So, how many of you have tried the Paper Stars yet? Want to have a go at some lovely paper baubles to match? Of course you do!!
Vivi Gade Paper Baubles
Amongst the little bundle of goodies Creativity Direct sent me was a pack of pre-cut strips to make these fabulous decorations.
You will need a set of Vivi Gade die-cut paper strips and possibly a fittings kit (although if you are a jewellery maker too it's possible you will already have the beads, crimps and wire in your stash). You will also need a pair of chain nose pliers and side cutters for the wire.
First sort through the paper strips to get the colour/pattern combos you want - I did some single pattern ones and some mixing two patterns. You may find you have some odd ones left over. Use these to make your first bauble - just to get the technique right.
I used a large wool sewing needle to enlarge the pre-punched holes either end of the paper strips as they were little more than pin pricks before assembling the baubles following the tutorial
It states at the end of the tutorial that 'unfolding' the baubles takes a little practice. I would certainly agree with this - just pay attention to the shaped bits at the top and bottom and make sure they overlap as they should and they work fine. Also make sure you pull the wire tight before squeezing the crimps and don't leave the wire between the top and bottom (ie the inside of the bauble) too long or your bauble won't keep it's shape.
The theory is quite simple but these are actually quite fiddly to put
together. A little experience with beading and using pliers (I used to
make jewellery) definitely came in handy and, unlike the stars, which
are just folded paper, a couple of extra tools are required to put these
But they are definitely worth it! The finished baubles look absolutely stunning and will certainly add an unusual touch to my tree this year.
The best thing about them is I will be able to close them up and store them away for next year too!
Creativity Direct provided the materials for me to have a go at this project but all words and pictures are my own