I wanted to make a special little Christmas tree for my two nieces. They are almost one, can’t quite get my head around that, and they will be with us on Christmas Day. I thought that if we were to make Christmas a very special occasion from their first year onward then they may develop the obsessional type of love for it that both their mother and auntie have. One can only hope that they follow in our footsteps and get REALLY excited as soon as they see the Christmas Coke advert for the first time that year.
I have wanted to give these ugly baubles a makeover for some time and was going to affix them to a wreath at first but realised that their golden gaudiness would still be on display. Nope, the only way forward was to cover the blighter’s entirely and use up some pretty scraps of fabric along the way.
Place your own ugly bauble in the centre of a scrap of fabric and pull up the sides, making sure that you have enough to cover the whole bauble, and tie at the top. See the picture below for an example of this. When you are sure that you have a big enough scrap of fabric place a small dot of glue, I used hot glue from my glue gun, and stick the bottom of the bauble to the centre of the piece of fabric. Mine stuck so well that the bauble would stand up on the fabric by itself. This gives you more stability when you are covering the bauble.
Making sure that the existing thread that is used to hang the bauble is outside of the fabric, tie the fabric together at the top of the bauble, tightly! Snip the ends of the thread/wool and place another dab of glue at the point where it was tied.
Cover the thread/wool with some beautiful pieces of ribbon that work well with your chosen fabric. I have used two pieces for each bauble. Tied both pieces with a bow and poofed them out to create a little ribbony volume at the top of the bauble.
Hang wherever you deem appropriate. As I said, I have decided to put all of the ones I have completed so far on to the tree I have made for Truly & Daisy. It’s a teeny tree so I didn’t have to make very many.
However, I have vast amounts of those particularly ugly baubles left so I think I may continue to cover them and dress both of my other two tress with them.
This is a lovely way to get crafty this Christmas, save a bit of hard earned cash by re-cycling older decorations, use up some of your fabric stash and personalise your home.
Four great reasons to cover ugly baubles …….Christmas has come early!
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