Though we’re taught plenty of crafting techniques during our school years, as adults, a lot of us fall into the habit of buying Christmas decorations, which is a shame when you consider how easy and fun it is to make your own festive creations to spread the Christmas cheer. Cheap and chic, these paper baubles are super simple to construct, only requiring cardboard, scissors, a stapler and a hole punch to complete.
To start, cut your cardboard into 2cm-3cm wide strips (depending on which thickness you prefer); then trim those strips into three different lengths – short, medium and long. It doesn’t really matter how long each piece is but as a guide, good lengths to start off with are 7cm, 13cm and 18cm.
Wedge a 7cm strip in between two 13cm strips and staple one end so the three strips are flush, leaving about a 1cm gap between the edge of the strips and the staple. To create the bauble shape slide the unstapled ends of the 13cm strips down to meet the end of the 7cm strip in the middle, then staple (leaving a 1cm gap between the end of the strips and the staple).
Next, wedge the bauble you just made in between two 18cm strips, stapling on both ends, being careful to keep 2cm gap at the top of the bauble to punch through. Now that the basis of your bauble is complete, use a hole punch to make a hole at the top of the bauble which you can use to affix fishing line through. If you think circles are au fait, head to an office supplies store and invest in a start or heart shape hole punch.
Now you can deck the halls and feel good about it!