Hobbycraft are helping us get in the Christmas Spirit with their 12 Makes of Christmas. They are hosting festive demos and sharing a range of inspiring makes and project guides to help those looking to create a handmade Christmas. This week we are making baubles.
Each week I’ll be making the projects and featuring them on my blog to give you some inspiration. So, with the help of Hobbycraft’s Fillable Baubles, here are some quick and easy decoration ideas for you.
If you fancy having a go yourself pop to your local Hobbycraft Store on Saturday 7th October between 12pm and 2pm for an instore workshop. Tickets cost £5 and can be booked online.
- Use them for giving gifts. A festive pair of socks fits in a treat. Tag it and hang on the tree for a little something extra.
- Pom poms! I love this. It looks fab. You can make them to fit any colour scheme and it’s so ridiculously easy, it doesn’t even make a mess so is perfect to do with little kids.
- Jingle Bells. They are shiny so catch the tree lights a treat. They sound perfectly festive. Again it is super quick and easy as well as being mess free.
- Chocolates. Fill with your favourite festive chocolates and display for as long as can manage. I actually like this for gift giving. We’ve all got those friends and relatives we just give a box of chocolates to. So why not decant the chocolates into baubles and make a bit more of a gift out of them.
- Stars. Sandwich a loop of invisible thread between two wooden stars and glue. Tie the loop of thread through the hanging loop of the bauble before you close it. This allows the star to be suspended and sway gently. Nice and easy, great for a rustic look.
- Glitter! If you want all the glitter this Christmas, and who doesn’t? Paint the inside of your bauble with a clear drying glue. Fill with glitter. Shake until covered. Leave to dry. So sparkly and all the glitter is inside the plastic, which means it isn’t falling all over the carpet every time someone brushes by the tree.
- Chunky gems. They are just so shiny and pretty. Fill the baubles as high as you can with the prettiest gems you can find.
- Your kid’s favourite sweets. I like strawberry laces as they fill the bauble nicely and the red is festive. But what about chocolate coin or foil covered balls. The choices are endless and they make for great bribery tools.
- Self adhesive gems dotted on the outside of a bauble look great and for added glitz a good pinch of fine glitter and a shake will have the inside of the bauble sparkling too. A little more time consuming but I love the results. You could completely personalise your baubles too, especially good if your are giving them as gifts.
- Mini gingerbread men. Another foody filling but super cute and very festive. You could bake them yourself or cheat (like I did) and buy some. OK the ones I filled today aren’t lasting until Christmas but that’s just an excuse to buy more. I think this was my favourite bauble if I’m honest.
If you fancy something little more advanced, but still easy, there are some great options available instore. Check out my swan decoration I made at this year’s Christmas in July show. So easy, all you needed was a glue gun and the parts. I love it.
To view The 12 Makes of Christmas visit the Hobbycraft Blog or visit www.hobbycraft.co.uk to see when your local store will be demoing each make. Next week we’ll be making baubles!!
Disclosure – I have received the products to make these crafts and a few extras for my craft stash in exchange for sharing the 12 Makes of Christmas for Hobbycraft