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3 easy ways to improve your Christmas tree

10 December 2015, 11:13

1. Create a perfect gift by personalising your bauble

The baubles with names on them can also be used as place markers.

To make:

Work on newspaper and paint old Christmas baubles or polystyrene balls (available at craft and stationery stores) with blackboard paint.

Leave to dry, and then write the guest’s name with white chalk or with a white pen.

To make the shiny balls, we first painted them with a layer of blackboard paint and then with a layer of craft glue. Sprinkled glitter onto the glue and shook off any excess glitter into a container to use for the next ball.

2. Make these delightful baubles with polystyrene balls

You will need:

•    polystyrene balls
•    various buttons
•    ribbon
•    glue or pins

To make:

1. Stick a variety of buttons all over the balls.
2. Attach a ribbon loop under one of the buttons so you can hang the bauble up.
3. We used a glue gun to do the sticking, but pins will also work.

3. Create Christmas baubles out of paper

You will need:

• 2 large sheets of stiff paper or cardboard
• scissors
• thin ribbon or twine
• sticky tape
• glue gun & glue sticks
• craft glue
• glitter

To make:

1. Use a round shape (you can use the lid of an aerosol deodorant can) to trace circles onto the paper. You can use white paper for plain white baubles or, for a more dramatic look, choose cardboard with contrasting colours on each side – we used beige and red.

2. Cut out the circles and place them in piles of eight, flipping every second circle to alternate the patterns.

3. Tie a piece of thin ribbon around the middle of the stack and secure with a tight knot, leaving enough ribbon to make a loop at the top. Secure the ribbon with a piece of sticky tape on both sides.

4. Fold the top four circles over with the ribbon at the centre of the fold. Do the same on the other side.

5. Starting on the beige circles, dot a small blob of glue on the bottom of the bauble next to the ribbon using a glue gun, and press the circles together until the glue is dry. Do the same on all the beige patterned circles.

6. Now dot on a small blob of glue near the tops of the red circles and hold in place until the glue dries. Your bauble should now have a round shape.

7. Use your finger to smooth craft glue on the edges of the bauble. Roll the wet, gluey edges in a small pile of glitter until the edges are sufficiently sparkly. Leave to dry.

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