Holiday Crafting: Digging Into our Archives

Snowflake Study, 1890, by Wilson A. Bentley, Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 31, Box 1

With the holidays upon us, the blog has been featuring some crafty projects (such as a free printable holiday card featuring an image from our collections) for fun. As I put up one of these recent posts, I realized that we have quite a few resources available to the crafters out there that I thought were worth highlighting, especially for anyone trying to pull together some last minute holiday gifts!

Rural Letter Carrier's Christmas Card, 1915, National Postal Museum

  • Snowflake templates - Last year, we created snowflake templates from some of "Snowflake" Bentley's late 19th century photographs of snowflakes in our collections. The templates are perfect for ornaments, tree toppers, window "decals", or as decorations as you gift wrap.
  • Snowflake coloring pages - Celebrate the upcoming first day of winter (officially, it's December 22nd), by printing out our snowflake coloring book activity (also featuring Snowflake Bentley's photos mentioned above), and going to town.
  • Lots of winter-themed photos - Have you checked out our Winter Wonderland, People and the Post, or the Field Books of Waldo LaSalle Schmitt sets on the Smithsonian Flickr Commons? Each set of photographs features frosty images from Smithsonian history, postal history around the US, and scientific exploration, respectively. They're perfect additions on homemade holiday cards, collages, or modge-podge crafts, and they're available for download on the Flickr Commons.

Let us know if you make anything fun in the comments below, and if you feel so compelled, send us images of your creations at biggerpicture[at]!

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