This is Part II of my Victorian Christmas article series. Enjoy!
Victorians were as enthusiastic about gift presentation as they were about their Christmas trees and decorations. Much time was spent making ornate papers, bags and boxes to hold small trinkets and presents that could be hung on the Christmas tree.
Making presents was a sign of love and care in Victorian Britain, and gifts often took the full calendar year to finish. This keepsake box is made using a popular Victorian technique, papier mache, which was even used to create pieces of furniture.
An intricate handmade gift was a sign of love and care for the Victorians. This padded picture frame can be personalised with your own designs, as well as the image you choose to place in it.
Scrapbooking was a popular pastime in Victorian times for both children and adults. Creating a scrapbook was not only a craft project, it was also a way of preserving memories. Victorians bought their scrapbooks with already created covers, but this one uses a popular Victorian design technique - decoupage - the art of decorating by gluing paper cutouts onto each other.
Part I of this article series - Victorian Christmas: Decorations
Part III of this article series - Victorian Christmas: Crafts
Part IV of this article series - Victorian Christmas: Food and Drink
Part V of this article series - Victorian Christmas: Games and Activities