How to Make Vintage Ornaments


Vintage ornaments have old-fashioned looking pictures of Santa Claus, gifts, happy children, candy and angels, among others. Antique ornaments are costly, delicate and break easily. Re-create the look of these ornaments without the expense or danger of breakage. Use them to decorate the Christmas tree, wreaths and garlands. Hang a few in front of a mirror so both sides may be enjoyed at once.

Things You'll Need

  • Victorian Christmas images
  • Printer
  • Paper
  • Cookie cutter, round
  • Foam board
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Ribbon, narrow
  • Tinsel garland
  • Beads
  • Glitter
  • Metallic paint
  • Feathers
  • Find copyright-free Victorian Christmas images. Use your printer to print out two copies of each image. Flip one of the images using your computer's paint, art or word processing software so you have a mirror image. If you can't do that, use two different images for each ornament.

  • Scour garage sales for books that have Victorian or vintage images and use those for your ornaments. Another alternative for images is magazines that specialize in the Victorian age or antiques.

  • Draw a circle on the foam board using the cookie cutter as a guide. Cut it out using a craft knife. Foam can be cut with scissors but it's a bit of a struggle.

  • Cut out the vintage image the same size as the foam board circle.

  • Glue an image on both sides of the foam board circle.

  • Wrap the edge of the foam board circle with very narrow ribbon. Tie a knot at the top of the circle and then make a loop for hanging.

  • You can also wrap tinsel garland around the edge and glue it instead of the narrow ribbon. Another alternative to hide the edge is tiny beads that are sold by the yard. Find them in the bridal section of a crafts store. If you use the garland or beads, glue a loop of ribbon to the top of the ornament to use for hanging.

  • Decorate the images with a bit of glitter or metallic paint. For example: if the image has a star, highlight the star with glitter. Use white feathers to accent an angel's wings.

Tips & Warnings

  • Vary the shapes of the ornaments by cutting out stars, ornament shapes or ovals.
  • Be cautious working with craft knifes. They are very sharp.

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