Paper Strip Baubles | Festive Fun
How to make your own Christmas baubles with strips of paper
Making these Christmas baubles became a family experience in our house while I spent time with my 4 year old and 7 ½ year old making them on a rainy Sunday afternoon. The tasks involved could easily be divided between us and doubled as a fine motor skill activity. The end result was a pretty and effective decoration for the Christmas tree and around the home.
Organise all of your materials.
What you will need:
- Heavy Paper or Lightweight Cardstock in different colours and patterns (double-sided scrapbooking paper works well)
- Split Pins
- Thin Ribbon, cut into approximately 25cm lengths
On the reverse side of the paper, rule a series of lines approximately 1.5cm apart.
Cut along the lines to create a strip of paper around 30cm in length.
Take two strips of paper in different colours or patterns and glue them together back to back, with the right sides facing out. If using double-sided paper, you can skip steps 4 & 5.
Repeat step 4 another two times so that you have 3 double-sided strips.
Gather up all three strips so that they line up evenly at one end. Using the pin, poke a hole through all layers, approximately 1cm from the end of the strips and centred width-ways.
Keeping all of the strips together, bend them around to form a circle. Repeat step 6 with the other end of the strips, pushing the pin through to secure the circle shape.
Take a piece of ribbon and knot the ends to form a large loop. Slide the ribbon between the prongs of a small split pin, so that the bottom of the loop of ribbon is between the two prongs.
Remove the hole-making pin from the paper strips whilst holding tightly and push the split pin (with ribbon attached) through the hole, splitting on the reverse side to secure. This will secure the ribbon in place to hang your bauble.
At the halfway point of the circle of paper, poke the hole-making pin through the 3 strips again and repeat step 9 with another split pin (without the ribbon this time). Fan your strips of paper out at both split pin points so that a spherical shape is formed.
And there you have your Christmas bauble, ready to hang on the tree!
NOTE: Accuracy in cutting and gluing is not crucial in this craft activity, making it ideal for little hands. We found that the baubles still looked beautiful when hung on a tree, regardless of straight edges.
Take a look at our other Festive Fun craft and fun ideas like this Paper Heart Chain to decorate your home this Christmas. Our Yummy Recipes section also has lots of food ideas that you could make together.