Vintage Santa Decor and Collectible Mugs

A nostalgic Christmas tree filled with red and white Santas plus an antique hutch brimming with collectible ironstone and Santa mugs.

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Hello friends and welcome to a week of Christmas Holiday Home Tours hosted by Marty of A Stroll Thru Life. You are going to get so much holiday inspiration from over 30 bloggers who are sharing their homes all week long (all the links are below). If you're visiting from Grace in my Space, welcome! I know you were inspired by Sarah's neutral and cozy Christmas decor but I hope you're ready for an explosion of Christmas color!

I have been crafting up a storm this holiday season and I don't want you to miss out on any goodies!

Decorating with red and white Santa decor

This year I was inspired to decorate with a nostalgic theme throughout my home using items that evoke that childhood wonder of Christmas.

I started a Santa mug collection last year, and decided to devote an entire tree and nearby hutch to Santa. I set up a inexpensive Walmart flocked tree next to the antique pine hutch in our front sitting room. This room is rarely used and so I went overboard with the decor, setting it up to mimic something you might see in your favorite boutique thrift store. Mr DIY would call it clutter 😏 but sometimes you just gotta embrace the clutter!

It feels like a vintage Christmas. Each corner of the room has something that makes me smile, from the trio of cozy DIY Christmas trees decked out with red berries to the vintage inspired smiling Santa mugs hanging on my Christmas tree. This isn't the first time I've hung dinnerware on a Christmas tree! Check out my French farmhouse blue and white tree as well as last year's tree with ironstone saucers!

Christmas should feel abundantly Merry and Bright and Full of Cheer, right?

I kept my red and white decor as budget-friendly as possibly, using a thrifted wood planter that I painted white to hold my Christmas tree without the stand ( click here to see how I made my inexpensive DIY PVC and cement tree stand). This is a great way to save a tree that has a broken stand, or just a fun way to use a basket, bucket or crate instead of a traditional tree skirt.

Red and white Santa Christmas tree

My Santa Christmas tree is filled with red and white horizontal striped ribbon, inexpensive ornaments and a DIY Santa garland made from wood slices that I hung on a store-bought wood bead garland. Most of my ornaments are from Walmart and a few from the dollar store, plus I used all the red and white ornaments I have from past Christmases.

Do you remember what it felt like to be a kid at Christmas? The magic. The wonder. I think I've captured some of that magic here. This sweet teddy bear was a Christmas gift from my mom-in-law to my middle son his first Christmas 24 years ago!

Filling a primitive pine hutch with Santa mugs

I only started my Santa mug collection last year (and I might have to stop already because I have a lot!). Click here to see how I decorated with them last year. I paired these sweet mugs with some of my white ironstone and red and white transferware in my primitive pine hutch. I love pairing new with old, traditional with whimsical. I think it creates interest and definitely adds a curated feel to my home!

I threw the doors of the hutch open and hung red and white striped stockings on the doors. Old glass ornament snowballs (made by brushing white glue onto ornaments and then dipping in Epsom salts) fill an ironstone bowl and add to the magical feel. Can you believe that I found those red and white transferware Christmas plates at Goodwill a few years ago? I get so excited to pull them out for Christmas! Last year they were on my dining table, you can see that here.

I love playing with dishes and creating displays with all my thrifted ironstone that I've found over the years. Bottlebrush trees, red berries and Santa mugs all fill this hutch.

Here's a tip: not all my ironstone is genuine, some is white porcelain, but when you mix it in, it works beautifully together! Old and new!

Only a couple of my Santa mugs are vintage pieces, but I look for new ones that have a vintage look. Great sources are Hobby Lobby, Etsy and FB Marketplace.

I added a tiered wire basket to the top of a small dresser and filled it up with more Santa mugs, spools of red and white ribbon and bottle brush trees. A white tabletop tree from Walmart is wrapped with a red and white striped tea towel as a quick and easy tree skirt. I tied a striped canvas ribbon bow on top.

The challenge in this room is the blue painted trunk that acts as a coffee table. There is nowhere to move it, so I kept it in the room even though I wasn't sure the color would look okay with the red and white theme. After I looked at my pictures, I realized that the multicolor rug helps to tie all the colors together.

I piled the sofa with red and white pillows and a red throw and hung my DIY $10 farmhouse ticking stripe wreath on the antique arched window.

I just recently removed the DIY gather sign and hung my homemade faux grain sack advent onto the window frame. I'll be sharing that tutorial next week but here's a peek.

I think you'll agree it feels like Christmas in this room!


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Next up is Cristina's home tour at Remodelando la Casa. Be sure to visit everyone on the tour at the links below.

Monday December 6th

Monday tours

A Stroll Thru Life - Up To Date Interiors - Our Southern Home - Southern Hospitality

This Is Our Bliss - Southern State of Mind - Inspiration For Moms

Tuesday December 7th

Tuesday tours

Making it in the Mountains - Decor to Adore - Pink Peppermint Design - Thrifty and Chic

Tuesday tours

Cuckoo4Design - White Arrows Home - Hymns and Verses

Wednesday December 8th

Wednesday tours

StoneGable - Whispering Pines Homestead - Worthing Court - Grace In My Space

Wednesday tours

DIY Beautify - Remodelando la Casa - LeCultivateur

Thursday December 9th

Thursday tours

Designing Vibes - The Stonybrook House - A Pretty Life - Calypso in the Country

Thursday tours

Clean and Scentsible - 11 Magnolia Lane - Chalking Up Success

Friday December 10th

Friday tours

Fox Hollow Cottage - Follow The Yellow Brick Home - Casa Watkins Living - Quarters One

Friday tours

Noting Grace - CitrineLiving - County Road 407

More thrifty ornaments, a white chippy spindle tree, my main tree and my dining room tree are coming in the days ahead! I would love to have you following along ❤

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  1. You have an amazing Santa collection and I love how they all look with the tree. Merry Christmas!

  2. What a fun Christmas tour. I love your santa mug collection, so fun and reminds me of the mugs my mom had. I love your homemade ornaments and everything ties together with your beautiful use of red and white stripes. Your DIY advent garland is so unique and perfect. Thanks so much for joining the tour this season, love your home and all your amazing thrifty decor ideas.

    1. Thank you so much Marty, it is always a pleasure to tour with you! Merry Christmas!

  3. Cindy I love your classic color palette of red and white. Your collection of Santa's is truly amazing. So happy to be on tour with you.

    1. Thank you Laura, I thoroughly enjoyed decorating this space!

  4. Cindy, I can see how you can get addicted to Santa mugs, they are so cute and you have some really great ones already! I love that you used your DIY skills to create such beautiful Christmas décor too. Goes to show that you don't have to spend a fortune on décor, you can get creative and have unique pieces instead! I really enjoyed the tour, Merry Christmas to you!

    1. Thank you so much! I love getting crafty during the holidays!

  5. What a lovely Santa collection! The red and white loving heart of mine was feeling so cozy and homey. Merry Christmas!

  6. Hi Cindy! So adorable! Love the red and white tree, it's was so cheery to see! Happy to join the tour this year!
    Merry Christmas!
    Blessings, Lori

  7. Cindy, I'm loving all those cute Santas and the cheerful red decor! What a fun and festive tour! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Oh I LOVE everything about this room Cindy, red at Christmas is my favourite! I too have accumulated quite a collection of Santa mugs over the last couple of years and I love love them!

  9. The Santas are so cute and I love how happy red and white looks together. You have a fantastic collection! The DIY advent calendar looks great in the living room.

  10. Just look at all those Santa heads! Oh my gosh my golly, I love it! And yes, Christmas should always be bright and merry but I'm with Mister DIY on the clutter. NOT that your room or hutch looks cluttered. It's actually magical! And I smiled at the accoutrement drawer. Only you would have thought of that. So fun! Glad I got to see your fabulous collections. I bet it's even better in person. Merry Christmas sweet friend.

    1. Aww, thanks for your sweetness friend! I hosted a holiday home tour today and got to share it in person with some friends and neighbors! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas ❤🌲

  11. I love your red and white decor and all the Santas! It all makes me so happy! Your addition of the snowballs in the bowl is so cute!!


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