It’s the holiday season! And Free Vintage wishes you a warm and creative winter. Thanksgiving morning, while watching the Macy’s Day Parade, I got super excited about antique Christmas books. My archive nerd levels went off the charts. So to get the ball rolling on this season’s winter and Christmas-themed posts, I stumbled upon this great vintage find from 1859! I was searching around for more winter/snow themed books and illustrations and found this gem from the Library of Congress. It was originally published by Gustav W. Seitz in Hamberg. This very old version of Santa Claus tells the story of King Winter and his trusted assistant, Jack Frost. King Winter, the queen, and Jack Frost work together to first bring fresh and fluffy snow to the countryside before King Winter delivers presents to well-behaved children. I love these frosty vintage illustrations and this classic Christmas story. Since these illustrations are copyright-free and in the public domain, you can print them out and incorporate them into your holiday crafts, classroom, Children’s books, and Esty products!
Creative Crafting Ideas for Antique Book Illustrations
This classic story about Santa Claus and Jack frost can be easily reprinted and turned into festive homemade books at home. Simply print out this book on high-quality paper and put your excellent crafting skills to work! These illustrations make wonderful graphics on their own as well. You can dress up your homemade book by cutting and pasting even more book illustrations to create a dazzling collage for your book cover. The shape of these pages are also ideal for making Christmas themed bookmarks and decor for the classroom!
Need even more ideas? The creative possibilities are endless with antique Christmas books in the public domain. Copy and share the following list to inspire your next holiday craft project.
- Make a Christmas paper cut-out banner or garland for the tree
- Laminate antique book pages to make bookmarks and classic placemats
- Create a large storyboard project with poster board
- Decoupage on a plain wooden chest to create festive furniture and accents
- Print and frame for easy Christmas themed wall art