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Vintage ornament makeover

vintage ornament makeover tutorial

This is day 6 of 12 Days of (upcycled) Christmas tutorials! I found this dated little wreath ornament in the bins at Goodwill Outlet and thought it looked ripe for a refashioning. With a few easy updates, I LOVE this ornament and how it turned out! You could recreate these steps for any type of frame or wreath ornament, too. Keep reading to find out why I picked a moose!

Plaid Crafts gave me the fabric paint for free after I attended SNAP Conference, but all opinions are my own and this post isn’t sponsored.

upcycled vintage christmas ornament

You would not believe how long I messed with those berries, with 2 on each side, up at the top, symmetrical, asymmetrical, etc. I love this layout, doesn’t it feel good when you’re playing with something and it clicks into exactly what you hoped for?

ornament makeover before and after

Here is the official  before and after. Painting the wreath wasn’t ideal, there are globs of paint stuck in between reeds and what not, but I think it looks great when  you’re not inspecting it form up close!

upcycled vintage christmas ornament

Get more Christmas ornament inspiration in these posts!

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Picking a moose was especially important to me because we saw our first one this past summer! We visited Rocky Mountain National Park and stopped to watch this beautiful moose family for a while. Now we can remember that lovely experience every time we put things on the tree!


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How to makeover a vintage wreath ornament


  • Tiny animal figurine – mine is from goodwill (I think from someone else’s craft project gone wrong, there was moss & glue on the feet of all the animals in the bag)
  • Small wreath – mine is from goodwill and roughly ” tall & wide
  • Paint! I used this multi-surface paint on the plastic moose and berries & regular craft paint on the wood
  • 2 tones of green wool felt, this is my favorite shop
  • Micro tip scissors like these
  • Freezer paper – I used printable sheets but you can trace them on to regular freezer paper easily
  • Free felt leaf pattern- sign up for my newsletter and get the free download once you confirm your subscription! If you’re already a subscriber, you can access the pattern with the password in each newsletter, in the resource library.


Step 1- Paint! I busted out the pad for needle felting to stick the wreath berries in for easier painting. Also paint the figurine & wreath if desired, making sure to let it dry all the way before continuing.

Step 2- Hot glue some leaves down! I staggered mine after shortening the stems.

Step 3- Twist the painted berries on to the wire, and carefully glue more leaves above the bottom plant.

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Step 4- Loop some glittery ribbon over the top so you can hang it, and you’re done!

I’d love to hear about any old ornaments you have given a makeover!

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