Did you see last night's U.S. premiere of Downton Abbey? Dowtown-inspired crafts run the gamut from antiqued jewelry to hair decor to irreverent embroidery and paper dolls. We’ve gathered our favorite period piece crafts to celebrate all the fashion, backgrounds and drama of our favorite TV period piece.
English thyme makes these savory shortbread cookies a delectable treat to serve while watching or just dreaming about Downton Abbey. Lemon zest adds bite to the butter dough as does fresh ginger. Serve with a steaming cup of cream tea.
The Wee Kitchen shares this free Downton Abbey craft recipe.
Downton Abbey inspires one crafter to make hats, hair brooches and other head-based decor, all with fabrics, textures and antiqued metals reminiscent of the early 1900s. Pheasant feathers and a faux diamond pendant make a hat pin, ideal for a white wool felt cloche, for example. Hot glue serves to make other simple but striking Downton Abbey crafts, all subtle reminders of our current love.
Get inspired via Haute 31.
Many a battle has been fought over the brim of a teacup, particularly on Downton Abbey. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite teacup crafts, including repurposed teacup candles, pincushions and even a wall clock. Choose cups made with vintage details like birds, blooming cabbage roses or gold-rimmed edges.
Check out more of CraftFoxes favorite upcycled vintage teacup projects.
Inspired by the high lace necklines seen on the show (though more reminiscent of Victorian fashion than Edwardian), this black lace choker is simple to make but offers quite the statement if paired with a loose-fitting blouse or draped shawl. A long black ribbon hangs down the back to show off, perhaps, a mildly backless evening gown.
Love Maegan shares how to make your own.
Long strands of pearls are common element of Edwardian style. Lavie DIY shares several ways to wear your luminescent ropes, including the popular looped lanyard or even as a cuff-like bracelet. Plastic pearl beads are inexpensive and can add a little more polish to any of your Downton Abbey crafts. For example, stitch small pearls to the embroidery above or even attached to a serving tray of shortbread cookies.
Learn more ways to wear your pearls via Lavie DIY.
These irreverent paper dolls feature the lead characters as well as various costumes and accessories, and yet the accessories offer inside jokes about our favorite period piece. For example, the Dowager Countess comes with “an assortment of emotions,” each face — from judgmental to pleased — looking exactly the same, while Mary has the limp form of Mr. Pamuk at her feet to complete her look.
Download all of these free Downton crafts from Vulture.
Create a unique hairband using, perhaps, a broken necklace. Use oversized pearls or other classic jewels, whichever you prefer, but make them head-ready by attaching stretchy elastic or ribbon to wrap them around your crown.
Get inspired by this CraftFoxes round-up of hairbands you can make yourself.
With her quick wits and impeccable (albeit grumpy) manners, Maggie Smith’s the Dowager Countess of Grantham is one of the most popular characters on the series. This free embroidery pattern celebrates the Dowager with a simple stitched bust and a phrase below. Feel free to sub your own slogan or witticism for the provided text.
Head to The Zen of Making to download this free craft embroidery pattern.
Take your favorite quote—mostly likely derived from the lips of Lady Grantham, and turn the words or even an image into jewelry for a modern-take on silhouette pendants and brooches, a common and popular accessory during the Edwardian era.
CraftFoxes has a free how-to for turning your Downton Abbey quote into a craft.
Image credit (from top): Bethany Lorelle, Wee Kitchen, Haute 31, High Tea for Alice, Love Maegan, Lavie DIY, Vulture, Bridal Musings, The Zen of Making and Bethany Marcello