Free Vintage Clipart of Wacky Children’s Book Illustration!

There are some pretty interesting turn-of-the-century children’s book illustrations out there.  With Halloween coming up and a month full of birthdays, these silly and surreal vintage children’s book illustrations make fun materials for DIY birthday cards, unique Halloween decor, funky collages, postcards, and many more creative and commercial projects.  I found these illustrations in a public domain archive and turned them into totally free clipart with the help of a little editing.  The original illustrations are from the 1913 vintage children’s book, “Animal Children”, which feature anthropomorphic illustrations of pigs, zebras, cats, ferrets, otters, hippos, and more animals.

This vintage clipart is free to use in personal and commercial works without permission.  Credit back to is only required when sharing these images online or distributing them for free or profit in their original form shown above.  .




FREE Public Domain Vintage Halloween Illustrations & Craft Ideas

Hey!  Why not get a head start on all those creative decor ideas for Halloween?  Homegoods is already stocking their shelves with sparkly, classic, and somewhat downright bizarre Halloween decor.  So I’ve had Halloween on the brain ever since.  The public domain gods were very generous when it came to Halloween, as there are so many illustrations to choose from.  The following are some of my favorites so far and and handy for today’s last craft idea list.

Halloween Craft Ideas for 2015

Okay this site is all about bringing back public domain vintage art, and no one celebrated Halloween better than these imaginative, and often very bizarre, vintage postcards.  Remember these craft ideas when you’re creating your own DIY decor, party supplies, and homemade gifts.

  1. Coasters – laminated paper circle cut-outs of your favorite images or decoupage them onto pre-owned coasters that need a Halloween makeover!
  2. Plates & Drinkware – Did you know you can print our your own custom Halloween plates online?  Sites like Cafepress lets you make everything from mugs, t-shirts, teddy bears and so many more usable products with your favorite vintage Halloween illustrations above.  This is perfect for Halloween Birthdays and special Halloween parties.
  3. Create cocktail rings, pendants, broaches, mini frames pieces, and more treasures to sell at craft fairs and farmer’s markets
  4. Adjust your favorite images to black and white to create a unique Hallowing coloring book for all ages.
  5. Use scissors or an x-acto knife to create cut-outs for a Halloween themed diorama, collage, or miniature puppet theater.