Activities: Make Your Own Victorian Holly Berries
Victorians thought nothing of spending hours over their room decorations to get them looking just right. When the desired greenery and berries were not available, they would make their own. These inspired holly berries require just peas and wax.
This activity uses sharp tools and hot materials. Children should be supervised.
Place wax in a heatproof bowl or plate and heat until melted. Ruth uses a candle to do this, but you can use a microwave or float the bowl of wax in a pan of hot water.
Add the fresh or dried peas to the melted wax and roll around, coating all the peas. You might want to use a spoon for this instead of your fingers, as the wax may still be quite hot.
Once the wax has cooled and set, thread the berries onto to some florist wire and use the wire to attach them to your decorations or straight onto the branches of your Christmas tree.
National Archives: Victorian Britain
History in Focus: The Victorian Era
Victoria and Albert Museum
The Victorian Web
British Library: Online Exhibition: Victorian Britain
Pollock's Toy Museum
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