It’s a most wonderful time of the year to get even more crafty!

21st December 2012 by Jovanna

A couple of weeks ago, we shared a crafty piece of inspiration for your left-over Christmas Cards and showed you how to create your very own crafty star. So we thought we’d continue the theme of home-made decorations made from printed products, and this time I was inspired by  Chinese paper lanterns, and I realised they sort of look like baubles, too!

This craft is really straightforward to make; you don’t even need any glue, so it’s less messy! You’ll just need 2 greeting cards, a hole-puncher, a pencil, a ruler, 2 paper fasteners, 1 piece of string.

Here’s how to make your very own bauble from Holiday Cards:

1. Cut 10 pieces of card 20mm wide strips, punch one hole top and bottom of each strip.

Strips of card with holes punched

2. Order the strips to make the desired design, and pierce through the stack with the paper fastener and secure it.

Fastening the strips together

3. This part is a bit more fliddly. Pick the last layer strip and insert the paper fastener through, created a curve in the strip of paper. Continue same procedure with all of the strips, from inside out.

Creating the bauble shape

Nearly there!

4. Securing the fastener when all the strips are in correct order. Hoop the string around one of the top strips and make a loose knot for hanging.

Voila! The great thing about this is that you can experiment with different designs and different sizes of paper; you can even make a bauble out of MiniCards!

We’d love to see your Christmas crafts; you can post them on our Facebook page, or Tweet them to us.

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Happy crafting and happy Holidays!

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