My childhood was painted with Elmer’s glue and sprinkled with glitter. I have fond memories of threading macaroni necklaces, taking a scrap-booking class, and winning 1st place (exactly one time) at a local art fair.
Although I haven’t decoupaged in years, I still enjoy dabbling in arts and crafts from time to time. Especially around the holidays.
I think my old fashioned sensibilities hearken back to the Victorian notion—pre-Industrial Revolution—of finding joy in making something by hand. In creating, slowly and thoughtfully. Reveling in the process of artistry, as much as the end result.
In that spirit, let’s celebrate the holiday season with 12 Victorian Images for Christmas Crafting! (Click on Each Image for Full Size)
Note: For those who prefer technology to paper mache, feel free to Share, Pin, and Tweet away! This is a No Crafting Shame zone.
Craft Idea: Print off these images to make custom, Victorian Christmas cards!
Craft Idea: Use the images for scrap-booking precious Christmas memories by printing onto acid-free paper. The Victorians loved their scrap-booking!
Craft Idea: Wrap a Christmas present in simple brown paper, then paste one of these images on the top near the recipient’s name written in flourished cursive. Add a twine bow to complete the old-fashioned look!
Craft Idea: Make Christmas Gift To/From Tags! Just format properly and print on adhesive label paper.
Craft Idea: Make Victorian Christmas Ornaments! Just purchase basic wooden or ceramic ornaments at a craft store, preferably flat ones. Decoupage the Victorian images and once dried, hang with twine.
Craft Idea: Make Holiday Wall Decor! 1) Buy several tiny, inexpensive picture frames at a craft or dollar store. 2) Print a selection of these images to fit each frame. 3) Hang on the wall, arranged in a pleasing grouping, for a big impact!
Craft Idea: Make Fancy Place Cards! Follow steps 1 and 2 above with kickstand frames. Next paint your guests’ names on individual frames. Use the personalized art as place cards during your holiday tea or dinner! Bonus: Guests can take their frame home as a party favor!
Which image is your favorite? I’d love to hear about your holiday crafting project in the comments. And for those in need of Christmas gift ideas, The Lassoed by Marriage and California Gold Rush Romance Collections are great options for book lovers!