Raisin & Nut Garland for Christmas Tree
When decorating your holiday tree this year, don’t forget to have some form of “jewelry” for the tree. Bracelets or necklaces - not of gleaming precious stones nor yet of gold or silver, but of toothsome nut kernels and delicious, dark rich raisins. In centuries past, Victorian children were encouraged to craft as many of their Christmas tree decorations as possible. An antique magazine featured illustrations and instructions to help the children make this delicious raisin and nut Christmas tree garland to hang on their tree. Gather your supplies and make this Christmas craft with your family.
Things you will need: raisins, assortment of nuts, strong brown thread; needle.
With a needle and strong thread string first a pecan nut, then a raisin, a walnut, a raisin, an almond, a raisin, a filbert, a raisin and so on, using as many kinds of nuts as you deem best (Fig. 23). The child making this old-fashioned garland will be charmed and later can devour the edible “beads” one by one as they are pulled from the string.
[FROM: "CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATIONS, Good to Eat & Good to Look Upon". The Delineator, Dec. 1901]
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