DIY Victorian Christmas Décor
TAKE YOUR HOLIDAY DECORATIONS TO THE NEXT LEVEL WITH THESE SIMPLE AND FESTIVE PROJECTS.
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.
ALL IN THE MATERIALS
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.
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