Sure, you can go out and purchase expensive sets of Christmas ornaments which feature a Victorian theme but that’s going to cost you plenty! Still, you want to achieve a Victorian look for Christmas this year. You can do just that with a few simple and inexpensive craft supplies. Make not only ornaments but assorted gifts, too!
Take a piece of Victorian-theme scrapbook paper and twist it into a cone shape. Secure with tape and trim around the top edge so it’s even. Attach a piece of satin ribbon as a handle. Put in a piece of tissue paper and fill with candies, jewelry, or other things. Make large cones and use them instead of stockings. Or, make tiny cones and hang them on the tree with a Christmas treat inside.
Look at a craft store and you’ll find really small picture frames that are not expensive. They’re available in shapes of hearts, circles, ovals and squares. Although they’re actually plastic they have a rich, gold tone that looks metallic. Place a Victorian picture inside, attach a ribbon as a hanger, then tie a satin bow around it.
Make a different Christmas ornament by wrapping a Styrofoam or other ball with a white doily. Secure it with a rubber band then tie a ribbon around it. Be sure you tape or glue a hanger onto the ball before you wrap the doily around it.
Make a beautiful Victorian soap gift by simply cutting pictures and gluing them onto soaps. Use decoupage adhesive from a craft store and apply it to the soap. Position the picture then coat it with the glue. Add several coats of the glue but allow each application to dry completely before moving to the next one. Place the soaps on a washcloth or folded piece of fabric, inside a basket, and any woman will love it!
Make a multi-functional tray by using an ordinary picture frame. If the picture frame has a built-in stand remove this whole piece and replace it with a piece of glued-on cardboard. Lay the picture flat on a table and glue four beads, spools or other objects onto the backside of the frame, at the four corners. This tray can be used to serve snacks or to sit in a bedroom and hold jewelry.
Give a cardboard box a Victorian theme and you can gift it in many different ways. Wrap the box with scrapbook or wrapping paper but cut the paper longer than it needs to be. Tuck the excess paper inside to cover the interior walls of the box. Cut a piece to fit the bottom and insert it. Fill it with foods, a stationery set, bath and body products, or even a selection of small, stuffed animals.
Cut Victorian pictures and put them on magnetic sheeting. Framed or not these make lovely décor pieces for a refrigerator or other metal object. They’re also nice gifts for someone who has a passion for all things Victorian.
If you have friends who love Victorian things, or you enjoy making decorations with Victorian themes, you don’t have to spend a lot of money this Christmas. Make these things yourself and others will never know how little you actually spent!