Christmas is a season, a festival that involves the exquisite combination of tradition and creativity. Crafting for Christmas is not only fun but also a great way of spending quality time with the family. A great way of decorating the tree is by using baubles, both store- bought, and home-made.
Originally, the baubles were mere weights attached to a stick used for the purpose of weighing a child's toy. The first glass baubles were made in Germany where garlands of glass beads resembling popcorn strands and tin figures were produced and hung over the Christmas trees. With increasing popularity, the production of these baubles increased and these tiny structures with their intricate designs became a household favorite. Highly skilled artisans started making these baubles by heating a glass tube over a flame and then inserting the tube into a clay mould, all the time blowing the heated glass to expand into the shape of the mould. After cooling the glass, silver nitrate solution was poured, dried and then, finally hand-painted using, a variety of bright colors and then topped with a cap and hook. Some of the popular Christmas baubles available in the market are droplet baubles, pear shaped baubles, ivy baubles, enchanted forest baubles etc.
Originally, these ornaments were only in the form of fruits and nuts but nowadays, you can choose from a wide variety of patterns and designs. What better, you can even create your own bauble ornies from easily available materials like tissue papers, colored pins etc. So, plan a small get together with your family and prepare these beautiful decorations or arrange for a project hour for your kids where you can encourage your kids to make them. A simple technique for producing braided baubles is given below.
How To Make Christmas Braided Baubles
Braided Baubles are widely used in every Christmas decoration. Go through the tips to know how to make Christmas Braided baubles.
Braided Baubles Crafts
- Colored Tissue Paper
- Gold Cord
- Fancy Braid
- Styrofoam Balls
- Rubber- based glue
- Dressmakers' Pins
- Colored Pins
- Cut the colored tissue paper into strips. Cut them in rectangular or any other size the only thing, which you have to keep in mind, is to keep the paper long and wide. Make sure they are long enough to wrap around the Styrofoam balls.
- Then glue the strips to the balls at the top and the bottom. Wind the gold cord around each ball in whatever patterns and design you want securing it with the use of the dressmakers' pins and then gluing the pins in place to avoid them falling out accidently.
- You can further embellish these ornies by adding fancy braids that are easily available in any local shops and stores.
- To make these baubles look more elegant and chic, you can even use silky-wrapped ornaments instead of these plain Styrofoam balls and can also dress them up using shiny ribbons and sparkly beads.