Victorian Christmas Tree Decorations - Peanuts on a String
Much creativity can be exercised in fashioning homemade Christmas ornaments. Children can be taught to see the value which may lie in items in a food cabinet or cast-aside paper scraps. Before Christmas, send the children on the lookout for anything to be used for handmade Christmas ornament trimmings. Scraps of all kinds can be saved in advance and placed in a big box set apart for holiday crafts. Pieces of gold and silver tinsel cord, colored yarn, colored paper, ribbon, tissue paper, tinfoil, etc. With such a collection to work with, the actual cost of the Christmas tree decorations need be only a few cents. This simple Victorian Christmas decoration is made from tissue paper scraps and peanuts.
Things you will need: An assortment of colorful tissue paper scraps. Peanuts. White string.
Wrap peanuts in yellow, red, white, light-blue and pale-green fringed tissue paper (Fig. 21).
Tie the wrapped peanuts on pendent lengths of string, three or four to each (Fig. 22). When the decorations are attached at varying lengths to the limbs of the Christmas tree they make a splendid decoration. The rainbow of colors of these "peanut kisses" give quite a gala appearance to a holiday tree.
[FROM: "CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATIONS, Good to Eat & Good to Look Upon". The Delineator, Dec. 1901]
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