Vintage St. Patrick’s Day Decor: 17 Lucky Finds

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Vintage St. Patrick's Day Decor

When Irish eyes are smiling, it might be because they’ve found some amazing vintage St. Patrick’s Day decor! My love of hunting for vintage treasures needs little encouragement, and if there’s a reason to celebrate, I think there’s also a reason to decorate. These vintage and antique pieces are some of my favorites for St. Patrick’s Day, and I think you’ll love them, too!

Yes, yes, I know that St. Patrick’s Day has not historically been celebrated in Ireland with the same zest that it is here in the States. But that doesn’t dampen my spirits.

Originally a solemn religious holiday to commemorate the patron saint of Ireland, we Americans got in the mix and commercialized the shamrocks out of it.

Green beer, leprechaun-themed merchandise, and raucous celebrations in the street? Yep, we did that. In truth, if there’s an opportunity to turn a day of observation into a money making endeavor, Americans will seize it.

Don’t believe me? Try to figure out what President’s Day has to do with mattress sales.

St. Patrick’s Day: A Day Worth Celebrating

I enjoy honoring St. Patrick’s Day, though, because my own heritage is largely Irish. A moment of celebration, even a small one, reminds me of my roots and the sacrifices my ancestors made to leave their homes and everything they knew to start a new life in this country.

Without a doubt, these were courageous people, and I think it’s worth honoring and remembering that fact each year.

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Transforming Your St. Patrick’s Day Decor With Vintage Style

From jig-worthy tunes to the search for that elusive pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, St. Patrick’s Day is a time for celebrating all things Irish. However, while some may opt for the traditional sea of green decorations that can sometimes resemble a leprechaun’s paintball adventure, I prefer a more sophisticated approach to celebrating this festive occasion.

Enter: Vintage decor! Without a doubt ,this is the biggest secret weapon for adding a touch of class to your St. Paddy’s Day celebrations.

So, why vintage? Well, a chara, vintage decor has a certain je ne sais quoi that modern decorations often lack. It’s like stepping into a time machine and emerging with treasures that tell stories of days gone by. And when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day, particularly, vintage pieces offer a unique opportunity to infuse your festivities with a sense of history and tradition.

(Don’t you just love how I combined a little Gaelic with my French there?πŸ˜‰)

Our front porch includes vintage items in shades of green to welcome spring and St. Patrick's Day
See our front porch decor HERE

Taking St. Patrick’s Day From Tacky to Timeless

Now, let’s talk specifics. When it comes to decorating for St. Patrick’s Day with vintage flair, overall, it’s important to think beyond the usual suspects of plastic shamrocks and neon green streamers. Instead, seek out items that evoke the essence of Ireland’s rich cultural heritage.

Picture this: a rustic wood-framed sign adorned with a Gaelic blessing, or perhaps an antique Irish pottery piece proudly displayed on your mantel. Likewise, you can even add shamrock plants (aka oxalis) around your home to delight your friends and family!

To make sure your St. Patrick’s Day decor is truly inspiring, here are a few tips to keep in mind for this purpose.

Rustic wood framed sign with an Irish blessing above a fireplace mantel
via Home Sweet Sign Co

Tip #1: Make Sure Your Decor Tells a Story

Vintage decor isn’t just about aesthetics; in short, it’s really about storytelling. Each piece has its own tale to tell, while adding depth and character to your space. Imagine gathering around a beautifully embroidered linen tablecloth, passed down through generations, as you share stories of Irish ancestors and their adventures across the Emerald Isle.

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And let’s not forget about the power of symbolism. St. Patrick’s Day is steeped in folklore and tradition, and likewise, vintage decor offers a treasure trove of symbols to incorporate into your celebrations. From Celtic knots to the iconic shamrock, these timeless hallmarks add a layer of meaning to your decor, while inviting guests to delve deeper into the spirit of the holiday.

Tip #2: Mix and Match

Decorating with vintage items doesn’t mean sacrificing style or functionality. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Vintage decor adds a sense of sophistication and elegance to your St. Patrick’s Day festivities, elevating them from ordinary to extraordinary. So go ahead, mix and match vintage finds with modern pieces to create a look that’s uniquely yours.

Tip #3: Create Balance and Harmony

And remember, the key to successful vintage decor is balance. Avoid going overboard with too many competing elements; instead, opt for a curated selection of pieces that complement each other harmoniously. Think of your space as a canvas, and let your vintage treasures tell their story in a way that’s both chic and charming.

Oxalis is a fun plant to grow for St. Patrick's Day
Grow your own shamrocks HERE

17 Vintage St. Patrick’s Day Decor Ideas to Inspire You

Without further ado, let’s dive into this amazing collection of vintage decor ideas for St. Patrick’s Day. Whether you’re out antiquing, picking through an estate sale, or rummaging through your own attic, these treasures are perfect for bringing some Irish luck to your holiday festivities.

Click on any of the photos to shop these items, but be sure to act quickly as these are all one-of-a-kind, vintage pieces!

Vintage Green-Banded Restaurantware

Easily incorporate notes of green into your decor with vintage restaurantware creamers. The subtle elegance works year-round from spring time through the holidays.

What we love
  • Understated pops of green
  • Works well with neutral farmhouse decor
  • Can double as a petite vase for flowers

Vintage French Green Glass Demijohn

A demijohn is a vessel used to transport liquids–often, water or wine–and they are quintessential collectibles in French farmhouse decor. This substantial and rare piece holds 15 liters.

What we love
  • Authentically sourced in France
  • A true statement piece
  • Beautiful for use year-round

Antique Double Irish Chain Quilt, c. 1870

Vintage and antique quilts add so much charm when displayed as decor in the home. This quilt is made with the Double Irish Chain pattern and uses a Kelly Green fabric that’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

What we love
  • Adds warmth to a room
  • Artisan handicraft
  • Uniquely one-of-a-kind

Vintage Green Glass Bottles

Highly collectible, antique and vintage green glass bottles are a charming way to incorporate a bit of color in your vintage St. Patrick’s Day decor without going over the top.

What we love
  • Found vintage treasures
  • Perfect as vases for small wildflower bunches
  • Adds a subtle pop of color

Vintage Four-Leaf Clover Candlestick

Green and gold are perfect companions in your vintage St. Patrick’s Day decor. This darling vintage candlestick is a charming nod to the celebration.

What we love
  • Beautifully tarnished patina
  • Adds ambiance with candlelight
  • Metallic touches help to add warmth

Vintage Shamrock Tablecloth

Vintage linens add so much joy and charm to a home, and this tablecloth with green shamrock pattern is no exception. This would look lovely on its own or topped with a neutral tablerunner.

What we love
  • Linens are easy-to-store decor items
  • Vintage fabrics were made to last
  • Mix and match with a vintage topper

Vintage Irish Road Sign

Old European road signs with names of famous places make incredible wall decor. This one marks the way to Dublin, and it’s perfect for your vintage St. Patrick’s Day!

What we love
  • Fits in seamlessly with neutral decor
  • Subtle hints at St. Patrick’s Day
  • Great conversation piece

Vintage Irish Tea Towel

Your decor choices don’t need to be loud to be noticed. A simple vintage tea towel in green and gold is enough to mark the St. Patrick’s Day celebration with style.

What we love
  • Features whimsical depictions of a leprechaun, cottage, harp, and more
  • Linens help to add warmth to your decor
  • Could double as a table topper

Vintage Green Fiestaware

We love vintage Fiestaware, and in fact, it’s what we use for our everyday dining. Undeniably, choosing pieces in shades of green are lovely for St. Patrick’s Day.

What we love
  • Pitchers can double as vases for your centerpiece
  • Pastel colors easily transition to Easter decor
  • Highly collectible and holds its value over time

Vintage Jadeite Hen on Nest Covered Dish

Hen on Nest dishes were popularized by Westmoreland Glass in the 1930s. There were hundreds of sizes and colors manufactured over the years, and some are worth hundreds of dollars today.

What we love
  • Highly collectible, with some being very valuable
  • Versatile as a candy dish or trinket box
  • Transitions perfectly to Easter decor

Vintage Shamrock Ice Cream Box

Vintage packaging makes for incredible decor in part because it’s so hard to find. These items were often discarded, so discovering a piece in excellent condition is quite a treasure.

What we love
  • Excellent conversation piece
  • Truly unique
  • Will look darling on a shelf or atop a cabinet

Vintage Irish Biscuit Tin

Vintage advertising tins look lovely to display on their own, or use them to make creative centerpieces and floral arrangements.

What we love
  • Unique and authentically vintage
  • Perfect for holding a plant or indoor herb garden
  • Very collectible

Vintage Green Hobnail Glass

In the 1970s, the Indiana Glass Company launched a carnival glass revival initiative with depression-era patterns and styles including the hobnail design.

What we love
  • Collectible and useful
  • Green glass works year-round in decor
  • Glasses can also be used as layered dessert cups

Vintage Embroidered Shamrock Tablerunner

Vintage needlework is so special to find. Discovering a hand-embroidered piece of art is truly an act of historical preservation.

What we love
  • Beautifully handcrafted
  • Subtle shamrock design
  • Heirloom quality

Antique Atlas Canning Jar

Atlas “Good Luck” jars are some of the most rare of the brand. The earliest easy-seal lids were manufactured around 1910..

What we love
  • Fill with vintage thread spools or other small items
  • Would make a charming vase
  • Collectible and valuable

Vintage Map of Ireland, c. 1937

Framing an old map is a lovely way to add vintage wall decor to your home. For a vintage St. Patrick’s Day, a map of Ireland is particularly creative.

What we love
  • A unique piece of decor
  • Wonderful to celebrate Irish heritage
  • Old maps make for beautiful art

Vintage Royal Tara Bone China

Made in Ireland, this Royal Tara fine bone china features the Trellis Shamrock pattern that’s perfect to display for St. Patrick’s Day.

What we love
  • Lovely display piece
  • Could make for a creative centerpiece
  • Perfect for a neutral decor style
Decorating for St. Patrick's Day with vintage items and DIY shamrocks
Get my printable Shamrock Pattern HERE

May the Road Rise Up to Meet You…

I hope these ideas have inspired you to decorate your home with meaningful stories and memories this St. Patrick’s Day. Whether you have a bit of Irish heritage you’d like to celebrate, or you simply enjoy the culture and history, these ideas are bound to make you feel creative this season!

Above all, creative storytelling is what I think home decorating is really all about. Being that your home is the place where you live life, it should represent the things that matter most to you, personally, in whatever way fills up your heart and soul.

Decorating for St. Patrick’s Day with vintage decor is a surefire way to elevate your celebrations to new heights. From antique Irish pottery to embroidered linens steeped in tradition, vintage pieces add a touch of class and sophistication to your festivities, all while paying homage to Ireland’s rich cultural heritage. So this year, ditch the plastic shamrocks and embrace the timeless appeal of vintage decor. SlΓ‘inte!

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