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Paper Strip Baubles
December 3rd, 2011 by Craftylocks

 

These baubles are beautiful and fun to make. It is a good idea to decorate the sheet of paper the night before or at least several hours before you want to put the bauble together. If the glue is not completely dry you will end up with a smeared mess – I wonder how we know that?

You will need:

Sheet of colored light weight card
Glue
Glitter
Scissors
Hole punch or something sharp to make a hole for the split pin
2 split pin fasteners
Thread or wire

To decorate your card or paper, drizzle the glue in a random pattern and sprinkle the glitter over it so it sticks to all the lines of glue. Shake the card to encourage the loose glitter to find uncovered areas of glue. Remember to allow lots of time for the glue to dry before you go on to the next step.
Once the glue has dried (have I mentioned that you really really need to leave it to dry properly?), cut the card or paper into eight even strips.
Lay the eight strips on top of one another and make a hole at each end of the strips. Remember that the hole needs to be smaller than the head of the split pin you are using. 

Push the split pin through the hole and fasten. Repeat this process with the other end so you have eight layers of card with a split pin at either end.

This next step is where you find out if your glue is dry enough (see above about leaving to dry properly). Gently separate each of the eight layers to form a ball shape. The first piece requires a bit of a twisting but the rest are easy.
You now have beautiful baubles! Tie the thread or wire to the top and your bauble is ready to hang. 

If you want to make smaller baubles, use colored paper rather than card and make the strips slightly narrower.

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3 Responses  
TERESA writes:
November 12th, 2013 at 1:54 pm

I AM NOT A MOM BUT I FOUND THIS TO BE GREAT FOR MAKEING FOR LIKE GRAB BAGS I STUFF THEM WITH CANDY AND GIVE THEM OUT GREAT IDEA

Craftylocks writes:
December 19th, 2011 at 2:23 am

Thanks Dawnie, I am looking forward to seeing those photos – I am also saving any bottle caps we have now so that I can try the crafts too.
Hugs,
Sarah

dawnie writes:
December 18th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

hey mrs craftlocks
incidentally, you should have zillions of visitors to your site everydate because you have the coolest projects everyday and here is one I would like to share a little something with you:
we have been saving bottlecaps and making all sorts of fun projects/gifts – we made jewerly and frames and all sorts of stuff – I want to email you the pictures so please email and clue me in on how to send you the pics – there is another technique with them involving making “prints: and printmaking that I think may interest you hence when I email you the pics utilizing the caps I can send you the info on said. take care dawnie fam

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