DIY Vintage Inspired Tart Tin Ornaments

DIY Tart tin ornaments

DIY Vintage Inspired Tart Tin Ornaments

I love making these tart tin ornaments using new or vintage tart tins,  jewelry parts, paper flowers, old Christmas cards, and trims. I get my vintage tart tins off ebay or you can use new tart tins.  For the backs I use an old Christmas card or scrapbook paper and use a flower paper punch or trace around a small glass that fits in the center of the tin.  I then glue the paper to the tart tin using YES glue.  I use Aleene’s tacky glue to glue pearls or lace ( I prefer this over a hot glue gun because it dries clear and not as messy) If I am gluing metal jewelry parts, I use E6000 for the best hold. You can also use metallic pipe cleaners for a sparkly trim, I use a hot glue gun for this!

vintage inspired tart tin ornaments

Tart tin ornament using vintage pearls and paper flowers

DIY tart tin ornaments with rhinestones

DIY tart tin ornaments with rhinestones

Don’t have any vintage jewelry on hand? I found these rhinestone brooches work well and are affordable, just pop off the pin back and use E6000 to glue or I sewed one on the green fabric yoyo I had (see above photo). To hang, just punch 2 holes using a hammer and nail then thread your string through.

Victorian tart tin ornaments

Blue vintage inspired ornaments are available in my Etsy store!

Pink Victorian Christmas ornaments

Pink Victorian Christmas ornaments in my Etsy store!

Poinsettia Tart Tin Oranments

Poinsettia ornament set available now at BluKatDesign on Etsy

For more DIY ornaments, see:

5 DIY Christmas Crafts, Ornaments and Decorations

DIY Clay ornaments

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Don’t have time to make ornaments? Please visit my Etsy store BluKatDesign to get your own handmade ornaments!

This style ornament is perfect for a Victorian or classic tree! Be sure to check out my Etsy store for these and other styles of handmade ornaments! Do you make your own ornaments? If so what are you making? Comments welcomed here!

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Are you an artist that needs some free publicity, love to network with other artists or do you love finding new handmade artists? Comments welcomed!

Christmas Crafts: Vintage Cookie Cutter Ornaments DIY


Vintage Cookie Cutter Ornaments

Christmas Crafts: Vintage Cookie Cutter Ornaments DIY


By Heather O’Cain, artist/upcycler at BluKatDesign on Etsy


Do you love a vintage Christmas theme?  My style is sleek modern but for Christmas I love the vintage charm! I got an early start this year in making Christmas decorations, I just finished a fabulous vintage jewelry Christmas tree last week!  I received most of the vintage jewelry and these cookie cutters from my late mother-in-law.  For making the ornaments, you will need some old Christmas cards or sheet music, pearl strands or lace, vintage jewelry, charms, flowers, ribbon, gold cord for hanging and a glue gun!


DIY christmas crafts

Make ornaments using cookie cutters, paper flowers, ribbon, vintage beads and old Christmas cards


Trace around the cutter on the card, then make your cut slightly inside the line


Hot glue the Christmas card inside the cutter then glue vintage beads and paper flowers, I may add glitter later…

DIY vintage cookie cutter ornament

Tie a cord around the handle on the back and hot glue a ribbon bow!


Assemblage ornament

Assemblage ornament


DIY christmas crafts ornaments



DIY holiday crafts



DIY Christmas decorations crafts



handmade christmas ornaments DIY



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Vintage cookie cutter ornaments

Vintage cookie cutter ornaments

Usually I don’t get a chance to make Christmas decorations until AFTER Christmas. These were easy and quick to make so I could fit them in with all my jewelry making this year. Not sure when the tree will go up but it will be after Thanksgiving!


NOW AVAILABLE ON ETSY: Handmade vintage cookie cutter ornaments


For more Vintage Christmas ideas see my board on Pinterest: Vintage Christmas

Do you love the Vintage theme for Christmas? Do you love making ornaments? Comments welcome!

Button Crafts: DIY Christmas Wreath and Ornaments

DIY Christmas Button Wreath

DIY Christmas Button Wreath


Button Crafts: DIY Christmas Wreath and Ornaments


Make your own button wreath and ornaments with scrap buttons! Use metallic gold or silver buttons for extra shimmer, try bold color combos or go monochromatic! If you don’t have buttons, you can find cheap bags of them in craft stores sometimes. I had a bunch of buttons left over from my button jewelry.  If you don’t have a wreath form, all you need is some cardboard for this simple, fun project.


  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • wire cutters


  • wreath form or cardboard
  • cardboard
  • buttons
  • scrap fabric
  • florist wire or any wire to match your fabric
  • ribbon

1) For my wreath form, I used  two layers of cardboard.  I traced a pattern around a couple bowls then roughly cut them out and glued them together. I did this with drinking glasses for my ornament forms.

2) Next, I ripped 1 1/4″ strips of green silky scrap fabric and wrapped around the cardboard and tacked them with hot glue. It really doesn’t have to be perfect at all!

3) I then tied my green florist wire (as long as a piece I could handle!)  to the form then added a few buttons, wrapping adding more buttons until it looked finished. Then I tied the ribbons and hangers.


DIY Button ornaments



button crafts ornament


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button wreath


button wreath DIY


button wreath


I would love to see something like this is silver and blue or an all vintage would be beautiful!  You could also do this as a topiary!  What do you think of this project, easy enough? Comments welcomed below.


For more fun Christmas crafts and decorations see:

2 Fun Upcycled Christmas Ornament DIY Projects

5 DIY Christmas Crafts, Ornaments and Decorations

DIY Crafts Clay Ornaments