Activities: Make Your Own Victorian Paper Flowers
Victorians loved the aesthetic of paper flowers as decorations. There are hundreds of articles from the magazines of the time showing how to make different types of flowers. Most were highly elaborate designs, but we've found a simple rose flower for your first go.
This activity uses sharp tools. Children should be supervised.
Print out the flower shapes, or you can draw the shape yourself.
Take a coloured piece of paper and fold into four. Draw on the shape from the template, or simply cut out a heart shape.
Score the petals using a spoon or your nail to give it shape and movement.
Create the flower by rolling one of the petals into a tight cone. Take another petal, and place it where the first roll ends. Pinch the bottom tightly to secure them in place. After about four pieces start attaching the petals the other way around, so they face outwards.
Take a piece of florist wire and wrap it tightly around the base of the flower, then extend it, making the rest into the stem.
Cut strips of green crepe paper. Glue the end onto the top of the stem at the base of the flower, and then tightly wrap the rest of the paper around the length of the wire.
You can make multiple flowers to create a bouquet of paper flowers.
Add Christmas spark with these handmade crackers.
Send your friends and family some original Christmas cards.
Wrap your gifts in something special.
See all 25 activities to make your own Victorian Christmas.
National Archives: Victorian Britain
History in Focus: The Victorian Era
Victoria and Albert Museum
The Victorian Web
British Library: Online Exhibition: Victorian Britain
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