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26 DIY Vintage Crafts

Vintage is the new black, and *these* vintage craft ideas will never go out of style.

By: Caitlin Kavanaugh, Editor,
DIY Vintage Crafts

There's just something about that retro look that keeps crafters looking for vintage craft ideas and projects. Whether it's sewing a vintage-inspired brooch or crafting a scrapbook page using old family photos, any project that uses vintage materials will result in a classic creation that will stand the test of time.

Beginner crafters and veterans alike can find something here. After all, choosing diy vintage crafts gives you the right to be messy - distress, burn, crease! Do whatever you like to achieve a retro vintage effect. Need a little inspiration? Check out this great collection of 26 DIY Vintage Crafts for ideas that are a blast (from the past)!

DIY Vintage Jewelry Projects

Spice up your wardrobe with a vintage-inspired piece of jewelry. Craft the chic looking Amber Rose Bracelet or breathe new life into your old spoons with the Vintage Spoon Pendants. Your friends will be even more impressed when they find out you made these vintage jewelry crafts yourself!

  • Amber Rose Bracelet

    If you're looking for a truly timeless piece, look no further than the Amber Rose Bracelet. This beautiful gold bracelet is great for your fall wardrobe. Customize it to be any color you'd like, but these beads add a vintage touch that's always in style!

  • Vintage Spoon Pendants

    Ever wondered what to do with your old spoons? Turn them into these cute pendants! With such a stunning retro look, this unexpected statement piece is sure to make you the talk of the club— the county club, that is.

  • Butterfly Inspiration Charm Bracelet

    This cute vintage charm bracelet is great for people of all ages! The vintage charms are sure to add a sweet addition to your wardrobe.

  • Chandelier Pendant Necklace

    This handmade pendant is a great way to add some style and vintage fashion to your jewelry box. It's also a neat way to use up paper scraps that you love too much to toss! These elegant DIY pendants make great gifts.

  • Silk Thread Earring Making

    A woman's outfit isn't complete until she puts on her earrings. With this easy-to-follow video tutorial, you can learn how to make a stunning pair of earrings that'll make your grandma jealous.

  • Jewelry Display Board

    Create a vintage storage system for your vintage jewelry with this easy display board. This also doubles as beautiful decor for your bathroom or bedroom.

Vintage Fabric Crafts

Use vintage fabric to create wonderful retro designs. Even old pillowcases can be transformed into a stylish outfit for your little one with the Baby Sheets to Skirts project. If you have vintage buttons to spare, turn them into a fabulous brooch with the Vintage Lace Brooches tutorial. Add a vintage flare to whatever you wear.

  • Embellish a Pillow for Mom

    Make these decorative pillows for you or your mom! With this soft vintage flare, you can add some soft home decor staples that really bring your home to life.

  • Bow Bag Sewing Tutorial

    You can never have enough bags right? Especially with a free sewing pattern. Beccy from Wipster used scraps of upholstery fabric and an old pair of jeans to make this cute Bow Bag.

  • Vintage Lace Brooches

    This cute brooch is a great way to add some vintage colors to your wardrobe.  Attach it to a blazer or use it to add some color and texture to a purse or skirt.  This is a great way to use up left over fabric scraps.

  • Vintage Handmade Handkerchief Doll

    Have you seen projects like towel bunnies or creative ways to fold napkins for holiday decorating? This is a similar concept and such a sweet craft.

  • Vintage Jello Mold Pincushion Free Sewing Pattern

    We plucked this vintage fabric craft straight from the '50s. Pincushions are an essential for every sewists, but no one said they had to be boring. Make vintage pincushion for yourself or gift it to your favorite sewist.

  • Retro Teardrop Trivet

    This cute trivet pattern uses scrap fabric to give your kitchen a touch of the past. Make a ton in one sitting and save them up to pass out to your friends as gifts. There's no such thing as having too many trivets... especially when they look this pretty.

  • Baby Sheets to Baby Skirts

    After your little girl grows out of her baby sheets, turn them into a cute skirt with this easy sewing tutorial!  Vintage crafts like this are thrifty and fun, and an awesome way to keep clutter out of the house!

Vintage Paper Crafts

Take vintage stamps and cream papers and transform them into beautiful pieces of art. Use these three retro vintage projects to give your home a much-needed vintage makeover!

  • Gorgeous Vintage Map Heart Garland

    Create a beautiful vintage decor item with this Around the World Paper Chain.  Paper garlands like this look stunning in a library or reading room, and can also be displayed on a Christmas tree for a unique and whimsical look.

  • Vintage Label or Stamp Art

    Turn antique stamps into coasters, tiles, or other neat home decor items.  Put your collection on display for all to see with this unique DIY home decor idea!

  • Mom Scrapbook Layout

    This sweet mom layout is great for Mother's Day or grandma's birthday.  It's also a wonderful way to remember someone who has passed on.

  • Bird and Text Collage Wall Art

    This cute wall display is so easy to make!  It's a great piece to hang on your wall and draw attention to a certain area of your house.  Turn yesterday's news into today's newest thing!

  • Decorative Vintage Paper Wreath

    This cute vintage paper wreath isn't just for Christmas!  Use whatever image you'd like in the center of this beautiful indoor wreath and in about an hour, you'll have a wonderful decoration piece that's one of a kind in style and class!

  • Decoupage Flower Pot

    Use vintage photos or even comic strips to decoupage the cutest ever flower pots! The ribbon and tags are wonderful touches.

Other DIY Vintage Crafts

Vintage decorations aren't just for the house.  Use the China Mosaic Topiary and Mosaic Bunny projects to create a retro vibe in your yard.  The Distressed American Picnic Basket is just the thing you'll need to have a vintage day out in the park.

  • Thrift Store Pedestals

    Upcycling thrift store finds is a great way to give your decor a vintage look on a budget. After all, you'd be surprised what you can do with a couple of old plates and candlesticks.

  • Vintage China Flower Display

    Nothing screams "VINTAGE!" more than Grandma's old china and a tasteful floral arrangements. Your guests won't believe you didn't buy it from Target.

  • Bread Dough Rose

    Whether it's cold outside or bright and sunny, a Bread Dough Rose will always bloom. Flowers crafts look great all year and don't require any water. Use vintage technique and create your own bread dough at home with Aleene's Tacky Glue.

  • Grandma's Favorite Vintage Plaques

    Aren't these just stunning? They look like works of art! Learn how to create these beautiful floral plaques. The green background is perfectly retro.

  • Mosaic Bunny

    Here comes Peter Cottontail!  Decorate your home indoors or out with this cute vintage bunny craft.  Perfect for Easter and the beginning of the spring gardening season, this easy mosaic project is a great way to add a vintage touch to your garden.

  • Mini Topiary Tree

    This is a sweet craft you can probably put together with items from the dollar store! Perfect for Mother's Day or generally for spring, this topiary can be the new centerpiece on your table.

  • Daisy Pom Pom Rug DIY

    Every little old lady had one of these cute diy rugs back in the day. Now, you can steal it for your home!

  • Milk Bottle DIY Vases

    Remember when the milkman came? Give a nod to this old tradition by turning milk bottles into lovely vases. What's old is new again!

  • Upcycled Flea Market Glass Vases

    These aren't your grandma's vases (even though they look like it)! Transform dollar store vases into a vintage dream come true.

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The wreath made out of cones is a great idea. We just practiced making paper cones for May Day, and we are also doing a geometry unit at school and just began talking about cones as 3-D shapes. Perfect tie-in!

These all look so cool and pretty simple too! I'm definite going to be trying these when I decorate my new apartment :)


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