Vintage Crafts You Can Incorporate Into Your Home Décor

Monday Sep 20th, 2021

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Header image via Stacie on FlickrCC BY-SA 2.0

Trends can be cyclical. Fads you never imagined you’d see again often resurface decades later. The same can be said for  home décor trends, with vintage-inspired, shabby-chic accessories having a major moment right now. But what about those crafts and hobbies you used to do while sitting at home as a kid? The ones that spark an immediate sense of nostalgia? 

Over the last 18 months, people have been looking for ways to keep busy, inspiring some of us to take a walk down memory lane with our favourite vintage crafts. Whether your nostalgia stems from classic summer activities or school art classes, one thing is for sure–working on crafts can spark a sense of joy. So if you want to turn your home into a classic and timeless paradise but you don’t want to spend a fortune, grab your DIY supplies and get ready for a blast from the past. 

Image via Donna Sutton on Flickr

Découpage

Some of our fondest memories include finding new ways to decorate our furniture and accessories with découpage alongside our parents when we were younger! Whether we used tissue paper or old comic books, that bottle of Mod Podge was not going to last long! If it was a flat surface, it was getting découpaged. 

Want to add some personality and colour to your kitchen? Try découpaging your drinking glasses with confetti or your favourite comic books. You’ll end up with a one-of-a-kind set that’s sure to be a conversation starter. 

Image via Rick&Brenda Beerhorst on Flickr

Rug hooking

One of our favourite vintage crafts is making shag rug-style hand-knotted wall hangings that incorporate different colours and textures of yarn and string to give an eclectic feel. Rug-hooking kits have come a long way from decades past, but the technique is still the same! 

One-of-a-kind rugs can be expensive and hard to come by, but you can make your own for a fraction of the cost. Get hooked on the craft and make personalized pieces for your front entrance, home office, bedroom, or living room.

Macrame

Now, who doesn’t remember macrame from back in the day? You can make so many things with it, including funky wall hangings and retro plant holders, which continue to rise in popularity  these days. What’s unique about macrame is you can use recycled materials, including colourful yarn or twine from around the house, or even ​​try recycling one of your old shirts for a one-of-a-kind piece! You could also swap your plant vessel with a coffee mug for a fun recycled swap, plus mugs work great for a variety of low-maintenance plants and are small enough, so you don’t need to create an elaborate macrame holder to show it off.

Image via Flickr, VintageBirds1, CC BY 2.0

Embroidery

Another great craft to bring back is embroidery—or even cross-stitching if you have the patience! Embroidery keeps your hands busy and is unexpectedly soothing as you go through the motions. There are loads of different stitches to try, and you can do anything from a simple phrase to a full-frame scene. 

Looking to add some colour to your walls? Create a scene across multiple frames for some eye-catching décor, or embroider words instead of images for fun signs throughout your home.

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Your home is full of possibilities 

Bringing vintage crafts into your home is not only fun, it’s useful! You’ll get brand new décor that triggers a wave of nostalgia every time you look at it, and that’s never a bad thing. Of course, there are tons of vintage crafts we didn’t touch on, like clothespin dollsneedlepointpaper wreaths, and potholders. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to unlock a mountain of memories!  

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