Activities: Make Your Own Victorian Wrapping Paper
Marbling was a popular form of decoration in Victorian times, and can often be found on the inside of book covers. It's an easy but effective technique, and we've used it to make some colourful wrapping paper for your Christmas presents.
Make sure the basin is large enough to lay your paper in.
Take a piece of paper - we used cartridge paper for this - but any paper that has a coarse side that will absorb the ink will work (glossy papers generally don't work as well as the colour slides off).
Place the piece of paper gently on top of the inks, making sure it is laying flat on top of the water. Do not let the paper go under the water.
Gently and quickly lift the paper out of the water and lie flat. Leave to dry overnight.
Spruce up your Christmas dinner table.
Add Christmas spark with these handmade crackers.
Send your friends and family some original Christmas cards.
See all 25 activities to make your own Victorian Christmas.
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