How to Turn Trinket Dishes into Ornaments

Try my simple 3 step process to turn vintage trinket dishes into ornaments for Christmas like I did with my collection of Wedgwood Jasperware.

Turn Wedgwood trinket dishes into ornaments with Disc hangers and ribbon

You can take beautiful vintage trinket dishes, butter pats, ashtrays, or small plates and turn them into Christmas ornaments in a snap with my easy method, and the best part is you won’t damage the dishes at all! They can be turned back into trinket dishes for tables or hung up on a gallery plate wall!

If you read my Chinoiserie Christmas inspiration post, you know that one of my themes for 2020 is Georgian Chinoiserie Garden. Wedgwood’s Jasperware line with Classical scenes and motifs was greatly influenced by the rage for all things Greek and Roman in the Georgian period. Of course, I had to use some of these charming ceramics in my Christmas decorating for this theme!

Small Jasperware trinket dishes and ashtrays are pretty easy to find at reasonable prices. They come in beautiful pastel colors, and the design is timeless, elegant, and the high contrast silhouette cameos have a graphic quality that is modern feeling. I love Wedgwood Jasperware, so I decided to turn these sweet little novelties into Christmas ornaments.

I think my Wedgwood Jasperware tabletop Christmas tree turned out beautifully! What do you think?

Katherine's Wedgwood Jasperware tabletop Christmas tree in dining room

Materials to Make Trinket Dishes into Ornaments

  • A collection of small dishes: Jasperware nut dishes or ashtrays for example. You could also use porcelain butter pats or other small dishes in a pattern and style you love.
  • Flatirons disc adhesive plate hangers – 1.25″ or 1.5″ diameter
  • A small bowl of water
  • Ribbon and scissors

3 Steps to Turn Trinket Dishes into

Ornaments for Christmas:

Step No. 1 Wet Disc Adhesive Plate Hanger with Water

Set up a little bowl of water. Dab your finer in the water and then wet the back of the disc plate hanger where the glue is. Wet the disc until the yellow fabric becomes flexible.

Step 1 Wet Disc adhesive hanger

Step 2 press disc hanger onto back of trinket dish

Step No. 2 Place Disc Hanger on Back of Trinket Dish

Put the hanger near the top of the dish with metal ring just below top edge. The hanger needs to be near the top so the plate hangs level once on the ribbon. Firmly press the yellow pad on the back of the dish and hold down until the adhesive sticks. You may have to double check it stays down for a few minutes.

Set aside in safe place and let it sit over night.

Step No. 3 Cut Ribbon & Tie Bows for Hangers

Choose coordinating ribbons for your trinket dish ornaments. Cut about 12 inches of it to make bow hangers for each trinket dish. I tied my bows at the top, but you could also put the bow down near the top of the plate.

Hang them on your Christmas tree and enjoy!

Green Jasperware ashtray made into Christmas tree ornament

What an easy method to turn vintage trinket dishes into ornaments for Christmas, right?

The best part is you can do this with any pretty plate you want. If you choose to make ornaments out of larger plates like bread and butter size or bigger get Flatirons discs in a bigger diameter. Looking for other unique Christmas ornament ideas made out of vintage pretties? Check out this post!

Tabletop Christmas tree with Wedgwood Jasperware trinket dishes made into ornaments

I hope you all have fun with these DIY ornaments and feel inspired to create your own! If you want to replicate this DIY with Jasperware, I will be offering several trinket dishes for sale in a special Christmas ornament sale on Tuesday November 24th on my Instagram.

Merry Christmas Lovelies!

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  1. Davina Cartier on November 29, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    In over 250 years Wedgwood has never made a single “trinket dish”, You are decorating your tree with ashtrays and Bridge nut dishes.

    • Katherine on December 1, 2021 at 7:07 am

      Davina, You are absolutely right! “How to turn ashtrays and Bridge nut dishes into ornaments” is a bit unwieldy as a title though, don’t you think?

      I deliberately chose to use the term trinket dishes because very few of us smoke or play bridge like was once popular, and these little dishes get used more often than not as catchalls for small things. I also believe the DIY tutorial is applicable to all small dishes aka trinket dishes not just Wedgwood Jasperware. You could take any plate that caught your fancy and turn it into an ornament with this method.

      Thank you so much for you well meant comment. I’m sure it was intended as kind educational advice although your phrasing lacks serious civility!

      • Madeleine on January 22, 2022 at 10:01 pm

        I very much agree, Katherine. Such an unnecessarily rude comment on such a lovely, well constructed blog post. I love your idea and immediately printed for next year’s decor! I’m a huge fan and cannot wait to see what you come up with next! Much love and kisses! ?

        • Katherine on January 31, 2022 at 8:41 am

          Hi Madeleine! Thanks for the support. I truly appreciate. Hope you enjoy the creating this DIY next year. XOXO – K

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