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Dresden Trims - Delightful Traditional German Craft Supplies!

Dresden trims have a long history going back to the nineteenth century.  They are made of foiled paper that has been embossed  and die-cut with beautiful, and sometimes very intricate, designs. They can be applied to a variety of crafts with just a light application of glue on the backs.  

If you've received a packet of Dresden trims, and are wondering what to do with them, here is some inspiration:

An embellished spun cotton ornament.  
Take a cue from the Victorians, and make a decorated spun cotton ornament!  A touch of glitter, and some Dresden stars will turn a simple ornament into a treasured keepsake.
Spun cotton ornaments Dresden trim

Rehabilitated Christmas Ornaments 
Got a collection of tired old ornaments that need some love? Add Dresden stars and trims to bring them back to life!  
vintage Christmas ornaments

Vintage German Scrap Pictures! How Absolutely Lovely.

Vintage Scrap Pictures - Floral Bouquets

These darling little die cut scrap pictures make the perfect embellishment for vintage style crafts. A single image on a card, or a gift box, or even placed on the front a little cone filled with treats becomes a real treasure.  Vintage scrap pictures are known for their quality with brilliantly printed colors and embossed details.  

If you've received a scrap picture, and are wondering what to do with it, here is some inspiration:

An embellished gift box.  
This old paper box needs no wrapping, but a single die cut rose image adds a ton of character.  A bow of seam binding ribbon completes the package.
Vintage Scrap Pictures - Rose Floral
A decorated hand mirror.
This antique mirror was decoupaged with a darling lily of the valley.
Vintage Scrap Pictures - Victorian Lily of the Valley

Do you have your own example to share? Tag #smilemercantile on Instagram!