I’m a big fan of Lewis Carroll, so I have made some Alice in Wonderland ornaments for my tree this year. I made them by printing some of the original illustrations by John Tenniel onto baubles.
My favourite museum the Victoria and Albert (in London), held a fabulous Alice in Wonderland exhibition this year, called Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser. I managed to see it three times throughout the year. And I thought I’d make my own Alice Christmas bauble ornament as a fun reminder for years to come.
“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” was first published in 1865 and has never been out of print since. It has been translated into at least 97 languages and made into loads of plays, films and TV programs. For this Alice in Wonderland themed craft, I have focused on the original book and illustrations.
First, I will share the Alice themed Christmas ornament DIY. At the end of the post, there will be a collection of Alice illustrations to download (they are all in the Public Domain).
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How To Make An Alice In Wonderland Ornament
What You Need
- Plain white ceramic baubles – I got these from my local craft store. If you can’t find any, just paint some old baubles with white primer and they should work just as well.
- Mod Podge
- Watercolour inks or paints
- Alice In Wonderland images (download here).
How To Print Alice Image on To The Ornament
Step 1: Download and print the page of small Alice in Wonderland Illustrations. If you have a laser printer, this should be fine. However, with an inkjet printer, the results with this craft are variable.
For best results, I recommend using a photocopy of the images sheet. I just took the printout to my local copy shop, and they photocopied it for me.
Top tip: The pictures print onto the baubles with a mirror image. So you might want to get the image reversed (mirror image) before printing or ask for a mirror image when photocopying. This is especially important when printing text.
Step 2: Decide which of the 12 Alice images you want to use for your ornament and cut it out of the paper.
Step 2: Paste the cut out image with a layer of Mod Podge. Make sure the whole image is covered.
Step 3: Next, stick the image face down onto the bauble. Press the image down to make sure all of it makes good contact with the ornament. Then leave it to dry for several hours. I leave mine overnight.
Step 4: Next, wet the paper on the bauble with a sponge and water. Then gently rub away the paper, the printed image should then appear on the bauble.
I made three of these printed Alice in Wonderland Ornaments, two with White Rabbit images and one Mad Hatter.
Decorating The Baubles
You might like the baubles as they are, but I decided to decorate mine for Christmas.
Step 5: First, I painted the baubles around the image with some watercolor inks. Next, I then pasted a border of glue around the image, before sprinkling the ornament with glitter.
Step 6: Finish off by adding a festive ribbon to hang the ornament from.
I used the same ceramic baubles to make some decoupaged dictionary baubles.
I also think the Scandinavian Gnomes on Pictureboxblue would look good printed on these baubles too.
The Alice In Wonderland Illustrations
Below I have curated a collection of the best illustrations by John Tenniel that featured in the original Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
To download the image that you want, click on the title above that illustration. A higher resolution image will open in a new window in your browser. If you right-click on that image, you will have the option to save it to your device.
This is the first John Tenniel illustration to appear in the original “Alice’s Adventure In Wonderland” in 1907 Lewis Carol addition of the book.
2. White Rabbit
This illustration is from the beginning of chapter 1, titled “Down The Rabbit-hole”.
An illustration of Alice finding the tiny door behind the curtain that golden key opened.
Illustration of Alice finding a bottle of potion on a table with the label “Drink Me”.
The illustration of the beginning of chapter 2 of “Alice in Wonderland”, (The Pool of Tears).
“The Rabbit started violently, dropped the white kid gloves and the fan, and skurried away into the darkness as hard as he could go.”
Alice swimming in the pool of her tears.
Alice being presented with a thimble by the Dodo.
Along with “drink me”, this must be one of the most famous of the Alice in Wonderland Illustrations.
If you enjoyed these Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland illustrations then you might enjoy some of the other book illustrations on the site.