Christmas decorations looking a little tired this year? Or perhaps you want to add a little extra sparkle to the tree, but don’t want to invest in an entirely new collection of decorations? No problem – Carla Bagshaw has a fab craft project to show you how you can give your tired old Christmas baubles a new lease of life, and add a little creative and crafty sparkle to your tree decor this Christmas!
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How to Upcycle Your Christmas Baubles
Paint a thin layer of PVA glue onto your chosen red bauble, creating a nice even layer of glue, whilst also creating a nice shape for the flakes to adhere to.
Use a paintbrush to delicately press the gilding flakes onto the glued surface of the bauble. Take your time to ensure a nice even spread of the gold; the more gently you can apply the flakes, the better end result you can achieve.
Hold the bauble gently in your hand for a few minutes to allow the glue to dry.
Gently use your finger or a perfectly dry and smooth cloth to rub (burnish) the surface of the gold flakes (it is important that the glue is completely dry first).
The last step is really simple: just clean up your bauble using a cloth, tidy up any remaining loose flakes… and your Christmas creation ready to be hung.
Repeat with all your baubles, until every one is glistening with a new golden finish, then hang them on the tree. Rope in the rest of the family to help, and you’ll be finished in time for a hot chocolate in front of the fire… perfect!
Want more crafty Christmas projects to get stuck into? Check out the rest of our festive tutorials, right here.