DIY Vic­to­rian Christmas Dé­cor


Victorian Homes - - Contents - By Emily Irby

Take your hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tions to the next level with th­ese sim­ple and fes­tive projects.

Very few events in­spire a de­sire for nos­tal­gia like Christmas. It’s a time to look to the past as we pre­pare for the fu­ture.

Chris­tiane Bell­st­edt Myer en­cap­su­lates this idea by cre­at­ing clas­sic hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tions that will last for years to come in her book Scandi Christmas. While some of Myer’s how-tos are beau­ti­fully mod­ern, most are rem­i­nis­cent of an era passed, but held dear in the hearts of vin­tage lovers.

Scandi Christmas cov­ers more than 40 clas­sic Christmas dec­o­ra­tions from read­ily ac­ces­si­ble items. Myer takes in­spi­ra­tion from her vis­its to Scan­di­navia dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son. The glow­ing lights, a green-and-red color pal­ette and glit­ter­ing snow serve as in­spi­ra­tion for th­ese DIY dé­cor projects that will trans­form your home into a cozy haven dur­ing the most won­der­ful time of the year.


One of the best ways to add a vin­tage feel to your dec­o­ra­tions is to cre­ate them your­self. Dur­ing the Vic­to­rian era, ladies couldn’t swing by the lo­cal Tar­get or Pot­tery Barn to stock up on gar­land or wreaths. Be­cause of this, they made or­na­ments and tree dress­ings at home, their chil­dren pitch­ing in and tak­ing on projects. Many of Myer’s projects are both sim­ple and fun, and re­quire vary­ing lev­els of skill. Think of as­sign­ing each per­son in your fam­ily to one dec­o­ra­tion so the end re­sult is a group ac­com­plish­ment fueled by TLC and an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the sea­son. The hol­i­days are all about bring­ing friends and fam­ily to­gether, and noth­ing does this bet­ter than crafts.

Craft­ing is a perfect ex­cuse to re­use old ma­te­ri­als. If you craft of­ten, you prob­a­bly al­ready have strips of fab­ric, sten­cils and half-full jars of glit­ter. In­stead of let­ting th­ese ma­te­ri­als col­lect dust or go in the garbage can, put them to use in your hol­i­day projects. Many of Myer’s projects al­low for ma­te­ri­als you prob­a­bly al­ready own, and per­haps no longer have a use for. We all have quilts or blan­kets that now have holes and tears, and while we can’t bear to throw them away, we also don’t know what to do with them. Fear not, be­cause many of the projects in Scandi Christmas will put that old throw to good use. You can re­cy­cle it into a stock­ing, jar cover or even a pil­low. By us­ing ma­te­ri­als that are no longer new or perfect, the out­come of your projects will be more rus­tic and unique.

As well as us­ing re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als, many of the projects call for durable ma­te­ri­als. While we all try our best to care­fully store our special Christmas dec­o­ra­tions like glass or­na­ments or snow globes we’ve had since child­hood, some of them do break over the years.

Right. Th­ese Christmas tree or­na­ments have a lit­tle some­thing ex­tra: cloves. Ap­peal to more than just your sight with th­ese de­li­cious-smelling fab­ric trees.

Add a per­son­al­ized touch to your din­ner ta­ble with em­broi­dered sil­ver-bell nap­kins.

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