A shabby vintage Christmas ~ day 2

Welcome to ‘Simply Christmas’ at Shabby Art Boutique.

Can you believe this is our 6th week! Wow. . . it has flown by so quickly. If you are new here and missed the previous Christmas activities, I’ve uploaded them to the Tutorials page for easy access.

This week I’m taking you for a wander through my Christmas home. . . where there’s a shabby, vintage Christmas theme going on.

Shabby Art Boutique bird tree 2

If you were here yesterday you may have spied this book paper bird tree in one of the photos.

It’s made from an artificial cream coloured tree that was inserted into a rusty watering can.

Shabby Art Boutique bird tree 3

I’ve been making these vintage birds and selling them at my markets for the past few years. . . I think it is their simplicity that makes them so popular.

The bird shapes were cut from 3mm MDF, however, they could easily be cut out of card stock for this project.

I covered each side of the birds with book paper, then drilled a hole in the top and inserted a cotton jute hanger.

For the wings I printed Christmas words like: Believe, Joy, Noel, Faith, Hope etc. onto brown Kraft paper using a typewriter font.

Next I traced a wing shape around each word and cut the shape out. The wings were glued to both sides of the birds with Mod Podge.

Shabby Art Boutique bird tree 1

If you’d like to make a set of these vintage book paper birds for yourself, you are welcome to trace this photo to use as a template.


I quite liked the serene and neutral effect of using vintage papers for my Christmas decorating, so incorporated them into another project. . .

A starry wreath.

Shabby Art Boutique starry wreath 1

These stars and wreath were actually a Kaisercraft kit that I picked up at a garage (yard) sale last week, but could be easily cut from cardboard.

I covered the various sized stars using vintage book paper, old music manuscript and a very old and discoloured dictionary. The colour variations add texture and interest.

Next I hot glued all the stars together and added a cream lace hanger and a satin bow.

Shabby Art Boutique paper wreath2

The starry paper wreath is hanging on an old window frame, in which I’ve inserted a blackboard. It’s quite large and a feature of my Christmas kitchen.

Make sure you follow along all week for other exciting shabby vintage project ideas.

Happy festive crafting,


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  1. I just love the birds with their sweet word wings. I’d love to make both of these projects! Just wonderful. Love the close of the bird….everything is simple yet dream and pretty!

  2. I so need to do this! I just received some very old teen hand books from the 70’s (?) that are falling apart. I just need to figure out where to hang it!

  3. Love the tree in the watering can!

  4. So very beautiful!! Thank you for sharing with us such wonderful ideas!!

  5. Such lovely little birds and they look super on your tree.

    Toni xx

  6. Love those sweet birds!And that wreath is so pretty too! Love recycling and using things on hand for projects.These are great examples! LOVE them both!Great gift ideas too!

  7. Love, love, love the tree and the wreath. Right up my alley. I pinned them to pinterest!

  8. Love your Christmas style – the little tree is so sweet. I will be pinning ….

  9. Those birds are just too cute Kerryanne! I have to make some for my tree! x Julie

  10. I love every thing I have seen in your magical blog!
    I’m going definitively to make a little bird tree for my table decorations!
    Thank you so much for share.
    I’m a new follower now

  11. Love both projects – absolutely beautiful.TFS.

  12. Beautiful!!! thanks for the templates, something more to add to my almost finished tree!!

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  14. I love that star wreath! All of the elements make me happy!


  15. Great projects, will have to give them a try!!

  16. Thank you for all the ideas you are sharing. I am saving some for next year and adapting some to what I already have. The birds are wonderful.

  17. Oh I LOVE the birds! Beautiful. Pinning!

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original linky party is open

  18. Oh how I love the star wreath! It’s amazing. Your tiny bird tree is adorable too!

  19. So pretty!! I just love that star wreath!!! Sharing on my Facebook page and pinned! Have a wonderful weekend! I hope you are enjoying all of the Christmas festivities. 🙂

  20. I LOVE your birds and star wreath! I love crafting with old book pages. I’m going to pin these to my Pinterest board “Paper Crafts”. Thanks, Lorraine 🙂

  21. This is beautiful. What a great idea. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this with everyone. It runs from Wednesday through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  22. Such sweet ideas! I especially love the birds.

  23. great inspiration…thank you for this!

    if you have a moment and haven’t already, hope you’ll pop over to enter my giveaway for followers:

    smiles to you.


  24. Hi Kerryanne! I loved your book page bird tree so much that I made my own – http://www.restylerelove.com/2012/12/old-book-page-bird-christmas-tree.html. I hope it is okay to reference you in my post. You deserve all the credit. Such a gorgeous idea. Thank you for inspiring me to make my own. Hope you have a lovely Christmas. Love, Julie @ Restyle Relove.com

  25. Very beautiful project. Happy New Year!

  26. Lots of love and appreciation directed your way for sharing birds with words and star wreath. Thanks to your sharing so many exciting projects have deserted ideas of others to make, your projects are so much more what I love to make.
    One thing I like to use for strength/backing and being white is watercolor paper. Can’t always use what original maker uses but the white watercolor paper works out lovely for the purpose. Living out from craft stores a few miles necessitates needing to find substitutes for certain supplies. Am also more of a nocturnal crafter and spontaneous. When am ready want to get right to it.
    Thank you so much for sharing your excellent projects.
    Have lovely weekend


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