Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Paper Baubles

     Welcome to my project for CraftyHazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge for this month. As the challenge name says it's anything made with patterned paper, cards, layouts, decorations or gift boxes, it's up to you what you would like to create.
     I have had these paper strips for a long time so it was time to use some of them, they're all 12inches long but only 1.5inches wide. They're single sided so I stuck two together with PVA glue, one green and one red.
     Once dry I cut one 4", 2x 4.5" and 2x5" long. The shortest strip is the centre piece with one 4.5" and one 5" stuck on either side of it. Attach some ribbon for hanging in between the centre and one of the 4.5" strips.
     Once the top is secure the bottom can be stuck, by matching up the bottom of each strip the longer strips are forced to curve. I had a large gap in the centre so I filled that with scrolls of the same strip glued to the centre strip.
     To decorate the bauble I wanted to add some gem stars but the only ones I had left were pink, alcohol pens work beautifully on gems so that's what I did to get my yellow stars.
     Decoration has been kept simple with two stars on each side, one top and one bottom, but ribbons, tassells or bells could be added to this simple shape.
    This is a great decoration to make with children as no machinery or sharp tools need to be used, they often come up with some amazing creations as they're not held back by how they think it should look. Being paper it's also a safe decoration to have near the bottom of the tree where little fingers can reach them.

     If you keep all of one colour strip facing one way as the bauble turns it will 'change colour'. You could make giant decorations to hang in large hallways or public buildings and once Christmas has finished they can be recycled.
     Come over and join us at CraftyHazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge with your creations, you have a month to bring your creations over to show us.

I would like to enter this decoration in the following challenges:
Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Allsorts 387 - Let's Make A Start On Christmas


  1. So pretty. you've chosen the perfect PP for these.

  2. Lovely decoration.
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts 'Christmas' challenge this week and good luck x Susan x

  3. A lovely project!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "Anything Goes” challenge over at Crafty Friends & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

    (DT Crafty Friends)

    (DT The Sketchy Challenges)

  4. What a gorgeous bauble! Thanks so much for joining us at Crafty Friends!
    Tammy x

  5. Hello… Thanks for joining our ‘Anything Goes’ challenge with your lovely handmade bauble…
    Please join us again next time. Good luck!
    [Diane Louise, Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]


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