HOW TO MAKE ADVENT BAUBLES
24 clear fillable plastic baubles in various sizes (ours were from www. hobbycraft.co.uk) Multi-surface satin acrylic paint in blue, mint, dark pink and light pink (we used Americana DecoArt in Colbalt, Soft Jade, Pink Tropics and Pink Cadillac) Paint brush Soft paint brush Washi tape Two double-sided adhesive sheets Grosgrain ribbon in blue, mint, dark pink and light pink, 1cm ( 3 / ") wide 8 Shredded tissue paper Craft gold leaf Soft paintbrush Do the luxe calendar thing the handmade way with these hidden treasure baubles. Decorated using four different paint effects and fancy gold leaf numbers, you can hang them up individually or thread them together, intertwined with springs of foliage, to create a statement garland.
Best of all, you get to curate those daily treat yo’self moments, deciding exactly what goes into each one. Use an assortment of different-sized baubles so you’ve got room to store everything from chocolate truffles to beauty bits.
01 To make the solid colour baubles, open six baubles in different sizes. Paint the inside of each one, using a different colour for every bauble. As plastic is non-porous, you’ll need a few coats to get a good solid opaque colour – leave to dry in between each one.
02 To create the paint splatter baubles, open a bauble, load a paint brush with paint, then flick it inside the bauble with your finger. Be sure to cover the surrounding surfaces first as it can be messy. Once the splatter effect is dry, paint a contrasting base colour over the top of it, again, on the inside of the bauble. Repeat this step four times so you end up with five splattered baubles in various different sizes.
03 To create the marbled effect baubles, add a few splodges of paint to the inside of a bauble in contrasting colours. Use as many colours as you like, then join the two bauble halves back together and give it a good shake to mix the paint up inside.
04 Once thoroughly mixed, open the bauble up again and let the excess paint run out. The best way to do this is to leave it balanced over an old jar or paint palette. As the paint runs out it’ll continue to leave a marbling effect, so occasionally turn the bauble halves as they dry for a pretty finish. Repeat Steps 3- 4 five times to create a total of six marbled baubles in different sizes.
05 For the confetti-style bauble, use washi tape to create the confetti shapes. Cut little strips of tape and apply to the inside of a bauble, then paint your chosen base colour over the top.
06 Once the base colour is dry, carefully pull off the washi tape to reveal the confetti pattern, then paint over the gaps in a contrasting colour. Repeat Steps 5- 6 six times to create seven confetti baubles in different sizes.
07 Using the number templates on page 97, draw the numbers 1-24 onto the double-sided adhesive sheets. You may want to adjust the
size of the numbers by enlarging or reducing them on a photocopier to better fit the baubles. Use scissors to cut the numbers out.
08 Carefully peel off the backing paper from a cut-out adhesive number and stick it onto the face of one of the baubles.
09 Once the number is stuck down, peel off the protective layer on the face of the adhesive number and apply the gold leaf. Gently pat down the gold leaf to make sure it fully sticks to the adhesive.
10 Using a soft bristle paintbrush, lightly dust off the excess gold leaf from the bauble.
11 Fill the finished baubles with shredded tissue paper or confetti and an Advent calendar treat of your choosing, then close them.
12 Thread a 30cm (117/ 8 ") length of contrasting ribbon through the loop on each of the baubles, then use to attach to a tree or garland.