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12 Days of Christmas Cones – DAY 1 – free printables

I have always been fascinated with Christmas Cones, and we used to make them every year when I was a kid. Usually out of what we in Norway call “glanspapir”, it is glazed sheets or short rolls of paper with bright glossy colors, including silver and gold on one side, and white backsides. Not very thick paper, but it works well for a lot of the Chrismas paper crafts one would do with kids. Also it is cheap, and all Norwegian craft stores carry it… I have not been able to find a proper English translation, so I’m suspecting this might be a typical Scandinavian paper?

Growing older, I advanced to making Christmas Cones with metallic paper and gold colored doilies, I have a few of those that I hang on my tree to this day, made when I was a teenager. The cones are great, because they can be made in various sizes. The smaller ones are lovely on the tree, while larger ones can be hung in a window, on a wall or with string anywhere you please.

When I found a template for a Victorian style Christmas Cone, I knew I had to make some this year, using also some of the wonderful vintage ephemera available online πŸ™‚ So here you have my 12 Days of Christmas Cones, Victorian style:

Wings of Whimsy: 12 Days of Christmas Cones - free printable #vintage #victorian #shabby #chic #ephemera

These are big, each cone is made from one full A4-sheet. My girls are making them half the size (print two cones per sheet) and that size is great for decorating the Christmas tree πŸ™‚ I think these would be cute in a Shabby Chic Christmas interior, don’t you agree?

I had fun using various lace and ribbon, and I must confess I raided my girls stash of pretty beads πŸ˜€ Along with some hanging decorations I had kept from a broken candle stick wreath – who says hoarding is always bad…lol!

I am going to present one cone per day, to be able to credit my sources. Here is the first one:

Wings of Whimsy: 12 Days of Christmas Cones - DAY 1 - free printable #vintage #victorian #shabby #chic #ephemera

For todays cone I have used a gorgeous Danish Christmas Card from my own albums, so I am also sharing both the jpg and the png with you.

Wings of Whimsy: Angel with toys PNG (transparent background) - free printable #vintage #shabby #chic #ephemera Wings of Whimsy: God Jul Angel - free printable #vintage #shabby #chic #ephemera #postcard

You will find the cones ready to print and the high quality images I have scanned myself or altered in this download folder:

Download PrintableThese files are free for your personal use and enjoyment πŸ™‚

I have used the following elements for todays designs:

Victorian Cone Template – Brenda Walton

Boston Toy Emporium – The Graphics Fairy


9 thoughts on “12 Days of Christmas Cones – DAY 1 – free printables

  1. Sweet generous friend! I was on Pinterest, taking a break from my Christmas decorating and there were your “pins” of your lovely cones so I dashed right over to your blog! You are so kindly generous with your creations! You said these cones were a tradition in your country…do you fill them with treats when they are hung on the tree? Are they like stockings?
    They are so pretty I’m going to have to start a new tradition! I’m having a Christmas tea for my gal friends this season & this will be a perfect party favor! Thank you so much! Have a lovely weekend!
    Hugs… Patti in Florida πŸ™‚ 

    1. Thank you so much for your very nice comment πŸ™‚ I did not even realize Christmas Cones might not be common elsewhere, I was just sharing my childhood sentiment when I wrote the post πŸ˜€

      Yes, we would fill them with treats. I grew up in the 70ies and treats from the store were rare, so it could be Christmas cookies or dried fruit, or sometimes clementines. Into the 80ies and 90ies the Norwegian general economy improved (a lot!) and most people now a days are eating way too much treats all the time, and especially during Christmas, our plates are overflowing.

      So today we might hang the empty cones on the tree as ornaments, or larger cones like these, not hanging on the tree may be filled with Christmas greenery or candy for the decorative purpose πŸ™‚ I’m planning a little series of suggestions on how to use these as I post one each day, and one of my suggestions is going to be to use them as party favors πŸ˜‰

      I would not say they are like stockings, but then we celebrate Christmas on December 24th in the evening, so our tradition does not really include stockings…

      Although many people have started doing stockings for the kids, for Christmas Eve morning, so that they will have a little something to shorten the day until the big celebration in the evening πŸ˜‰

      I hope to be able to write a little about the Norwegian Christmas traditions during December, if I can find the time, that is…lol!!!

      I’d be delighted to hear how it goes with your cones. I did not include a tutorial since I thought these were obvious, but visit the lovely lady with the template, she has good instructions πŸ™‚ And my girls (age 9 and 10) are making these, so they are easy-peasy once you try πŸ˜€


    1. Thanks again πŸ™‚ If we had better daylight I’d take pictures for you of mine up in a window… maybe if I get lucky and there is a snowy bright day during the weekend. It is totally cute πŸ™‚ xoxoxo

  2. Dear Gunnvor Karita!
    I can’t believe another year is almost over! I love this recycled post LOL. I hadn’t been able to use any of these yet but feel inspired to give it another try this year for making Christmas cards and such! Thank you for the reminder and your generous sharing!

    1. Thank you so much Sweetie πŸ™‚
      I have been somewhat offline the last few days, with a lot going on with my family, and not sure when I’ll be totally up to date, thankfully tomorrow is Friday, and then the weekend…:-P I posted last years graphics early, since I have lots of plans for new stuff this year…lol Talk to you soon, xoxoxo

  3. Thanks for sharing these! I’m going to try with regular printer paper as that’s all I have for now. Feeling like card stock would be better though. What are your thoughts on paper for this project? Thanks again!!

    1. These were printed on glossy photo paper, since it is quite a while since I made them. I have since started using Canon 160g matte photo paper for a-l-l my printables, and would definitely use that, should I be making more of these πŸ˜€ Good luck, and please let me know how they turn out! xoxoxo

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