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24 DIY Christmas Ornaments & Treats – Craft-Along Advent Calendar 2020

Bake and craft along with me to count down the days until Christmas! Visit my interactive Christmas countdown calendar every day in December to open a door and find a DIY Christmas ornament tutorial or Christmas recipe behind it!

24 DIY Christmas Ornaments & Treats - Craft-Along Advent Calendar 2020

Merry Christmas and welcome to my Advent calendar 2020! 🎄 This year is the fourth year that I’m hosting an interactive craft-along Advent calendar on my blog. Continue reading 24 DIY Christmas Ornaments & Treats – Craft-Along Advent Calendar 2020

Victorian Gilded Walnuts – Tutorial

Gilded walnuts were popular Christmas tree ornaments in the Victorian era. Victorian gilded walnut ornaments are easy, cheap and beautiful natural Christmas decorations – all you need are walnuts, ribbon and gold acrylic paint.

Victorian Gilded Walnuts Tutorial

‘Then the ladies called us into another room and there was the Christmas tree! […]There were dozens of little candles upon it all alight. And it was covered with pretty things, gilded walnuts, and oranges, and apples, and sweets.’ (Philips’ Series Of Reading Books For Public Elementary Schools, 1874, p. 57)

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DIY Popsicle Stick Sled Ornaments

Make vintage inspired DIY popsicle stick sled ornaments with popsicle sticks, wood glue and acrylic paint for your Christmas tree this year!

DIY Popsicle Stick Sled Ornaments

These DIY popsicle stick sled ornaments are a great last minute Christmas craft! They look cute as Christmas tree ornaments or make a great Christmas gift for a loved one. My inspiration for the DIY popsicle sled ornaments was this antique Victorian wooden sled. Continue reading DIY Popsicle Stick Sled Ornaments

Victorian Rag Ball – Tutorial

Learn to make an authentic Victorian rag ball for your kid, pup, or as decoration.

Victorian Rag Ball - Tutorial

In the Victorian era, a rag ball was a toy of poor children. Old rags and fabric scraps were wound into a ball and covered with ball stitches to hold the rags together: ‘Ball Stitch – A stitch used in making ornamental balls for children.’ (Embroidery Stitches, 1872, p. 9)

Rag balls were popular Victorian Christmas presents. Victorian mothers would make rag balls for their toddlers, while kids could make their own rag balls – rag balls are so easy and fast to make! And cheap too – using just what you’d usually throw away!

‘To make this coveted Christmas toy take a small rubber ball or a piece of cork, wind it with coarse worsted of any color, until the ball is of the desired size, then knit the cover.’ (Demorest’s Family Magazine, 1891)

Today, rag balls are still popular: They are a favorite decoration at Christmas time. Or you could make a rag ball as soft toy ball for your baby or toddler. ‘There are innumerable games to be played with a soft ball which the very tiny children even can enjoy and profit by.’ (Every Woman’s Encyclopaedia, 1910-2)  And if you don’t have a toddler, your pup would love a new toy too! Continue reading Victorian Rag Ball – Tutorial

DIY Wood Bead ‘Cranberry’ Wreath Ornament

DIY Wood Bead Cranberry Wreath Ornament

This DIY wood bead ‘cranberry’ ornament is easy and fun to make with kids. And because it can be made so quick, it’s a great last-minute DIY Christmas ornament: It takes just some minutes to string and paint the beads. Besides, this faux cranberry ornament with wood beads is not only pretty but also non-wilting, unlike a wreath ornament with real cranberries with wood beads. Continue reading DIY Wood Bead ‘Cranberry’ Wreath Ornament

The Victorian Christmas Tree

The Victorian Christmas Tree
The Christmas Tree, Godey’s Lady’s Book, 1850

The ‘door was thrown open leading into the great exhibition-room. Here was a magnificent Christmas-tree hung all over with colored wax tapers; here were tables covered with white cloths, and glittering from head to foot with the most bewitching doll-babies, work-boxes, card-cases, silk dresses, rattles, penny whistles, shawls, sashes, drawing-implements, and I don’t know what all, for big and little, with a name written upon each, and ever so many funny inscriptions to make it all the more merry.’ (An American Family In Germany, 1866, p. 183) Continue reading The Victorian Christmas Tree

Victorian Christmas Decorations

Victorian Christmas Decoration
Christmas decoration of entrance hall (The Book Of The Home, 1900)

‘Many housewives object to Christmas decorations, fearing that the furniture and paper may become scratched and spoiled. The decorators should bear this fear in mind, for beauty at Christmas will not pay for ugliness all the year round. Holly, the very prettiest and most Christmas-like of all adornments, does undoubtedly scratch and tear; it is therefore
best used chiefly in bouquets for jars and vases. In this way it can be scattered about the room very effectively, and can also be kept in water. People are apt to imagine that holly, as an evergreen, needs no nourishment; but, like all other plants, it lasts twice as long if kept moist. Continue reading Victorian Christmas Decorations

How To Make Straw Christmas Ornaments

How To Make Straw Ornaments - Tutorial

‘Straw is an ageless material closely associated with Christmas. […] Love and joy go into the craftsmanship, and each member of the family has a part in it. The father cuts the grain, the children husk and sort it, the mother makes it into wonderfully imaginative objects. And Christmas Eve seems mystical when the candles are lit and the shiny straw reflects their shimmering light.’ (The joyful Christmas craft book, 1963, p. 76)

The following instruction on how to make straw stars were published in the 1960s book “The Joyful Christmas Craft Book”.

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