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Merry & Bright Christmas Pigs Garland

I told you before: I grew up on a farm in Western Norway. My sister is running the farm today, with a large production of pigs. In the Victorian era, pigs were used as a symbol of prosperity and good fortune. Often times on postcards used for Christmas or New Year’s greetings. I wanted to use vintage pigs to create Christmas bunting for my sister, and here is her garland to share with all of you:

Wings of Whimsy: Merry & Bright Christmas Pigs Bunting - free for personal use #vintage #ephemera #printable

Wings of Whimsy: Merry & Bright Christmas Pigs Bunting - free for personal use #vintage #ephemera #printable

I hung her garland with bakers twine, and no extra embellishment. If you prefer a more decorated look, you may of course embellish yours with glitter or ribbon or beads, or whatever else you can think of πŸ™‚

Wings of Whimsy: Merry & Bright Christmas Pigs Bunting - free for personal use #vintage #ephemera #printable

Wings of Whimsy: Merry & Bright Christmas Pigs Bunting - free for personal use #vintage #ephemera #printable

Pig symbols are still a common part of the Norwegian (and I believe the Scandinavian) Christmas tradition. If you are looking to create a Scandinavian Christmas, this garland is a MUST πŸ˜€ Here are the digital elements I created:
Wings of Whimsy: Christmas Pig PNG (transparent bakcground) - free for personal use #vintage #printable #ephemera Wings of Whimsy: Christmas Star - PNG (transparent background) - free for personal use #vintage #printable #ephemera

Download high quality individual large bunting flags, Β small bunting flag collage sheets and digital elements here:

Download Printable

I also included a blank flag (no lettering) in the folder, so you can easily create your own message. These files are free for your personal use and enjoyment πŸ™‚

I used the following elements for these designs:

Vintage Pig – Portfolio of Bolky

Cherub Wings – The Graphics Fairy

Christmas Star – Suzee Que on Flickr

French Postcard Texture – Wings of Whimsy


PS! If you would like to see more vintage pigs, please click below to visit my Pinterest board DIY Vintage Pigs:


6 thoughts on “Merry & Bright Christmas Pigs Garland

    1. Tusen takk Ellis πŸ™‚

      Eg trur at grisar til jul er ein gammal europeisk tradisjon, som vi fortsatt brukar i Skandinavia, men som ikkje er sΓ₯ vanleg andre stadar πŸ˜›

      Veldig kjekt at fleire likar julegrisar πŸ˜€

      Takk for besΓΈk og kommentar, og riktig God Jul!


    1. Aww! I want to make everything fly, this is a winged blog, after all… πŸ˜€ I hope you will make a Flying Pigs garland of your own, lots of possibilities for personalizing it πŸ™‚ You can use the blank flag to spell out any message, like a name or “When Pigs Fly” πŸ˜€ xoxoxo

  1. Gunnvor, I am enjoying your piggy page, esp. since it’s in English! This is Sharon Hellman, your 4th cousin, mailing from Bloomington, Illinois, U.S.A. I met Oddfrid this Summer in Hornindal. I would like to be in touch with you about our family history, and how you got my Mom’s (Louise) and mine on yours history. You can reach me on FB or e-mail – Thank you, and happy holidays!

    1. Hello Sharon πŸ™‚ I am very pleased that you like my site, and I also enjoy “meeting” you! I have a genealogy site on MyHeritage and I will send you an invitation there, so you can read what information is already up on the Bakke family. I work on the genealogy site periodically, since I have both a full time job and spend a lot of my free time on my creative projects. However my interest in vintage imagery, and more specifically imagery from Bakke lead me to start the genealogy site, and it is far from “completed” – I doubt that it ever will be. I’m sorry to say that I will not be able to work on it much in the foreseeable future, but I would love if you would take time to record your part of the Bakke family, so we can all learn some more πŸ™‚ xoxoxo

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