I love window shopping once Christmas decorations are in store. Any other time, no thank you, booorring, but as soon as the magic of Christmas is in the air and inspiration all around, it’s a whole different story. I may be in my twenties but so what, I’m cool with the giddy excitement I get from decorating my house with personalized festive goodness.
One store had these old fashioned baubles with initials on that I fell in love with. £4 each wasn’t that steep for one bauble, but then I would like to buy one for my boyfriend too – I couldn’t just have my own initial on our tree – but it’s also my nephews first Christmas… The thought went on for a while, and you can guess how it ended, so here are my easy antique style initial baubles!
– Wooden discs
– Chosen initial on paper
– Bowl with water and tea or coffee
– Clear drying glue
– Red ribbon
– Hot glue gun
– Glitter paint
– Paint brush
Soak one disc in a bowl of water with coffee or tea. I used loose tea leaves, specifically for the next part. Once the disc has turned yellow take it out and rub the tea leaves into the disc, both sides. This will stain the wood. If you want a darker colour there are others steps to take using steel wool and vinegar, but I wanted it quickly and only lightly stained. Wash off the leafs in the bowl of tea and leave in a warm place to dry. Don’t get rid of the liquid yet, you will need it again. I recommend cutting a toilet cardboard tube down one side and laying the disc in it, so it is held by just the edges, and popping it on the radiator.
Print out an initial onto normal paper, a little smaller than the size of the disc. I chose fancy ones I liked from Google, but you could always draw your own. Hold the disc behind the paper and hold up to the light, move it round till the initial is in the middle of the disc then tear the paper around the disc. Once you’ve torn it to fit perfectly, tear it more and rough it up so it isn’t a perfect circle. Then tea stain the paper too and wait for it to dry. If neither the paper nor disc are dark enough, you can repeat the staining.
Mix some clear drying glue (PVA) with some liquid from the bowl, so it works as another stain. Cover one side of the disc and place the paper onto it, then coat the paper in the glue too, and the back. Leave to dry.
Glitter time! Depending on how transparent your glitter paint is, you could completely cover the bauble, or the lettering, or just the edge. Anything. Do what you need to do. I believe in you. Do it.
All that is left to do is to cut the red ribbon to the desired length and hot glue gun the ends to the back of the bauble – making sure to leave a small gap in the middle. Next you make a little bow out of twine. If you leave the first knot of the bow pretty loose, you can use that part to glue to the bauble. Blob a little bit of glue in the gap you left and pop the bow on.
And here is the finished product!
Over and out, Emily x