Saturday, December 3, 2011

Holiday Ornament Making


In late November, the Col. Paul Wentworth House hosts a holiday decoration workshop.

Victorian Garland on Cardboard Deer

I made all of these Christmas decorations in 2 hours at the workshop, using materials and instructions set up at the house.

Clementine Clove Pomander

It was a great way to kick off the holiday season!

Front of Col. Wentworth House (Photographed in July)

Wentworth House has a great story. My super short version is that it was built in 1710, then moved to Massachusetts where it stayed for years, falling into disrepair. In 2002, it was numbered, disassembled and moved back to NH on a flatbed truck. It remained in the trailer of the truck on this property for years, while a team of motivated people raised money to put the house back together. Finally they were able to reconstruct it. Very cool!

Back corner of Wentworth House (also in July)

This saltbox shape is traditional in New England.

Foil Ruching

This foil ruching would have been made during Victorian times, when candlelight reflecting off silvery surfaces was all the rage.

Cranberry wreath

Cranberries strung on a wire make a small wreath.

Popcorn Cranberry Garland

Wentworth House (Rollinsford, NH, USA) is having a free holiday open house with music and snacks Saturday, Dec. 10 from 4-6 pm. If you haven't had a chance to visit the house yet, you could stop by to see it decorated for the holidays!

Related posts:
Making the cardboard deer head


Marsel said...


Theresa said...

I so miss the New England architecture. Thank you for the great post, pictures and holiday ideas!!!

Delighted Hands said...

Very nice additions to your Christmas the old house-just so classy!

Deanna said...

What fun! And what a great way to get in the Christmas spirit!

Lois Evensen said...

All very pretty! Love the old home. It looks similar to the Mordicai Lincoln home in Kentucky.

ladyoftheloom said...

My kind of Christmas decor!

Shani said...

really interesting and lovely photos...

Acorn to Oak said...

I especially like the cardboard dear. :-)

Sharon said...

That's a wonderful story. It's heartwarming to see something pulled back from loss like that, and no small deal!