Calling all ephemera fanatics! If you have a passion for paper, get out the scrap pictures, vintage tinsel, mica flakes, glitter, crepe paper, ribbon and vintage bunting…create your own German-inspired ornaments for the Christmas holidays.
Finding old Victorian faces and forms of darling angels, children and Santas is a starting point. Then dress them in crinkled crepe or swath them in cloaks of batting trimmed with tinsel. Look for reproduction-style sheet batting in craft stores for a less bleached look. Glass glitter and mica flakes, also available through craft supplies or web sites, add authenticity as do small glass beads or vintage ornament trims. I salvage these from auctions and estate sales and stash them away for a rainy, crafting day. Choose trims that remind you of Grandma’s tree–that slightly tarnished look that adds precious patina to new designs.
Dresden, Germany, gave its name to these nostalgic ornaments. In the 1800’s, multitudes of whimsical angels and Santas stocked American stores. Antique Dresdens are difficult to come by today, due to their fragile nature, but those you create yourself are destined to become the heirlooms of tomorrow.