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Create a Jane Austen Honeycomb Ornament

I recently discovered Amanda Lee’s amazing blog, House Revivals, and was immediately drawn to how she uses recycled (upcycled) books and pages in her projects. The following ornament can be made from any paper or pages, but think how special it would be when made with pages from Austen’s own works!

honeycomb ornament instructionsTo create this bit of Christmas joy, you’ll need 24 pages or pieces of paper, scissors, craft glue, glitter and trims.

Begin by folding each sheet in half. Decide what shape you want your final ornament to be (round, oval, tear drop, etc.) and draw *half* of the design on the folded paper, with the fold becoming the center of the opened template. You can fold and cut several pieces at a time to save effort.

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Create a Jane Austen Christmas Tree Ornament

Although Jane Austen likely never had a Christmas tree, you can hang a bit of Austen whimsey on your own tree this year with this easy to make ornament, recycled out of a discarded edition of Austen’s works.This is also a lovely favor for an Austen party (Jane’s Birthday is coming up on December 16th!)

Take one page of any of Austen’s works (or print text from her novels onto both sides of a sheet of paper) and cut it into eight strips about 3/4″ wide.

Set two strips aside and cut 1/2″ from two more strips. Cut 1″ from two more and 1 1/2″ from the last two.

Stack your strips in two piles, with the longest strip on the bottom, and so on until the shortest strip is on top.

Place the two piles “face to face” with the short strips facing each other, and staple the bottom of the strips together.

Gently guide the top ends of the strips together until they are even (the paper will bulge slightly to the sides)

Separate your piles again and this time pinch them together with the tallest strips touching (creating a heart shape)

Staple the strips together again, inside the heart.

Form a loop of ribbon and place it in the center, where the strips meet.

Staple the strips together again, a bit higher this time (to create a true heart shape), making sure to catch the ribbon in the staple, for hanging.

Fluff the pages a bit and add a bow to the front.

You can buy Christmas ornament kits at our janeaustengiftshop.co.uk, click here.

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A Jane Austen Christmas Ornament

This adorable ornament makes a great gift for the Jane Austen addict in your life. It’s simple to create and once you have the pattern down, fun to modify– try creating your favorite hero or heroine!

You will need:

  • One plain, wooden non pinching clothespin (sometimes called a dollpin)
  • Printed pattern pieces: click here to download
  • 4”x4” square of felt
  • Small bit of curly doll hair
  • 12″ each Narrow Lace trim and narrow ribbon
  • One small feather
  • Black paint, paintbrush
  • Black fine tipped pen
  • Red fine tipped pen
  • Gold thread and needle
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Craft glue or glue gun (preferred)

Instructions

  1. Paint Jane’s shoes black. Add her eyes and mouth with pens, once paint is dry.
  2. While paint is drying, cut out pattern pieces. You will need one skirt and two arms.
  3. Glue lace trim to bottom edge of skirt.
  4. Wrap skirt piece around Jane’s body and glue in place. Run a bead of glue down the underside of the seam along the back to fix the fabric in place.   Hem should end slightly above her shoes.
  5. Wrap narrow ribbon around her waist about 1/4″ down from her neckline. Tie ribbon in a bow at the back
  6. Glue arms in place at shoulder height. Glue a feather or feather shaped bit of felt in one hand to represent a pen.
  7. Wrap narrow lace around her neck and shoulders and tie at ribbon-belt height, trim ends creating a fichu or scarf look.
  8. Roll doll hair into a slight ball with a few curls hanging down the back. Glue in place so that there are a few curls in front as well.
  9. Tie small piece of ribbon around her hair to act as a bandeau or headband.
  10. Thread your needle with gold thread. Sew a loop on the top back of Jane’s gown and knot, so that she can now hang as a Christmas ornament.

 

Complete Clothespin doll kits are were designed for and available from Austentation: Regency Accessories. You may also visit our Giftshop to view our entire line and purchase your favorite Austen couple!

Available kits include: Lizzie and Darcy, Emma and Mr. Knightley, Anne and Captain Wentworth and Marianne and Colonel Brandon. Each kit contains the instructions and materials needed to create one male and one female doll as well as the Jane Austen variation found here and instructions for an alternate male costume (either officer or gentleman, depending on the kit purchased.)