Czech Christmas Ornaments

Take a look at our brilliant Christmas tree from 2006 year. It is decorated with traditional Czech ornaments, made from anther of blown glass.

Our Christmas tree, decorated with Rautis decorations

This type of ornaments comes from north Bohemia and was famous during the first half of the 20th century. Still you can find beautiful pieces in anthiques, but they are expensive indeed. I am really sorry that my grandparents throw out a box full of these ornaments sometime in late fifties, you know, the ornaments were not modern at all.

I bought this pot in antique

The decorations are done in all shapes you can think of and even in shapes that you would’t think it is possible at all.

These scales are from antique too

One summer day I decided that we should visit the small Rautis factory, where these beautiful jewels are produced, so we went to Krkonoše, mountains in North Bohemia, the heart of our glass tradition.

The entrance door to the factory shop by the factory in Poniklá

Bigger pieces – tower, carriage, old car, wheel

The process of ornament making constis of few steps. Blowing, silvering, coloring, painting, cutting, assembly. We tried only the first step, which is blowing, it looked quite easy, but our final result didn’t look as we would like to. Then we found out that the blower needs to train for at least 6 months to be able to blow glass beads which do not pop during further processing. And we didn’t have that much time …

My father blowing his first glass anther.

In fact most of the steps can be done at home, so workers often have the own workshops at their buildings. Only silvering and coloring process must be done at fatory, because they are chemical production steps and have to comply with all safety and environmental standards.

Glass anthers (“klaučata”) after silverization

And now colored in blue, but in fact the silver ornaments are my most favorite

The last steps of the process – cutting and assembling can be both done at home. So to support your creativity, you can buy a set to make your own decoration. On the next picture you can enjoy the Christmas decorations, not only the beads one, but also colorful blown decorations done at Rautis factory as well.

Old bicycle, Nativity scene, boat, star and drum, baby-coach and cabin, whole train

All the colors

And finally look at part of my excellent collection.

Stars and flowers and snowflakes – jewels for my Christmas tree

My Post about Christmas:

Betlémy – nativity scenes
Christmas Market in Prague Old Town
Christmas Crafts Markets in Prague
Czech Christmas Ornaments (Rautis)
Traditional Gingerbreads
Christmas Wish 2012
Family Tradition – Fire-crackers


23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Our Adventure in Croatia
    Dec 18, 2012 @ 22:04:22

    they look so delicate. I am sure my mother had some of the colourful ones similar to the ones in your picture. I think she throw them out as well as not fashionable and modern any more,. What a shame. Merry Christmas


  2. travelgardeneat
    Dec 19, 2012 @ 04:40:13

    My mother still had a few of her grandmother’s Czech ornaments! So pretty. ~ Kat


    • PragueByKaty
      Dec 19, 2012 @ 10:09:15

      Lucky you 🙂


      • Annette Porter
        Dec 03, 2013 @ 20:08:54

        I inherited some of my mother-in-law’s ornaments such as yours but some of them are broken. My three sons and I put those that are usable on the tree each year. Do you know of a place in the United States that would be able to repair the broken ones or where we could purchase more? They are quite special since she was from Prague and there’s a legacy to uphold.

      • PragueByKaty
        Dec 05, 2013 @ 11:34:17

        Hi Annette,
        I have absolutely no idea where you can buy them or repair them in US and I think there is no such a place. I checked the company’s E-shop and they send only to Czech and Slovak Republic.
        Therefore the only chance to get them is to come to CR and I will take you to the factory and factory shop in the north of the country in Krkonose mountain :-).
        Maybe there is other company who is importing them to US, but I don’t know
        looking forward to seeing you

  3. poppytump
    Dec 19, 2012 @ 15:18:01

    Yes what a lot of gorgeous ornaments have been chucked out Katy 😦 Lovely to hear about the story behind them and see your Pa’s concentration in his work there 🙂
    I’m always on the hunt for old retro baubles !


  4. ideflex
    Dec 19, 2012 @ 16:20:54

    I have a few antique Czech ornaments from my mother but I have never seen the ones with the beads!


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  6. cindy knoke
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 00:26:05

    WOW! Gorgeous!


  7. Amy
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 03:45:57

    Beautiful ornaments!


  8. megtraveling
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 17:30:09

    The ornaments are so dainty and lovely – thanks for the information about how they’re made. Have a Happy New Year!


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  16. joe
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 02:22:34

    nice ornament’s!!!!


  17. Linda Nohavec
    Jan 01, 2015 @ 05:12:01

    Hi, Katy….I am an avid collector of the antique & vintage Czech Christmas ornaments. I’m wondering if you know the process for the various colors (I have the recipe for the basic silvering). I’m unable to locate a factory which manufactures the ornaments so was interested when I read your post that they are made in the home and sent to the factory for coloring. Water unfortunately took the finish off my favorite ornament and I’m looking to somehow restore the colors. Thanks for any assistance. Hope to make the trip one day to the Czech Republic as it is my heritage.


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