This is the first of a series of posts to keep your little creative people busy during the school holidays.  This activity comes from the Inspirational Tips, Techniques and Tutorials website by Anna Marmadaisy.

Required Materials (available from art and craft stores such as Lincraft, Spotlight, Riot Art and Craft)

  • Round polystyrene balls
  • Paper mache paste, wallpaper paste or pva glue thinned down with water
  • scissors
  • thin wire to use as a hanging such as florist wire
  • patterned papers (ideas: scrapbooking papers, magazine pages, Christmas wrapping paper, tissue paper, thin fabric offcuts)
  • acrylic varnish or pva glue watered down slightly can be brushed on to create a slight sheen

Paper Baubles

Step 1:
Wallpaper paste or papier mache paste is best for this project because it stays nice and wet for ages, and you want to be able to mould the paper to shape. Make the paste quite “sloppy”.
If you use quite thick paper, leave it to soak for a minute or so in the paste to soften.

Step 2

Chop up the papers randomly, into little bits or you could even tear the papers for a softer edge.

Step 3

Bend the wire into a loop and twist the end inch together.

Step 4

Stick the end into the bauble

Step 5

This is the messy bit. Pop sheets of newspaper on the desk or floor where you are working because you will encounter drips of the wallpaper paste. Start by hanging the bauble from something, then gradually cover the surface in your gluey paper. Take your time, and allow the paper to soften if it’s too stiff to work with.

TIP: After dipping the papers into the paste, use two fingers and squeeze the excess paste off the paper before attaching to the polystyrene ball.  This will make it less soggy and dry faster.

Step 6
Allow to dry, it could take a whole day. When dry, apply a coat of varnish.

It also works quite well without the wire. Here are some Anna made using mullberry paper and some gold thread which look quite effective arranged in a bowl.

These are great and have lots of possibilities.  Apart from hanging them on your Christmas tree you could tie a bunch together and hang on your door with a ribbon, create a table centre piece, push a hole through the centre using a skewer to come out the other side and thread several balls together on a long piece of wire as a wall decoration or to make a wreath.

Another thought would be to glue on some bling such as small gold, silver or coloured rhinestones to match your papers.  You could press objects into the polystyrene balls as well – can’t think of what though.

If anyone makes these please show and tell on the Art Classes Facebook page.

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