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DIY: Vintage Book Garland and Decoupage Letters

Tuesday on the blog, I shared instructions on making a wreath using vintage book pages, and today, I’m going to walk you through the steps to make a festive garland and decoupaged holiday message. Both of these projects are very easy, and could be changed to suit your personal decor style.

Vintage Paper Garland

  • Supplies:
  • Vintage book pages
  • Hole Punch
  • Twisted Jute Garden Twine
  • Cardboard and pencil for making your pattern


While I contemplated cutting snowflakes or ornament shapes for this garland, ultimately I wanted this to be not only quick and easy, but to have a simple aesthetic. The 2″ circle design that I decided on was all of those things. I made three 5′ garlands in about 15 minutes.

Design and cut your pattern out of cardboard.


Trace your pattern onto the book pages. Fit as many on one page as possible to make less work of it. I traced the circle onto the bottom of one page, then stacked four pages on top of eachother, because my pages were a very thin paper. Then I folded the pages into thirds and cut out my circle. I was able to get twelve circles out of one cut.


Fold your circles in half, three or four at at time. Punch a hole so that when you are done, the circle looks like a button with two holes.


String them onto the jute twine. I found that about eighteen circles fit onto a five foot length of twine, which was a manageable length for dressing my little potted tree.

garland close up

Decoupage Letters

This project couldn’t be any easier, and if you have never worked with decoupage medium, don’t worry. The technique is extremely flexible and forgiving. Choose any holiday message, and spell it out with any manner of these letters. You could go all capitals or stick with lower case letters. JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts has a great selection, and they are frequently on sale. The process took me around 30 – 45 minutes per letter.

Rip up your vintage book pages into random sized pieces.

Brush glue on the letter, and on the back of a book page piece. Then place the piece on the letter.

Brush more Mod Podge over the top of the piece. Now just repeat that process, overlapping and layering pieces for a textured effect.


There are countless ways to display your holiday message, on a mantle, hanging on the wall, or resting on top of a bookcase or buffet. For the photos I styled for the Sunday feature in the Kitsap Sun, I nestled them among some cedar branches, on top of an old white dresser in our living room.

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Holiday Gala At Josephine’s Redeemed Thursday

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This Thursday, head down to Josephine’s Redeemed Boutique at 1961 Bay St. in Port Orchard. The vintage decor shop will be holding their Holiday Gala from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. complete with candlelight, food, drink and prizes. I’m sure the place will be absolutely bursting with all manner of vintage and handmade holiday inspiration. Plus, the first 100 people through the door will get a gift! You’ll also have a chance to meet the vendors, and some will be having specials. Sellers of handmade items or art will be available to take custom orders. This little event sounds like a magical way to get in the Christmas spirit and find unique gifts for all of the loved ones on your list!

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Mark Your Holiday Calendar for Valley Vintage Market

Photo from Valley Vintage.
Photo from Valley Vintage.

Gearing up for my favorite season to decorate, I’ve been scouting out local sources for Christmas inspiration. This event is at the top of my list, as it should be for you! So, get yourself down to the Valley Vintage Market on December 4th and 5th! Valley Vintage Market is always an excellent spot to score vintage treasures, but this month you’ll also find lots of Christmas and holiday themed decor to accentuate the spirit of the season.

Photo from Valley Vintage.
Photo from Valley Vintage.

Even if you had the good fortune to stop in last month, don’t let that keep you away. Owner of the market,  Lisa Caldwell, takes care to curate different vendors from month to month. While some of the vendors may have showed before, you can bet that they’ll have a new inventory of goods to inspire you for the holidays. Find the market at the Central Valley Community Center, 10140 Central Valley Rd. NE, Poulsbo. The market will be open on Friday, December 4 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, December 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Maybe I’ll see you there!

Photo from Valley Vintage.
Photo from Valley Vintage.