How to Create Victorian Lace Ornaments


Victorian lace ornaments can make a home look elegant. But buying authentic Victorian ornaments can be expensive, not to mention difficult, as they are tough to come by. You can create Victorian-style ornaments to display in a decorative bowl, on the bough of a Christmas tree or hanging on window panel pull-backs. Invite a few of your closest friends and family members to join you in this old-world craft. When you are done displaying your ornaments, wrap them up carefully in tissue paper, and store them somewhere safe until you are ready to use them again.

Step 1

Prepare your workspace by gathering all your supplies on your work table or bench. Place the burgundy cloth in the center of the table. Lay a large dinner plate on the cloth. Use a pencil to outline the circle. Draw one circle for every foam ball.

Step 2

Cut the circles from the fabric with pinking shears. Set all the circles aside except for one. Place a Styrofoam ball in the center of the circle. Gather the fabric at the top of the ball, securing it pleat by pleat with stick pins. The pleats should be folded in the same direction. When the ball is completely covered with the fabric, continue on to the next one. Do this until all the balls are covered.

Step 3

Use the scissors to cut decorative images from the Victorian lace. Arrange the lace on the surface of the foam ball, then heat up the glue gun and attach the lace to the ball with the hot glue. Continue to add the decorative images to all sides of the ball.

Step 4

Glue imitation jewels around the foam ball in between the decorative lace pieces. Glue a fabric rose on the bottom of the ball.

Step 5

Cut the cord ribbon to be used as a hanger. Measure out 10 inches, and snip the cord with your scissors. Then glue the thread ends to the top of the ornament, and let it dry.

Step 6

Lay your saucer on the gold fabric, and trace the outside of the saucer with the pencil. Cut out the small circle. Cut a slit halfway through the circle.

Step 7

Add the gold fabric to the top of ornament, covering the pins. Use the slit to adjust the circle around the cords. Glue the circle into place with the hot glue. Glue several fabric roses around the top of the ornament.

Things You'll Need

  • 3-inch wide Styrofoam balls
  • Victorian-style white lace
  • Burgundy satin fabric
  • Gold satin fabric
  • Large dinner plate
  • Saucer plate
  • Pinking shears
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Hot glue
  • Hot glue gun
  • Imitation jewels
  • Small fabric roses
  • Lace ribbon
  • Stick pins
  • Cord ribbon
  • Ruler


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Who Can Help

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About this Author

Based on the Gulf Coast, Monica Patrick has been writing social and cultural articles since 1999. Her work has appeared in the Gulf Coast newspaper "Beachin," and in various online publications. As a former senior sales director with Mary Kay, Patrick specializes in cosmetology and makeup artistry. She is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in linguistic archaeology from the University of Alabama.

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