Vintage Christmas DIY | Retro Holiday Camper Centerpiece

Raise your hand if you’re a sucker for retro Christmas kitsch!

Sure, I enjoy all forms of holiday decor, but those charming vintage items are a personal favorite. This is tricky since I also love crafting, especially DIYs relating to whatever holiday is coming up. (Honestly, I just like themes. Invite me to your parties and watch me go all out.) It dawned on me this season that plenty of my decades-old decor was someone else’s craft project, which means theoretically I could create similar looking projects.

And then I spotted this retro-looking birdhouse at the craft store.

I found this unfinished camper birdhouse at JOANN Fabrics and Crafts for $6.99 and bought it with a coupon. (Remember to download the brand’s mobile app for the most deals!) With a little paint, random art supplies I already had around the house, and a couple of leftover holiday items. All in all, I’d say it took about an hour and cost less than a venti Starbucks winter latte.



  • Remove any stickers or hanging materials (e.g. string) from the birdhouse.
  • Paint the bird house and let it dry.
  • Attach the craft details however you like. For this example, I glued gold cord around all the edges, followed by a silver pipe cleaner and sequins as holiday garland.
  • Cut out a small piece of quilt batting with curved edges glue it to the top of the camper to represent snow.
  • Glue festive details like trees, wreaths, and stockings in place.

Looking for more vintage-inspired DIYs you can make before Christmas? Try these easy ornaments, DIY winter scenes, vintage-inspired chandelier decor, festive place card holders, or retro garland wreaths!

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