In the theme of my “Handmade Christmas” today I bring you handmade baubles, most if the decorations going on my tree this year are handmade. I really wanted to show people that you do not have to spend a lot of money to have a beautifully decorated tree. These fabric wrapped baubles are soooo easy to make and really look stunning hanging on a tree.
Gather your Supplies – the amount of fabric you will need will depend on two factors, how big your foam balls are and how many baubles you make. I bought 50cm of a 120cm wide fabric.
You will want to make snips in your fabric along the selvage side – this will give you 120cm long stripes. (Tip: make your strips skinnier (1/4″) for smaller foam balls and thicker (1″) for the larger foam balls – it gives them a tidier look and on the larger one allows your fabric to go further)
Tear your fabric from the snips down the full length. The fabric will fray….you want this to happen, I actually pulled more threads off yo go more fraying so my baubles had more texture. Cut off excess threads.
Wrap you fabric around the foam ball once and use your thumb to hold it in place (you can use glue to fix it but I didn’t – the wrapping process will hold it all in place).
Continue wrapping only slightly overlapping the last edge and wrapping across diagonally across the bauble. Make sure as you go no foam is showing. (Only wrap your foam balls completely once…..I found adding more layers makes it look messier).
When you get to the end cut if any excess and fold over end. (I put a pin in it to hold it in pace till I added the ribbon)
Add your ribbon. Make a simple loop by crossing the ribbon over itself and pin this into place at the cross point onto the spot you finished your wrapping. Cut off an excess ribbon.
These are sooo simple to make and look really beautiful. You can easily make these with your kids. If you want you can just use ribbon instead of fabric…..no cutting, no ripping you just simply wrap it around the foam bauble. What I love about these is that they are easily customisable with different coloured fabric or even patterned ribbon.
What do you think? Would you make something like this for your tree?