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Make a Victorian Fan Christmas Ornament

Updated on December 17, 2017
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Crafts are great for one-of-kind gift or special decorations at Christmas time. You can make ornaments or other decorative items.

I go all-out for Christmas decorating and even like to make my own decorations.
I go all-out for Christmas decorating and even like to make my own decorations. | Source

Try This Easy Christmas Craft

If you love Victorian Christmas ornaments, here's an easy one to make. It takes only a few minutes to create a Christmas fan from a small piece of taffeta ribbon. These look like the ornaments you see on holiday trees in prints from the 1880s.

You'll be amazed at the results even if you aren't the least bit crafty. Hey, I made some of these myself even though I must admit that I didn't inherit my mother's super-crafter genes.

I combine them with some other simple Victorian touches on my yule tree like sparkly chandelier prisms and some lace potpourri sachets. If you like a themed tree, you can go the whole Victorian route for a real showstopper.


Get out Your Ribbon

Measure out about 5 inches. Experiment with the size that suits you. I like my fans rather petite.
Measure out about 5 inches. Experiment with the size that suits you. I like my fans rather petite. | Source

Supplies to Get Started

  • scissors (regular sewing scissors or small embroidery scissors will work)
  • ruler (optional)
  • wide ribbon with lace edges or without the lace
  • iron (optional)
  • needle
  • thread

I'm guessing that you'll have most of these around the house already. If you don't have them, your local discount store like WalMart will have them in stock or even a dollar store.

So, it's time to get started.

Victorian Fans on My Christmas Tree - Photos by Virginia Allain

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Here's one of the Victorian fan ornaments on my Christmas tree. My treeA closer look at the Victorian fan ornament made from plaid ribbon.
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Here's one of the Victorian fan ornaments on my Christmas tree.
Here's one of the Victorian fan ornaments on my Christmas tree. | Source
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My tree | Source
A closer look at the Victorian fan ornament made from plaid ribbon.
A closer look at the Victorian fan ornament made from plaid ribbon. | Source
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You'll Need Wide Ribbon - to make the Victorian fan Christmas ornaments

Use the wide ribbon in any color or design that appeals to you. Colorful plaids were popular during the victorian time. Preferably the ribbon should have lace on both edges.

I like taffeta or grosgrain ribbon. The ribbon needs some stiffness to it so it will stay pleated.

Don't use the ribbon with the wires in it. Cut the ribbon into pieces about five inches long.

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Ribbon for Victorian Fan Ornament
Ribbon for Victorian Fan Ornament

Pleat the Ribbon

Here's a ribbon leftover from one of my Christmas packages. It would make a great Victorian fan ornament.

Start folding each piece of ribbon into pleats. Make all the pleats the same width. For most ribbons, just pinch the fold with your fingers to make a sharp crease. You can also press it with an iron to set the creases. Make sure the iron isn't too hot or it will melt certain types of ribbon.

Example

Pinch at the base of the fan and stitch it to hold in place.
Pinch at the base of the fan and stitch it to hold in place. | Source

Stitch the Base of the Fan

Where you pinched it together

Hold it at one side and let the other side fan out.

Stitch it by hand, back-and-forth to keep the base of the fan together. Use thread that matches the lace color. It won't be visible then. Possibly you could glue it but I've never tried that method.

The ribbons and tiny roses really dress up this vintage looking fan.
The ribbons and tiny roses really dress up this vintage looking fan. | Source

Add Embellishment to the Base of the Fan Ornament - Miniature Roses Embellishments

Add a tiny bow if you want at the base of the fan or just leave it plain.

Hang the fan by looping thin gold thread through the top lace or just use a metal ornament hook.

Get tiny roses like these to decorate the base of the fan. They are usually available at discount stores like Walmart in the craft or sewing section.

Make Ribbon Angels to Go with Your Victorian Fan Ornaments

I'm Ready for Christmas!

I hope you'll make some fan ornaments for your tree this year. It's fun to make your own decorations and it makes your tree unique.
I hope you'll make some fan ornaments for your tree this year. It's fun to make your own decorations and it makes your tree unique. | Source

© 2012 Virginia Allain

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    • Kailua-KonaGirl profile image

      June Parker 

      4 years ago from New York

      Isn't it great how easy these are to make? I love that they can be created for any style, theme or venue that you like. Go wild with imagination! I love Victorian and Steampunk themes myself.

    • Ann Hinds profile image

      Ann Hinds 

      4 years ago from So Cal

      Way too cute. I will have to pin it.

    • JanieceTobey profile image

      JanieceTobey 

      4 years ago

      My favorite is the white, green, and red fan that's on your Christmas tree. Very pretty!

    • evelynsaenz1 profile image

      Evelyn Saenz 

      4 years ago from Royalton

      What a cleaver idea! As a family we have often made our own ornaments for our Christmas Tree. I look forward to making some Christmas Ribbon Fans for this coming year's tree. Thank you so much for the suggestion.

    • hcroyo lm profile image

      hcroyo lm 

      5 years ago

      Now this is really useful, thanks for this!

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