"Spring" into Easter crafts
vintage images of Easter past!
Easter crafts is especially traditional because the holiday has a
built-in craft: dyeing eggs. The first commercial egg dyes came out
around 1880. Victorian families gathered to decorate eggs and
baskets, and organize egg-hunts on the lawn for Easter morning.
Other Easter crafts of the period included stuffed fabric bunnies and
chenille or yarn chicks. Children would weave baskets of rush and
willow. Decorating the house with arrangements of fresh spring
flowers and greenery was essential. Paper and silk flowers
and garlands were made by hand to decorate everything from tables to
But the egg ruled. Hollow confection eggs known as panoramic eggs were
modeled of marzipan or sugar with miniature candy figures inside. Paper
machè eggs would be decorated with decoupage, gilding, painting,
printed scraps, and anything else on hand. Natural materials
like flowers, feathers and bird nests were popular.
And then there is the Easter bonnet. Large, elaborate hats for women
were all the rage in the 1800s. For spring, they were festooned with
flowers, leaves, lace, ribbons and birds. Those that couldn't
afford a milliner hand-crafted their hats, and the rule was always
"more is better." The Easter parade began as a New
York phenomenon in the 1870's, where the fashionable set would
promenade in their bonnets and new spring finery on Easter Sunday.
Easter is a wonderful excuse to make something showy and springlike to
shake away the dreary winter. The egg is a miracle of engineering, and
also a great starting point for Easter crafts. Vintage images from
can give you some ideas!
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Nothing says Easter like a traditional Paper Mache Egg,
decorated with charming Victorian images! Sounds difficult to make, but
we found a shortcut! With an antiqued painted finish and a parade of
vintage bunny images, this makes a perfect decoration. Even better with
"Paint" an Easter Painting
that has the vintage charm of a treasured Old Master. You start with a
plain white artist's canvas and layer on paint, an Easter vintage image,
crackle varnish, and brown glaze. Just what the Easter Bunny would
paint if he ran out of eggs. A picture-perfect Easter keepsake!
Ready for a "cheep" thrill? Our exclusive Easter Egg Card
design is pure Victorian. It has moving parts! We provide the vivid
vintage images and complete instructions for this Easter card that
opens for a surprise.
on your lapel will make you the belle of the Easter Parade! These
frilly, colorful pins are based on Victorian "flower faces" on
vintage greeting cards. The glass marble in the center makes them pop
like eye-catching 3-D!
is a simple - but elegant - paper craft. The basket is an origami-style
box. On both sides, a vintage image Easter Bunny guards his
treasure and his ears loop up to form the basket handles.
Fill this Easter
with spring flowers for your Easter brunch! The neo-classic design
comes from vintage images of little girls with pussy willows,
surrounded by gold leaf and a hand-painted frieze of pussy willows - we
show you how to make it simple.
decoration is a VintageImageCraft exclusive. Paper machè and
brown paint transform a balloon into a Victorian chocolate egg
confection - with bathtub caulk icing! The beautiful FREE vintage image
comes from a 1908 Easter card.
Many Symbols of Easter
Easter is the most important feast day in the Christian liturgical
calendar, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a movable
feast, occurring on the first Sunday following the Paschal (or
Passover) full moon. The date of the Paschal full moon is not
determined by looking up at the moon, but by a complex
astronomical and mathematical computation of the lunar calendar that
only the church and NASA understand. As a result, Easter
Sunday wanders around between March 22 and April 25.
The name for Easter is derived from the Germanic name of the
Saxon goddess of spring, Eostre. Her animal was the spring hare - the
original Eostre Bunny. In non-Germanic languages, the name for Easter
is derived from the Hebrew word for Passover, pasch, such
in Spanish, Paques
in French, Pasch
in Greek and Russian, and Pasen
in Dutch. (That's where Paas® brand egg dye name comes from!)
As a secular holiday, Easter is a celebration of spring; the renewal of
nature, fertility, and new clothes. The symbol of the holiday is the
egg, a fragile hand-me-down from early pagan religions. Even
egg decorating can be traced back to an ancient Persian custom of
painting eggs for the vernal equinox (March 21).
The colors of Easter are the pastel colors of spring - the pale pink of
cherry blossoms, the yellow of a baby chick, the green of new buds, and
the blue of a clear sky. The exception is in countries influenced by
the Eastern Orthodox church, where Easter colors tend toward bold reds,
golds and blacks. Before commercial egg dye, Easter eggs were colored
with boiled vegetable peels, like onions and beets, but by the 20th
century, eggs were appearing in all colors of the rainbow.
Beyond the egg, there are many familiar secular Easter images that were
first brought together by the Victorians. The rabbit is the famous
mascot, due to Eostre's hare and its earned reputation as a
fertility poster-child. He is kept busy painting eggs, carrying eggs,
hiding eggs, practically everything but laying them. Also
joining the animal Easter chorus are baby chicks, birds and lambs,
often wearing Easter finery with spats and bonnets. Spring flowers
adorn Easter greetings and decorations, such as Easter lilies,
tulips, daffodils, snowdrops, crocus, lilac, forsythia, and apple and
cherry blossoms. It was, and is, a holiday beloved by children, and
vintage images often show rosy-cheeked youngsters gathering eggs in the
grass or playing egg games. With Germanic influence, nature-dwelling
elves and gnomes start to appear along with the rabbits, chicks and
eggs. Easter baskets filled with colorful eggs can be seen in some
early greeting cards, but candy like chocolate eggs and
bunnies, jellybeans and those strangely unnatural marshmallow
Peeps don't join the Easter parade until well into the 20th century.
Never passing up a romantic connection, the Victorians also loved
beautiful women on their Easter cards, usually wearing elaborate Easter
bonnets or lounging in egg shells.
Did you know...
"Scandinavian witches add humor to the holiday... No home there should
be without an Easter Witch that brings good luck and happiness. These
witches come in all sizes and ages and have a great fondness for
coffee, which they like to brew on rooftops. After they have enjoyed a
cup or two, they fly off to the mountain Blakulla where they dance,
sing, and make pots of soup or stew... Cards (illustrated) by Jenny
Nyström are in high demand as are other well-known Scandinavian
artists. The idea of witches at Easter is novel, but then much of the
Scandinavian art is unique." From Postmarked
Yesteryear, by Pamela E.