Historical Crafts


Here are popular Victorian-inspired craft projects to add hands-on activities to your virtual field trip!  Click on the link for a printable .pdf complete with a supply list, step-by-step instructions, and photos.  Show off your finished projects on social media using #CraftingWithTheKorners

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In Victorian times, scientists used hot air balloons to measure the temperature of the earth’s atmosphere, which they guessed would get colder the higher up. Aeronauts, or hot air balloon pilots, also created maps based on what they could see from up high. Hot air balloon flights were considered a marvelous spectacle, and people who regularly flew them were called “Balloonatics.” You can make your own 3D Hot Air Ballon using the link below:
3D Hot Air Balloon

During the period that the Korner family lived at Korner’s Folly, most families could not afford to buy their children expensive toys, and most towns did not have a toy store. Instead, children would use their imagination to re-purpose items found around the house. Buttons, which came in a variety of sizes, colors, and shapes, were frequently used in crafts, games, and toys. You can make your own Button Ring using the link below:
Button Ring

Yarn dolls were made in America as early as the Colonial period from homespun yarn.  Making yarn dolls became a popular pastime, and the yarn doll was listed as a craft activity in one of the earliest Brownie Scout Hand Books. As the Industrial Revolution (1790 – 1830) made yarn widely available, children were encouraged to make their own toys out of the more plentiful supply. You can make your own Yarn Doll using the link below:
Yarn Doll

Thaumatropes were the first optical toy to demonstrate the persistence of vision, which eventually led to the discovery of motion pictures! As light strikes our retina, it causes electrochemical signals to be sent to the brain for processing. These signals continue for a short while, 15 to 30 milliseconds, even after the light stops. As a result, we perceive an image for a short while even after the image disappears. That short persistence time is enough for our brain to process the two sides of a thaumatrope together, and perceive them as a single view. In this craft, you can make your own Thaumatrope using paper and string, which were materials readily available to everyone during the Victorian Era.