#CountdowntoChristmas – Vintage Dictionary Art


As Christmas comes closer we are all frantically trying to get everything ready and done for the big day. Gifts need to be bought, presents need to be wrapped and holiday decor needs to be put up. We also look forward to meeting and entertaining family and friends and that means getting the house in order and planning eats. In short, a lot needs to be done and there is always a need for last minute gifts. My project today is an awesome last minute gift that can be made for both the ladies and men. It totally depends in the images you choose. It is both super easy to do and very budget friendly. All you need to make your own vintage dictionary art is:

  1. Old Dictionary Paper
  2. Printer – Black and White or Color
  3. Frames from the Dollar Store
  4. Copyright Free Images from Google
  5. Matting Paper

Vintage dictionary art looks really good especially if several prints are grouped together. You can choose to print out Victorian steampunk images like hot air balloons and air ships or go with more classical silhouettes. The results are amazing every time.


Step 1: Take some old book paper and trim its binding edges to make sure it doesn’t get stuck in your printer.


Step 2: Go online and look for images that you can add to your pages. There are lots of websites that offer copyright free images. Use Google images to find some that you like. I especially like the ones with a steampunk theme. These can be found easily in black and white. Choose an image which is available in a good resolution and is copyright free.


Step 3: Download them to your computer and print them using the settings shown below. Choose A5 size paper and fit the picture to frame.


Step 4: Load the paper in your printer – adjust the printing tray according to your paper size – Just make sure it is slightly larger than A5.


Step 5: Feed the dictionary paper into your printer and print out the image. You can also print out colored images if you want using a colored printer.



Step 6: You can choose to mat your print on plain or patterned paper or leave it as is.


Step 7: Now frame this print in vintage dollar store frames. Voila! Your Vintage dictionary art is ready and you’re done with a fun and classy gift.


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28 thoughts on “#CountdowntoChristmas – Vintage Dictionary Art

  1. Lesley Pyle says:

    This is a wonderful way to display those fabulous book pages! Thankyou for the inspiration.
    I’ve hopped all the blogs and found myself here, the last one, and I’ve loved them all!
    i can’t live without my WRMK paper trimmer – it’s just so useful!
    Have a very Merry Christmas.

  2. Becca Yahrling says:

    I love this look so much! I’ve been searching & searching for an old dictionary in thrift stores but have yet to find one.
    There are so many endless possibilities to use them with.
    I can’t live without my stash of papers, being a paper crafter.

  3. Helen says:

    Thanks for this idea–I love working with my favorite supply (craft papers of all kinds) so your digital design intrigues me. I definitely want to try it for gifts that will be great all year long. . .so adaptable! Thanks.

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