Christmas in Singapore sees us doing ridiculous things like decorating the house with fake flora that would never grow in a tropical climate. But we don’t care. Nothing makes us feel more festive than a plastic fir wreath and tree bling. Singing Christmas carols notwithstanding. That said, we’re open to adding a dose of quality yuletide craft to our decor. A bit of Christmas DIY is a great way to get the kids into the festive spirit (and it keeps them busy too, thank goodness). Thanks to our great friend, Claire Dalgleish of design blog Fellow Fellow, we’ve got simple but spectacular project: a DIY Brass Bauble to brighten up to your Christmas tree. Clear the table, get out the apron and get ready for some (slightly messy) fun. Oh, and SUPERVISE this one if your’e doing it with little kids – there are sharp objects involved!
What you will need
– Decorative string
– String for hanging
– Styrofoam balls
Starting from the bottom, dap a bit of super glue onto the Styrofoam ball and stick down the end of your string before you begin winding.
Glue as you wind your string around the bauble until you get almost to the top. Be extra careful with the superglue though! It can get extra messy and we know how icky superglue can feel on skin.
Unfold and straighten the paperclip to bend it in the middle.
Cut off some of your string for hanging, and make a loop, tying a knot at the end.
Put the loop of string through the bent paper clip and push it into the top of your Styrofoam ball, all the way down until the string is secure for hanging.
Finish winding your string onto the bauble until you reach the top.
Place some brass tacks around the bauble for that extra Christmas sparkle!
Alternatively, you can also do an all-tack bauble! Start from the bottom of the Styrofoam ball and push the brass tacks in, working around the ball as evenly as possible, until you are near the top. Thereafter repeat Step 3 – Step 5, and viola! Hang your baubles on the tree for all to see!
Get the kids started on our DIY pom pom Christmas wreath!