Mary Queen of Scots Christmas Ornament Craft Challenge

Mary Queen of Scots Christmas Decoration 700 x 300

The Mary Queen of Scots Research Project are getting into the festive spirit and are inviting everyone make you own Mary Queen of Scots inspired Christmas ornament. 

The approach of Christmas, Covid lockdowns and the need for indoor-based festive projects has inspired the ‘Mary Queen of Scots DIY Christmas Ornament Craft Challenge’. 

You can take inspiration from the range of Marian objects or your own image or understanding of Mary. Ornaments can made from scratch or use existing materials and images. 

If you are particularly artistic, feel free to take the challenge in your own direction, but for those who need a little more inspiration, they would suggest decoupage – use printed images of Mary or Marian objects (the thiner the paper, the easier this process is).

You can make the main form of your Christmas ornament out of found objects around the house or buy paper mache baubles that provide a blank slate to work on. This is one example of a Disney inspired decoupage bauble and you can find quite a good tutorial on decoupage on the following webpage.




For more inspiration for the Christmas craft project read the Mary Queen of Scots Research Project blog 

If you would like to take part, send your photos of your process and results of the challenge (with your preferred caption and inspiration) to, by 21 December and they will share all the results on the MQS website on 22 December.

Share your results on social media, tag us @insearchofmqs using #MaryQueenofScots and #Christmas or #Xmas

The research team for the In Search of Mary Queen of Scots project, hope that all the Christmas ornaments that are made will feature on the Christmas tree that will grace the lobby of The Hunterian at the University of Glasgow in December 2022 during the planned exhibition on the UofG’s Marian objects.

First published: 17 December 2020

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