Welcome back, it's Alison
Can you believe how close CHRISTMAS is now?
Really, just weeks!!
I LOVE Christmas...
Love everything from the crazy shoppers with trolleys laden to our home filled with decorations and handmade gifts are an important part of the celebrations -
Sometimes you just need something a little special, that doesn't cost a fortune but you want the other person to know you were thinking of them..
Personalised Christmas Baubles
make a lovely gift
and you can choose colours or add embellishments which show the recipient you made it especially for them!!
I've started with some plastic baubles but you can find glass also?
Pull off the caps and save them to the side.
Start by cutting various width strips from your patterned paper - great way to use up those extra bits, as it doesn't matter if they are long or short -
I chose some lovely papers from the
Ultimate Crafts Season's Greetings collection
Now run your scissors or bone folder along the length and curl them all - you can start at one end curling one way and then turn it around and curl from the opposite end -
Then push them all inside the bauble
You can also add various sequins, seed beads and you know all those little bits you get when you do a bunch of diecutting? They are perfect to add to a bauble as filler - those bits are good for adding to Shaker style cards too!!
I adhered a 'Poinsettia Duo', a 'Small Mixed Poinsettia' and a mini Christmas tree to the cluster
It was quite difficult to photograph without the glare but you get the idea?
There was FOUR baubles in the packet
so, I made THREE more, why not...
This Bauble was filled with strips from the
Be Merry & Bright collection
I've added some of the pink sprinkles too
Finished by fussy cutting a star and adhering the 'Silver Glitter word - Heart'
I combined some strips from the new
Ooh La La collection
to those beautiful 'Mixed Metallic Daisies' and 'Mixed Ferns'
They come in a lovely copper, gold and green too!
The collection also contains a packet of mixed toned sequins - how good would a bauble look filled with them? You could add a layer of thin clear glue and roll it around inside till the surface is covered then add the sequins and let it dry, tip out an excess that hasn't stuck!
I have a friend who loves everything Africa so filled a bauble with strips from the
Wild and Free collection
even added some Giraffe diecuts (her favourite African animal)
and finished with a rhinestone initial -
You can add a giant ribbon so your bauble can hang on the Christmas tree - something which can be put away and hung again next year!
I like to package them nestled in some soft tissue paper in a cute box - if you're really keen, you can even make the box!!
Hope you make a handmade gift this Christmas,