Christmas Ornament Pattern – Victorian Spun Glass
This Christmas we headed to Indiana to visit my parents. In total my parents opened their home to 15 adults and 10 children for Christmas dinner. The day was chaotic, but the food and the company was wonderful. It was truly a Christmas to remember, a time to cherish with family.
Since I am a passionate crafter, in a family of passionate crafters, I did arrange an ornament craft project for those that wanted to take home something to commemorate our Christmas together as a family. A Christmas ornament project seemed rather appropriate. However, since we had so many children present (all under the age of eight) I was careful to choose a Christmas ornament pattern that was not too difficult. For this reason, I decided to make ornaments from spun glass rosettes and victorian style die cut paper. See the image below, showing various finished ornaments.
The process for making this Christmas ornament pattern is fairly simple – it merely involves some gluing and minor cutting.
The use of spun glass in Christmas ornaments gained popularity around 1900. It was produced to look like long skirts, bird tails, halos and angel wings in many Christmas ornament patterns. In addition, some geometric ornaments used a full circle rosette made of spun glass. For this project I picked some spun glass circles in a few colors as the base material for our ornaments. To decorate them I picked a selection of Dresden foil snow flakes and various victorian die cut paper designs. Although I picked some traditional angels and Santa heads as decorations, I also found some great wild animals that were popular with the kids. You can purchase all of the materials for this project online by searching for “spun glass”. I found two places to purchase materials in the US, 32 Degrees North and D. Blumchen & Co. I also keep a stash of Victorian paper scraps on hand from my travels. If you find yourself in Germany or Austria you can buy the Victorian die cut paper scraps and Dresden foils at many small book stores.
- Spun glass circles (upper right in the image above) – 3″ to 3 3/4″
- Dresden foil snowflakes various sizes
- Victorian die cut paper scraps
- Gold or silver string
Instructions for this traditional Christmas ornament pattern:
1) Cut a piece of string about 10 inches long. Knot the ends together.
2) Choose a spun glass circle. There is usually one side that is more flat than the other. Place a glue dot in the middle of the flat side. Put the knot of your string on the glue dot. Glue a large Dresden foil snowflake over the string.
3) Choose a Victorian die cut and glue onto the Dresden foil. Be sure that you pay attention to the orientation of your string loop. You do not want your final Santa ornament to hand upside down – right?
4) Turn the ornament over. Glue a small Dresden foil snowflake to the back. As this side of the spun glass usually has a bump in the middle you will need to use your fingers and palm to shape the snowflake over and around the bump. The image below shows both sides of the ornament.
5) Be sure to let your ornament dry completely before hanging.
Hang your ornament!
As with most crafts there are endless variations for this Christmas ornament pattern. For example, you can experiment with putting Victorian die cut papers on both sides, or layer the Dresden foils to provide more depth. It is always fun to find all the different Victorian die cut papers too!