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How To Make Paper Mache Christmas Baubles

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For a truly unique Christmas tree this year why not make your own paper mache Christmas bauble – they’re an easy and fun Christmas craft for kids.

We just LOVE these super cute paper mache Christmas baubles, they’re a brilliant Christmas craft for kids to make.

Loads more ideas for family celebrations here!

And you can make them any size you like from tiny ones too big, gigantic, HUGE baubles and decorate them any way you like – just have fun with it. 

What You Need To Make Paper Mache Baubles 

You’ll just need a handful of craft supplies to make your own paper mache Christmas baubles

  • 2 cups flour
  • cold water to mix
  • balloons 
  • string
  • torn up strips of paper (newspaper will do) 
  • paint – whatever colours you like.
  • glitter or any other decorations you want to use

If you don’t want to make your own paper mache mixture – you can buy ready made bags that just need water adding to them – like this

home-made paper mache bauble decorated in blue with a snowman on the front. Bauble hung from Scandiavian twig Christmas tree.

How To Make Paper Mache Baubles 

Kids are really going to enjoy making this home made Christmas decoration – and it’s lovely to keep too!

Step One – make up the paper mache mixture

  • First mix up the paper mache ‘glue’ we just use flour and water for this – tip the flour into a bowl and pour cold water in slowly, mix into a paste the consistency of double cream. 
mixing up paper mache paste in a bowl with flour and water
  • When it’s thoroughly mixed it should look like this….
paper mache paste to stick the paper together

Step Two – blow up the balloon and start to coat it in paper mache

  • Blow up the balloon to the size you want and tie a piece of string to the fastener. 
making a paper mache Christmas bauble with a balloon tied with string waiting for the paper to be stuck on
  • Dip the paper strips into the flour mixture and stick to the balloon, keep going until the balloon is completely covered – at least two layers. 
making a Christmas tree bauble by sticking paper mache to a balloon in strips

Step Three – leave the paper mache bauble to dry

  • Once the balloon is well covered with paper and sticky paste, hang the paper mache bauble up and allow to dry – this usually takes overnight – remember to cover the surface below the balloon to protect it from drips.
homemade paper mache bauble hanging up to dry ready to be decorated

Step Four – decorate the paper mache Christmas bauble

  • Once the bauble is dry you can paint it and decorate it anyway you like – then hang and allow to dry and then it’s ready to use!
homemade paper mache bauble being painted in blue paint

Once your painted paper mache bauble is dry, you can hang it from the Christmas tree.

paper mâché snowman bauble hung in a Scandinavian style Christmas tree

Step by step instructions for making your own paper mache Christmas bauble

home-made paper mache bauble decorated in blue with a snowman on the front. Bauble hung from Scandiavian twig Christmas tree.

How to make a paper mache bauble for Christmas

Yield: 1 bauble
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 2 days
Total Time: 2 days 1 hour 10 minutes
Difficulty: Medium
Estimated Cost: £2

Make your own paper mache Christmas bauble to hang on the tree

Materials

  • 2 cups plain flour 
  • Jug of cold water to mix 
  • 1 balloon per bauble 
  • string 
  • torn up paper (white printer paper or newspaper will do) 
  • paints
  • glitter or any other decorative pieces you want to add 

Tools

  • Paintbrushes

Instructions

  1. First mix up the paper mache ‘glue’ we just use flour and water for this – tip the flour into a bowl and pour cold water in slowly, mix into a paste the consistency of double cream.
  2. Blow up the balloon to the size you want and tie a piece of string to the fastener.
  3. Dip the paper strips into the flour mixture and stick to the balloon, keep going until the balloon is completely covered – at least two layers.
  4. Once the balloon is well covered with paper and sticky paste, hang the paper mache bauble up and allow to dry – this usually takes overnight – remember to cover the surface below the balloon to protect it from drips.
  5. Once the bauble is dry you can paint it and decorate it anyway you like – then hang and allow to dry and then it’s ready to use!

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Save our lovely little handmade paper mache Christmas baubles to Pinterest for later!

homemade paper mache Christmas bauble decorated with snowman design and hung from a Scandinavian white twig Christmas tree Text overlay "Christmas crafts - paper mache bauble - more kids Christmas crafts www.daisiesandpie.co.uk"

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