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18 Unexpected Ways to Decorate with Ornaments

I bought some vintage 1940’s and 1950’s ornaments from an estate auction a few years ago. I love all of the vintage colors and shapes. I get them out every year and wonder how to display them. If I hang them on my tree they seem to get swallowed up. I did a little research and found some really great ideas to display those treasured keepsake ornaments and make them a focal point in our home decor this Holiday season! Check out these 18 unexpected ways to display ornaments after the jump!!


  • Ornament Wallscape 1 of 18
    Check out how ornaments are both central and accents for this beautiful table and wallscape. They're an essential element in both -- repeated shapes, bright and shiny.
    Learn how at House of Smiths
  • Ornaments on a Mirror 2 of 18
    Check out the cute vintage touches to this classic garland. They don't have to be real vintage ornaments -- just look like them -- and therefore matching is optional.
    Learn how at Better Homes and Gardens
  • Ornaments Displayed in Old Window 3 of 18
    Use an old window to showcase bright ornaments. The slightly-beaten-up look of the old window offsets the symmetry and sparkle of the ornaments.
    Learn how at Diamond in the Stuff
  • Ornaments Hanging in Windows 4 of 18
    Look at this cute ornament and ribbon combination. The bright colors in the ribbons and ornaments bring pop to any room.
    Learn how at My Home Ideas
  • Centerpiece Ornament Display 5 of 18
    Build a centerpiece around pretty ornaments. The square vase can be an inexpensive one -- and evokes the classic present shape with the beautiful ribbon.
    Learn how at Better homes & Gardens
  • Ornaments Hanging from the Ceiling 6 of 18
    The last place you'd think to hang ornaments is from the ceiling -- but the repeated black string and clear ornaments make a room's centerpiece. The varied heights provide a beautiful, if unexpected vertical decoration.
    Learn how at Design Sponge
  • Muffin Tin Ornaments 7 of 18
    This decor mashup works brilliantly. You can even use dollar store muffin tins and ornaments!
    Learn how at Cottage Magpie
  • Ornaments Hanging on a Mantel 8 of 18
    Accent your mantel with this fun idea.You don't need -- or even want -- your ornaments and ribbons to match: it's the mix of colors that makes this work so well.
    Learn how at Karen Marie
  • Framed Wire Ornament Tree 9 of 18
    Build a cute wall decoration with some bent wire, a reused frame, and some inexpensive mini ornaments. And voila! A unique touch to any room.
    Learn how at Better Homes and Gardens
  • Ornament Nest 10 of 18
    This is a great idea, letting the egg-like shape of ornaments mix with a wreath to make a festive birds nest unlike any you've seen before.
    Learn how at Blue Cricket Design
  • Ceiling-Hanging Ornament Groups 11 of 18
    Hang your ornaments in sets from the ceiling for a festive accent. Mix and blend colors and styles to accent your decor.
    Learn how at Real Simple
  • Ornaments Hanging on an Old Ladder 12 of 18
    Showcase your ornaments in a unique way. Note how alternate rungs are wrapped in a shiny satin ribbon.
    Learn how at Better Homes and Gardens
  • Vintage Ornament Wreath 13 of 18
    Build a bright wreath with mismatched ornaments. Mix and match to make it the perfect complement to your decor -- and perhaps even tie the rest of your decor together.
    Learn how at Retro Renovation
  • Candlestick Ornament Displays 14 of 18
    Showcase your vintage ornaments with this great way to reuse candlesticks -- or just put some dollar store bargains to use.
    Learn how at Better Homes and Gardens
  • Ornaments in a Cloche 15 of 18
    Ornaments under glass! They're not specimens, but they provide a fun echo of science or pastry!
    Learn how at Better Homes and Gardens
  • Ornaments Growing on a Tree 16 of 18
    Add a touch of winter cheer to bare branches. You can use this over a table, on a wall, or anywhere you'd like a long horizontal decor item.
    Learn how at Stayle Files
  • Ornament Garland 17 of 18
    Build a garland from colorful mini ornaments. They don't have to be expensive - they can even be plastic - but the shiny garland adds light and sparkle.
    Learn how at Pretty Quirky
  • Vintage Ornament Hanger 18 of 18
    Showcase your vintage ornaments on this tree-shaped hanger. Note how the ribbon lengths are carefully balanced to echo the needles on a pine tree.
    Learn how at Country Living

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