Make it Happen: DIY Baubles with Krafty K

This week, we’ve found ourselves in the pre-Christmas wind-down. And a lull in a busy schedule makes the perfect opportunity to indulge in one of our favourite festive pass times: a beautiful DIY project.

Entirely adorable and utterly easy to make, Krafty K’s DIY baubles are reminiscent of her Friendly Face collection and the perfect Christmas holiday pastime. The best part? You can easily adapt a bauble to create a caricature of all the loved ones on your gift list, or simply make one to hang on your own tree!


What you’ll need

  • A plain bauble—available from craft stores
  • A small round, small flat and small bright artists’ brush
  • Acrylic paint, in colours of your choice—in this tutorial we’ve used gold, red and pink
  • A pencil
  • A sharpie

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How it’s made

  1. Start by pencilling in a scalloped line around the top of the bauble. The bauble’s ‘hairline’ should come to rest around halfway down the sphere.
  2. Once you’re happy with your pencil outline, carefully fill in the area in with gold acrylic paint, ensuring to keep the paint even and neatly within the scalloped edges. Though, you can use any colour you please, particularly if you’re creating a caricature bauble for someone else. Apply a second coat, if needed, and leave to dry.
  3. Once your bauble’s ‘hair’ is dry, you can start on the face. This is relatively simple: two pink spots for cheeks, a little red smile, a ‘L’ shaped nose and two semi-circles for eyes. Of course, you can add your own features if you’re personalising. Pencil in your face first if you’re unsure.
  4. After the face has dried, use a sharpie pen to draw tiny illustrations across the gold hair. Here, we’ve drawn foliage designs, but you could try hair texture or Christmassy designs such as stars—and finito! Your new festive friend is ready to be hung on the tree.

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