DIY Vintage Christmas Card Bunting

I have fallen in love with the beauty and charm of vintage Christmas cards. They add a simple nostalgia to your holiday season decor. And though my favorite use is creating a pretty little DIY vintage Christmas card bunting, they’re quite versatile!

Christmas Decorations on farmhouse open shelving in a dining room. Fresh cedar garland with orange slices, Vintage Christmas card bunting, and paper bag snowflakes.

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The best holiday decorations, in my opinion, are simple, timeless, and can be used the next year. Or many years down the road. This holiday vintage Christmas card bunting is a perfect way to add a touch of simple Christmas decorations to your home this Christmas season.

DIY Buntings as Holiday Decorations

I love that the holiday season comes with all sorts of joy, including holiday greeting cards in my mailbox. All those messages of love and good cheer from friends and family, stories of blessings of the past year, all wonderful things to keep as reminders of the Christmas spirit.

Free printable Vintage Christmas cards hanging on twine with mini clothes pins.

While I prefer the vintage holiday card look, you could definitely make a bunting out of the beautiful cards you receive! Therefore anyway I am able, I think it would be a lovely and charming way to include them again and again.

A bunting is a great way to use up all those different cards, especially if you collect them, or keep them as special memories.

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How to Make a DIY Vintage Christmas Card Bunting

There are a couple of different options to create a vintage Christmas card bunting. And I’m excited to show you how I chose to put mine together and then give you a few ideas on how you can create one that fits your style!

Step One | Download the Free Printable Vintage Cards

If you already have vintage Christmas cards, or old family cards you may opt to use those in this simple project.

I scoured the internet for all the free graphics I could come across. And as you can imagine, there are literally thousands of options to choose from. I sorted them into 3 categories: Classic Vintage, Vintage Children, and Vintage Nature.

21 Classic Victorian Christmas Cards with Santa Claus, adults with christmas decorations, and angels.
Classic Christmas including St Nicholas aka Santa Claus
16 Victorian Children Christmas Cards with bright and colorful graphics of children of all ages.
Vintage cards including children.
27 Victorian Nature Christmas Cards with bright and colorful graphics of birds, dogs, cats, and other animals.
Beautiful nature scenes with animals, insects, and scenic views.

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Step Two | Options for Hanging

There are always multiple options for creating a bunting. Here are just a few of my favorite options, mostly because they’re quick, simple, and still beautiful.

Vintage Christmas cards hanging from string with clips
DIY Vintage Christmas card bunting hanging on farmhouse shelving.
  1. Sewn Bunting. You could sew them together using embroidery thread by hand or on a sewing machine.
  2. Strings and Clothes Pins. Use a string of your choice and choose a special place to hang it however long you would like. Then use mini clothes pins to clip the cards.
  3. String Lights. String up lights in the shape of a Christmas tree and use this to clip your cards to.
  4. Sewn with Fabric. Another lovely option is to create a fabric bias binding strip and tuck the cards inside the pocket and sew them as one big piece.

Give Old Cards New Meaning and Usefulness

I absolutely love repurposing whenever I get the opportunity. So, let’s talk about a few great options to use an old holiday card (or a bunch of them) to bring on the holiday cheer this year!

Colorful vintage Christmas cards as Chrsitmas decor on my wooden shelves.
A variety of Vintage Christmas cards displayed on string.
  • Christmas Ornaments. Use a single-hold punch and turn old Christmas cards into ornaments on a Christmas tree.
  • Christmas Gift Tag. A pretty festive card would make a charming tag on a prettily wrapped Christmas Gift.
  • Craft Projects. I used to love scrapbooking, but junk journaling is super fun too. You could cut out the graphics of a few lovely cards to use.
  • Decorate a Gift Box. Another fun way to use a holiday card would be to cut out the graphics. You could mod podge them on the box, or use washi tape to add extra charm.
  • Advent Calendar. Is one of those DIY projects that is such an easy project to add whimsy, use a card with personal notes inside, or staple bags of treats.
  • Christmas Card Wreath. Make a beautiful card wreath and add some fairy lights for added charm.
  • Handmade Christmas Card. You can use these free printable Vintage Christmas cards as your own and send them to your loved ones as holiday greetings. One of many great handmade Christmas card ideas using used cards and newly printed Christmas graphics.

These projects would also be a fun way to squeeze in an extra Christmas craft. In case you’re a crafter like I am!

Handmade Christmas Crafts and Decor Ideas

If you love making handmade Christmas crafts or your home decor, I have a few ideas to inspire you! And also, hopefully, entice you into a few extra activities on your holiday season list. You know you want to!

Thank you so much for stopping by! I’m so thankful I was able to share this fun project with you and hope I have given you a little bit of inspiration to create!


Meet the Author

Hi, I’m Julie! Mother to five beautiful kids, Homeschool Educator, Writer, Handicraft & DIY Enthusiast, Photographer, Thrifter, and Furniture Restorer. Follow along for fun DIY projects creating a handmade home on a budget! Read more about me here→

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