I can’t help it. The week leading up to Christmas is when I get all my inspiration. Why can’t it come in November like everyone else?!
This one is really fun, and is a great craft to do with kids. It’s how to make your very own yarn wrapped Christmas baubles. You can hang them in the tree, or you can string them onto a set of lights, like I have (make sure you use LED lights which don’t heat up!).
This took about an hour all up, and I left the baubles to dry overnight, although they were dry within a few hours.
What you’ll need
- Two balls of Scheepjes Maxi Bonbon in your chosen colours, available from Wool Warehouse*. Hot pink and gold is my 2016 Christmas palette, but you can choose whichever colours you like.
- White craft glue. I used what I had on hand, which was Mod Podge.
- Sponge or brush to apply the glue.
- Water balloons. If your summer was as good as hours, you’ll have plenty lying around unused.
- Something to hang your baubles to dry – I used a coat hanger.
- Battery operated LED fairy light string.
- Take your balloons and blow them up to be about 6cm in diameter, and tie them off making sure they are as round as you can possibly make them.
- Take a little of the glue and dab it around the balloon. This makes it a bit sticky so the yarn will stay put.
- Start wrapping the yarn. Hold a long tail in your hand, and hold onto the knotted end of the balloon and slowly wind the yarn around the balloon as if you’re winding a skein of yarn. Keep wrapping until you have good coverage, and still some space to allow light to shine through. Two balls of Bonbon will make 10 baubles.
- Cut and tie the yarn off to the other end, leaving a long double stranded tail to hang up to dry later.
- Take the glue and start dabbing it all over the bauble, until the yarn is completely soaked.
- Hang them to dry overnight.
- When dry, pop the balloons and pull them out of the bauble – this can be a bit fiddly as water balloons are meant to break easily, remember.
- String them onto lights and hang as decoration.
Alternative glue option: you can soak the yarn in the glue before you start winding onto the balloon, but this also causes more mess. Which I don’t like.