Vintage Coke Crate Christmas Coffee Table Decor

For my Christmas coffee table decor this year, I used a vintage Coke crate filled with trees, greenery, and a candle.

Coca-Cola crate on a coffee table decorated for Christmas

I’ve been decking the halls for a few weeks and yesterday shared my Winter Wonderland Swarovski Snowflake Christmas tree. I treated myself to a new flocked tree this year and I love how it looks in our living room decked out in snowflakes.

Today’s Christmas coffee table decor is part of a monthly Pinterest Challenge hosted by Cindy of County Road 407. Each month Cindy selects a picture from Pinterest and challenges our group to create our own version of the look.

Pinterest Challenge Graphic

Many thanks to Cindy for hosting this challenge.

If you arrived here from Postcards from the Ridge, welcome! Angie is one of my favorite bloggers and I love how she uses vintage to decorate her home.

Our Inspiration for This Challenge

Our inspiration for this challenge comes from Jennifer at The Grace House Interiors who decorated a crate with wooden trees, greenery, and berries.

Crate decorated for Christmas with two wooden trees and greenery.

Vintage Coke Crate Christmas Coffee Table Decor

Jennifer displayed her crate on a table in her foyer. For my version, I created a coffee table centerpiece using a vintage Coke crate.

Vintage Coca-Cola crate decorated for Christmas

A few years ago I got it in my head that I needed a vintage Coca-Cola crate. It didn’t take long to find one and to be honest, I haven’t decorated with it a lot.

I did use it for this year’s patriotic mantel and loved how it looked on my hearth on top of my grandmother’s suitcase filled with an early 1900s red, white, and blue paper hat and American flags.

I’m thrilled to use it for my Christmas coffee table centerpiece and I love how the red of the crate pops against the black stone top of my 1960s coffee table.

Vintage Coca-Cola crate decorated for Christmas with a wood tree, vintage Coke bottle, and greenery.

Decorating the Crate for the Centerpiece

In our inspiration picture, Jennifer used two wooden trees. Instead of two wooden trees, I used a small faux tree and a wooden tree that I made.

Last year two of these wooden trees on my Warm and Rustic Christmas mantel with Vintage Flair.

Vintage Coca-Cola crate decorated for Christmas

To elevate the trees, I placed them on top of a few books, vintage of course!

Vintage Coca-Cola crate

I got the idea to use a bottle with a candle in my crate from Michelle who blogs at The Painted Hinge.

Michelle decorated a vintage 7up crate for Christmas and used a 7up bottle with a candle.

I loved the look and used it for my Christmas crate.

Vintage Coke Crate Christmas Coffee Table Centerpiece

To make it interesting, I used the oldest Coca-Cola bottle that I own.

Christmas coffee table centerpiece using a vintage Coca-Cola crate

Unfortunately, you can’t tell that it is a very old bottle because the greenery hides most of it.

Handmade wood Christmas tree surrounded by greenery in a vintage Coca-Cola crate

I did a little research, and this Cumberland, MD Coca-Cola bottle dates to around 1903.

Antique 1908 -1910 Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Cumberland, MD Coke bottle

I inherited an adorable red Coca-Cola six-bottle caddy from my grandmother who used it to transport extra flowers to church and garden club to refresh her flower arrangements.

This bottle along with five other Coke bottles were in Granny’s caddy.

1908 - 1910 Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Cumberland, MD bottle

I don’t know why this bottle was saved, but I’m sure glad that it was. You can see my Coca-Cola caddy with the other five vintage Coke bottles that I inherited in this post.

After the trees and bottle were in place, I filled in the crate with faux greenery.

Vintage Coca-Cola crate decorated for Christmas

Some of Jennifer’s greenery was snow-kissed, so to add a touch of white to my centerpiece, I added branches that I used for last winter’s family room decor.

To make the branches, I brushed branches with Mod Podge and coated them in Epsom Salt.

Branch covered in dried Epsom salt

Today’s post is giving you a tiny sneak peek of my Christmas family room decor.

I’m excited to share more of this room on December 3rd for a Christmas home tour with a group of blogging friends.

Vintage Coca-Cola crate decorated for Christmas

Christmas Coffee Table Decor Over the Years

Every year I try to decorate my coffee table for Christmas in a different way.

I’ve been blogging since 2007 but in earlier years only shared our formal living room at Christmas.

Now that You’ve Seen My Coca-Cola Crate, Do You Want One?

These Coca-Cola crates are available on Etsy.

Don’t Miss These Creative Coca-Cola Crate Repurposed Projects!

I had so much fun with this challenge and I’m looking forward to seeing what my blogging friends created.

The next blogger sharing her version of our inspiration picture is Crissy of First Day of Home. Crissy is super talented and if you like making things, you don’t want to miss her craft ideas. You also should check out her YouTube channel, it’s great!

More Projects to Enjoy

Many thanks to Cindy for organizing this fun monthly challenge!

Click on the links below to visit each blogger who is sharing their version of our inspiration picture.

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  1. This is such a cute idea, Paula! I’ve always loved the look of the Coke crates I love the way you styled yours! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Thank you so much, Shelley! I always struggle with what to use on my Christmas coffee table and I really like how this looks. You have a Happy Thanksgiving as well.

  2. Paula,
    This is so so cute. Love the coke crate. I have one filled with Vintage Pepsi bottles. LOL We both have COKE in our shares today. so glad to be doing this with so many talented ladies like yourself.

    1. Thank you, Christy! I love the trees and gave a few as gifts. I should make more for a few gifts for this Christmas. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    1. Thank you so much, Laura! I was enchanted by your post because we love vacationing in Vermont. I know have Marlboro, VT on my list of places I want to visit.

  3. Oh my goodness, your crate couldn’t get any more adorable than it is! I need a Coke crate! But I want that old Coke bottle first. How fun to add a candle inside. Love this so much! You are always an inspiration with your vintage goodies. Thank you so much for always joining in. Big hugs.

    1. Thank you, Cindy! I had so much fun with this challenge and I’m so glad that Michelle’s Christmas crate gave me the inspiration to use a bottle as a candle holder.

  4. It’s amazing how a Coke crate can look so Christmas-y. And I LOVE the vintage Coke bottle used as a candleholder! What a great idea from Michelle! Your Christmas crate is just lovely, Paula. Perfectly vintage, and so you! Pinned!

    1. I always struggle with decorating the coffee table and I really like what I did for this Christmas season. I hope that you will have a wonderful Thanksgiving and that the girls will be able to be home to be with you and your husband.

    1. Thank you, Michelle! I loved your version with Poinsettias. I’m going to do that on my hearth at the lake. Thanks for YOUR inspiration to me!

  5. I love your Coca Cola version, Paula! I loved Michelle’s 7 up version, too;) I think I have a Coke crate around somewhere, but don’t exactly know where:( Modge podge with epsom salts, now there’s a brilliant idea! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  6. Paula, i love your vintage Coke caddy, and that fact that it was your grandmother’s and that you know the cute story of how she used it makes it all the more special. Priceless.

    I had such fun participating this month with you all in the Pinterest Challenge! Looking forward to next time! 🙂
    Niky & The House on Silverado

    1. Hi, Niky! I purchased the crate at a local antique shop but the bottle I used was in a six bottle caddy that my grandmother used to take extra flowers to church and garden club competitions to refresh her arrangements. I’m really lucky to have inherited many of my grandmother’s vintage treasures.

      I’m glad that you joined our Pinterest Challenge group. I’m also looking forward to next time.

  7. Great interpretation of the Pinterest Challenge, Paula. I’ve never thought about a Coke crate (being a Dr Pepper drinker), but it is definitely a great vintage item to have on hand. Love your mix of trees and greenery. Happy Thanksgiving and holiday season to you and your family.

    1. Now I’m wondering if there are vintage Dr. Pepper crates available. Thank you so much for you sweet comment. I hope and Sweet Shark have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  8. What a brilliant idea to use a crate, Paula! I absolutely LOVE it! I want to get one of those to decorate for Christmas or even the 4th of July. Your photos are so great, too. The whole scene is very charming. Of course, I’m quite fond of your DIY wooden tree. I want to try cutting a design like that now. Thanks also for linking my YouTube channel! Pinning!

    1. You could knock out making a few of these trees in no time using that awesome bandsaw that your husband made. The crate is great to use for 4th of July. Since it is red, maybe I’ll figure out a way to use it for Valentine’s Day decor. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  9. When it come to recreating a vintage Christmas…there’s “always Coca-Cola!” I have a similar crate that I considered using for this challenge but I keep it on my porch and it needed a good cleaning before bringing inside so I went with the wooden crate instead.

    Love your whole crate display! I am loving the wooden tree, and the greenery is so pretty, The Epsom salt snow branches are genius!
    As a vintage Coke collector I can say that that bottle is definitely a treasure!

    I can’t wait to see more of your vintage Christmas style this holiday season.

    I hope you have a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. I love your coke crate and your little wooden tree is such a match for the inspiration photo. Adding a small “real”tree and your candle in the coke bottle just really carries your theme through. Love it.

  11. Paula,
    This is one of my favorites from last week and look for your feature on Wednesday’s Charming Homes and Gardens Link Party!

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