Every year, Sausage and I make a new set of decorations for the tree, just about a dozen or so to add to the current collection and each year I try to do something different with her.
Last year we made some plaster of paris models which she painted and the year before was salt dough, but this year I wanted something completely different. My good friend Jamillah posted one of her Pinterest finds on Facebook and I thought we'd try to recreate the effect for our tree, and I'm really chuffed with the results so I thought I'd share them with you.
What you'll need:
- Wool - we bought some small offcuts from Ebay, which were about £3 for a bag.
- PVA glue
- Saucer or tray for glue
- Small balloons or water balloons
- Place a splodge of glue onto your saucer or tray
- Take a balloon (we used water balloons as they're the perfect size) and blow it up to the rough size of a bauble.
- Tie a small piece of wool around the knot of the balloon for hanging to dry
- Snip off a piece of wool about 12 inches long
- Drag the wool through the PVA glue
- Wrap the sticky wool around the balloon
- Repeat the process again with another piece of wool
- Hang the baubles to dry (we snipped slots into a long piece of cardboard and slid the balloons into it, before hanging them off of the edge of a desk)
- Once the baubles are completely dry (we gave ours about three hours), snip the knot carefully off of the balloon with a pair of scissors. The balloon should deflate but the wool bauble should spring back to shape once the balloon is removed
- Tie a piece of coordinating wool at the top of the bauble in a loop, for hanging on the tree
And there you have it! Super easy, rather messy but the results are really worth it in the end.
I think these baubles look really unique and effective and I'm really pleased with how they look on the tree. We used wool with a glittery strand running through it (although I can't take a picture which does the glittery strand justice!) but you could also roll them in glitter before they dry, or even use a little bit of snow spray on the bottoms once they're dry.
Jayne is a mum to a 5 year old girl and is expecting another little lady, due Feb '14. She currently works from home as well as studying for a degree with the Open University. She's domestically challenged and hates washing up, but makes an awesome lasagne and is a whizz with a sewing machine.
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