I love vintage ornaments and have several really old ones from my Mom's family. I did some research into vintage Christmas decorations and learned that the terms "scrap" and "scrapbook" came from the Victorian era (who knew?). As a way to keep their children busy and entertained,19th Century moms would cut out scraps from magazines and give the children albums (often handmade) to paste them into. I also learned that young Victorian ladies would spend hours making tree ornaments from things they had on hand--trimming scrap images from magazines and adding tinsel, ribbons, beads and so on! I thought it would be fun to try my hand at these "scrap and tinsel" ornaments. It is a really fun and inexpensive way to use vintage digis or images! I had the Stickles, ribbons and free digis; the only items I purchased were adhesive glitter stars from Michaels, a Heather Hudson ditigal collage, a one dollar ornament, tiny tinsel cotton balls, pipe cleaners and gold cording. I made several to decorate my feather tree and I hope you'll have time to scroll down through the photos!
Image: Graphics Fairy
For the next one, I re-purposed an inexpensive ornament from Target. I replaced the bell that was hanging in an open oval with an angel image and hung the bell from the bottom of the ornament:
Image: Clearly Vintage
In closing, here's a photo of my pretty feather tree (Vermont Country Store) decorated with my "Victorian reproduction" decorations. A couple of the ornaments are too big for the feather tree and I'll move them to my big tree. Actually, this is so pretty I'm tempted not to use my big tree!
Would you like to read more about Christmas in the Victorian times? Here's a link to a neat website.
Thanks for visiting my blog; I hope you had fun. I don't know about you but I'm really in the Christmas spirit now! Have fun crafting and don't forget to post your Vintage Christmas creation at the Sugar Creek Hollow challenge ! Please leave me a comment so I'll know you were here!