlowingSkin

    TheGlowingSkin from TheGlowingSkin said 4 years ago

    Children grow up with these memories of decorating the tree and somehow it forms a part of their childhood. Looking forward to the holidays starts with those memories.

  • Oldylocks

    Miranda Schubert from Oldylocks said 4 years ago

    Too bad my crazy kitten thwarts my intention of setting up a tree this year.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 4 years ago

    Great decorations!

  • AbleAprons

    Erika Kelly from PortlandApronCompany said 4 years ago

    I have to admit, I'm a fan of Harry Connick Jr. during the holidays :-) Great finds on this post! Merry Christmas!

  • farandtwee

    Vintage Minnow from VintageMinnow said 4 years ago

    and ornaments are so fun to keep.. i love the vintage ornaments my mom has from her grandmother.

  • dominna

    Katrina Dzerkale from Dominna said 4 years ago

    I have my eye on those geometric ornaments.

  • creativehistory

    Creative History from CreativeHistory said 4 years ago

    My Mum still has the ornament she bought for my first Christmas, I was only 6 weeks old at the time, every Christmas she brings it out and reminds me that it was my first one. Love the picks here, hopefully some of them will be heirlooms for other familes!

  • messinabella

    messinabella from BandBEstate said 4 years ago

    great ornaments!

  • FiftyFourTenStudio

    Mary Lee from FiftyFourTenStudio said 4 years ago

    We started unpacking ornaments today. I love talking to my kids about who gave us each of the ornaments. I love seeing my daughter get excited about seeing favorites ornament after the year has gone by, reminiscing about ornaments we made together and looking at the photo ornaments with photos of when our kids were tiny, Ornaments hold lots of good memories. I love special ornaments for my family and friends. :)

  • vickidesignsca

    Vicki Charles from VickiDesignsCA said 4 years ago

    What a fun shop!

  • SparrowsTrove

    Karen from SparrowsTrove said 4 years ago

    I love Christmas ornaments. Really gets me into the Christmas spirit.

  • TastefullyMismatched

    Mandy Spivey from TastefullyMismatched said 4 years ago

    Last year I finally graduated from my tiny dorm-sized Christmas tree and now my tree this year is going to really get serious with my ornament collection. The wooden christmas balls are definitely going on my list!

  • catherinemaria
  • bworsdell

    Beth Worsdell from ArtandTwine said 4 years ago

    Fantastic ornaments for my favourite time of year !!

  • Kam2012

    Kam from RiverGoddessBoutique said 4 years ago

    These are wonderful. I especially like the fox ornament. : )

  • EstateAurora

    AuroraHorton from EstateofAuroraHorton said 4 years ago

    I love the wooden ornaments! These are all very great!

  • korenkwan

    Koren Kwan from GarasuWonderland said 3 years ago

    lovely decorations~

  • doughertr

    Doug White said 2 years ago

    Wow! Love these amazing christmas decorations and I love the different themes.Cant wait for christmas this year, It's going to be so exciting! I managed to get these really cool custom made stockings (http://www.marvelpress.com/100-cotton-twill-christmas-stocking-18.html) to hang over my fireplace mantle! I think they would go really well with some of the decorations you mentioned on here.

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