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The 6 Best Victorian arts and crafts projects

Updated 29 December 2021

Deborah Upshaw journalist

by Deborah Upshaw

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The Victorian era was an incredible period where people created amazing objects. The Arts and Crafts movement is best known by people like William Morris. But it was the everyday person who turned this period into an explosion of creativity. It is worthwhile to look back at these arts and crafts projects to see what ideas can work for us today. Our society is complete with mass-manufactured goods. Our homes are craving the uniqueness of a handmade project. I walk through 6 of what I believe are the best projects from the Victorian era. These are wholesome weekend project that will improve your mindfulness and create beauty.

Woman working on DIY craft project

6 easy weekend projects from the Victorian era

These are 6 of the best weekend projects from the Victorian era. These projects will create little art piece in your home. Most of these projects need some materials from a craft shops. These projects are also a great inspiration for your own projects. Take a design from here. Use a technique from there. Incorporate what you want into your own projects.

Each of these arts and crafts projects come with a free downloadable sheet - No signup required. You may copy these PDFs and print them for your own projects. It is all about creating beautiful objects for your home.

Decorative copper photo frame edging

Decorative photo frame edge project

This simple project will create a lovely photo frame corner. This is ideal for sprucing up those plain photo frames. The project is a very simple project using a thin sheet of copper. Got to the project page by clicking on the image. The project page contains simple instructions from the Victorian era. The page also has a free download sheet (no sign-up required). The decorative corner will brighten up plain photo frames. The same technique can applied to other items of furniture as well.

Leather stool cover

Leather cover for wooden stool project

This is a classic Victorian arts and crafts project. A simple off cut piece of leather can create a beautiful new object of design. The stool cover has a decorative design pattern that you can also use on other projects as well. This weekend project uses only the most basic of leather work tools. The leather work tools are available from any craft store. The leather work approach is also suitable for decorating plain furniture. Be warned; You may not be able to stop at just one piece of furniture.

Easy umbrella case

DIY canvas umbrealla case

This easy fabric project will create a decorative umbrella case. This will tidy and present your family home entrance. This project is particularly appealing as it highlights many Victorian era motifs. You may use these motifs on many of your arts and crafts projects. Clicking on the image will take you to the project page. The project page contains easy to follow instructions. There is also a free downloadable plan - no signup required. The beauty of this project is in its fine arts and crafts details.

Ornate teapot stand

Create an ornate teapod stand

This little project will have you pulling out the woodcarving tools. It is easy to carve ornate designs. You craftsmanship will be unique and standout from mass-produced goods. The project involves using a suitable block of wood to use as a tea stand. The level of finishing remains your preference. The project page page walks you through the instructions. Click on the image to go to the project page. There is also a free downloadable plan - no signup required. The basic tools and materials are available from most hardware stores or online.

Embossed book cover

Embossed book cover design

This project steps up your arts and crafts skills. This project only uses basic crafting tools and materials. Your weekend project will create a lovely book or photo album cover. The project page contains simple instructions to get you going. Click on the image to go to the project page. The project page has a free downloadable template - no signup required. You can also use the Victorian era pattern on other projects as well. This will create a unique arts and crafts cover for your personal diaries as well.

Vintage rocking horse

Plans to build a Victorian rocking horse

The Victorian rock horse project is our most popular project. People are keen to build a timeless children's object. The project plans involve using the sketch to draw up the construction plans. The construction appears easy and most of your effort will involve decorations. Click on the image to go to the project page. The project page contains instructions. The plans are on a free downloadable - no sign up required. These plans may also scaled down to a toy house miniature.

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