Decorating a Vintage Christmas Tree
When decorating your vintage Christmas tree for your home or office, there are several things you need: a vintage Christmas tree, vintage Christmas ornaments, vintage Christmas lights, and vintage Christmas garland. Vintage Christmas garlands can also be used throughout your home or office around doors and windows, or even the edge of a table or fireplace mantel.
This article is about the different types of vintage Christmas garlands that are available, to complete your vintage Christmas tree and vintage Christmas decor look. My favorite place to shop for vintage items is Ebay, and you will see me recommending Ebay over and over. There are lots of wonderful vintage and antique Christmas products on Ebay, that are in excellent condition, for very good prices.
Therefore, Ebay is where I suggest you start your search, even if it is only to narrow down what kind of vintage Christmas garland you are looking for.
Vintage Tinsel Christmas Garland
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Vintage Mercury Glass Beaded Christmas Garlands
Mercury glass beaded garlands are my personal favorite types of vintage garlands. They are very beautiful, and I am partial to glass anyway.
Here is a definition of mercury glass from Wikipedia:
Mercury glass is the common term for silvered glass, which describes glass that was blown double walled, then silvered between the layers with a liquid silvering solution, and sealed. “Mercury” silvered glass was produced originally from around 1840 until at least 1930 in Bohemia (now the Czech Republic), Germany and also manufactured in England from 1849-55. Companies in the United States, including the Boston and Sandwich Glass Co., New England Glass Co. and the Boston Silver Glass Company, made silvered glass from about 1852-80. Silvered “mercury” glass is considered one of the first true “art glass” types, that is, glass that was made for display and for its inherent artistic value rather than for utilitarian use.
Vintage mercury glass Christmas garlands come in many different bright colors, mostly made of round mercury glass beads. They are lightweight, easy to store, and available in varying sizes. Sometimes you can find the mercury glass in other shapes, but that is much more rare. They are very affordable, and most of the used garlands are still in mint condition. You may be able to find never opened boxes of mercury glass bead garlands.
Vintage Mercury Glass Christmas Garlands
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Vintage Twisted and Tinsel Christmas Garland
It is hard to imagine Christmas without some kind of tinsel decoration, and you can find some very interesting twisted and tinsel Christmas garlands on Ebay, many of which are still in the original box.
Tinsel can be found in silver and gold, and a myriad of other colors including red, green, and blue to decorate your vintage Christmas tree. Tinsel garland comes in different diameters which you need to consider when you search for the vintage Christmas garland that you are looking for.
Vintage Twist Christmas Garlands
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Vintage Candy Christmas Garlands
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Vintage Plastic Christmas Garland
Plastic vintage Christmas garlands come in many shapes, but I have to admit that my favorite plastic garland find was a Christmas garland that was made up of plastic fruit shapes. That would make a really fun vintage decoration in a warmer climate like Florida.
Plastic can be molded into pretty much any shape, so the variety of plastic garland is very wide.
Another interesting vintage garland type is vintage Christmas candy garlands, that are made up of actual candy. You can make your own candy garland at home from Lifesavers, or any other hard candy that you can string for your tree.
Vintage Plastic Christmas Garland
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Finding Vintage Christmas Garland from a Specific Time Period
Besides searching by type or color of vintage Christmas garland, you can also search by era. For instance, in the group below this paragraph, I have searched for vintage Christmas garland made in the 1950’s. This can help you narrow down manufacturers and styles from a certain time period, especially if you are decorating your home with a vintage period theme.
Vintage 1950’s Christmas Garland
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