Christmas Card Baubles
Written by Lettucewoman
Lettucewoman takes you through making a greeting card that's more interesting than most...
Firstly I apologise for some of the materials – haven’t got all the
stuff I need but cannibalised some other things, as I wanted to get
this article in ASAP. These cards turn into baubles, which your
recipients can hang on the tree, or somewhere in the house – the one I
sent to Mum 4 years ago is permanently hanging off the speaker stand!
One A4 sheet of paper or thin card….coloured, or you can colour
your own with potato stamps, drawings, sprinkly glitter etc etc., but
don’t use stickers as they can catch! One sheet will make two medium
baubles, but again you can experiment with sizes.
Pencil (I used a biro for clarity but you can use a pencil so it doesn’t show too much.)
Fancy silver or gold pen (couldn’t find mine )
Thin cord – the sparkly stuff you can find in hobby shops, or any strong thin cord.
Tassel (usually easier to make your own with the sparkly cord!)
Fold the A4 sheet in half from the top short side down to the
bottom short side and rule lines across it from the fold to the edge
with the pencil about ½” or 7mm apart.
Separate the two halves and put the non-ruled piece away for later.Cut the paper into strips
Take 14 of the strips and punch a hole in them at the top and bottom.
Be as careful as you can – you may not get all the strips into the
punch, so be sure to put the paper strips in the same place when you
Push a split pin through the strips with the decorated side on the
outside, and bend the pins flat. Turn the strips over and write your
message on the top strip. You can do something much more elaborate than
Turn them back, take a length of the thin cord, and carefully wrap
behind the legs of the split pin at the top. Wrap a few times and make
sure it’s secure behind the pin. Then bend the legs of the pin in half
back on themselves and flatten.
Pull the cord down to the other end until the strips bend into a
bow shape – judge for yourself how tight you want to make it – it’s
best as a gentle bow. Secure the end of the cord behind the split pin
at the bottom, and bend the legs back.
Take a length of cord and make a hanging loop, (about 2-3 inches
doubled over and knotted) then secure it behind the head of the split
pin by wrapping it around the back of the head – pull the two sides of
the loop either side of the head of the pin.
Attach a tassel to the headpin on the bottom of the strips in the
same way (you can make a tassel with lengths of cord tied in the
middle, then wrap a short piece of cord round the bundle, and thread a
length of cord through the bundle and tie for a hanging loop). Make
sure the hanging loop is on each side of the pin head
That’s the bauble finished - this is how you send it, in a bow
shape. I usually put a little card with instructions on how to turn the
card into a bauble, with the card!
To turn the card into a bauble – gently tease the strips out,
starting with the top one with the greeting. Pull this one out opposite
the bundle, and then gently spread out the strips to fill in the gaps –
being careful to pull them out in order. Check to make sure they are
all out. Very gently, hold the bauble between thumb and finger and
squeeze together so you can see how even the strips are - this is VERY
GENTLE – you don’t want to crease the centre of the bauble strips.
Adjust the strips so they are as even as possible. Let the bauble go, hold by the hanging loop, adjust the shape – and hang up!!